Posted by Paula Henry on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 8:08 PMBy Paula Henry / May 29, 2017Comment
Indianapolis may not have a food scene that can rival Chicago or New York City. However, it's growing and more great restaurants and bars are popping up all throughout the city. Here are ten great reasons why the city appeals to foodies.
Hotel Tango - 702 Virginia Avenue
Serving a number of great drinks, the Hotel Tango distillery offers a rustic type of place with beautiful brick walls and a stone fire place. It's a great place for a drink with choices, such as the Gunsmoke Old Fashioned.
Indianapolis City Market - 222 East Market Street
It has been compared to the North Market in Columbus, Ohio or the Pike Place Market in Seattle. The Indianapolis City Market provides a great food hall in the city....
Posted by Paula Henry on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8:30 AMBy Paula Henry / May 4, 2017Comment
The canal found in Downtown Indianapolis is known as a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the day. It's popular for picnicking and walking along the water. While you can enjoy the canal anytime, one of the best times to enjoy this part of Downtown Indy is during the Concerts on the Canal Series.
The Indiana Historical Society presents the event all throughout the summer. A variety of music will be provided from jazz to hits from the 1980s and so much more. The Kruse Family Stardust Terrace will be the place and Thursday night will be the dates.
Schedule for the Summer
Throughout the summer, you can enjoy all types of concerts at the History Center through the Concerts on the Canal series. The schedule includes:
Posted by Paula Henry on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 6:10 AMBy Paula Henry / April 29, 2017Comment
Whether you just moved to Indianapolis, you're visiting or you've lived here all your life, a tour of downtown will show you what the city is all about. There's so much culture and plenty of great things to see along the way. The best way to tour Downtown Indy is by foot or by bike.
Sports Illustrated named Indianapolis as "The Most Walkable Downtown in America" while WalkScore.com ranked the downtown area as a "Walker's Paradise." It's a great place for those looking to use the oldest form of transportation known to man. With plenty of interesting attractions, culture, restaurants and great pathways, those living in downtown may not even need a car.
Walking tours are very popular in Downtown Indy because there's so much to see in just a short distance. Dozens of tours have...
Posted by Paula Henry on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 5:30 PMBy Paula Henry / April 24, 2017Comment
With spring in full swing and the summer just around the corner, it's time for the farmer's markets to open again. Many local farmers’ markets are found all throughout the Indianapolis area. Whether you live in Fishers, Broad Ripple, Greenwood or even in Downtown Indy, you can enjoy a farmers market near you.
Posted by Paula Henry on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:30 AMBy Paula Henry / April 21, 2017Comment
May is a huge month in Indianapolis every year with the Indy 500 coming to town. However, it's not the only event happening during May. Here's a look at some of the top upcoming events throughout Indy for May 2017.
OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon - May 6th
One of the top half marathons in the entire country, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon provides a great event for runners. It will mark the 41st running of the race this year and will be held in Downtown Indianapolis from 7:30am to 12pm. The ace will begin near the intersection of West and Washington Streets. The finish line will be found on New York Street.
Posted by Paula Henry on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5:57 AMBy Paula Henry / April 17, 2017Comment
One of the best things about Indy in the spring and summer are the many patios that open up. Whether you prefer to enjoy a romantic meal or get together with friends for a drink, there are several great restaurant patios throughout Indianapolis. Here's a look at seven of the best choices for this spring and summer.
Scotty's Brewhouse Downtown - 1 Virginia Avenue, Downtown
Found very close to all the major sports venues, Scotty's is the place to relax and enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks on the patio. They have a very large patio with plenty to enjoy including fire pits.
Bella Vita - 11699 Fall Creek Road, Geist
Enjoy the lake life without heading out on the water at Bella Vita. This patio is always full of activity and may be the best in all of Hamilton...
Posted by Paula Henry on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2:44 PMBy Paula Henry / April 13, 2017Comment
Typically, the home inspection occurs after a buyer has made an offer on your house. It will uncover any problems with the home, whether large or small. Most buyers will use issues found on a home inspection to renegotiate the price of the home or they may even walk away from the deal. At the very least, a buyer's estimate may be more costly to the seller's bottom line.
