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STYLE: Studio AMF jewelry business continues to grow

November 13, 2010
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Local design junkies know a Studio AMF piece by its painstakingly finished woodwork embedded with specks of sterling silver. That type of branding is difficult to achieve without using a giant logo, and Allison Ford is one of few, if not the only, local designers to pull it off.
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DINING: Mississippi Belle offers food that's fried and true

November 13, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
When it comes to old-school eateries, Mississippi Belle goes to the head of the class. There’s nothing pretentious about this understated, strip-mall storefront just west of Keystone Avenue.
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Dealer Expo returning to Indianapolis through 2016

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Massive powersports trade show Dealer Expo has committed to keep its annual event in Indianapolis through at least 2016—extending its stay by five years.
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City's Conrad hotel investment starts to pay off for taxpayers

November 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city put up $25 million for the hotel, restaurant and condo development at the corner of Washington and Illinois streets, including $3.75 million in exchange for the economic equivalent of an 8-percent stake.
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Fishers Arts Council cranks up effort to support creative community

November 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Fishers Arts Council, which merged this year with the Fishers Cultural Alliance, is looking to become the suburb’s foremost arts advocate.
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Interpretive naturalist helps park visitors commune with natureRestricted Content

November 6, 2010
Sam Brattain
Angie Manuel is an interpretive naturalist at Mounds State Park in Anderson. Many make the mistake of calling her a park ranger, but she is quick to correct them.
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LOU'S VIEWS: You talkin' to me?

November 6, 2010
Lou Harry
In more and more plays, actors are addressing the audience directly. But when does a device become a crutch?
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DINING: Is Puerto Vallarta authentic? Maybe. Good? Yes.

November 6, 2010
Lou Harry
Everyone now seems to have a favorite Mexican eatery—usually near one's home or workplace.
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Indiana Live owners miss interest payment

November 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The owners of Indiana Live racetrack and casino failed to make an interest payment due Nov. 1 on $375 million in debt, providing additional fodder for credit analysts already worried about its financial condition.
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Part of City Market renovation project put on hold

November 4, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
City planners have downsized their renovation plans because project bids came in too high to meet the $2.7 million budget.
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DINING: Jazz Kitchen also makes beautiful music

October 30, 2010
Lou Harry
Is it fair to review a restaurant when it is trying to serve a packed house of customers who all have arrived and leave at roughly the same time?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Old favorites still satisfy

October 30, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, some top picks from Indianapolis museums' and attractions' permanent collections
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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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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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