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Stompin Barley: ’Wine Down’ With Good Company

Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer The owners of Stompin Barley, 14560 River Road, Carmel, want all of their guests to know their restaurant and wine bar is the perfect place to “wine down” with good company. When you enter the elegant but relaxed atmosphere of Stompin Barley, you immediately get the same, warm feeling you would have coming home to family and friends. Co-Owner Alesia DeBoer says she loves it when satisfied guests tell her they enjoy the ambiance, as well as the great food and drinks. “About 75 percent of our business is from repeat customers ...

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Carmel Dad of the Year: Joe Hession

Writer / Jane VanOsdol Photographer / Diana Asberry When 2017 Carmel Dad of the Year Joe Hession first suggested to his then 5-year-old daughter that he was starting an ESD or Erin’s Special Day, she looked at him “like he had three heads.” Thirty years and two other daughters later, Joe still makes these days a priority in each of his daughters’ lives. For one whole day every year, each girl gets her dad all to herself and gets to choose the agenda for the day. While the focus is on his daughters, Joe says the outcome is different from ...

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Urban Vines Opens Doors In Westfield

Family-friendly winery coming May 6. Writer / Jane VanOsdol Photographer / Brian Brosmer With a Derby Day opening in his sights, Noah Herron is ready to debut Westfield’s first winery, Urban Vines, on May 6. Located at 161st Street between Oakridge and Springmill, Urban Vines is the second business for young entrepreneur Herron. He also owns the successful retail and online homestead store Urban Farmer, just across the street and down the road from Urban Vines. Herron began experimenting with brewing beer and making wine while working at Urban Farmer. His success with these hobbies spurred him on to start ...

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“The Greatest Spectacle in Cycling”

CycleBar is an indoor cycling franchise that features an IMAX type theater with incredible sound.  Enjoy getting into the holiday spirit and shape with music, FREE give-away, shopping and friends.  #MakingMemories #MakingADifference #CycleToIndy500 CycleBar Trader’s Point opened it doors in April of 2016.  This May, Cyclebar Trader’s Point will launch The Greatest Spectacle in Cycling May 1- 24th.  The member that rides the MOST miles during this time will win 2 tickets to the Indy 500.  The 2nd place winner will win 2 tickets to the IPL 500 Festival Parade (500Festival.com).   We will follow the riders success with a leaderboard ...

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Carmel 2017 Dad of the Year Finalists

You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Dad of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Carmel Dad of the Year. Visit atcarmel.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is May 12, and you can vote once daily until then. Brant Hahn Nominated by Reegan Hahn, who says: I think my dad should be the Dad of the Year because he is a very busy person with four kids to take care of. Even through all the busy moments, he still finds time to spend with family and friends. ...

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Class Dismissed: Carmel High School Principal John Williams Retires

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Carmel High School Principal John Williams is preparing for his next course: Retirement 101. Williams, and his wife Paula, are both originally from Evansville. Paula serves as the Director of Special Education for Zionsville School Corporation and is also scheduled to retire in December. John Williams took the job as Principal of Carmel High School in 2003. “Carmel has been a great school corporation for a long time,” Williams says. “Dale Graham’s 25 years of leadership gets the credited for transitioning Carmel from a rural to suburban high school.” Under Williams, he ...

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Business Spotlight: Shephard’s Painting

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Joe Shephard, owner of Shephard’s Painting, took an active role in the family-owned house painting business eight years ago. Though for years it served as an exclusively exterior home painting company, so many of his clients’ structures required some form of home repair prior to painting that he decided to expand the business to include renovation work (shephardsgchomesolutions.com). The company replaces all aspects of trim, siding, soffit and paneling, but they also offer a window replacement alternative that saves thousands in comparison to replacement. (Refer to their website for other areas of expertise.) “Basically, we’re your ...

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Carmel Mom of the Year: Kerri Dooley

Writer & Photographer / Allison Yates “She’s fun!” exclaims Finn, 7, one of Kerri Dooley’s five children. Along with Finn, his twin Greta, 7, and sisters Grace, 11, Silvi, 5, and Tess, 2, all agree their mother is well deserving of this year’s Carmel Mom of the Year Award. Dooley is a mother of five who’s dedicated to teaching her children faith and values while not taking herself too seriously. Standing in her kitchen, her impeccably dressed, cheerful children laugh and admire her. The feeling is mutual. Dooley only grew up with one brother, but her grandmother, who met her ...

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“So It Goes”

Carmel resident and historian shares fraternity connection with Kurt Vonnegut. Writer / Josh Brown Bill Briscoe’s connection to Kurt Vonnegut Jr. runs a bit deeper than reading a few of Vonnegut’s novels. Briscoe, a Carmel resident and historian of the Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, began learning more about the famous Indianapolis author as he dug into his fraternity’s archives a couple years after Vonnegut died in 2007. Briscoe had been a Vonnegut fan ever since he read “Cat’s Cradle” in the early 1960s, but his fascination with Vonnegut grew as he realized there was a connection between the author and ...

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Carmel Symphony Orchestra Women’s League to Host April 11 Fundraiser

Writer / Josh Brown The Carmel Symphony Orchestra Women’s League is hosting its annual fundraising luncheon on April 11 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. The event supports two, huge Carmel Symphony Orchestra events — the CSO Young Artists Competition and the Family Fun concert. The Young Artists Competition brings young musicians from across the state competing to win a chance to perform in a concert with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. Three winners are selected and get the opportunity to play with the orchestra in the Family Fun Concert held each year at the Palladium — certainly a gold-star moment ...

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