Specialty stores

Watchmaker has a flair for precision

April 30, 2011
Sean Morrison
Bill Rostiser has practiced watchmaking for more than half of his life. At 60, he has worked 38 years at Windsor Jewelry just south of Monument Circle. During that time, he watched the downtown area flourish, along with the business.

Pop-up retailers emerging in Indianapolis

April 16, 2011
Marc D. Allan
With the retail vacancy rate hovering around 13 percent locally and nationally, temporary retailers are becoming a fact of life in malls, strip malls and downtowns around the country.

Hofmeister jewelry business files Chapter 11

April 15, 2011
The northeast-side retailer listed assets of nearly $3.8 million and liabilities of $5.4 million. Much of the debt includes a bank loan and money owed to suppliers for inventory.

Hardware store slated for Meridian Street building

April 5, 2011
Scott Olson
City grants approval Tuesday morning for the reuse of Meridian Street building that WFYI vacated in May 2008.

Luna Music closes Mass Ave. store

March 24, 2011
Scott Olson
Closure leaves locally owned independent record shop with one location, in Meridian Kessler, as the industry struggles to compete with digital downloading.

Borders closing another local bookstore

March 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based bookstore chain, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last month, announced yesterday it would close the Border’s store in the Shops at River Crossing near the Fashion Mall.

Retail chain Family Leisure finding new identityRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
Recreational product superstore Family Leisure changed its name from Watson's two years ago, but it could take years before the company led by Kevin Prefontaine builds the kind of brand equity tied up in the old name.

UPDATE: Borders files bankruptcy, to close 2 area stores

February 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Borders will close its downtown-Indianapolis and Carmel stores as part of its plan to shutter about 30 percent of its stores nationally.

OfficeWorks acquires competitor’s local operations

January 7, 2011
Fishers-based furniture dealer and office space designer is purchasing the assets of Columbus, Ohio-based Continental Office Environment's Indianapolis location on East 33rd Street. Both companies are Herman Miller dealers.

Renewed Sunday liquor fight to focus on money

November 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Backers of the proposed legislation have begun touting a study estimating that as much as $9 million in additional tax revenue would be generated for Indiana by the allowance of Sunday sales.

Running store chain changes name, opens new shopRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The Running Co., now BlueMile, expands into Louisville, looks to add more stores in and outside Indiana

Old-school costume shop survives new competition

October 23, 2010
Sam Brattain
Costumes by Margie isn’t a strip mall box store full of packaged—and disposable—costumes for sale. The shop has a variety of clothing and accessories for rent and a staff, including owner Cheryl Harmon, ready to help put together whatever disguise a customer can dream up.

Retailers opening new stores around Indy before holidays

October 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
OshKosh B’gosh will open its first Indianapolis store next to The Fashion Mall at Keystone.

Canadian company buying 12 Crystal Flash stores

September 10, 2010
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said on Friday that it expects to complete the acquisition of a dozen Indianapolis stores this month. Couche-Tard is the largest independent convenience store operator in North America.

INSIDE DISH: Goose the Market laying golden eggs

June 25, 2010
Mason King
Goose watch video iconEnvisioned by Christopher Eley as a one-man butcher shop, Goose has grown in three years to a 12-person operation trending for $1 million in sales.

Bloomington candy store eyeing ambitious expansionRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Joe Jasinski
After a great first few months in Bloomington, Campus Candy's co-owners hope to replicate that success, rolling out a plan that calls for opening 50 college-town stores across the country in the next 18 months and a total of 125 within five years.

Downtown merchants sponsor new farmer's market

May 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Goldman Jewelry, J.P. Parker Flowers and Shapiro's Deli plan a Tuesday evening farmer's market on the south side of downtown Indianapolis beginning June 1.

Shoe Carnival profit beats estimates

March 18, 2010
Evansville-based shoe and apparel retailer reports strong sales of boots and athletic footwear.

Movie Gallery files second bankruptcy in two years

February 4, 2010
Bloomberg News
The second-largest company in the movie-rental business behind Blockbuster Inc. is immediately closing 760 locations. The chain operates 14 stores in central Indiana, according to its Web site.

Independent bookstore in Carmel ends seven-year run

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Mystery Co. in the Arts & Design District plans to host a farewell party Jan. 30, and close for good a few days later.

Panel OKs bill to provide pet buyers with info

January 27, 2010
Associated Press
The bill would require pet stores to put information about the dog or cat on its cage in the store, including the animal's medical history, the name of the breeder and any congenital disorders.

Airport retailers want relief from street pricing policy

November 21, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Airport concessionaires stung by a 10-percent drop in passenger traffic have asked the Indianapolis Airport Authority to ease a policy that was implemented more than 10 years ago to keep prices in line with what consumers pay outside the airport.

Former Smith-Holden Music employees open new Bloomington store

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two key employees of the recently closed store in downtown Bloomington have opened their own venture, Melody Music Shop.

Bankruptcies, store closings help Halloween shops scare up space

October 23, 2009
Scott Olson
Like zombies coming to life in a low-budget horror flick, the Halloween specialty shops that invade empty store fronts are groaning with activity.

Rug dealers' going-out-of-business sales aren't always what they seemRestricted Content

March 3, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Phony going-out-of-business sales long have plagued Oriental rug retailing here and across the country, dealers say. The industry is susceptible because Oriental rugs can cost thousands of dollars, and many consumers lack the expertise to judge whether a rug's quality matches its price.
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