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WEB REVIEW: With Groupon and its ilk, daily deals drive demand

October 30, 2010
Jim Cota
All of these work on the same basic premise: Make an offer to customers that is at or better than 50-percent off, use the power of the deal and their social networks to spread the word, and wait for the sales to roll in.
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Bebe Paluzza trade shows sold to industry vets

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bebe Paluzza Productions, which started as a local trade show for parents and grew into a series of consumer events staged in five cities, has been sold to two industry veterans who want to continue that expansion.
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DINING: Easy-to-miss eatery deserves a look ... and taste

October 23, 2010
Lou Harry
Last in a month-long series of reviews of "street" restaurants. This week: 106th St. Grill.
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HETRICK: You gotta be civil on the long road out of EdenRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
Etiquette at Eagles concert in short supply.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Why Gilbert & Sullivan?

October 23, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Indianapolis Opera's "The Mikado." Plus, the holiday season arrives early with Beef & Boards' "White Christmas."
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Museum revamping security strategy to save moneyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A security overhaul at the Indianapolis Museum of Art promises to be more effective while saving the cash-strapped museum $600,000 a year. More than 50 gallery attendants are gone, and so is the front desk, replaced by visitor assistants, most of whom are local college students.
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Corporations champion FFA’s mission

October 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The organization's annual convention, which runs Wednesday through Saturday, attracted 375 exhibitors, an impressive number considering the tepid economy.
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ISO chooses young maestro Urbanski as director

October 19, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Krzysztof Urbanski, 28, has been named the seventh music director in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's 80-year-history.
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Zionsville galleries watching Carmel arts district

October 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Zionsville gallery owners are stepping up their collective marketing efforts as Carmel’s Arts and Design District has landed a new wave of artists and gallery owners over the past five months.
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Indiana Live swamped by debt, faces potential default

October 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Owners of the Indiana Live racetrack and casino face an interest payment on the lion’s share of their $544 million in debt next month, as credit analysts continue fretting about the company’s ability to pay its bills.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IMA's new Warhol exhibit as much about commerce as art

October 16, 2010
Lou Harry
It’s impossible to extricate Andy Warhol and his art from the world of commerce, because the artist himself was so influenced by—and generated so much—money. Plus, season openers from the Indiana Repertory Theatre and Dance Kaleidoscope.
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Audio recording history on display in dealer's HQ

October 16, 2010
Sam Brattain
Van Ausdall & Farrar got its start when innovator Thomas Edison selected it as an Ediphone distributor. Since then, the company has been proud of its association with the American icon, and now Van Ausdall has its own in-house Voice Museum to pay homage to its history.
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DINING: Inside or out, Shelbi Street Cafe & Bistro eatery shines

October 16, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Salmon and bacon work together at this Fountain Square eatery.
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STYLE: The eyes have it as Kiralee Hubbard lashes out

October 16, 2010
Gabrielle Poshadlo
All 108 eye shadows, every shade of lip gloss and even the makeup brushes lining the walls of her Broad Ripple Studio were designed by Kiralee Hubbard.
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LOU'S VIEWS: What to see at this year's Heartland Film Festival

October 9, 2010
Lou Harry
Heartland Freedom
                           WVNot sure how to weed through the 100-plus offerings at this year's Heartland Film Festival? Here are some recommendations from IBJ movie buffs.
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DINING: Get sauced at Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub

October 9, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A new bar and pizzeria and bar sets up shop in the Century Building.
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BENNER: Athletic director pushes off-field game plan for IURestricted Content

October 9, 2010
Bill Benner
After months of discussions, IU Director of Athletics Fred Glass has determined that IU athletics must be defined by a broader culture than simply wins and losses
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Fourth Artsgarden skywalk gets approval

October 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Despite objections, the Metropolitan Development Commission agreed to provide $600,000 in city funds to help build an enclosed pedestrian walkway connecting the downtown PNC Center with the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
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Indiana pumpkin patches, orchards see visitors swell

October 3, 2010
Associated Press
Attractions like apple orchards and corn mazes are reporting bigger crowds this year, especially with cooler temperatures and dry weather.
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Cultural Trail to hire first executive directorRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new not-for-profit organization will try to raise more than $700,000 a year for the trail’s ongoing maintenance, and it will market the trail as a tourism and economic-development engine.
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Big Car bringing arts events to eight Indianapolis neighborhoods

October 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The arts collective in Fountain Square is embarking on a series of neighborhood events that include storytelling, drawing and installations.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Art wars

October 2, 2010
Lou Harry
Art vs. Art and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis set artist against artist
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DINING: The Elk stops at Main Street Organic Bistro

October 2, 2010
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of "street" restaurants.
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WEB REVIEW: Out of kid party ideas? How to skip Chuck E. Cheese

October 2, 2010
Jim Cota
BirthdayPartyIdeas.com is full of ideas for parties of all kinds, for all ages.
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Hiring students to replace guards may violate federal rules

October 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art's plan to employ 100 students through a federally funded work-study program is on hold, pending a compliance review by IUPUI.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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