When Lisa Stantz decided to open Unraveled Quilt Store in Spencer, Indiana, in 2016, it felt like a gift to herself. So, she made her April birthday her first day of business. “It was something big for me,” she says. “It was my special day and I just wanted to share it with my store. It’s my baby.”
High school sweethearts Emily and Eric McArtor— originally from Greene County, Indiana—have always been “crafty.” Woodworking was an art that Eric’s grandfather instilled in him as a youth, and Emily’s grandmother kept her busy as a child by recycling everyday items into crafts.
With summer here and COVID-19 vaccinations plentiful, many Bloomingtonians are planning a return to familiar activities in
a (hopefully) post-pandemic world. And that includes travel— whether a weekend getaway by car, a flight to visit faraway friends and family, or a vacation to some exotic destination.
The exhibit “Art of the Character: Highlights from the Glenn Close Costume Collection” opened on May 6 at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University and features 56 costumes worn by actor Glenn Close in 14 productions.
As the pandemic has shut down activities and narrowed the daily experiences of many people, tabletop games old and new have seen a resurgence. Local retailers are selling more strategy board games, role-playing games, card games, and puzzles.
With no experience in the fashion design industry, Pamela Walters and longtime friend Jean Robinson retired from Indiana University in 2018 and 2017, respectively, and decided to delve into their own clothing line, Silk + Steel.
Rick Morgenstern says he closed his independent bookstore, Morgenstern Booksellers, in 1996 after national chains Barnes & Noble and Borders squeezed him out. But he never gave up on his dream of reopening, which he plans to do in May.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many businesses to reassess their operations and perhaps alter their practices, and ETC for the Home, Bloomington’s locally owned home furnishing and interior design center, is one of them.
After months of gray days, Bloomington’s glorious spring brings smiles to our faces. Local retailers have an array of practical and whimsical finds that pop with cheery colors to add even more joy to your day!
For nine days in early September, Elizabeth Cullen Dunn distributed toothpaste, towels, diapers, and shampoo to Afghan refugees evacuated from Kabul to Camp Atterbury, the National Guard training post north of Columbus, Indiana.