The Piano Merchant is closing after almost 22 years in business at the corner of 54th Street and College Avenue. One of the three partners is ill and another is ready to retire, said Doug Lawson, the store's general manager and a third partner. The group closed its Carmel store in 2006 and plans to close the Indianapolis location by the year's end. The owners plan to continue to service the hundreds of pianos they have sold over the years. Partners Brian Spears and Bill Scharbrough own the building and expect they won't have any trouble leasing the Piano Merchant space. Both Yats and Jazz Kitchen are eager for more space, and a new Fresh Market is under construction just to the north.
Schouten is an Indianapolis native and Indiana University graduate who joined IBJ in 2006 after stints at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Arizona Republic. He covered the real estate beat for most of those years, and launched the Property Lines blog, before taking over as managing editor in March 2013.
Schouten has been honored for investigative and enterprise reporting by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Alliance of Area Business Publications and the Society of Professional Journalists in Indianapolis. During his tenure as moderator of Property Lines, the blog was recognized twice as the best among business journals by the AAPB.
Schouten serves as secretary of the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and is set to serve as the organization's president in 2016. He is treasurer of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, and a board member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation.
He lives in Butler Tarkington with his wife and two rescue dogs.