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Bret Raper, Local Court Commissioner, Wins Western Swing Album of Year

How does a court commissioner from southern Indiana become a western swing music sensation and win the Academy of Western Artists’ Western Swing Album of the Year? Ask fiddler, Bret Raper, 57, whose first album, Somewhere Near Austin, earned him the coveted award in March.

Center for Sustainable Living Wins Award for Making Bloomington Better

Operating since the mid-1990s, the Center for Sustainable Living (CSL) has long had a hand in helping advance community ventures like the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market and the Bloomington Bike Project. In 2008, the nonprofit organization’s efforts led the National Wildlife Federation to officially recognize Bloomington as a certified Community Wildlife Habitat.

Blond Genius Denim Bar—More Than Just Jeans (PHOTO GALLERY)

When Katie Whitson moved from Iowa to Bloomington to be closer to her family, she realized that many of her favorite clothing brands weren’t available here. She opened the first Blond Genius store outside of Iowa in Fountain Square Mall in December 2015. In August 2016, she relocated to Renwick Village Center.

Sober Joe Coffee: To Help Recovering Addicts

For 25 years, Frank Kerker was a start-up specialist in the beverage industry. With a marketing degree from Indiana University, he helped launch Snapple, SoBe, Muscle Milk, and Fuze. Now Kerker has rolled out his own beverage—Sober Joe Coffee.

Nurse Navigators Guide Patients on Cancer Journey

As long as Debra Traylor Davis had been getting yearly mammograms, she had also been getting called back to Southern Indiana Radiological Associates (SIRA). “They usually couldn’t get a good read on the first one, so I’d have to get a second mammogram,” Davis says. “So when they called me back last year, I figured that’s what it was.”

Green Camino—An Easy Way to Start Composting

Kathy Gutowsky and Randi Cox have a history of environmental activism that dates back to the late 90s when they met on a recycling committee. Now they have turned that interest into a business, Green Camino Curbside Composting.

Jose Mario Arango Violinist, Lawyer, Chef

Figuring out one’s life as a college freshman sometimes means there will be a few twists and turns along the way. But that doesn’t mean things won’t all turn out better for it. So says Jose Mario Arango.

Eskenazi Undergoes Renovation but School Outreach Continues

The Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) requires every second-grade student to visit the Indiana University Eskenazi Museum of Art, but since the museum closed for renovation in May 2017, fulfilling that requirement has been impossible. The solution? Bring the museum to the students. 

Wedding Guide

Bloom’s 12th Annual Wedding Guide (PHOTO GALLERY)

Whether they blended cultures or families, had a traditional ceremony or one a little less so, each of these four couples had a wedding day to remember. If you’re planning a wedding, we hope you’ll find some inspiration in these stories and photographs.

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  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Business & Finance
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  • Fashion & Shopping
  • Features
  • Food & Drink
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Blond Genius Denim Bar—More Than Just Jeans (PHOTO GALLERY)

When Katie Whitson moved from Iowa to Bloomington to be closer to her family, she realized that many of her favorite clothing brands weren’t available here. She opened the first Blond Genius store outside of Iowa in Fountain Square Mall in December 2015. In August 2016, she relocated to Renwick Village Center.

COVER STORY: Homes Curated with Heart (PHOTO GALLERY)

In recent years, the verb "curate" has escaped the halls of museums and been used to describe the way a home is put together. Each of the homes featured here displays the owners’ commitment to selecting, organizing, and presenting their private spaces for maximum satisfaction and ease.

Quilter’s Comfort: Unusual Teas Made Locally

In the spring, local artist and business owner Patricia Coleman likes to sit down with a cup of her Sagewell tea blend, a combination of Gingko biloba, yerba maté, red clover, elderberry, and (of course) sage. “We all want to enter this awakening time ready to embrace new beginnings,” Coleman, says.

Nurse Navigators Guide Patients on Cancer Journey

As long as Debra Traylor Davis had been getting yearly mammograms, she had also been getting called back to Southern Indiana Radiological Associates (SIRA). “They usually couldn’t get a good read on the first one, so I’d have to get a second mammogram,” Davis says. “So when they called me back last year, I figured that’s what it was.”

The T.C. Steele Gardens

Theodore Clement Steele (1847–1926), the famous American impressionist painter, is well known for his Indiana landscapes. (What many may not know is that Steele was also a skilled portrait painter, and this actually generated the majority of his income.)

Wedding Guide

Bloom’s 12th Annual Wedding Guide (PHOTO GALLERY)

Whether they blended cultures or families, had a traditional ceremony or one a little less so, each of these four couples had a wedding day to remember. If you’re planning a wedding, we hope you’ll find some inspiration in these stories and photographs.

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