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 the Ruderman Family Foundation, recognizes “exemplary businesses in North America that have demonstrated a history of employing people with disabilities and developing innovative approaches to maximizing employees’ abilities.” About 4 percent of Scotty’s 1,900 employees have disabilities, but Wise expects that number to grow to 10 percent by the end of 2017. The Bloomington Scotty’s, located at 302 N. Walnut, hired its first employee with […]

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Protect Your Kids: Where to Go for Inexpensive Home Safety Products

BY SARA SHEIKH The Riley Safety Store at IU Health Bloomington was born from the recognition that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children up to 14 years of age. The store offers families a place to learn about home safety and injury prevention and to purchase low-cost home safety products with the help of trained educators who guide them in their selection, installation, and use. Modeled after the safety store at Riley Hospital for Children, it opened here in 2012. It is located at 651 S. Clarizz Blvd. adjacent to Riley Physicians at IU Health, (formerly Southern Indiana Pediatrics). A primary focus is injury prevention education. Trained staff members help families assess their home safety needs […]

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Landmark Showers Building Marks 20 Years Since Revival

  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 surrounded the 200,000-square-foot eyesore. Still, local visionaries somehow pictured a bright future for the complex as part of a revitalized West Side Historic District. CFC Properties President Jim Murphy remembers when that vision became a reality 20 years ago. “That was a milestone,” Murphy says. “It was a big deal when we were able to pull this together, and the organizational entities — the City, Indiana University, and CFC — made this happen.” […]

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Got a Musical Instrument Forgotten in the Attic? Let ChIRP Loan It to a Child

BY MOLLY BRUSH As a community orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn to play and appreciate music. But for some families, the cost of purchasing and maintaining an instrument can prevent their children from participating in music lessons and developing musical skills. To help, the BSO created the Children’s Instrument Recovery Program (ChIRP). “We want music to be accessible to those who, for various reasons, cannot get instruments on their own,” says bassist Audrey Williams, president of the BSO board of directors and director of ChIRP. Founded in 2001 by former BSO board member Frank Galiani, ChIRP loans instruments to children at no cost. The loan is for a period […]

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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 magnificent structure and its atrium — dubbed “the eighth wonder of the world” during its heyday in the early 1900s — had been vacant for 13 years. It was in such disrepair that a section had collapsed, and the entire building was in danger of following suit. Now, 10 years after completion of a restoration project undertaken by Bloomington-based Cook Group, West Baden Springs Hotel [...]

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