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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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Greek’s Pizzeria and Taproom Debuts Fallout Theme

The Popular Pizzeria has Paired with Quaff On! Brewing Writer & Photographer / Stephanie Duncan Greek’s Pizzeria is back in Broad Ripple, this time in SoBro, and is tapping into the local Indiana beer scene with an added taproom featuring Quaff On! Brewing, along with other local breweries. Located at the corner of 49th and College, Greek’s shares one side of the building that used to be owned by the Bottle Shoppe. Greek’s franchisee Josh Trisler is excited about the new location and addition of the new taproom.  He used to run the Greeks, which was formerly located in the ...

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Yoga For the Hungry

Local Chef Uses Yoga to Feed the Homeless Writer & Photographer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Ten years ago, Corey McDaniel was working as a restaurant cook in downtown Indianapolis. At the close of every night, the kitchen always had leftover food, but for insurance reasons, staff was not allowed to save any of it so it always got thrown into the trash bins out back. One day, McDaniel noticed some homeless men crawling inside the dingy, smelly dumpsters in search of a meal. The image stuck with him. “We tend to be naïve when it comes to certain circumstances,” says McDaniel, ...

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Shear Innovation

Warfleigh Barber & Supply Co. Thrives in the Heart of Broad Ripple Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Michael Thierwechter There’s much about Warfleigh Barber & Supply Co. on Broad Ripple Avenue that just screams distinctiveness. As a shop primarily for men, it’s located in an area replete with salons and boutiques geared toward the female market. In addition to offering haircuts, beard trims and shaves, it carries some of the most hard-to-find male grooming products in the biz. Even Warfleigh’s beginnings are rather unique. Its original location was a 215-square-foot space formerly occupied exclusively by a few vending machines ...

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Heritage Clothier and Home Opens Up Shop

The store brings contemporary men’s clothing to Indy. Writer / Megan Jefferson Kent Henry and his partner, Stan Wellman lived in Key West for the past 30 years. They owned and operated retail stores in Key West, Boston and Cape Cod. Both Kent and Stan grew up in Indiana. Last year they decided it was time to come back home. “We wanted to come back and create something new for Indianapolis, bring our life experience and our heritage to a store here in the city that reflects our shared heritage of people who were born and raised in Indiana,” Henry ...

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What’s Cookin’ On Race Day?

Behind the scenes of Jug’s Catering’s massive operation for Indy 500 weekend Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer / Michael Thierwechter Each year when Central Indiana residents turn their calendars to the month of May, eagerly anticipating Memorial Day celebrations and the legendary Indy 500, there is perhaps no group of people working harder than the folks at Jug’s Catering. Since the early 1970s Jug’s has been a fixture at the Speedway during the month of May as a caterer for the various corporate and private parties thrown at the Speedway’s popular suites, as well as the facility’s pavilion and infield ...

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Indy’s “Ambassador of Awesome”

Meet the man behind Chef’s Night Off and Return of the Mac Writer / Mary Ryan Photographer / Jamie Sangar We all remember “that kid” from the neighborhood. The one who was always in trouble on the bus, getting suspended from school or dropping out of school. They’re the one you look back on and wonder, ‘what ever happened to so – and – so? I wonder if they ever figured it out.’ R.J. Wall was definitely that kid. Growing up in Geist Landing and attending Lawrence North High School, he was the one always getting in trouble. Amidst the ...

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Painting the Town Purple: New Zealand’s BurgerFuel Opens First U.S. Restaurant In Broad Ripple

Writer & Photgrapher  /  Stephanie Duncan With a line down the street, a live DJ, a New Zealand artist spray painting a mural on the side of the building and people outside playing cornhole, walking into Broad Ripple’s new restaurant, BurgerFuel, felt like walking into a fun block party. Open windows facing the street, cool modern industrial art and light fixtures and a former parking lot turned into patio space for outside games, the BurgerFuel’s recent launch party on May 25 was bringing the fun and most importantly, gourmet burgers. The New Zealand chain has lots of locations around the ...

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Ancient Irish Sport Comes Alive In Broad Ripple

Hurling is a big hit at Broad Ripple Park Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photography  /  Indianapolis Gaelic Athletic Association Hurling is a traditional Irish sport that involves driving a ball down a field with a wooden stick in order to score against the opposing team. Created 3,000 years ago as a way to train Irish military, over time it has become modernized, and in the 1880s it became an official regulated sport in Ireland. “It’s a cross between lacrosse and field hockey in that you’re using a stick to move a ball up and down a field,” says Tim Cabeen, ...

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