Daffodils: A Shop Reopens 
After 10-Year Hiatus

BY LEE ANN SANDWEISS Someone passing by 402 W. 6th St. might get a sense of déjà vu. Daffodils, a women’s apparel shop, has sprung up where it flourished from 2000 to 2005. Owner Linnell Schur is back doing what she loves. “Between 2005 and now, I was a full-time caregiver — I lost both of my parents and husband during that period,” Schur explains. “I wanted to do something fun, but I realize that I’m going to have to build this business one customer at a time.” The Indianapolis native, who attended the Ray College of Design in Chicago, lives in Spencer, Indiana, and has worked in fashion retail since the 1970s. An avid gardener, Schur named her store […]

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9th Annual Wedding Guide: Weddings That Inspire

BY LEE ANN SANDWEISS In our 9th Annual Wedding Guide we celebrate four very distinctive weddings, each reflecting the personalities and circumstances of the couples who planned them. We believe the ingenuity they share can inspire other engaged couples as they embark on planning weddings that are distinctively their own. Stephanie Benjamin and Brian Hatton, Hoosiers who met and live in London, infused their intimate winter wedding with Old English ambiance. Madison Turner and Griffen Dahlstrom created an elegant wedding for the ages with the help of Madison’s mother, Kim. Susie Kateregga, a bride with Ugandan roots, and her groom, Indianapolis native TJ Napier, had two ceremonies to honor the merger of their families’ heritages. Audrey Crane and Jeremiah Stevens […]

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Gather: A Handmade Art Shop for 
Adults, Kids, and Even Pets

BY LEE ANN SANDWEISS Talia Halliday is a rookie retailer who trusts her instincts. When opportunity knocked early, she didn’t hesitate to answer. “I thought, ‘Why wait? Strike while the iron’s hot!’” exclaims Halliday, a leather artist and owner of Gather :handmade shoppe & Co: at 101 W. Kirkwood, Suite 112, in Fountain Square Mall. Her success with a pop-up shop in the mall during the 2013 holiday season convinced her that owning her own year-round store was feasible. “Sales from the pop up were so encouraging that I planned to open a store when my youngest son started school full time in 2015. But this perfect space was available in August, so here I am.” Ninety artists and craftspersons, […]

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Direct from Detroit: Shinola Watches at Andrew Davis

BY LEE ANN SANDWEISS Slow down as you pass the window at Andrew Davis Clothiers at 101 W. Kirkwood, and a display of funky, distinctively American-looking watches is liable to catch your eye. Look closer at the brand name, Shinola, and it might ring a bell somewhere in the distant recesses of your mind. Ever hear the phrase, “You don’t know shit from Shinola”? Shinola was a popular shoe polish brand back in the 1940s — hence the phrase. Fast forward to 2011 and marketing genius Tom Kartsotis, founder of Fossil, bought the rights to the name and created a line of retro-looking watches, bicycles, and leather goods. Since its launch, Shinola has garnered considerable media attention, in no small […]

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Melanie Castillo-Cullather: Director, Asian Culture Center

BY LEE ANN SANDWEISS Arriving in Bloomington in 1993, Melanie Castillo-Cullather was a disoriented newcomer and a newlywed with a serious case of culture shock. Born and raised in the Philippines, she came to the city by way of Washington, D.C., with her husband, Nick Cullather, who had landed an assistant professorship position in Indiana University’s history department. “I wondered, ‘Where am I?’ The Midwest was very alien to me,” remembers Castillo-Cullather. More than 20 years later, she is one of Bloomington’s ultimate insiders: a tireless networker who makes newcomers feel at home in the community. Since 1999, she has served as director of IU’s Asian Culture Center (ACC), welcoming thousands of Asian American and Asian international students to our […]

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