Category: Business/Finance

Scotty’s Brewhouse Honored for Doing ‘The Right Thing’

BY JANET MANDELSTAM “There shouldn’t be an award for doing the right thing,” says Scott Wise, founder of Scotty’s Brewhouse. Nonetheless, the Indianapolis-based company with restaurants in Bloomington and 18 other cities has been honored for its history of inclusive hiring and supporting people with disabilities. The award, the Ruderman Best in Business Award from [...]

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Landmark Showers Building Marks 20 Years Since Revival

The Showers Building today. Photo by Erin Stephenson   BY BARB BERGGOETZ The building that housed Plant No. 1 of the Showers Brothers Furniture Company (which once produced 60 percent of the furniture in the country and provided one-fourth of all tax revenue in Bloomington) had been underutilized for years. Other vacant and distressed buildings [...]

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French Lick Resort at Age 10: A Return to Grandeur and a Revived Economy

The atrium’s domed ceiling at the West Baden Springs Hotel—a massive structure 110 feet high and 200 feet in diameter—was the world’s largest free-span dome until the Houston Astrodome was built in the 1960s. Photo by Steve Raymer   BY MOLLY BRUSH It was 1996 and West Baden Springs Hotel was in dire straits. The [...]

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New Owners of Bakehouse Bring New Ideas, Menu, Hours

(l-r) Garrett Hibiske and Ken Davenport. Photo by John Bailey BY MOLLY BRUSH If you’ve visited the Bakehouse on Bloomington’s downtown Square in the past few months, you’ve probably noticed some changes. For one thing, it’s no longer the Scholars Inn Bakehouse — it’s now Black Canyon Bakehouse. It also has a new look and [...]

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Wayne Shive: King of Condiments and Indiana’s Paul Newman

Wayne Shive with a selection of his 18 Best Boy & Co. products. Courtesy photo BY JANET MANDELSTAM Wayne Shive jokingly calls himself the King of Condiments. His company, Best Boy & Co., produces 18 sweet and savory sauces, mustards, and spice blends. It’s just the latest venture for this serial entrepreneur. Retired after running [...]

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A B-town Boy’s Dream Comes True: Now the Maker of Hot Air Balloons

Andy Richardson (left) with Lesle and Todd Payne. Photo by John Bailey BY JULIE GRAY Hot air balloon maker Andy Richardson, 30, grew up a mile south of Oliver Winery on the outskirts of Bloomington. “As a young boy, I would see the winery’s balloons flying over,” remembers Richardson, now the owner of Adams Balloons [...]

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Eco Logic: Advocate for Clean Water and Native Plants in Bloomington

(l-r) Mary Hallinan, Spencer Goehl, Natalie Marinova, and Phil Oser in front of the Eco Logic building. Photo by Darryl Smith BY PETER DORFMAN Spencer Goehl has spent many years restoring forests and prairies, but he’s also interested in the great potential he sees in the smaller patches of green in cities such as Bloomington. [...]

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Clearly Depart: A Business that Prepares People for Their Deaths

Kel McBride. Photo by Martin Boling BY STEPHANIE VON HIRSCHBERG In Kel McBride’s workshops, designed to help people prepare for their own deaths, participants are often surprised to learn how varied their “body disposition” options are. They could, for instance, choose to have their ashes shot into space, as Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry did. [...]

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Hot Rod’s Downtown Barber Shop: Just Like the Good Old Days!

The old-fashioned red, white, and blue barber pole outside Hot Rod’s. Photo by Stephen Sproull BY PAUL BICKLEY In July 2014, Rodney Pheifer visited Ward’s Downtown Barber Shop in Bloomington to look at two chairs for his expanding barbershop in Monrovia, Indiana. “I bought the chairs right away,” he says. “Driving home, I thought about [...]

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Bloomington WoodWorks: A Different Kind of Co-Op

Adam Dillon-Moore (left) and James Bradley (right). Photo by Stephen Sproull BY BARB BERGGOETZ A professional woodworker and furniture maker, James Bradley was tired of working alone in his home woodworking shop and having to drive to Indianapolis to buy furniture-grade wood that couldn’t be found locally. To help others avoid the same frustrations, Bradley, [...]

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Artistic Jigsaw Puzzles Catching On In Bloomington and Across the State

John Singelton Copely’s "Watson and the Shark" is the basis for Marc Tschida’s puzzle with shark-shaped pieces. Courtesy photo BY PAUL BICKLEY “Puzzles are all about the images,” says Marc Tschida, who launched Press Puzzles in 2013. Most of his hand-cut, wooden jigsaw puzzles depict Bloomington landmarks, making them particularly attractive to tourists and Indiana [...]

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Persimmon Inn: A B&B By and For Environmentalists

Photo by Bradley Cox BY BARB BERGGOETZ Paul and Sue Fratianni are avid environmentalists. When they opened Persimmon Inn in September 2014, they wanted to follow their ideals, support the local economy, and offer a positive experience for guests. To those ends, the inn features eco-friendly paper and cleaning products; local, organic soaps; mattresses made by an Indiana company; and [...]

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OCHA: A New Business Launch Will Help Renters Find Housing

Off Campus Housing Agency partners Donald Griffin Jr. and Tim Ballard. Photo by Erin Stephenson BY CARMEN SIERING A man wearing a fedora and trench coat walks the streets, his spirits as low as his bank account. He couldn’t get his security deposit back on the apartment he had rented, and funds are tight when [...]

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Furniture Exchange and ‘Flat Steve’ Moving into Former Bowling Alley

Steve Birch, known as Flat Steve because of the cardboard cutout of himself at the Furniture Exchange, is moving the business to larger quarters. Photo by Darryl Smith BY BARB BERGGOETZ Come early November, the familiar Flat Steve cutout seen for years on South College will have a new home on Bloomington’s north side. That’s [...]

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Filmworks: Maker of Those IU Super-Success Story Promos

Soprano Ailyn Pérez as she appears in the promo. Courtesy photo BY KATHY JONAS In the time it takes to eat an apple or brew a cup of coffee, Jo Throckmorton, maker of TV commercials, tells the stories of billionaire sportsman Mark Cuban, soprano Ailyn Pérez, and ESPN broadcaster Sage Steele. “It’s all about differentiation,” [...]

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The Evolution of Uel Zing Coffee From Cart, to Stores, to Café

Sam Sveen, back in his cart days. Courtesy photo BY DANIEL MORGAN When Sam Sveen began drinking coffee, taste was an afterthought; he was more interested in the energy boost it provided. But after landing a job as a barista at an award-winning coffee shop in Ithaca, New York, he started discovering his own palate, [...]

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