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Evans-Porter Library Preserves African American History, Culture & Fiction

Housed in the building that served as the African American grades K–9 school until the end of local school segregation in 1951, the Banneker Community Center’s Evans-Porter Memorial Library is a repository of approximately 2,000 volumes of African American history and culture, reference materials, and adult and children’s fiction.

Royale Hair Parlor Creates a Unique Wedding Suite

Sometimes the most treasured images of a bride’s big day are captured as she and her party get ready for the ceremony—the casual moments when hair is being done and makeup applied. So when Royale Hair Parlor began booking an increasing number of wedding parties, owner Bridgett DiVohl began thinking about how she might create a more private, celebratory space for her clients.

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping: You’ll Kick, Punch, Squat & Sweat

Pam Green, co-owner of Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping, shouts to be heard over the music blasting in the gym. “Pound that bag. Left jab, right cross,” she yells. “Let me hear that bag. It’s music to my ears.” To the 20 sweaty exercisers punching and kicking the black heavy bags, she exhorts, “Keep pushing yourself.”

Susie’s Place: Helping Children Through Traumatic Times

Hundreds of tiny hand-shaped cutouts hang in the hallways of Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Bloomington. Those hands represent a portion of the 3,000 children ages 2 to 18 seen there since Susie’s Place opened in 2011. The center is located at 365 S. Park Ridge Road.

Jean Capler: Social Worker

When Jean Capler was named Bloomington’s 2016 Woman of the Year, it was something of a surprise. “I was really honored, but I looked at the list of other women who have received the award and there were a lot of impressive women doing pretty impressive things,” she says. “And I just do what I do.”

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Bloomington Helping to Educate Syrian Refugee Children Stuck in Turkey

Frances Trix has been working with refugee populations most of her life, first in her native Detroit, and later in places like Kosovo and Macedonia. Fluent in Turkish and Arabic, Trix has recently become involved with Syrian refugees in Turkey. She’s particularly concerned with the plight of children. 

Bloomington Stitchery Offers ‘Tailoring for Every Body’

Bloomington Stitchery’s commitment to body positivity is visible from the parking lot. A rainbow banner in the window of the new storefront reads, “You are loved,” and the store’s slogan, “Fine Tailoring for Every Body,” is on the sign outside.

COVER STORY: Bold Homes

If we have the privilege of choice, the environment in which we live is a reflection of who we are. The owners of the four homes featured here all share the characteristics of decisiveness, risk-taking, passionate vision, and a powerful sense of place.

Mami’s Gelato: A Local Vegan Dessert Now Sold Nationally

When Naomi Posner-Horie moved to Bloomington in 2003, it was to support her daughter Natasha’s interest in pursuing music studies at Indiana University. “Natasha is the only reason we came to Bloomington, and it seemed a good, safe place for my two younger daughters, too,” Posner-Horie says.

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping: You’ll Kick, Punch, Squat & Sweat

Pam Green, co-owner of Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping, shouts to be heard over the music blasting in the gym. “Pound that bag. Left jab, right cross,” she yells. “Let me hear that bag. It’s music to my ears.” To the 20 sweaty exercisers punching and kicking the black heavy bags, she exhorts, “Keep pushing yourself.”

Ivy Tech Center Celebrates Decade of Lifelong Learning

This year, the Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning celebrates its 10th anniversary. And while its founding executive director says she modeled the center on similar programs from around the country, it’s customized for Bloomington.

Jean Capler: Social Worker

When Jean Capler was named Bloomington’s 2016 Woman of the Year, it was something of a surprise. “I was really honored, but I looked at the list of other women who have received the award and there were a lot of impressive women doing pretty impressive things,” she says. “And I just do what I do.”

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