Aiming to save, Children's Museum goes it alone: In-house construction crew builds exhibits from scratch

A sign on the basement wall reads "Construction Zone." Nearby on the router table, window frames are taking shape along with decorative pieces that will adorn the façade of a World War IIera brownstone. Behind a red plywood wall a few floors up, hammers knock and saws shrill as workers erect a 13,500-square-foot homage to three children who changed the world. It's just another day at the office for the production crew at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. For months,...
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DogDayz Playhouse & Retreat LLC: It's a dog's life Canine day camp offers hotel-like comfort

When Gabi comes to work, she enters a room with food and toys before walking down a winding hallway to greet her guests. The friendly welcome she receives could be due to her soft, black hair or her mellow charisma, but her happy tail wag is probably a factor, too. Gabi is "head dog" at Noblesville-based DogDayz Playhouse and Retreat. Her human companion, Brian Cottrell, launched DogDayz in 2003 to offer other pet lovers the kind of services he wanted...
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Working in Dinosphere lab painstaking, but rewarding

Working three years on one project can be tedious, but Mark Sims enjoys every minute he spends preparing dinosaur fossils for display at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Sims, 44, works in the Paleo Prep Lab at the museum's Dinosphere exhibit, picking away at the dirt left on 65-million-year-old fossils.
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Entrepreneurs getting younger: Corporate downsizing gives rise to 'e-generation'

From selling shark tooth necklaces to his neighbors during summer vacations in Florida to running an online auction site that benefits charities, he's no stranger to the hard work that comes with starting a business. "I'm interested in new things and looking into new things," said Gough, who is among a burgeoning group of young entrepreneurs not content to work for others. They'd rather strike out on their own. In fact, nearly 71 percent of the 1,474 youth who participated...
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Brugge Brasserie gastro-pub to produce line of 10 beers

Since mid-2005, Brugge Brasserie's beer tanks have been operating at full capacity--pouring out 400 barrels of its signature Belgian brew each year. Now the Broad Ripple gastro-pub is aiming higher. Brugge owner Ted Miller is set to start producing a line of 10 bottled beers--plus seasonal specialties.
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Museum reopens with changes: Community support needed as funding ends

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art reopens July 13 with a new look and a new plan for growth. The changes come as its primary funder is scaling back support-and backing a competing contemporary art museum planned for Carmel. That does not deter Executive Director Kathy Nagler from her efforts to develop IMOCA. Nagler, 51, was hired last summer to replace local arts enthusiast Jeremy Efroymson, whose family foundation also was its main funder. The Indianapolis-based Efroymson Fund helped get the...
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