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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Hopscotch Coffee: New Café on the B-Line Trail

BY ANICKA SLACHTA Twelve years ago, Jane Kupersmith walked along the tracks of the Monon Railroad to her first job interview in Bloomington. She was an Iowa transplant hoping to attend Indiana University, and her strongest association with coffee was the cup she’d brewed that morning. Today, she is co-owner of Hopscotch Coffee in the B-Line Station, a replica of an old-time train station, located along the ghosts of those same tracks. It’s a coincidence that Jeff Grant, her partner in their roaster and café, used to sneak his bike onto the unopened B-Line Trail for rides down the unfinished path. Hopscotch, which opened in October, is both eco-friendly and family friendly. The café promotes recyclables, encourages customers to bring […]

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The Old I. Fell Building Is Now an Artists’ Haven

BY BRIDGETT HENWOOD An enterprising artist and a preservation developer have transformed the old I. Fell Building, with its exposed steel beams and concrete floors, into a collection of studios for artists of all sorts. The building at West 4th and South Rogers streets, which began life as a car dealership in the 1920s and has had many incarnations, now also houses a gallery space and a vegan bakery. When artist Daniel Evans, owner of the Bloomington Clay Studio (BCS), outgrew his studio in Brown County last year, he teamed up with Cynthia Brubaker to find a new space. Brubaker, who specializes in restoring old structures, says she always saw potential in the yellow brick building. “It was a sleeper […]

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