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Mallow Run Winery: Work Hard, Picnic Often

Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Mallow Run Winery sits on a 600-acre farm in Bargersville that has been in the Richardson family since 1835. The winery’s name, Mallow Run, is a creek that runs through the property and was named after owner Bill Richardson’s great-great-great grandfather, George Mallow, who settled on the property in 1835. “The creek was named after him at some point, I actually found that [out] on a map when I was a student at Purdue,” Bill says. “I didn’t know that the creek even had a name.” Bill Richardson and his wife, Laura, ...

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Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge Takes Top Spot On Indy A List

Writer / Matt Roberts Photographer / Brian Brosmer On a bright spring morning, Jeremiah Floyd unlocks the front door of the Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge. Inside are comfortable couches and brightly colored walls decorated in a nautical theme. It doesn’t look like a typical tattoo and piercing shop. “We don’t want it to look like Satan’s basement,” he says. Jeremiah and his wife Lenny are owners of Salty Siren, located at 480 East Main Street in Greenwood. Open for just over a year, they’re trying to update common perceptions of the industry that include dark, sketchy spaces populated by bikers ...

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Center Grove Dad of the Year: Matthew Limeberry

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Annie Syers Matthew Limeberry is a focused soldier currently serving in Afghanistan. He’s also a loving husband to Jessica, a devoted father to Bryon (9), Cohen (5), Grady (4), and Adler (2), and now he is the Center Grove Dad of the Year, too. On a whim, Matthew joined the military with the intention of attending dental school and finishing his collegiate career debt-free. After graduating and becoming a Commissioned Officer, however, he decided that he was committed to serving in the Army in any capacity. A Military Intelligence Officer within the Indiana Army ...

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The Secret Behind Floortech

Local Flooring Store Doubles as Baseball and Soccer Training Facility Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Several years ago, Jeremy Swinford was training Jeff Montfort’s daughter in soccer when the two men got to talking and learned they had a shared passion for sports and flooring. Montfort is the owner of Floortech, a family owned and operated business for the past 32 years (Jeff has been running it for 12). Montfort also trains elite athletes — his specialty is baseball. With a background in sales and a combined love of sports, Swinford and Montfort became friends. Now the men ...

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Affordable Aquatics: Center Grove Masters Swim Club Draws Interest Among Adult Swimmers

Writer  /  Matt Roberts Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer On a Tuesday night at Center Grove High School, swimmers are splashing around in the pool, warming up for their regular workout. They joke around briefly on the deck, greet newcomers, and then, one by one, drop into separate lanes and start moving through the water. In this instance, however, none of the swimmers actually attend the school (though some of their kids do). The workout is one of the thrice-weekly meetings of the Center Grove Masters Swim Club, a program of the Center Grove Aquatic Club. Chris Cuadros is club treasurer ...

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Making An Impact: Mount Pleasant Christian Church

Pastor and Cancer Survivor Talks Serving, Giving Back to Greenwood Community Writer & Photographer  /  Heather Simpson Chris Philbeck believes that every church leader should ask one question in particular — “If our church was gone, if we didn’t open our doors tomorrow morning, would anyone be impacted?” Chris Philbeck, who took the helm at Mount Pleasant Christian Church 15 years ago, has been a pastor for 37 years, starting out at a small Oklahoma church, moving to Texas and eventually landing in Indiana. Mount Pleasant Christian Church had a large congregation of more than 2,000 when he took over ...

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Is It Worth a Tan?

Center Grove Teacher Shares Battle with Melanoma, Raising Awareness and Prevention Writer  /   Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Lazy summer days by the pool, spring break trips to the beach, playing out in the yard on a beautiful summer day. Like many of us, Kelly Bowser, 8th Grade Special Education teacher at Center Grove Middle School North, did all that and soaked up the sun as a kid. “I thought I looked better with a tan,” she says. But Bowser changed her mind after she was diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, in 2008. Ironically, ...

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Greenwood Stylists Open Luxe 349 Hair Studio

Writer  /  Cathy Wendorff Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Everything came together at the right time for new business partners, Jennifer Smith and Priscilla Witham, while opening Luxe 349 Hair Studio. Combining the efforts of their talented husbands with family and friends, they converted the previous dog grooming setup into a chic transformation in less than four months. Their journey of friendship began more than 10 years ago, while working together for three years at a Greenwood salon. Remaining friends while Jennifer worked in Franklin, they reunited again at another Southside salon in 2012. Over the next four years, their friendship ...

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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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Center Grove 2017 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 Center Grove Dad of the Year. Visit atcentergrove.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is May 12, and you can vote once daily until then. Brian Gudaitis Nominated by Bailey Gudaitis, who says: My dad should be dad of the year because he is a superhero. He has overcome many obstacles in life, and he is amazing. My dad is my best friend, an amazing chef and an even better dancer. My dad ...

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