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New life for Eastgate

Cory Schouten
December 7, 2007
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The long-vacant Eastgate Consumer Mall finally is getting a new tenant: a data-storage and web-hosting company. City officials are planning an 11 a.m. announcement today detailing an expansion for locally based...
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Mini Marathon gets competition

December 6, 2007
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The venerable Mini Marathon has a challenger. As IBJ reporter Anthony Schoettle reports today, two sponsors have signed on to a half-marathon scheduled just two weeks after the Mini, which is sold out.Race...
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Antiques mall expanding

Cory Schouten
December 5, 2007
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Midland Arts & Antiques Market plans to open a 12,000-square-foot location in Carmel off of 126th Street between Meridian Street and Keystone Avenue. Midland's flagship store occupies an historic former door factory and...
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Your approach to giving

December 5, 2007
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A study put out yesterday by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University says that about two in three American households made donations in each of the three years it followed. The center also found that slightly more than half of...
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Houlihan's gets hip

Cory Schouten
December 4, 2007
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Kansas-based restaurant chain Houlihan's has inked deals for new diners at Castleton Square Mall and Hamilton Town Center and hopes to open two other restaurants in Plainfield and Greenwood. The chain also has...
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Is Indiana addicted to gambling?

December 4, 2007
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Indiana relies heavily on gambling to fund state and local government. Nearly $1 billion is generated for government by riverboats, the lottery, and taxes on parimutuel wagering and charity gaming. Just how long the state will be able to keep the...
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State to double rail-trail inventory

Cory Schouten
December 4, 2007
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The state has reached a deal to buy more than 150 miles of abandoned rail lines for new trails, a deal that would nearly double Indiana's 170 miles of rail-trails. The governor...
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About Lou

Bruce Hetrick
December 3, 2007
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Lou Harry is Arts & Entertainment Editor for Indianapolis Business Journal, where his A&E review column appears weekly. He has also written on cultural matters for Variety, TheaterWeek, Stagebill, InTheatre, Gadfly, Seven Arts, Mental_Floss, Indy Men's Magazine, Arts Indiana...
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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