Bloom’s 11th Annual Wedding Guide – Pleasant Surprises! (photo gallery)

Jourdan Eastling (left) and Sarah Hugus share a quiet moment after their ceremony. Photo by Icarus Photography PLEASANT SURPRISES! Couples who have been together for years can still find ways to surprise each another — or be surprised. Such was the case for each of the four couples featured in our 11th Annual Wedding Guide. For Carolyn Chang and Chris Wells, that surprise came from a change of venue. While they had planned an outdoor ceremony at the Rose Well House, a special site where they shared a magical midnight kiss, showers forced the ceremony into Indiana Memorial Union’s Tudor Room. Jourdan Eastling and Sarah Hugus had an even bigger surprise — the fact that they could get married at [...]

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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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CIP: College Internship Program Helping Students on Autism Spectrum

BY SUSAN M. BRACKNEY From teaching time management skills to helping students discover their passions, College Internship Program (CIP) Bloomington offers services which could benefit nearly anyone. However, the young adults assisted by the local transitional program fall on the autism spectrum or have other learning differences that make it difficult for them to navigate college or jump straight into a career after high school. “We work with students to develop goals and reach their highest potential,” explains CIP Bloomington Assistant Program Director Ellen Davidson. The program helps students develop both hard skills (such as how to navigate campus or plan meals) and soft skills (like emotional regulation and detecting social cues). “So much of what we do is automatic, […]

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A Long Hike That Raised Thousands For African Children Is Now a Book

BY PETER DORFMAN In 2013, Morgan Scherer, then a senior at Bloomington High School North, had an idea to raise money to help refugee children in the turbulent Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His “bold dream,” as he calls it, was to get sponsors for a hike on the northernmost 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail — alone, with his dog, Niko. Morgan and Niko walked the walk and in the process raised $10,000 for the Bloomington-based nonprofit organization Giving Back to Africa, which fosters education for Congolese children. Now, three years later, Scherer’s story is being told in a book titled I Just Kept Walking, published by the Bloomington Rotary Club. The book was conceived of by Giving Back […]

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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 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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