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Back On Tap

Twenty Tap Reopens After Fire Writer & Photographer / Stephanie Duncan Your favorite SoBro taproom is back and ready to serve. After a minor kitchen fire closed Twenty Tap for about six months, owner Kevin Matalucci was able to remodel the kitchen and add a few updates to the main taproom. With the reopening, people were itching to get back inside. “The support has been overwhelming,” Matalucci says when describing the over two-hour wait on the first day of reopening and said how he would have people stop by daily to check if it would be open soon. “The attitude ...

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Good Conduct & Miss Behavin

New Bar and Lounge Opens on Broad Ripple Avenue Writer & Photographer  /  Stephanie Duncan Additional Photography / Amy Mitten If you haven’t had the time to check out the new location with two names, Good Conduct and Miss Behavin Lounge just recently opened its doors in the heart of Broad Ripple and are eager to make sure you have a good time. Located at 1001 Broad Ripple Avenue, owner David Prudhomme decided to transform the former 10-01 restaurant with a whole new concept with the help of consultants Mark Diaz and Michael Tipps. “Originally, we weren’t going to remodel, ...

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A Local Fixture

Locally Grown Gardens Closes In On 10 Years of Slow-Roasted, Fresh-Baked Success Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Michael Thierwechter Locally Grown Gardens (LGG) on East 54th Street is part farm market, part restaurant, part grocery and part specialty store. It’s been a popular, if somewhat under-the-radar, local destination for nearly 10 years, and Mark Troiano, Indy native and LGG employee since 2014, says the establishment’s eclectic, hard-to-define concept sprang from quite humble beginnings.     Owner and chef Ron Harris opened LGG in 2008 in a space then occupied by a vacant gas station, with the sole intent of ...

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Comedy & Camaraderie

Dean Metcalf’s 30-year career with “The Bob & Tom Show” filled with humor, hijinks and heart Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer / Michael Thierwechter To Dean Metcalf, the story of how he initially came to be involved with the Indianapolis-based “Bob & Tom” radio show is every bit as humorous as the many comedic songs and skits he’s helped produce and partaken in throughout nearly 30 years with the nationally-syndicated program. In late 1987, while studying telecommunications during his senior year at Indiana University, Metcalf heard that Alex Whitaker, a high school friend, was interning with “The Bob & Tom ...

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Cheers!

Northside Knights of Columbus to Host 11th Annual Oktoberfest Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photography Provided The Northside Knights of Columbus (KofC) has literally been catering to the community since its inception in 1952. On September 23rd, the Northside KofC hosts its 11th annual Oktoberfest event. Not only a fun party, it’s a fundraiser for Holy Family Homeless Shelter to help their inventory for Christmas as well as collecting donations for Boulevard Food Pantry. This family-focused event is geared towards children during the hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., then transitions to adults from 7pm – 11pm. The admission price ...

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Goods for Good: People for Urban Progress

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Returning to Indianapolis after finishing his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, Michael Bricker arrived just in time to become involved in a critical question when the RCA Dome was being demolished, “What is going to be done with all of that material?” The material in question was the 15 acres of durable fabric, which had been used as the roof. Maryanne O’Malley first posed this key question. What was to happen to this material? The answer, after some interrogatories, was “nothing”, for there was no plan ...

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ArtMix: Creating Inclusive, Artistic Opportunities

Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photography provided According to the staff at ArtMix, there’s no such thing as the inability to be an artist. Founded in the late 1970s, Indianapolis-based ArtMix (formerly VSA Indiana) has become a statewide organization providing inclusive artistic programs and special projects for those with and without disabilities. “I’ve never met a person with a disability that wasn’t extremely capable,” says Linda Wisler, vice president of programming. “We’re here to help them find a way to be creative and expressive.” The ArtMix Artist in Residency program sends trained artists into school classrooms statewide to implement art-based lesson ...

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A Winning Formula

Former Butler coach reflects on lifelong journey of basketball & leadership Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer / Michael Thierwechter Todd Lickliter can still recall playing in the stands of North Central High School’s basketball stadium as a five-year-old, while his father ran practice drills as head coach of the Panthers varsity men’s team. Something about the game of basketball had begun to seep into his bones, even back then. “I think it was inevitable that I’d be involved in athletics,” Lickliter recalls. “It was always an activity where I could really have some direct contact with what my father was ...

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Bonded Like Brothers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Changes Lives Through Mentoring Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photography provided by BBBSCI Neil Skirvin’s father used to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI). The elder Skirvin often urged his son to become a mentor at the organization, but Skirvin hesitated, unsure if he would make a good big brother. Then last year he suddenly had a change of heart. Matched since May 2016 with Jeremiah, Skirvin jumped into the relationship full force. “Jeremiah has no father figure in his life, and every time I pick him up, he’s excited ...

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Invest In Your Nest

Writer  /  Pat Carlini When a family purchases a previously owned home, they usually plan on making a few changes. Maybe they will want new flooring, appliances, paint or in some cases a complete remodel. That was exactly how the Wilson family felt when they bought their new home in the Geist area when they made the move to Indiana. “We moved in 9 years ago, and you might say I’ve been thinking of making some changes in the master bath and the kitchen for eight years and 364 days,” says Greta Wilson. The Wilsons turned to the Dovetail Group ...

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