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Glenn Bill: Get Attitude!

Writer / Megan Jefferson As a Broad Ripple resident, I’ve driven down Kessler Drive countless times. I’ve always been curious about the large, historic, stately home at 1215 Kessler Boulevard East Drive, about two blocks east of the Monon Trail. The property sat vacant from 2013 until recently when Glenn Bill purchased it and moved in with his wife, Colleen. The home has a rich history that dates to the late 1800s and is just as intriguing as its new owner. Bill knows Broad Ripple well. Both he and Colleen grew up in the Broad Ripple area. Bill currently owns ...

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Louie’s Wine Dive and Ripple Kitchen

Writer & Photographer  /  Angie Trusty Don’t let the name fool you, Louie’s Wine Dive at the corner of Broad Ripple and College has much more to offer than your typical wine or dive bar. In addition to a selection of fantastic wines from all over the world, a trip to Louie’s Wine Dive isn’t complete without enjoying a specialty cocktail or a local craft brew and some scrumptious food. Opened October 2016, Kansas City based Louie’s Wine Dive and Ripple Kitchen is a superb addition to the Broad Ripple restaurant and bar scene. Mixologist, Bryan Evanich, has a flair ...

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Spring is Time to Give Lawns TLC

Writer  /  Josh Brown Spring is around the corner. With the spring comes getting our lawns prepared for the coming growing seasons. Indy’s TLC, Total Lawn Care, Inc has been providing the greater Indianapolis market with professional lawn care services since 1989. TLC was founded by Mark Cavin and Terry Jungels (MS Agronomy, Purdue University, 1987) with the intent to provide a professional service using professional products with personal service to the homeowners in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. It is TLC’s policy to get to know its customers by trying to have continuity with the lawn specialist and the homeowner. ...

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EYE Can See, Inc.

EYE Can See, Inc. owner Tom Blackman has a resume filled with experience assisting those with visual impairments. He began his company in 1998 to help bring assistive technology to Indiana and Kentucky, two states that were underserved in the industry. “We have witnessed the difference these products make in the lives of those with visual impairments, and we are happy to serve this population,” shares Tom’s son Greg, who works with his father. The majority of the EYE Can See clients have age-related vision loss, such as macular degeneration. Their clients discover that utilizing a magnifier gives them the ...

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Broad Ripple’s Newest Landmark

Writer  /  Lynda Hedberg Thies The charm of Broad Ripple Village, for visitors and residents alike, has always been the proximity of the unique shops, the Monon Trail, dining and nightlife. Soon it will introduce a new landmark: The Coil. Adding to the ambiance of the canal, the property is nearing completion and is ready to welcome Broad Ripple’s newest residents and visitors. The five-story apartment community will offer 151 luxury rentals with different price points for studios, one and two-bedroom apartments as well as four town homes. The first floor of the building will be dedicated to the 33,500-square-foot ...

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Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop

Writer  /  Lynda Hedberg Thies New shops and restaurants open each and every day, but few awaken a sense of curiosity like the name of, that opened its doors in January. Turns out that Erbert & Gerbert’s has a unique history that begins with the kind of legendary childhood stories that are told and passed down for generations. The story begins with David Schippers, the father of 10 children, who each night told his children bedtime stories of two fictitious brothers named Erbert and Gerbert that went on unique adventures all around the world with different experiences that even included ...

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Hotel Broad Ripple Creates Sleek Retreat and Event Space

Writer  /  Lynda Hedberg Thies Hotel Broad Ripple, the European-style hotel changed the landscape of Westfield Boulevard along the river when their doors opened in May of 2014. Originally created to serve people in town for Butler University events, clients of Broad Ripple business owners and families of Broad Ripple residents, it has also become a “stay-cation” favorite for locals. After just one year in business, the success of this cozy boutique hotel set the owners on the path to expand their space and services. After two years of planning, they have opened the doors to a new event space ...

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Water for Empowerment: Empowering Females to Build Healthy Futures Through Clean Water Initiatives

Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photo Credit  / WaterAid & Rodrigo Cruz   Most people spend their first dates swapping favorite movie titles and discussing the silly, superficial things in life. Not so for Dawn Sandoe-Henshaw and her husband, Steve. On their first date, they discovered a shared passion for charity work and saving lives. Dawn told her date she wanted to prevent child abuse and stop human trafficking. Steve, CEO of EnviroForensics (an environmental consulting firm), confided a desire to help establish clean-water initiatives. After being involved in multiple charitable organizations through the years, the couple witnessed firsthand how the ...

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LLS Boy of the Year Keeps Fundraisers Motivated

Writer  /  Matt Keating Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Drake Williams, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Boy of the Year, is an active 5-year-old who takes swimming lessons, ice skates and plays soccer and T-ball. And he’s also busy meeting a wide range of fans helping LLS. His mother, Abby, said Drake, who was diagnosed with leukemia on April 1, 2015, has been popular with everyone he has met with The LLS Boy of the Year program. “Drake was ecstatic when he found out he was going to be the Boy of the Year and has really enjoyed meeting all of ...

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Boxing Day Rugby Tradition Turns 25

Writer  /  Stephanie Duncan While most people are relaxing the day after Christmas, Broad Ripple Park welcomes a small crowd of rugby players and fans who gather in honor of Boxing Day. Boxing Day, which is celebrated each year on December 26, is a popular holiday in Europe and Canada. It has also been celebrated in Broad Ripple for the past 25 years, and it is a tradition that has grown more popular each year. Two rugby matches are played on Boxing Day in Broad Ripple Park, and anyone who wants to play is welcome. The day begins with a ...

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