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Vera Bradley files for $175M IPO

July 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 28-year-old company reported profit in its latest fiscal year of $43.2 million on $288.9 million in sales.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Stolen spotlights IRT fundraising

June 30, 2010
Mason King
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LOU'S VIEWS: 100 thoughts on 100 Acres

June 26, 2010
Lou Harry
Watch video icon for 100 Acres100 Acres, a new art and nature park, opened behind the Indianapolis Museum of Art June 19. This major addition to the city’s cultural and social landscape seemed worthy of at least 100 thoughts—and two videos.
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IMA searching for executive to lead big capital campaign

June 26, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is gearing up for a major campaign and will create a senior management position in fundraising. CEO Maxwell Anderson said the national search for a “chief development officer” coincides with strategic planning that will result in a capital campaign for a still-unspecified amount.
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BP disaster casts shadow over Hoosier enterprisesRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
BP franchisee Ricker Oil and Conner Prairie, whose balloon ride is emblazoned with the company logo, find themselves awkwardly linked to the disastrous Gulf oil spill. illainous image.
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Children's Museum, Eiteljorg refresh images

June 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis launched a new logo and rebranding initiative this summer. And the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art wants to polish its image.
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HETRICK: If you've botched the job, don't botch the PR, tooRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
If a crisis leaves you on the receiving end of Wisconsin football fans’ favorite chant, every detail of your response matters.
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Rob Reiner film to premiere in Indianapolis

June 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Director Rob Reiner will be at Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis Aug. 2 for the premiere of his latest film, "Flipped." The big-screen debut will be hosted by locally based Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.
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Brother of late CEO takes helm at Holiday World

June 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Dan Koch has been named president and CEO of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari amusement park in southern Indiana, taking over after the unexpected death of his brother Will earlier this month.
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Jazz festival will move to OptiPark in Broad Ripple

June 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The ever-evolving Indy Jazz Fest will return this year, Sept. 18, but at the Opti-Park in Broad Ripple.
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LOU'S VIEWS: (Jersey) Boy wonders settle in at Murat

June 19, 2010
Lou Harry
“Jersey Boys” is much more than just a tribute show. It delivers the musical goods with impeccable showmanship and style.
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DINING: Nothing alarming at sub shop

June 19, 2010
Lou Harry
Third in our month-long series of "elemental" restaurant reviews.
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STYLE: Develop Indy's Susan Branco shifts focus to fashion

June 19, 2010
Gabrielle Poshadlo
With this year's Indianapolis 500 behind us, she's turning to quantifying the city's fashion industry
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BENNER: Conference commissioners' math skills need workRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Bill Benner
As of this writing, the Big Ten has 12 teams, the Big 12 has 10 teams and the Pac-10 has 11 teams.
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UPDATE: Commission approves City Market funding

June 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday afternoon to release nearly $4 million to improve the historic building in downtown Indianapolis.
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IMA hopes sculpture park brings acclaim, and donors

June 15, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $25 million park's grand opening is scheduled for June 20 following an opening-night party and a members-only VIP preview with artists and architect on June 19. Atelier Van Lieshout's "Funky Bones" is one of the featured sculptures.
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Local artist Knabe lands in Indiana Design Center

June 14, 2010
Walter Knabe, this year's official artist of the Indianapolis 500, will set up shop this summer in the Indiana Design Center, part of the Carmel's Arts and Design District.
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Holiday World president Will Koch dies at 48

June 14, 2010
Associated Press
Koch, 48, led the amusement park for 20 years, during which time it added a water park and several world-class roller coasters.
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World Skating Academy gets reprieve, remains on thin ice

June 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A fixture in downtown Indianapolis since 1987, the Academy hasn't yet been evicted from its Pan American Plaza ice rinks, but it operates under a cloud of uncertainty.
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DINING: Spice is nice at Main St. Carmel Cajun

June 12, 2010
Lou Harry
Second in our month-long series of reviews of "elemental" eateries.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Feinstein more than fine at Great American Songbook Competition

June 12, 2010
Lou Harry
High school vocal competition soared in second year. Winner landed New York gig.
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HETRICK: The irony of government foes wanting more governmentRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
We're all quick to say we want lower taxes, but we're slow to sacrifice services that affect us.
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BENNER: John Wooden would have been proud of these kidsRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Bill Benner
There is little I can add to the deserved tributes ... except to place a couple of recent events in a Wooden-like perspective.
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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra women's committee adopts more inclusive name

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 800-member group hopes to attract more men to its ranks.
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Circle City Sweets takes chance on Indianapolis City Market

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The stand that sells fresh baked goods opened last month, undaunted by the market’s recent history.
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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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