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Making a Fashion Statement

JenDaisy Boutique is Uplifting Women through Fashion Writer  /  Michelle Kaufman Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer When Jen Russell walks into her store, JenDaisy Boutique, she enters a customer-focused mindset. Russell opened the boutique in November 2012. In her previous job in the hotel industry, customer service was the top priority, but the young girls working weren’t really educated on women’s bodies and how they change through things such as pregnancy and weight gain and loss. She also saw similar experiences when talking with her girlfriends. “I just decided that I wanted to uplift women and that I could do it ...

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2017 Greenwood Dad of the Year Finalists

You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Dad of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Greenwood Dad of the Year. Visit atgreenwood.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is May 12, and you can vote once daily until then. Cody Street Nominated by Monica Street, who says: My husband is an amazing dad to our four young kids despite a back injury and other injuries he sustained during his time in the army. Even though he is medically retired, he shows his dedication to our family by working ...

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Raining Success: Greenwood-based Forecaster Turns Hobby Into Million Dollar Business

Writer  /  Michelle Kaufman Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer What started as a hobby and passion six years ago has now turned into a million dollar business in Greenwood. BAMWX was co-founded in May 2011 and now employs six people. Co-founder and chief meteorologist Michael Clark says forecasting started as a hobby and something that he did for fun. “We were putting out weather forecasts on social media and they were pretty good, they were pretty accurate, and we had people who would suggest that maybe we start charging, kind of start our own private service,” Clark says. “It’s something I’ve ...

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GCA Bowler Makes Indiana History

Alexandra Ross becomes first Hoosier to win two state bowling titles. Writer / Matt Roberts Photographer / Brian Brosmer Alexandra Ross is inside Southern Bowling Center in late afternoon on a weekday. The Greenwood teenager is talking about her high school bowling career with a reporter when a friend stops by to chat. After some small talk, the friend says “Oh yeah, how did you do in the state tournament?” Ross giggles, “I won.” Most people would feel fortunate to give that answer once. But Alexandra is the only high school bowler in Indiana history that can say that about ...

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Greenwood Mom of the Year: Kim Myers

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Kim Myers considers motherhood to be an amazing privilege. Her three sons Jacob, 24, Kaleb, 21, and Nicholas, 19, are the greatest joy and accomplishment in her life. In October, Myers will become a grandmother. Myers’ son Nicholas has special needs and requires full-time care. He was born with a rare genetic disorder that doctors weren’t able to diagnose him with until Nicholas was 16. “I’ve always had a strong passion for people with special needs or any type of disability,” Myers says. “I was very close to my mother, who I ...

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Restoring Your Memories: Hoosierboy Restorations

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Eight-year-old Tim Showalter saw a bicycle in a neighbor’s trashcan and asked if he could have it. He got two broken bikes and combined them to make one, which he rode and eventually sold. In middle school, he took a class called industrial arts and fell in love with woodworking and metalworking. At night, his father, a Beech Grove school system administrator, would go into the wood shop and build furniture and Christmas presents and fix things. Today, Showalter’s career is based around restoring old bicycles and other items. He previously worked ...

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The Produce Mom: Lori Taylor

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Lori Taylor used her 10-year career at Indianapolis Fruit Company and relationships with growers to create a brand, which is also now her alias — The Produce Mom ®. Taylor’s primary job at Indy Fruit was to sell fruits and vegetables to various grocery stores, ranging in size from juice bars to Kroger. The diversification of accounts was uncommon in the industry but helped set Taylor up for success. “To be a good sales representative, you have to really know the whole gamut of fruits and vegetables,” Taylor says. “When I look ...

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Greenwood Mayor Unveils Conceptual Plans for Downtown Development

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers unveiled conceptual plans for the development of downtown Greenwood on March 6. Kent DeKoninck, superintendent of Greenwood Community Schools, approached Myers about partnering with the school to build a new middle school and have the city purchase the old one. That happened, and that land is now going to be redeveloped, along with the north city center parking lot, Old City Park, Market Plaza and other city-owned properties. “We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Greenwood to revisit our downtown area,” Mayor Myers said. “We’ve done the facade ...

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Center Grove’s The Debtones Named Grand Champion at Show Choir Nationals

Center Grove show choirs had another strong year at Show Choir Nationals in Nashville, Tenn. with The Debtones winning the Women’s Division, and Center Grove’s Sound System finishing 1st Runner Up in the Mixed Division. In the Women’s Division, The Debtones were awarded Grand Champion, Best Overall Effect, Best Visuals and Best Vocals, with senior, Sydney Hurst, named Outstanding Soloist. In the Mixed Division, Sound System was 1st Runner Up and Outstanding Stage Crew, with Haley Burgh, junior, named Outstanding Female Soloist, and Wilson Smith, junior, named Outstanding Male Soloist. Center Grove choirs are directed by Jennifer Dice, Jared Norman and Greg ...

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Greenwood 2017 Mom of the Year Finalists

You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Mom of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Greenwood Mom of the Year. Visit atgreenwood.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is April 15, and you can vote once daily until then. Kea Bandy Nominated by Cris Cummings, who says: Kea is a full-time mom. She has three boys: 6, 4 and 2. Her 4-year old is on the autistic spectrum, her 2-year old was born prematurely and was in Riley for his first two months. He has Hydrocephalous. He has ...

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