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 [...]

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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 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 [...]

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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 […]

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

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 and starting an apiary on her property northwest of Bloomington. “I kind of do things on a whim,” Bland admits. “The last thing I thought I would do is start a business.” Now, not only does Bland create her own handcrafted body butters, lip balms, and soaps, she also designs her own packaging and sells everything online through her business, The Virtuous Bee. Bland first considered raising chickens, but a beekeeping display at a Rural King farm store caught her eye […]

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Bone Appetit in Nashville A Gourmet Bakery — For Dogs

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 was familiar with Nashville and the Brown County area thanks to her family’s house on Sweetwater Lake. “Nashville is a great place to do business,” Rice says. “It’s one of the most laid-back places that you’ll ever find, and it has such a religious following with repeat tourism business.” While shoppers can find pet items such as durable dog leashes, collars, and toys at Bone Appetit, Rice estimates 65 percent of the store’s sales […]

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