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Indiana Originals

Leading.Local.Living Writer  /  Lisa Mitchell Photography provided “You really can live as close to local as possible if you know where to look,” says Mel McMahon Stone, which is why she, along with her husband, Lance, created Indiana Originals, a network of Indiana-owned and founded businesses looking to serve Indiana residents. They hope to make it easy for Hoosiers to ensure their dollars benefit the local economy by providing a one-stop source for local products and service providers, rooted in their own communities. Mel’s passion for all things local comes from her strong Indiana roots. Born and raised in Irvington, ...

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Healing Power – Geist Fitness

Geist Fitness strives to bridge the gap between physical fitness training and health care Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Ask a member of the training staff at Geist Fitness and they’ll tell you physical exercise can be much more than a technique to blow off stress or enhance energy levels – it can actually serve as a form of medicine. Each trainer at Geist Fitness, a locally owned, private club on Fall Creek Road, holds an Exercise is Medicine (EIM) certification – a worldwide health initiative launched in 2007 by the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine ...

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North Star Vitamins & Health Center Provides a Nutritional Foundation

Writer  /  Jane VanOsdol The simple thing is not always the effortless thing. Clinical nutritionist and certified massage therapist Pamela Alboher-Ray, Ph.D., sees this frequently as she works with clients at North Star Vitamins and Health Center in Fishers. “Prevention is not an easy thing to sell,” she said. “But it’s true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” For Alboher-Ray and her staff of five, education is the driving force behind what they do. They’ve helped countless individuals over the years by emphasizing a good nutritional foundation. This includes vitamin D, vitamin B-complex and a healthy ...

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Shon Joyner: Local Marine Stars in New Discovery Channel Survival Show, The Wheel

Writer  /  Lisa Mitchell Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer & Provided by The Discovery Channel/The Wheel What motivates a person to voluntarily put himself in the most extreme and dangerous environments on the planet, completely isolated, with nothing but his resilience to keep him alive? That’s the question I had the opportunity to ask Fishers resident Shon Joyner. Shon, who was a Marine for six years and served in combat, said a fellow Marine who had lost an arm and leg in combat heard about the competition challenged him to apply. When the application arrived in his inbox, he decided to ...

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FoxGardin Family: A Fortville Favorite Coming to Geist

Seated among close friends, delicious food, and a local band playing our favorite classics, I realized FoxGardin Kitchen and Ale had quickly grown into exactly what the founders envisioned. As I enjoyed the atmosphere and indulged in my favorite FoxGardin sandwich, I also realized there were many familiar faces seated throughout the quaint Main Street restaurant, familiar faces from Geist and Fishers. Less than a year after launching, FoxGardin Kitchen and Ale was much more than a “local favorite,” it was a regionally acclaimed restaurant. From the upstairs lounge to the inviting outdoor dining area, FoxGardin Kitchen and Ale has ...

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LouVino: Bringing Small Plates & Big Wines To Fishers Nickel Plate District

Writer  /  Lisa Mitchell Photography provided Wine lovers, rejoice! LouVino is about to bring an expansive selection of premium wines, delicious southern-inspired small plates, and a new kind of dining energy to the Nickel Plate District in downtown Fishers. Owners Chad and Lauren Coulter are bringing their highly successful wine bar concept to Fishers after opening two well-received LouVino locations in Louisville, Kentucky. The first opened in 2014 and the second in July, 2016. Why Fishers as their first out-of-state expansion location? “We had so many people visit our Louisville locations from Fishers and Carmel, and they always told us ...

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Life’s Best Moments Are Worth Remembering

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky MemoryVentures’ motivation and mission is to help people share and preserve their best moments in life. MemoryVentures relocated from Los Angeles to the north side of Indianapolis in 2015, bringing its core group of employees with them. “It became evident that if we wanted to experience growth as a company, relocation was required,” states founder and CEO Anderson Schoenrock. “The economic benefits to our company and to our employees were worth moving to Central Indiana.” At the time MemoryVentures relocated to Indiana, it had just been named the eighth fastest growing company in Los Angeles. Not ...

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“The Storyteller” It’s a Wrap!

Writer / Kara Kavensky Photography provided by Nancy Crump & Alexandra Reibel After college, Joe Crump worked in Los Angeles as a grip. “A grip works with everything that has to do with lighting that isn’t plugged in,” says Joe. He manipulated the lighting by hanging screens and rigging the lights in creative ways to achieve a desired effect. Grips also move the camera during the shot to maintain the lighting effect. While working in LA, Joe met Nancy. To provide a higher standard of living for his family, Joe got into real estate. The couple eventually moved to Indianapolis ...

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Indy Eleven’s Winning Strategy

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photography provided What a run. What a game. What a team. The Indy Eleven wrapped up its third season by remaining unbeaten at home and making it to the championship game, where they lost on penalty kicks to their North American Soccer League rival, the New York Cosmos. Within three short years, the Indy Eleven has accomplished what seemed nearly impossible, but team owner Ersal Ozdemir is used to achieving the impossible. “Growing up in Turkey, soccer is more than a sport, it is part of the culture,” explained Ozdemir, CEO of Keystone Group LLC. “Like ...

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A Beef & Boards Christmas

Writer  /  Leia Barker The heartfelt joy of the holiday season takes the stage in style at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre as Santa and his friends celebrate the 24th annual production of “A Beef & Boards Christmas,” which opened November 25. “I am giddy when November rolls around and we start rehearsals,” said Deb Wims, who co-hosts the show with Kenny Shepard. “Sometimes I have to take a moment to appreciate how lucky I am to have the opportunity to do this every year!” Shepard, a Fishers resident, has been a part of the show since 1994. Wims joined ...

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