From die-hard sports fans to casually proud alumni, students, and faculty, Hoosiers are not shy about flying their crimson-and-cream colors or sporting IU’s iconic, more-than-a-century-old, interlock logo.
In 2013, actress Glenn Close began collaborating with Indiana University on a college pilot program for Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization she founded that works to destigmatize mental illness. As that partnership unfolded, another one emerged.
With a daughter and two young grandchildren residing in Bloomington, Laurel Nardine thought it was a good time to move her fashion boutique, Posh, from one Indiana downtown to another. So, after seven years in Vincennes, Nardine relocated Posh Boutique to 118 S. College, the space formerly occupied by Lola and Company.
The fashion world has rarely accommodated people living with disabilities. Most often, clothing created for individuals who use a wheelchair, are unable to manipulate buttons, or need specialized footwear or other clothing adaptations comes with an obvious, sometimes awkward, preference for function over form.
When By Hand Gallery celebrates 40 years of offering downtown Bloomington shoppers original, handcrafted art, the festivities will include demonstrations in stone carving, scarf tying, and pottery making. And there’s a good chance there will be cake to mark the occasion.
Located in an iconic Victorian-style building at the corner of East Kirkwood and South Grant Street (that also houses Soma Coffee House and Juice Bar and The Laughing Planet Cafe), Moon Stones sells gems, rocks, crystals, and fossils as old or older than the limestone from which the structure was built.
Vicki and Lance Munn make art furniture—functional objects of beauty designed to be timeless—under the name VicLan. “We decided we wanted a legacy statement, like an heirloom, as opposed to being trendy,” Vicki explains. “We sign and date everything we make.”
In many places, Labor Day weekend is associated with cookouts and last-chance dips in the lake, but in Bloomington, the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts has been woven into the community’s holiday celebration since its beginning in 1977.
On the city’s north side, in an area that has sprung to life with the development of the Bloomington Trades District, is where you’ll find Blue Heron. It’s a place where wood artisans come to buy supplies, take classes, and sell their work.
In the 45-plus years that Cheryl Nichoalds has been selling women’s apparel, more than a few fashion trends have come and gone, but the classic styles that she carries in her Bloomington store, Tivoli Fashions, have stood the test of time.
Bloomington’s unofficial dress code might be called laid-back casual. But there is one place in town that’s the exception. Drop in at the Meadowood Retirement Community for social hour any Friday evening or on any special event day and you’ll find the residents strategically dressed to the nines.
For many, the term “designer fashion” conjures up visions of expensive garments destined for the wardrobes of the wealthy. An upcoming exhibit and sale, “Retro Visions: Democratizing Scarf Art,” refutes that notion while helping some of the world’s poorest people—women and children in Kenya.