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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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Marketing Pros: Porch Light Public Relations

Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The reason Porch Light Public Relations has thrived as a boutique public relations and marketing firm since it was established in 2013 also happens to be the reason its founders came together to start the company in the first place — to form personal connections. Before the idea of launching a public relations firm had entered either of their minds, founders Myranda Annakin and Jennifer Chan got to know each other through their involvement as parents with Northside Montessori and Spring Mill Elementary schools. Each with three children, the two formed a ...

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Taste of Broad Ripple is Back After 12 Years

Your Guide to All the Taste Has to Offer Writer  /  Jon Shoulders After more than a decade since the last Taste of Broad Ripple festival occurred, the event will be back in full force on June 17 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Organizer Steve Ross says the timing is perfect for an open-air event featuring local food and entertainment to help showcase what he feels is an increasingly well-rounded Broad Ripple Village for residents throughout the city and state. “With what’s been going on recently in Broad Ripple from the new Fresh Thyme to some of the eclectic ...

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Scandinavian Comfort’s Lars Odgaard

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Michael Thierwechter Scandinavian Comfort has offered unique, modern home decor for more than 33 years. After being located in Castleton for 31 years, owner Lars Odgaard decided to move the business to the heart of where the highest concentration of his customers live — in Broad Ripple. “It’s been overwhelming,” Odgaard says. “The move was fantastic, as we see a big future in Broad Ripple and are very happy with the move.” After having finished high school in Vejle, Denmark, Odgaard got a job with a Danish company that needed expertise in American marketing. ...

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Tea-lovers Unite at HoiTea ToiTea

Writer  /  Stephanie Duncan Photographer  /  Michael Thierwechter Don’t miss the new shop that is bringing the tea experience to everyone — HoiTea ToiTea. Located on the corner of Broad Ripple Ave and College Ave, HoiTea ToiTea is a fun place for tea, with tons of seating space, a variety of adorable tea-related retail gifts and fun novelty British phone booths. Alex Harris, the owner of HoiTea ToiTea, developed and appreciation for tea as a child when she would drink tea with her grandmother. “It became a cultural thing where I always wanted to share it with my friends,” she ...

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This Just In

WTHR anchor, Naomi Pescovitz, is right at home reporting in Indy. Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer Eyewitness News Weekend Anchor Naomi Pescovitz believes if she can relate to a story, her viewers will too. It’s a belief system that has paid off. After three years at WTHR, Pescovitz has garnered a large following of loyal TV viewers who also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. Viewers relate to her and her interest in a wide variety of people and stories. “I have really enjoyed finding ways to share a good story with people ...

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A Heart for Art

Joyce Sommers Reflects on Career as Indianapolis Art Center Executive Director Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer / Brian Brosmer The professional career of Joyce Sommers, former executive director of the Indianapolis Art Center, can be traced back to a single, serendipitous moment. At age 35, a friend convinced Sommers to join her for drawing classes at a non-profit operation known at the time as the Indianapolis Art League on 31st Street. An art novice at the time, Sommers became a regular and eventually struck up friendships with some of the instructors and fellow students at the facility, which was founded ...

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