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Roundup: Broad Ripple bike-shop fixture launches expansion plan

July 26, 2018

Vacation last week means we’re digging out from under a pile of news items this week. So get ready for an extra-meaty Property Lines. Let’s dig in.

First, some news about a long-standing Broad Ripple business—and a couple of neighborhood newcomers.

The Bike Line, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in Broad Ripple next year, will soon demolish its existing Broad Ripple store, at 6520 Cornell Ave., and build a much larger facility on the same site.

“We’ve been working on this for well over a year,” said Charlie Revard, who co-owns the bicycle sales and repair shop with his brothers Bill Revard and Jimmy Revard. The brothers took over the business in 1990 from their late parents, Tom and Nancy Revard, who opened the Broad Ripple store in 1979.

Demolition is expected to begin in early September. Charlie Revard said his aim is to have the new space open by the end of the year, though he admits that schedule is optimistic.

The new space will be a two-story building with about 6,000 square feet of total space. That’s a big step up from the shop’s current space of just less than 2,000 square feet.

“We intend to kick off the 40th year with a brand-new space and a whole new look,” Charlie Revard said.

The Broad Ripple site will continue to offer repair services from its on-site garage during construction. The Bike Line also has a Carmel store at 724 S. Rangeline Road, and that store will remain open as usual.

— Just around the corner from the Bike Line’s Broad Ripple shop, Natural Born Juicers has opened at 882 E. Coil St. 

The store, which opened July 18, is an additional location for owners Laura and Corey Beatus, who also have a store at 865 Massachusetts Ave.

Natural Born Juicers sells a variety of juices, smoothies, hot drinks, fruit/granola bowls and other items. 

— And a cupcake shop, Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery, is planning to open this fall at 930 Broad Ripple Ave.

The space was previously occupied by sandwich chain Erbert and Gerbert’s, which closed in March.

Smallcakes sells a variety of gourmet cupcakes, including vegan and gluten- and dairy-free varieties, along with ice cream. The Kansas City, Missouri-based company has about 200 locations around the country.

This will be Smallcakes’ second Indiana location—a Greenwood shop opened at 1279 N. Emerson Ave. in 2016.

Franchisees Megan and Aaron Evans operate both the Broad Ripple and Greenwood locations.

Moving on to news from other locales:

— A new taproom, Garfield Brewery, opened its doors June 30 at 2310 Shelby St. in the city’s Garfield Park neighborhood. 

Owners are Ted Herrera and his son, Kyle Herrera, Larry Agresta and Gary Kinnett. Kinnett and the Herreras handle the brewing.

The brewery has given its beers locally-inspired names, including Red Line, an American red ale named after the IndyGo bus rapid-transit line now under construction; and Hervey Street, a Hefeweizen brew. 

“Our focus is to do a variety of styles of beer well,” Ted Herrera told IBJ.

The establishment is open Wednesday through Sunday.

— A new Irvington restaurant, Bonna Station, is in the works at 128 S. Audubon Road.

General Manager Jason Ammerman describes the menu’s focus as “higher quality pub dishes with a focus on farm-to-table proteins,” with a focus on local suppliers, including Greenfield-based Tyner Pond Farm, which produces pork, beef and poultry.

Bonna Station’s owner is Amy Baggott, wife of Clustertruck founder Chris Baggott.

The Baggotts are also owners of Tyner Pond Farm, as well as The Mug restaurants in Greenfield and Irvington; and Griggsby’s Station restaurant in Greenfield.

Ammerman has close to 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry in a variety of jobs. He’s worked as a cook at several chain restaurants, as the organizer of a lunch delivery program at the Columbia Club, as bar manager at Griggsby’s Station and as beverage director at Louie’s Wine Dive, among other positions.

Ammerman said Bonna Station hasn’t yet set an opening date—the timing depends on results from a pre-opening health inspection.

— Turchetti’s Salumeria, a butcher and meat wholesaler that opened last year at 1106 Prospect St. in Fountain Square, is opening a weekend-only deli at the same location Aug. 24.