As a seller, you can become proactive when selling your home. Instead of waiting for the buyer to order a home inspection, get your pre-listing inspection done early. Not only will this help you understand any issues with your home, but it can also put the negotiating power back in your hands.
What is a Pre-Listing Home Inspection?
Before you put your home up for sale, there are many things you'll...
Posted by Paula Henry on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 7:56 PMBy Paula Henry / June 26, 2016Comment
Feed the hunger at your local Indy Food Truck and sample the goodness.
Food Trucks have become a regular site in Downtown Indianapolis, especially during the lunch hour. Feasting on your favorite meal or treat while enjoying the summer days and sunshine is also good for the soul.
The food trucks in Indianapolis gather throughout the city and neighboring communities regularly and for special events.
The original First Friday Food Truck Festival at the Old National Center offers fun times with local entertainment, boutique trucks, food trucks, friends and neighbors. Find out more about First Friday’s hereand on their ...
Posted by Paula Henry on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 9:33 AMBy Paula Henry / June 25, 2015Comment
July 4th Indy Style
Indianapolis is home to a warm and festive 4th of July celebration. A great treat for everyone is the spectacular fireworks display in Downtown Indianapolis which can be seen from all around the city. However, the celebrations don’t stop there. During Independence Day, the streets of Indianapolis come alive with concerts, festivals and of course, plenty of food and drinks for everyone. Almost every single space in the city is occupied with events where you can sit back, relax and enjoy day.
So whether you’re looking for a relaxed picnic on the lawn or ready for an all-day music concert you can rock to, Indianapolis has events for everyone. Here are some of the best events you can go to while in the city.
Posted by Paula Henry on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 4:38 AMBy Paula Henry / June 8, 2015Comment
Cool down the summer heat with Indiana’s Best Public Pools
Summer is here and the heat is on, so what better way to spend a lazy summer day than to have your family cool off with a dip in the pool. Good thing there are many places to visit for a dip. Here are some of them.
There are no shortage of convenient YMCA centers with pools that not only offer recreational activities, but also training for your kids. In Indianapolis, you can enjoy Arthur Baxter YMCA’s two outdoor pools with a zero-depth entry wading pool. It also offers a double flume slide and eight lanes where you and your kids can train and swim laps in. If you would enjoy more in a private area, they also have an indoor pool.
Posted by Paula Henry on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:49 AMBy Paula Henry / May 28, 2015Comment
Drive-In Movie Theaters in Indianapolis
There used to be a time when the drive-in theatre represented the golden age of watching movies. Indianapolis used to be teeming with these great theaters with once being home to as many as 20. Sadly, the indoor comforts of cinemas have killed off most drive-in theaters with just around 350 still existing in the whole United States. However, there are still a few who cling onto the nostalgia and romance of the drive-in movies.
With just a few remaining places left in and around Indianapolis, you can still find places to re-live all the old- fashioned cinema experiences of yesteryear. So whether you’re taking your entire family out for a movie night, or trying to capture the old, romantic feel by bringing a date along with you, there’s no doubt that you’re...
Posted by Paula Henry on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:36 PMBy Paula Henry / April 27, 2015Comment
The great American conundrum of food and nutrition is balancing the quality of what we eat with the weekly budget, but the fact is; there are options. Indianapolis is home to a variety of CSAs and co-ops which make eating better, well...better. Often these options are more affordable and certainly the food is closer to home.
Food co-op vs. CSA?
Co-ops, or cooperatives, are food production groups which are locally-owned and monitored by the people who shop and work there.
Specifically, food co-ops in Indy are small grocery stores which usually provide organic and natural food in season. These stores establish relationships with nearby farms to supply various products such as dairy, meat, and produce. Many co-ops expect their consumers to support their cooperative...
Posted by Paula Henry on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:34 PMBy Paula Henry / April 16, 2015Comment
Even the most social of people needs a moment to themselves every now and again. A radius of roughly 18 inches surrounding the body is considered, on a psychological level, to be one's personal space. Beyond this, the need for privacy is one that affects all humans.
And yet, from nosey neighbors, to crowded urban areas, to the tabloid with bold, invasive headlines, we live in a world hell-bent on violating that privacy.
You home, then, should be your refuge. Within your proverbial four walls, you should be safe from intrusion. Yet, according to a 2014 Yale study, a whopping third of neighbors admit to spying, so if you live in any kind of subdivision, the reality is someone is looking. Now, I think we all peer through the blinds from time to time, but in some instances, it just goes too far. Sometimes...
