Specialty stores

Running Co. takes aim at sporting-goods giantsRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Retired Olympic distance runner Bob Kennedy and his business partner, Ashley Johnson, have expanded their Running Co. to four stores. The most recent expansion is their boldest yet, pitting them against mall giants Dick's Sporting Goods, The Finish Line and Foot Locker for supremacy among south-side runners and walkers.

Kits & Kaboodle founder back at it with Mass Ave storeRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
Michael Dabney
Local-toy-store veteran Natalie Canull is now operating a bustling store on Massachusetts Avenue that's narrowly focused on upscale toys--a niche that keeps her out of the path of mass-market heavyweights like Toys "R" Us and Wal-Mart.

Now solo, VP set to expandRestricted Content

November 5, 2007
Cory Schouten
Convenience store stalwart Village Pantry has launched a $15 million plan to renovate 146 stores and is eyeing acquisitions that could double the chain's size in three years. The moves come as Village Pantry separates from parent Marsh Supermarkets Inc., a company that for years treated the convenience-store division as a redheaded stepchild.

Entrepreneurs eager to pamper your petsRestricted Content

April 30, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Americans are spending more than ever on their four-legged friends, and savvy central Indiana entrepreneurs are among those cashing in.

Randy's Toy Shop breathes life into ailing play things

December 18, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Randy Ibey, owner of Randy's Toy Shop in Noblesville, is legendary among antique toy collectors and dealers worldwide. Ibey can fix more kinds of toys than an elf in Santa's workshop--from a German tin soldier created in the 1850s to a remote-control Pluto made a century later.

Starbucks pours it on in IndianaRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Cory Schouten
Over the last seven years, Starbucks has inundated virtually every corner of the Hoosier landscape. And the company has no plans to slow down. Several Indiana towns--from Gas City to Angola, Batesville to Bluffton--will get their first Starbucks in 2007.

At age 25, Wild Birds exceeds 300 stores in 43 states, CanadaRestricted Content

July 24, 2006
Victoria D. Williams
When Jim Carpenter opened the first Wild Birds Unlimited in Indianapolis 25 years ago, his goal was to bring people and nature together--a combination that has brought him "unimaginable" success.
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