Clutch Fabrication and Design: More Than Just Metalwork

BY SARA SHEIKH Josh Smith comes from a family that didn’t hire professionals to do their home repairs or improvements. The Greene County native says his parents preferred to do things themselves and, as a result, he began learning skills like carpentry and welding as a youngster. “I grew up doing everything,” Smith, 33, says. “My dad built our house with trees that he took down. My mom painted and did stained glass. My family is full of doers.” Smith built on the skills he learned as a youth to start Clutch Fabrication and Design. The Bloomington-based studio integrates the art of design with the craft of welding to customize one-of-a-kind pieces for both commercial and residential clients. While metals […]

Continue reading "Clutch Fabrication and Design: More Than Just Metalwork"

House of Clocks in Morgantown Selling and Repairing All Kinds of Clocks

BY SUSAN M. BRACKNEY From kitschy 1930’s Kit-Cat replica clocks with swinging tails and darting eyes to the grandest of grandfathers, House of Clocks in Morgantown, Indiana, sells new clocks and repairs old ones, too. Located on the main street at 75 W. Washington, the shop has been a fixture in town since 1971. The store is awash with all of the ticking and clicking, chimes and bells, and customary cuckoo calls you would expect — and the not-so-traditional sounds of monkeys, cows, horses, and other animals that emerge from brightly colored plastic clocks on the hour. Dan and Anna Jo Condon are the House of Clocks’ fifth owners. Their son, Matthew Condon, has been repairing clocks for the shop […]

Continue reading "House of Clocks in Morgantown Selling and Repairing All Kinds of Clocks"

Elevated Citizen: A New Men’s Store in Town

(l-r) The owners of Elevated Citizen: Kaleb Ryan, founder/designer; Jessica Ryan, CFO; and Mike Venable, operations/designer. Courtesy photo   BY SARA SHEIKH Men’s clothing designer Kaleb Ryan has opened Elevated Citizen in Bloomington, the first brick-and-mortar store to showcase his menswear line, EC Chantal. Since establishing EC Chantal in 2013, Ryan has traveled the country to both promote the brand and meet with clients like Cincinnati Reds players Adam Duvall and Tucker Barnhart and The Bold and the Beautiful actor Don Diamont. A Bloomington native, Ryan, 34, didn’t aspire to be a clothing de- signer; instead, he studied biology at Indiana University and planned to become a veterinarian. When he realized being a vet wasn’t his calling, he started a [...]

Continue reading "Elevated Citizen: A New Men’s Store in Town"

Relish — Women’s Clothing That Transcends Trendiness

Photo by Nikita Shokhov BY TRACY ZOLLINGER TURNER In an era of cheap, disposable, and environmentally unsound fast fashion, many consumers are seeking out the sustainability of well-crafted boutique clothing, handbags, and shoes. The apparel at Relish has always embraced that ethic, says Sharon Fugate, who owns the downtown Bloomington store with her husband, Brad. The clothes and accessories at Relish are selected from a wide number of small, independent labels around the country, and Fugate adds new selections to the floor every week — sometimes every day. She seeks out high-quality fabrics that are made to last for years and fit and drape well on all body types, she says. The palette is largely focused on gray and black, but [...]

Continue reading "Relish — Women’s Clothing That Transcends Trendiness"

This Holiday Season, Start a New Tradition — Shop Locally

BY CARMEN SIERING When holiday shopping starts in earnest on Thanksgiving weekend, many folks can’t wait to pack into the big-box stores, pushing and shoving to snag a bargain. But Talisha Coppock, executive director of Downtown Bloomington Inc., suggests a different scenario for those who want to create a more meaningful holiday tradition. “It all starts with the lighting ceremony downtown,” Coppock says. “The Canopy of Lights the Friday evening after Thanksgiving really kicks it off.” On Saturday, the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market turns into the Holiday Market, offering locally grown farm products, arts and crafts, entertainment, food vendors, and a visit from Saint Nick and his reindeer. From there, Coppock encourages everyone to visit local retailers for their holiday […]

Continue reading "This Holiday Season, Start a New Tradition — Shop Locally"