Posted by Paula Henry on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 5:27 PMBy Paula Henry / April 6, 2015Comment
There was a time when the gadgets of science fiction were just the imaginings of inventive authors. But, if history has taught us anything it is that fiction predates fact. Engineers and inventors regularly take to the drawing board to bring to life the far- fetched technology of the future. You can thank sci-fi loving nerds for flat screen televisions, virtual reality, and smart phones.
The modern home of the 21st century is increasingly filled with items that were once the realm of the Jetsons or the starship Enterprise and the Smart Home is the trend of the future.
The Roomba has been on the market for several years now, terrifying countless domestic cats. It was among the first domestic robots to become mainstream. Samsung introduced a competing smart vaccum, the the Powerbot, in Europe...
Posted by Paula Henry on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 10:52 PMBy Paula Henry / March 26, 2015Comment
As I was researching resources for people dealing with their parents estate, I came across the unfortunately truncated title above. Look, I know that having parents in transition can be overwhelming, but honestly. It doesn’t have to come to that! In reality, the process is nothing so dire, but being the child or children designated to handle your parents belongings when they are no longer able can and will make one want to pull their hair out.
I am someone who has done the work of purging 30+ years of my parents household after my mom died and my dad moved out of their 2,500 square foot house. I know that the work of having to sort through every paper and picture, every tool and book can be both physically and mentally staggering. But I also know that it can be done. If you’re staring down the barrel of that...
Posted by Paula Henry on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 5:38 PMBy Paula Henry / March 16, 2015Comment
Your home should be a sanctuary, but this may not be the case. Unseen toxins and dirt can pollute the air in your home, putting you and your family at increased risk for getting sick and feeling tired and stressed. Chief among them, surprisingly, is formaldehyde. Many common household items from plastic dishware, to hair care products and air fresheners contain this chemical.
Just as plants are vital to the atmosphere of the planet, so too can they help to make your home healthier.
In addition to removing chemicals, plants release nearly all of the moisture they take in, naturally raising the humidity in your home, and lowering the risk of coughs and dry skin. Studies have show that patients in hospital rooms with green plants recovered faster and needed less pain medication than those patients in rooms without plants....
Posted by Paula Henry on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:16 AMBy Paula Henry / March 5, 2015Comment
For the Coffee-lover: Indy’s Local Grinds
For many coffee lovers, functioning properly without their morning cup of Joe is too tall an order. Brewing coffeein the morning can feel like an art for some, but for others it’s a way of life. So, for your home-brewed cup, Indianapolis is home to a number of roasters who have taken years perfecting their craft and creating their own distinct flavor. The result is a plethora of options for the most eye-opening beans, each with their own unique mixture of delicate aromas and taste.
You don’t have to look far to get a taste of the world’s finest coffee beans. These roasters use only the ripest and highest quality beans from all around the globe to create their specialty roasts and blends. So if you’re looking for great...
Posted by Paula Henry on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:00 AMBy Paula Henry / March 3, 2015Comment
Five Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home
It’s never easy to plan for home improvements, it usually takes a lot of time and a lot more money. Various seemingly minor repairs can sky-rocket a bill pretty quickly. For the savvy homeowner, there are still plenty of ways to make big changes in your home without having to blow up your wallet. Small improvements in and around the house can make a huge impact, improve the curb appeal and raise the value of your home. So if you’re looking for a quick fix that will leave a lasting impression, here are a number of ways you can give your house an extreme makeover on a less than extreme budget. Here are five of the best home improvement tips you can try to make your house stand out.
Posted by Paula Henry on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:30 AMBy Paula Henry / February 26, 2015Comment
It's probably not too late to get tickets to a show this week at one of the many fine Indianapolis area theatres. But if you like to plan ahead, we have your spring guide to the stage covered right here.
What's hot in Indy? Check out the schedule and ticket information for the upcoming spring season.
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is wrapping up their Centennial Season! Don't miss the final show of the season.
Monty Python's Spamalot
Lovingly ripped off from the classic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in the irreverent signature style of Monty Python. Set to an upbeat score with clever lyrics and plot twists, Spamalot also features a bevy of beautiful show...