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Not-for-profit thrift stores shake low-end image

Thrifty Threads store manager Tim Waldrip can hardly keep up when he puts stylish used clothes on the thrift store's mannequins. Customers snag them so quickly he has to change the outfits three to four times a day. Regardless of what its mannequins are wearing, the not-forprofit shop on West 86th Street is flourishing. Sales in 2006 reached $336,000-a 24-percent increase from the previous year. Now the Julian Center, the Indianapolis shelter for abused women that runs Thrifty Threads, is...
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Bassoonist hitting all the right notes

Although he wears one of his two tuxedos for concerts, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra bassoonist Samuel Banks dons sneakers and jeans for a Tuesday morning rehearsal. But he works hard once the music starts. That attitude likely helped the 26-year-old land his job in one of just 17 year-round orchestras in the nation.
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Not-for-profits grow as college students take hands-on approach

Indianapolis not-for-profits are growing as more universities embrace service learning--an educational approach that encourages students to incorporate academics into community service.
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Chocolatier maintains steady routine between busy seasons

Each week at David Alan Chocolatier in Lebanon, three employees make a different variety of chocolate truffles, nut clusters and other chocolate-laden delights. Alan uses 7,000 pounds of chocolate a year to make his products out of the renovated gas station he has operated at since 1984.
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