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Bloomington Hardware: Offering Services an Online Store Can’t

As the owner of Bloomington Hardware, Vickie Davison says she’s been competing with big box stores and the internet for years. “But Bloomington really celebrates local businesses,” she says. “And that’s huge, because it doesn’t matter what the business is, if people don’t shop there, then that business will close.” Still, she points out that being a brick-and-mortar hardware store carries one advantage: “If you need a plunger, you need it now.” 

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Buskirk-Chumley to Host Poetry & Spoken Word Event

Sometimes one thing leads to another—and in the case of Words! A Bloomington Celebration of Poetry and Spoken Word, that’s a beautiful thing, says Danielle McClelland, executive director of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater (BCT). From March 2–7, organizations from the community are coming together to celebrate the spoken word at venues across the city and on the Indiana University campus.

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Coffee-Infused Beers Offer Two Great Tastes in One Glass

On a recent trip to the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, my wife, Carmen, and I had to weave around a long line of people waiting to get freshly brewed coffee. Noting the line, I commented that I don’t understand people’s obsession with coffee. She just stared at me and replied, “Really? Have you ever listened to yourself talk about beer?”

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Voices of Recovery: Eight Inspiring Stories of Life After Addiction (COVER STORY)

Part eight of our eight-part composite—Kevin Bruce: “His exposure to addictive substances growing up was somewhat typical—pilfered cigarettes and alcohol as a young teen, greater amounts purchased illegally when he was older. It wasn’t until he went to college that it became clear he was becoming addicted. In 1962, Kevin was accepted at Brown University. He says he chose Brown, in part, because his older brother went there. But also because, he says, ‘Underage drinking was a matter of course and part of the culture.'”

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