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Fountain Square Mall Turns 30—How the Cooks Saved the Square

Fountain Square turns 30 on September 10. On Tuesday, September 4, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., CFC Properties, which owns the south side of the downtown Square, will host the 30th anniversary celebration on West Kirkwood and extend it into Fountain Square to tour the updated spaces.

Animal Shelter Renovation Aims To Keep Rescue Animals Healthier

When the Bloomington Animal Shelter hosted an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its newly renovated and extended building in June, a 6-month-old shelter dog named Spike cut—or rather tore—the ribbon, with an assist from shelter Director Virgil Sauder and Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton.

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.

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.)

Carter Whitson: High School Football Coach

It hardly seems likely that a former Big Ten coach would tackle the coaching duties of a high school football team, but that’s exactly the path Carter Whitson has taken.

A Dig at Wylie House Museum Unearthing 1859 Greenhouses

Even before I joined the dig at the Wylie House Museum, I knew my concept of archaeology—mostly dinosaurs, mummies, and Indiana Jones—was tragically oversimplified. Still, I didn’t know how oversimplified until I started working alongside some real archaeologists uncovering circa-1859 greenhouses.

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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Fountain Square Mall Turns 30—How the Cooks Saved the Square

Fountain Square turns 30 on September 10. On Tuesday, September 4, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., CFC Properties, which owns the south side of the downtown Square, will host the 30th anniversary celebration on West Kirkwood and extend it into Fountain Square to tour the updated spaces.

Fix-It Fair: An Ecological Way to Save Some Green

Whether you’re working to keep items out of the waste stream or just want someone to repair a much-loved keepsake, the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) invites you to attend its first-ever Fix-It Fair. The event, on Saturday, August 18, will be held at the main library branch, 303 E. Kirkwood, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

BloomingVeg: Advocacy Group for Vegans 
and Vegetarians (Newcomers Welcome)

If you’re among those who imagine that vegans lead tofu-based lives of quiet desperation, one way to dispel those illusions is to attend a potluck held by BloomingVeg. This 5-year-old nonprofit advocacy group for vegetarians, vegans, and veggie-lovers encourages compassion for animals through the consumption of a (delicious) plant-based diet.

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.”

Krimson Leadership Academy Teaching it’s Cool to Be Smart

When Brian Richardson was being raised by a single mother in Saginaw, Michigan, he knew that as a black youth attending schools with poor reputations, conventional wisdom held that he wasn’t going to go very far in life. Richardson had other plans. Today, he’s assistant director of diversity and inclusion at the Indiana University School of Public Health and the founder of a mentoring program for young men at Fairview Elementary School.

Caleb Poer: Political Activist

Caleb Poer, 17, admits there was a time when he wasn’t politically aware. “I don’t remember thinking about politics until Barack Obama was running for president,” Poer says. But it isn’t as if he was getting a late start. When Obama announced his candidacy in early 2007, Poer was 6 years old.

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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