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Orangetheory Fitness Comes to Zionsville

In early May, Orangetheory Fitness will open its fifth studio in the Indianapolis area at 106th and Michigan Road in West Carmel. This revolutionary fitness concept was launched in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2010 and has rapidly spread across the country.  Currently, there are over 550 Orangetheory Fitness studios in the United States and Canada with hundreds more under development. The brand is also expanding into 16 countries around the globe, including Australia, England, Columbia, Mexico, Israel, Germany and Spain. Area developers and owners, Carolyn and Shaun McDonald relocated to Indianapolis from Florida to develop the Indiana market for Orangetheory ...

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Passion to Paint

Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Stop Zionsville’s Chris Barr From Painting Writer & Photographer  /  Megan Jefferson Challenges are nothing new to Christopher Barr. He has cerebral palsy but has never let that stop him from doing the things he loves, and developing new skills, like painting. “We all have things we are good at and we all have challenges. Everyone can learn a skill as long as they really want to,” Barr says. Christopher has always been interested in painting. He grew up in Indianapolis, and like many kids, he remembers his first experience was painting with water colors when he was ...

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Slice of Heaven: My Sugar Pie

Writer & Photographer  /  Stephanie Duncan If you haven’t had a pie from My Sugar Pie in Zionsville, then you’re missing out on this small slice of heaven in Indiana. Located in the heart of downtown Zionsville and serving up fresh pie daily, this small pie shop is a must if you’re looking for a sweet treat. Kelly Maucere, who opened up My Sugar Pie back in 2008, has a passion for baking pies, and you can see her personality shine throughout the small shop. With cute, colorful baking supplies adorning the shelves and walls, and more than 40 pie ...

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Zion Nature Center Summer Camps An Outdoor Extravaganza

Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger It’s time to register for Zion Center’s Summer Nature Camps. This summer, tear your child away from the video games and Disney Channel. It’s time for some good old fashioned fresh air, hiking, discovery and lasting friendships. The Zion center at Zionsville Parks and Recreation has all the bases covered when it comes to solving the annual dilemma of how to keep your kids entertained during summer break. “In the sea of summer camp opportunities this program is special,” says Mindy Murdock, Zion Nature Center Manager and Park Naturalist. With a variety of week-long camps and ...

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Bill Hampton Gets Hall of Fame Call

Former Crispus Attucks guard will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Writer  /  Dan Wakefield Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Here are two women who grew up in Indianapolis talking about their father: Tanya: “He’s a lot of fun. We danced, and we still dance! When I come back to Indy we put on Marvin Gaye and Al Green and we dance. Here, he was an athlete and he had two girls who are very girly – not the athletic type. He has a good, kind heart. We were spoiled.” Tina:  “Our dad just adored us. He was ...

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Moms Who Code

Writer / Kara Kavensky The courses offered through Eleven Fifty Academy, a nonprofit coding school based out of Launch Fishers, attract students of all ages, including moms Angie Washburn and Deon Seifert. Angie Washburn stayed at home for 15 years raising her children. She holds degrees in business and respiratory therapy. One of her first jobs out of college was working with a software development company, and she loved it. Angie has rediscovered her love of coding through taking a .Net course through Eleven Fifty Academy. “I was researching additional programming classes and schools and discovered Eleven Fifty Academy,” recalls ...

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Interns to Orphans: Jeff Papa’s Mission to Mentor

Writer / Kara Kavensky Photographer / Brian Brosmer While planting trees in Jeff Papa’s front yard in 2003, Jeff and Steve Wolff discussed how privileged they were to be where they are in their current positions and how far they had come. They admired the work of those around them, such as Barnes & Thornburg partner Bob Grand with his support of Little Red Door. Jeff and Steve were thinking out loud, exploring ideas for their own philanthropic impact. At that time, Jeff was a senior associate attorney with Barnes & Thornburg and Steve was one of Jeff’s interns. While ...

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Designing Her Own Success

Jeryl Mitsch Leads a Team of World Class Interior Designers Writer / Kara Kavensky Photographers / Anne Buskirk & Andrew Kung The recent recipient of the National Association of Women Business Owner’s (NAWBO) 2016 Woman Business Owner of the Year, Jeryl Mitsch started her business with determination and sheer will more than 25 years ago. “Larry had a lot to do with it,” shares Jeryl, of her husband’s encouragement to open Mitsch Design, “He helped guide me along the initial process.” With little to no background in business, Jeryl considered herself solely a creative interior designer. However, with Larry’s support, ...

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Zionsville Chamber to Move into New Town Hall Building

This fall the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce will be closer to the Town of Zionsville. Literally. When the new Town Hall opens this year, the Zionsville Chamber will move their offices, currently located on Elm Street, into the second floor of the building. The future 1,125-square-foot Chamber space will include a welcome area, work stations and dedicated offices for Executive Director Tracy Phillips, Director of Member Services Diana Schultz and one other employee. The space will also include a conference room and a work room. By relocating into Town Hall, the Chamber will be able to utilize various conference rooms ...

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Fallen Tree in Starkey Park Closes Trail

Early Thursday morning, Zionsville Park Department crews found a fallen oak tree in Starkey Park that permanently damaged parts of one of the trails. Park users will not be able to access Trail SP-1 from the Starkey Park parking lot to the trails intersection at Trail SP-2 until at least the end of spring. The oak tree, which was six feet in diameter at its base and four feet in diameter at chest height, fell onto the pedestrian boardwalk on SP-1. The boardwalk, originally constructed by an Eagle Scout project, is permanently damaged. Up to 10 feet of the base ...

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