From doughnuts to home-improvement items and furnishings, this week's blog has something for everyone.
— Rebellion Doughnuts, which specializes in uniquely flavored artisan doughnut creations, is set to open Friday at 17677 Cumberland Road in Noblesville. The establishment will have seating for about 50 patrons, and a kitchen area flanked by picture windows so guests can watch the bakers at work. The owners, law partners David Pumphrey and John Manley, are planning a second location inside City Market in downtown Indianapolis. Construction at that location should begin next week, Pumphrey said, with an opening targeted for September.
To create their menu, the partners consulted with pastry chef Cindy Hawkins. Hawkins owns the pastry shop Circle City Sweets and Circle City Soups, both of which are also in City Market.
Rebellion’s menu will include about 12 to 15 different flavors of doughnuts at any given time, Pumphrey said. Those flavors include a lemon cream-filled doughnut with lavender icing; a hollowed-out doughnut that holds Nutella spread and a shot of espresso; and a doughnut/gelato “sandwich,” among others. Rebellion Doughnuts focuses on “taking a traditional thing and creating a new art form out of an old style,” Pumphrey said. “A doughnut’s a delivery system for awesome tricks.”
Pumphrey and Manley have experience in the food world. They own the Copper Still Kitchen & Bar in downtown Noblesville, which focuses on house-made American fare, including pulled-pork sandwiches and burgers.
Rebellion Doughnuts takes its name from the partners’ approach to both food and life in general. Pumphrey was a high-school dropout who served in the Navy before returning to school. Manley is a former mixed-martial-arts fighter. “We are not afraid to mix it up,” Pumphrey said.
The two, who met while attending IU’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, specialize in courtroom defense work.
— A combination coffee shop and furniture store, Coffee and Table, opened Saturday at 1354 Shelby St. in Fountain Square. The owners are Salma Qaddourah and Tyler Richardson, both of whom live in Fountain Square.
Coffee and Table sells Tinker House coffee, cold-brew coffee, tea, locally made kombucha and other items. True to its name, it also sells furniture, including tables, stools, benches and blanket ladders for storing and displaying blankets.
The furniture items are “semi-customizable,” Qaddourah told IBJ in an e-mail. “We give customers the opportunity to pick their legs and stain on all our furniture, and give them options on tops.”
Starting in September, the shop will offer local artists space to exhibit their work.
— Chicago-based Arbor Lodging is about to begin a $3 million remodeling of its northwest-side Courtyard by Marriott hotel at 7226 Woodland Drive. Arbor says construction should begin in mid-September at the three-story, 90-room property, which is just north of West 71st Street and east of Interstate 465.. Work will include a comprehensive renovation of the hotel’s guest rooms, public spaces and exterior.
Arbor’s other local properties include two TownePlace Suites, one at 5802 W. 71st St. near the Park 100 industrial park, and another at 8468 Union Chapel Road in the Keystone area; a Candlewood Suites at 5250 W. Bradbury Ave. near the Indianapolis International Airport and another at 8111 Bash St. in Castleton; and a Suburban Extended Stay at 8055 Bash St.
— The new owners of a southeast-side car wash plan to remodel the building and add a convenience store in a portion of the operation.
Satinder Kaur of Indianapolis, whose family runs 10 other Indianapolis-area convenience stores, said his wife and two other relatives recently purchased the Super Wash at 4949 E. Thompson Road via Indy Holdings LLC. The business has four self-service wash bays and two automated bays.
Kaur said his family plans to take out the self-service bays and turn that portion of the business into a convenience store and gas station. Demolition will begin as soon as the necessary permits are issued, Kaur said. Once demolition begins, construction should take three or four months.
— Atlanta-based Floor & Décor has opened its first Indianapolis location, at 8310 Castleton Corner Drive, in the Castleton Commons shopping center next to Dave and Buster’s. The store opened Aug. 16. On its website, the company describes itself as “a leading specialty retailer in the hard surface flooring market,” selling tile, wood, stone and related tools and accessories to both homeowners and contractors.
— Grand Appliance and TV opened this month at 8010 U.S. 31 South. It is the retail chain’s second Indiana location. Its first, a north-side Indianapolis store at 4025 E. 82nd St. just east of Dean Road, opened in 2017. The store sells appliances; television, video and home audio equipment; mattresses and vacuum cleaners. Grand Appliance opened its first showroom in 1966 in Waukegan, Illinois. The company now has 22 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin.
— Camp Bow Wow, a Colorado-based doggie day care and boarding facility, opened its third local operation Aug. 28, at 5311 Commerce Circle in Southport. Local franchisee is Tom Hulbert. The area's first Camp Bow Wow, at 10830 Pendleton Pike, near Fort Harrison State Park in Lawrence, opened in 2015. There's also a Carmel location, at 489 Gradle Drive.
— The quick-serve Mexican chain Qdoba opened its newest Indianapolis-area location on Monday, at 890 N. Green St. in Brownsburg. Another local site, at 6196 Whitestown Parkway in Whitestown, is expected to open Sept. 17. The two stores are opening a bit behind schedule—Qdoba had previously expected to open in Brownsburg on Aug. 6 and in Whitestown on Aug. 20.
— Foundry 317 Home Interiors, 819 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, reports on social media that it will have its grand opening on Sept. 8. From the store’s Facebook page: “Foundry317 specializes in modern & antique furniture along with home decor, staging services and more.”