FASHION/SHOPPING

Hair Today! What’s Doing?

After a year of neglected haircuts and colors, Bloomingtonians have been returning to their local salons ready to change things up.

Unraveled Quilt Store: 3,000 Bolts of Fabric & More

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.”

Craft Happens: A Place to ‘Get Messy & Let Loose’

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.

Planning a Getaway? Stuff to Take Your Stuff In

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.

IU Exhibit Showcases Glenn Close Costume Collection

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.

Board Games Are Popular Again

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.

New Morgenstern Bookstore To Open in Spring

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.

Bloomington’s Best Bows!

At Tivoli Fashions, purchases come with a little something extra: complimentary gift wrapping by owner Cheryl Nichoalds that looks beautiful beneath the Christmas tree.

Lee Loves: April/May 2020

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!

Mirth for Higher-End, Quality Women’s Shoes

When Mirth opened its Fountain Square storefront in 2018, co-owners Amanda Forgas and Kelly Jennings weren’t sure the shop had the space to carry shoes, but they knew they wanted to. “Kelly and I are both lovers of shoes, so we knew if we could offer footwear, we would do it,” Forgas says.

Find a Piece of History at the IU Surplus Store

“If IU owns it, we sell it,” says Todd Reid, manager of the Indiana University Surplus Store, 2931 E. 10th St. From ballpoint pens to game-worn IU jerseys to the contents of entire hospitals, IU Surplus is the university’s retail outlet, selling unwanted items from departments across the IU campuses.

Where to Find IU Gear Galore

From die-hard sports fans to casually proud alumni, students, and faculty, Hoosiers are not shy about flying their crimson-and-cream colors or sporting IU’s iconic, more-than-a-century-old, interlock logo.

Glenn Close’s Costumes Add Glam to IU Fashion Collection

In 2013, actress Glenn Close began collaborating with Indiana University on a college pilot program for Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization she founded that works to destigmatize mental illness. As that partnership unfolded, another one emerged.

Lee Loves: October/November 2019

Strolling around downtown Bloomington on a crisp autumn day is one of our town’s great pleasures. Be sure to visit the businesses on the Square and see what’s new.

Posh Boutique Caters ‘To Ladies from 20 to 80’

With a daughter and two young grandchildren residing in Bloomington, Laurel Nardine thought it was a good time to move her fashion boutique, Posh, from one Indiana downtown to another. So, after seven years in Vincennes, Nardine relocated Posh Boutique to 118 S. College, the space formerly occupied by Lola and Company.

IU to Hold Fashion Show For Folks With Disabilities

The fashion world has rarely accommodated people living with disabilities. Most often, clothing created for individuals who use a wheelchair, are unable to manipulate buttons, or need specialized footwear or other clothing adaptations comes with an obvious, sometimes awkward, preference for function over form.

Andrew Davis for High-End Footwear

With a curated collection of men’s clothing and accessories that come from all over the world, Andrew Davis Clothiers has provided menswear in Bloomington since 2008.

Moon Stones: Selling Gems, Rocks, Crystals, and Fossils

Located in an iconic Victorian-style building at the corner of East Kirkwood and South Grant Street (that also houses Soma Coffee House and Juice Bar and The Laughing Planet Cafe), Moon Stones sells gems, rocks, crystals, and fossils as old or older than the limestone from which the structure was built.

The Munns: Makers Of Artistic Furniture (FIRE UPDATE)

Vicki and Lance Munn make art furniture—functional objects of beauty designed to be timeless—under the name VicLan. “We decided we wanted a legacy statement, like an heirloom, as opposed to being trendy,” Vicki explains. “We sign and date everything we make.”

Blue Heron: For Tools, Designs, and a Gallery of Woodcrafts

On the city’s north side, in an area that has sprung to life with the development of the Bloomington Trades District, is where you’ll find Blue Heron. It’s a place where wood artisans come to buy supplies, take classes, and sell their work.

Bloom’s Greatest Hits: The Girls of Meadowood

Bloomington’s unofficial dress code might be called laid-back casual. But there is one place in town that’s the exception. Drop in at the Meadowood Retirement Community for social hour any Friday evening or on any special event day and you’ll find the residents strategically dressed to the nines.

