Three Downtown Boutiques Just Off the Beaten Path

BY BARB BERGGOETZ Rebecca Carter designs her homey bungalow boutique, Rebecca & Me, so it’s like shopping at your girlfriend’s house. Linnell Schur draws customers to Daffodils with classic women’s fashions made of linen and other natural fabrics at reasonable prices. Lisa Orme faithfully posts merchandise from her downtown shop, LolaRue & Company, on social media. Owners of these three downtown shops — all just a little off the beaten path — face the challenge of attracting customers away from the downtown Square. All three women enjoy their distinctive buildings, appreciate the lower overhead costs, and delight in making their shops reflect their personalities and the desires of their customers. They just wish there was more foot traffic. “I fell in love with the building and the neighborhood, just one block south of downtown,” says Carter, of […]

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The 2015 FlowMotion Symposium’s Gala Showcase (Videos)

More than 175 instructors, volunteers, and participants took part in a three-day convention and festival designed to cultivate the flow arts in Bloomington. “Flow arts” is a term used to describe creative movement and exploration through prop manipulation. FlowMotion Symposium, November 20–22, featured classes at three locations: Wild Orchid Aerial Fitness & Dance; Girls Inc. of Monroe County; and the event’s “flowtel,” the Courtyard Marriott. Paula Chambers, co-founder of the Hudsucker Posse and event coordinator, says the symposium is a natural extension of the group’s mission of making Bloomington a destination for cirque, flow, and movement arts. “There is a large community throughout the Midwest that craves authentic experience and real connection,” she says. “We’re making great strides in our […]

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