The establishment, to be called Turchetti’s Salumeria Deli, will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The menu will include sandwiches, charcuterie boards and Italian street food, along with wine, draft beers and deli meats for retail purchase.

— Coffee retailer Nespresso will open its first Indiana boutique next month at the Fashion Mall at Keystone. 

According to the mall’s web site, the store is expected to open Aug. 30.

Nespresso, a business unit of the Nestle Group, sells pre-portioned coffee capsules and coffee makers directly to consumers and businesses. Founded in 1986, Nespresso opened its first coffee boutique in 2000. The company had more than 700 stores at the end of 2017.

— Local women’s boutique First Harvest is opening a store at Greenwood Park Mall, with a grand opening set for Aug. 4.

This will be the second location for the retailer, which opened its first store in December at 8701 Keystone Crossing. Owners Kimmie and Matt Bridges started the company as an online-only clothing retailer in August 2016.

The business donates 10 percent of its proceeds to Mercy Multiplied, a Nashville, Tennessee-based Christian not-for-profit organization that helps women dealing with addictions, eating disorders, sexual abuse and other issues.

— The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which launched a series of three different food tours in April, has added a Massachusetts Avenue tour to its lineup.

The new tour, which costs $55, includes stops at eight different restaurants along the north end of Massachusetts Avenue and the Cultural Trail. Participating restaurants include Yats, Love Handle, Natural Born Juicers, Mimi Blue Meatballs, Rooster’s Kitchen, Best Chocolate in Town, Mass Ave Wine and Black Market

The Cultural Trail also offers walking food tours along Virginia Avenue and in Fletcher Place; and a bicycle tour that spans the 8-mile Cultural Trail.

Le Peep Restaurants of Indiana will host a grand re-opening of its Fashion Mall Commons location at 8487 Union Chapel Road from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

The re-opening follows a complete renovation of the 4,100-square-foot facility, including the addition of outdoor seating. The location will also introduce its new menu with items from local suppliers including Native Bread, Moody Meats, Illinois Street Food Emporium, Four Day Ray Brewing, Taxman Brewing Co. and Flat 11 Bierwerks.

Le Peep Restaurants of Indiana has five locations—four in Indianapolis and one in Carmel—and will open a Zionsville location, at 4400 Weston Pointe Drive, in September.

Home Spa opened its second location last week at Castleton Square Mall.

The locally-owned company specializes in acupressure and reflexology of the foot and offers chair massages, table massages, foot massages, and combo packages  in intervals ranging from 10 to 60 minutes. Home Spa also has a location at Greenwood Park Mall.

Walmart’s new online grocery delivery service has arrived in the Indianapolis area.

Walmart customers place their orders on the retailer’s website or through its Walmart Grocery mobile app. A third-party delivery partner will bring the order to the customer’s door. The delivery fee is $9.95. 

The service is now available at 17 Indianapolis-area stores, including locations in Fishers, Camby, Avon, Carmel and Greenwood. 

Indianapolis is the 30th U.S. market to receive Walmart online delivery service. The retailer plans to have the service in 100 markets by the end of the year.

Finally, a few closings to note:

Hops & Fire Craft Tap House in Greenwood, which was known for its gluten-free menu items, has closed. 

A message posted July 11 on the restaurant’s Facebook Page says, “We appreciate the Southside’s generosity and love! Unfortunately, we have had to make the very hard call to close our facility. Thank you to all for the lovely memories, and the good times that we shared.”

Chuck E. Cheese has closed its Castleton location at 5501 E 82nd St.

The store’s Facebook page identifies the Castleton site as “temporarily closed,” while Chuck E. Cheese’s website describes the site as “closed until further notice.”

As of press time IBJ was awaiting further details from the company's Irving, Texas-based parent company, CEC Enterprises Inc.

The children-oriented pizza chain’s remaining local sites include two in Indianapolis (10021 E. Washington St. and 8804 U.S. 31 South) and one in Avon (9931 E. U.S. 36).

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