New Day Meadery has opened a tasting room at 1102 Prospect St. in Fountain Square. Owners Tia Agnew and Brett Canaday opened the state's first and only producer of honey-based wine in 2005 in Elwood, but wanted a tasting room closer to more potential customers. Visitors can sample individual styles of mead for $5 a glass, or a flight of all 8 for $5.
Tavern on South, a new bar and restaurant, is taking 8,000 square feet at 423 W. South St., near Lucas Oil Stadium. The owner is Steve Geisler, a former executive at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in Fishers.
Pampolina, a children's clothing store with German roots, is opening its first U.S. location at The Fashion Mall at Keystone. The franchise store, owned by Roshelle Polo, is taking 1,700 square feet and is slated to open in September.
The MacExperience, a licensed Apple computer retailer, has moved its store at 45 S. Franklin Road to join with home-entertainment specialist Ovation inside its location at 6609 E. 82nd St. in Castleton. The combined store hopes to challenge big-box competitors including Best Buy and HHGregg. MacExperience also has stores in downtown Indianapolis, Greenwood and Bloomington. Ovation has a second store in Greenwood.
Pure Eatery, serving a basic menu of soups, salads and sandwiches, has opened in Fountain Square's Murphy Arts Center. Owner Amy Andrus is a South Carolina native and restaurant industry veteran who moved here in 1999.
Square Rootz Deli has opened on Prospect Street across from Fountain Square Theater. Owner Jeff Reuter's menu includes gourmet sandwiches, old-school sodas and homemade desserts.
Double Apple Lounge, a new restaurant, is planning to open at the corner of 96th Street and Michigan Road. A state filing lists the owner as Gladys Botina.
Vanilla Bean Bakery plans to take 1,150 squre feet at the northeast corner of 86th Street and Township Line Road, across the street from a Kroger store.
Vineyard Liquors is opening a new shop at 7750 S. Meridian St., near Stop 11 Road, in a retail center with a Family Video. The shop is taking 4,200 square feet in the building, which is owned by the video-rental chain.
Schouten is an Indianapolis native and Indiana University graduate who joined IBJ in 2006 after stints at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Arizona Republic. He covered the real estate beat for most of those years, and launched the Property Lines blog, before taking over as managing editor in March 2013.
Schouten has been honored for investigative and enterprise reporting by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Alliance of Area Business Publications and the Society of Professional Journalists in Indianapolis. During his tenure as moderator of Property Lines, the blog was recognized twice as the best among business journals by the AAPB.
Schouten serves as secretary of the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and is set to serve as the organization's president in 2016. He is treasurer of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, and a board member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation.
He lives in Butler Tarkington with his wife and two rescue dogs.