Category: Fashion/Shopping

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. [...]

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

A variety of clocks, including kitschy Kit-Cat replicas. Photo by Darryl Smith 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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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This Holiday Season, Start a New Tradition — Shop Locally

Holiday shopping on Bloomington’s downtown Square. Photo by Steve Raymer 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 [...]

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The Virtuous Bee: An Online Skin Product Business (Photo Gallery)

Jennifer Bland with a selection of her products from The Virtuous Bee. Photo by Darryl Smith BY BARB BERGGOETZ When Jennifer Bland gets an idea, she doesn’t waste any time putting it into action. Within five months, she went from knowing literally nothing about honeybees to developing a business using beeswax to make skin products [...]

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Bone Appetit in Nashville A Gourmet Bakery — For Dogs

Bone Appetit owner Susan Rice. Photo by Tom Preston BY SARA SHEIKH After working in the travel industry and owning two other businesses, Susan Rice decided it was time to do something completely different, so in 1997 she opened Bone Appetit, a gourmet dog treat bakery in Nashville, Indiana. The 66-year-old Indianapolis resident says she [...]

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Bespoke Formal Wear Shop: Downtown on the Square (Photo Gallery)

Dominick DiOrio (left) and John Porter wore 3-piece suits in British navy by Andrew Davis Bespoke on their wedding day at Sycamore Farm. Photo by Richardson Studio BY JEREMY SHERE Last December, men’s clothier Andrew Davis, located on the south side of the downtown Square, opened Andrew Davis Bespoke, a new shop adjacent to the [...]

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Samboola’s Trading Co. in Ellettsville: Local ‘Purveyors of Goods & Stuff’

Samboola’s owner Craig Koontz. Photo by Martin Boling BY SARA SHEIKH Located in the heart of downtown Ellettsville, Samboola’s Trading Co. — “Purveyors of Goods & Stuff” — sells antiques, vintage memorabilia, up-cycled pieces, local art, and locally produced handmade goods. Antique enthusiasts may be familiar with owner Craig Koontz, whose passion for antiquing spans [...]

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The Tailored Fit: Custom-Made Clothes for Men and Women

Men’s custom-made suits from Alabaster & Chess of New York City are available at The Tailored Fit. Photo by Magnanimous Pictures BY BARB BERGGOETZ As a young girl, Margaret Fette’s favorite toys were Barbie dolls — especially their outfits. She spent countless hours dressing them to look just perfect. The allure of clothing and finding [...]

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Enter the Non-Virtual World When You Come Into Athena

Merribeth Fender and the eclectic mix of goods at Athena. Photo by John Bailey BY PETER DORFMAN Merribeth Fender, co-owner of Athena, invites people to step away from work, put down their smartphones, and try to reconnect with the tangible — the objects, sensations, and beings that have meaning in the non-virtual world. Having worked [...]

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Fallen Leaf Books: A Nashville Shop That Almost Wasn’t

Carey Spain, owner of Fallen Leaf Books. Photo by Pamela Keech BY PAMELA KEECH Carey Spain is a gentle 61-year-old with a lifetime love of collecting books. He’s a Nashville, Indiana, hero, having purchased the town’s only independent bookstore just as it was about to close forever. Last March, Spain and his wife, Cheryl Mills, [...]

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Tivoli Fashions and Jewelry: A Marriage of Apparel and Pearls

Cheryl and David Nichoalds in their Fountain Square Mall store. Photo by Jenn Hamm BY ROSIE PIGA PIZZO Like the classic women’s apparel it features, Tivoli Fashions has stood the test of time. Cheryl Nichoalds opened the shop in 1987, an original tenant in Fountain Square Mall. In 2003, her husband, David Nichoalds, knocked a [...]

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Three Downtown Boutiques Just Off the Beaten Path

Rebecca & Me: like shopping at a friend’s house. Photo by Pamela Keech BY BARB BERGGOETZ Rebecca Carter designs her homey bungalow boutique, Rebecca & Me, so it’s like shopping at your girlfriend’s house. Linnell Schur draws customers to Daffodils with classic women’s fashions made of linen and other natural fabrics at reasonable prices. Lisa Orme faithfully posts merchandise from her [...]

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The Toy Chest: New Upscale Kids Store with a Heart

Hilary Key. Photo by Jim Krause BY BARB BERGGOETZ Once an aspiring neuroscientist, Hilary Key chose instead to focus on what makes her most happy — children and philanthropy. The 26-year-old Martinsville, Indiana, native first took ownership of The Toy Chest in Nashville, Indiana, in July 2014. Now she’s opened a second toy store in [...]

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