Menards is closing its store near I-465 and West 38th Street. The Wisconsin-based chain has seven other area stores, including in Avon, Carmel, Fishers and Greenwood. An employee at the store at 6450 Gateway Drive said it will close for good Oct. 29.
Urban Element has closed both of its restaurants, the original at 901 N. Pennsylvania St., and Urban Element II at 415 S. Alabama St. Owner Steve Roberts opened his second restaurant outpost in the former home of Elements near Mass Ave within the last few months.
Spa Chakra at the Conrad Indianapolis hotel closed on Friday. The website for the company, which also operated spas in New York and Chicago, was not working this morning. The spa in April sold more than 2,400 Groupons offering $300 worth of services for $79.
El Bodegon, a tapas restaurant and market along 96th Street in Fishers, has closed. A sign on the restaurant's door says El Bodegon will continue to offer catering.
Blimpie has closed its downtown location along Pennsylvania Street just north of Washington Street.
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.