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Black Business Affinity Group Makes Chamber More Diverse

When Erin Predmore, president and CEO of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, attended the city’s 2019 State of the Black Community address last February, she realized that the Chamber lacked a strong connection to Bloomington’s black business community.

New Switchyard Park: It’s Large, Has Lots of Stuff & It’s Eco-Friendly

Officially opened in November, Switchyard Park is the city’s largest park—more than 65 acres. The facilities include an amphitheater, 11,000-square-foot event pavilion, skate park, splash pad, playground, dog park, and community gardens, as well as fitness circuits, electric car-charging stations, and several sports courts.

Lee Loves

Old Man Winter is whistling at our keyholes, but Bloomington businesses are amply stocked with items to keep us warm and cozy.

InBloom: Be Sure to Choose A Fragrant Rose

Old rose varieties, such as alba, gallica, and damask, had wonderfully fragrant blooms but, sadly, bloomed only once. Thanks to David Austin (1926–2018) we have 230 modern hybrid roses that offer intoxicating, old-fashioned rose fragrances and that bloom repeatedly.

Michael Shermis: Connector

Michael Shermis is a connector. As a consultant, he facilitates retreats that help nonprofits connect with their missions.

Wedding Guide

14th Annual Wedding Guide

If you’re planning a wedding and looking for ideas, our behind-the-scenes peek at the nuptials of these four couples offers plenty of inspiration.

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Black Business Affinity Group Makes Chamber More Diverse

When Erin Predmore, president and CEO of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, attended the city’s 2019 State of the Black Community address last February, she realized that the Chamber lacked a strong connection to Bloomington’s black business community.

Find a Piece of History at the IU Surplus Store

“If IU owns it, we sell it,” says Todd Reid, manager of the Indiana University Surplus Store, 2931 E. 10th St. From ballpoint pens to game-worn IU jerseys to the contents of entire hospitals, IU Surplus is the university’s retail outlet, selling unwanted items from departments across the IU campuses.

Year of the Women (COVER STORY)

The Indiana University women's basketball team is talented, hardworking, selfless, gritty, fun-loving, and WINNING.

Fat Dan’s: A Chicago-Style Deli Not for Dainty Eaters

The first thing I did when the food arrived at our table at Fat Dan’s Chicago-Style Deli, 221 E. Kirkwood, was roll up my sleeves to my elbows. With three locations in Indianapolis, the restaurant now brings its version of Windy City flavor to Bloomington.

A Wellness Coach Who Knows About Trauma

Although she has always had a desire to help people, Susan Woods says experiencing her own health crisis took her work as a health and wellness coach to a new level.

SCCAP: A Local Agency Helping Families Become Independent

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are sometimes considered the best-kept secrets of the nonprofit sector, says Jessie Yeary, director of communications and development at the South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP). She hopes to change that. “I don’t really like that phrase because we don’t want to be a secret,” she says.

Michael Shermis: Connector

Michael Shermis is a connector. As a consultant, he facilitates retreats that help nonprofits connect with their missions.

Wedding Guide

14th Annual Wedding Guide

If you’re planning a wedding and looking for ideas, our behind-the-scenes peek at the nuptials of these four couples offers plenty of inspiration.

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