Specialty stores

Popular barbershop gets makeover from community

March 18, 2012
Associated Press
Whiteland residents have rallied around a beloved barber who has been cutting hair in the Johnson County community for more than four decades by helping him remodel his shop.

Stout's Shoes expects website to become its largest 'store'Restricted Content

February 4, 2012
Sam Stall
After years of failed attempts to create a viable Web presence, Stout's Shoes has finally plunged into cyberspace using the route experts say many small companies follow: giving the job to a young, tech-savvy family member with an aptitude for social media.

Retailer Lids strives for Super Bowl dominance

February 2, 2012
Cory Schouten
Lids Sports Group is emerging as an early Super Bowl winner among local businesses after betting big that souvenir sales would shine.

Pet specialty retailer plans 135 jobs in Indiana

January 24, 2012
Pet Supplies Plus said it will add the positions by relocating its warehousing operations from Michigan to Seymour, 60 miles south of Indianapolis.

Firms of all kinds hope to benefit from Super Bowl spendingRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
While many of the local companies scoring a Super Bowl windfall predictably will be hotels, restaurants and retail outlets, there will be a cadre of more unlikely winners from one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

Edible Arrangements franchisee opens third locationRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Ann Finch
Retha Parsley owns three franchises for Edible Arrangements, a fruit-bouquet-delivery business, including a new downtown location that also sells in-store dipped fruit, fruit smoothies and fruit parfaits.

Blakley Corp. hires first outsider CEO

January 3, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis-based Blakley Corp., a specialty contractor and home-flooring retailer, has hired the first outsider CEO in the company's 114-year history.

Krieg Bros. building sold to owner of nearby structure

December 22, 2011
Buyer Rick Coombes also owns the building at 111 S. Meridian St., the former home of Brenner Luggage, located just north of where the religious store operated for decades.

Christy's auctioning inventory of religious supply store

December 2, 2011
Krieg Bros. Religious Supply House is closing Saturday after nearly 120 years in business. Items worth an estimated total of $400,000 are set to be sold by Christy's of Indiana.

Martinsville Candy Kitchen hangs hopes on handmade canes

November 26, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Martinsville candy
                           canes watch videoShop owners John and Pam Badger churn out more than 20,000 candy canes in November and December, but they'd like to boost business the other 10 months of the year.

Shoe Carnival quarterly earnings rise 15 percent

November 18, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana-based footwear and accessories company reported Thursday that its earnings rose to $10.5 million for the period ended Oct. 29, up from $9.1 million a year ago.

My Toy Garden wades into specialty retail businessRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A teacher for 17 years, Carmel resident Janet Pillsbury opened her store in September to give shoppers more options.

Guitar Center seeks abatement for new call center

October 31, 2011
The company plans to hire 246 employees to staff a call center on the northwest side of Indianapolis after announcing in August that it would close its call center in South Bend and move operations here.

Jeweler plans massive sale in bid to escape bankruptcy

October 3, 2011
Scott Olson
Hofmeister Personal Jewelers Inc., which sought Chapter 11 reorganization in April, is asking the court to let it bring in a national consultant to oversee a huge sale that would begin next month and last until February.

City to welcome a host of new dining, entertainment venuesRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Live music venue, late-night cookie shop are among new restaurants set to open.

Finish Line acquires 18-store chain for $8.5M

September 1, 2011
The Indianapolis-based athletics retailer acquired the chain in order to enter the specialty running market. The stores are located primarily in the eastern part of the country.

Prospects bright for Borders replacements

July 26, 2011
Cory Schouten
Brokers expect strong demand from other retailers, in part because the failed bookstore chain carefully chose its real estate, opting for locations near concentrations of affluent and educated consumers.

Inspections find fewer Indiana underage alcohol sales

July 25, 2011
Associated Press
State inspections found Indiana's bars, restaurants and liquor stores doing a much better job of not selling alcohol to underaged Hoosiers.

Borders liquidation another blow to retail real estate

July 21, 2011
Bloomberg News
Borders Group Inc.’s proposed liquidation will increase available U.S. retail space by about 6.3 million square feet as the industry struggles with near-record vacancy rates and stagnant rents.

Irvington scores Ossip, set for streetscape project

July 19, 2011
Tom Harton
The Irvington retail trade area stands to get a big boost from two projects set to begin this fall: Ossip Optometry’s renovation of a historic building and a $2.9M makeover of East Washington Street designed to make the business district a draw for pedestrians.

McNamara moving from Broad Ripple after 57 years

July 7, 2011
Scott Olson
The florist is moving from the Broad Ripple retail space it has occupied since 1954. Local developer Buckingham Cos., which purchased the property in 2000, is preparing for the redevelopment of Monon Place.

Airport Borders store on bankrupt chain's hit list

June 14, 2011
Maria LaMagna
Indianapolis International Airport officials could know by next week whether the Borders bookstore inside the terminal will survive a third round of store closures tied to the chain’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

R.Lynda clothing boutique pulls plug on venture before openingRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Construction of the shop at Traders Point Shopping Center was already underway.

Lululemon Athletica, Five Below to open Indianapolis storesRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Yoga apparel specialist, store geared toward teens plan local presence.

City's last independent map retailer set to fold

May 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Odyssey Map Store in downtown Indianapolis will close Aug. 31 after a 27-year run. The owners attribute the closing to the proliferation of GPS devices and smart phones.
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