Over the next few months, retail centers across Carmel will welcome a wave of new coffee shops, restaurants, makeup retailers, clothiers, toy stores and more.
— Garden Table co-owners Sarah Simon, Jessie Harden and Greg Harden launched their farm-to-table concept in October 2014, at 908 E. Westfield Blvd. in Broad Ripple. The brunch restaurant that offers fresh-pressed juices, coffee and pastries expanded in January 2017 with a second location and dinner options at 342 Massachusetts Ave. in downtown Indianapolis.
Greg Harden said he’s in the process of signing a lease on Garden Table’s biggest location yet. He’s planning to bring as many as 150 seats to a 4,000-square-foot space at 350 Monon Blvd., Suite 100, in the first floor of The Railyard at Monon building in Carmel’s Midtown.
Harden said he and his partners were drawn to The Railyard at Monon building for its proximity to the Monon Trail, local neighbors like Sun King and Fork + Ale, the attached parking garage, more than 200 upstairs apartments and a nearby plaza with outdoor amenities.
“Seeing all of that, we wanted to be a part of it,” Harden said. “It all kind of vibes with what we do at Garden Table.”
The new location will almost double Garden Table’s workforce by adding 60 to 75 new full- and part-time positions to the current staff of 88.
— Across the Monon Trail, Java House Coffee Bar will open its second location in the first floor of Midtown’s main parking garage at 145 Elm St., Suite 100.
The coffee bar specializing in cold-brewed coffee started last May at 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd., Suite 160, in Clay Terrace. Now, operator Michael Moe is hoping to start serving out of a second storefront by the start of summer.
“We’re looking to grow fairly quickly in the Indy area,” Moe said. “Midtown is just absolutely booming in Carmel, and we really feel like it’s going to be the heart of Carmel when it’s activated here in the next couple of years.”
Java House’s new space is just over 2,000 square feet, and guests will see some familiar themes from the original store: high ceilings, big windows, a plant wall and a coffee bar. The space will also feature two conference rooms available for rent.
Moe said he’s planning to open three or four more storefronts within the next year, but he hasn’t nailed down the new locations. When they do open, Moe said each new store will add another 10 to 15 employees to Java House’s current staff of 17.
Three new stores will open in Clay Terrace later this year:
— O’Child Children’s Boutique will open between Evereve and Eddie Bauer in mid-March. The boutique store offers clothing, gifts, toys and other items suitable for children from newborn to age 14.
— In late spring, Rose & Remington will bring its women’s clothing and jewelry to the space between Lululemon and American Eagle. Rose & Remington has already operated as a pop-up shop in Noblesville’s Hamilton Town Center, and a permanent location will also open there by the middle of the year.
— Sephora, the French chain with locations worldwide, is coming to the mall in early May to fill the space between Altar’d State and Sur La Table. The beauty and makeup retailer features over 400 brands and offers personalized beauty services.
In addition to the recently announced Manelé Café and a new InCycle Strength studio, Carmel’s City Center plans to welcome two new tenants this year:
— Residential and commercial architectural design firm Gary Nance Design will open in City Center this summer at 715 Hanover Place. The full-process design firm specializes in high-end, custom homes.
— This spring, Kits & Kaboodle Classic Toys is moving from Westfield to 723 Hanover Place in Carmel’s City Center. The new store will have a Mary Poppins theme—including a Bert’s Book Nook and an interactive play area—and toys for infants to children 12-years-old.
A new café is opening near the intersection of Carmel, Westfield, Fishers and Noblesville.
— Rachel Priddy first launched Rose & Lois as a mobile café in 2018 while she was searching for a brick-and-mortar location. Now, she’s secured a lease at 7249 E. 146th St., Suite 110, in Carmel, and she’s planned a grand opening for March 7.
The new location features a drive thru, a small meeting room, a children’s play area and outdoor seating in a back patio area.