Retro Scarf Exhibition & Sale To Benefit Projects in Africa

For many, the term “designer fashion” conjures up visions of expensive garments destined for the wardrobes of the wealthy. An upcoming exhibit and sale, “Retro Visions: Democratizing Scarf Art,” refutes that notion while helping some of the world’s poorest people—women and children in Kenya.

Lee Loves: April/May 2019

Spring is in the air, and many of our local retailers have something in their inventory to help you embrace this lovely season in Bloomington.

Piace Boutique: Fashion for All Ages (Photo Gallery)

When Johna Davis and Heather Short first opened Piace Boutique in 2010, it was a leap of faith. Born and raised in Bloomington, they each had stable careers—Davis was a certified public accountant, Short a surgical technician. But they both felt there was a gap in the local fashion market.

Lee Loves

With Jack Frost nipping at our noses (and other body parts), we’re all yearning for that special something that makes us feel pampered. Local retailers offer a blizzard of luxurious finds ready to make your home more inviting or to deck you out in style when you must brave the elements.

Two Young Entrepreneurs Create Underground Streetwear

While most of their peers are navigating the ins and outs of college, Bloomington natives David Norris, 19, and Evan Lutes, 20, are making a name for themselves in the world of underground streetwear with their independent fashion line, Kito.

Mirth—A Pop-Up Boutique Finds a Permanent Home

Mirth co-owners Amanda Forgas and Kelly Jennings were struggling to get the fledgling boutique up and running earlier this year when a mistake gave them some unexpected momentum. It came shortly after they attended a trade show to meet with women’s apparel sales representatives.

Lee Loves

Bloomington’s fall season is full of traditions and sensual delights—from tailgating and trick-or-treating to gazing at the brilliant foliage, sipping cider, or crunching into a caramel apple. Autumnal delights also abound on the shelves of local independent retailers. Take a look!

Where to Find Pre-Owned Bargains and Help Those Less Fortunate

Bloomington’s bargain hunters regularly make the circuit of our area’s reliable resale emporia looking for everything from toys and trinkets to furniture and formal wear—and frequently score unexpected one-of-a-kind treasures. Here’s a quick guide to the nonprofit purveyors of deeply discounted goods.

Local Designer Gives New Life to Keepsake T-Shirts

Fashion-savvy Bloomingtonians seeking a personal touch for their wardrobe might consider the unusual creations made by Jane Matranga. Since she retired from teaching fashion design at Indiana University in May, Matranga has been amping up her line of Ms Tarantula sportswear, including a variety of casualwear made almost entirely of previously worn T-shirts.

Blond Genius Denim Bar—More Than Just Jeans (PHOTO GALLERY)

When Katie Whitson moved from Iowa to Bloomington to be closer to her family, she realized that many of her favorite clothing brands weren’t available here. She opened the first Blond Genius store outside of Iowa in Fountain Square Mall in December 2015. In August 2016, she relocated to Renwick Village Center.

Lee Loves

Spring has sprung in Bloomington—the time of year when Mother Nature struts her stuff. The shelves of local retailers are burgeoning with merchandise that embraces the season and all it has to offer.

1818 Apparel Co. Offering Eco-Friendly Clothes & Gifts

Every shirt with the label 30A Dumpster Diver is made from eight, 16-ounce plastic bottles retrieved from landfills. The hats and bags from Real Deal Brazil are made from repurposed heavy canvas trucking tarps. And the lip glosses, perfumes, and soaps from Columbus, Indiana-based Garb 2 Art are packaged in recycled materials.

Opportunity House Celebrates 50 Years of Thrifty Style

Opportunity House was founded by a group of church ladies in 1968 to help low-income families with small children, but for five decades it has also been on the radar of Bloomingtonians looking for a fashionable bargain. The nonprofit resale shop, located in a rambling gray building at 907 W. 11th St., has several rooms stocked with donations of designer clothing, trendy accessories, vintage goods, jewelry, housewares, and books. Sales benefit the child care programs of Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM).

Skirt & Satchel Targets City’s Young Professionals

Andy McManis says fashion has always been a big part of her life, from making her own clothes with her mother to working at a boutique that offered styling services for celebrity clients, including concert promoters, music video producers—even the World Music Awards. Now, as owner of Skirt & Satchel, McManis has brought her fashion sense to Bloomington, targeting the city’s young professionals. 

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.” 

Indiana Knives: A Little Shop For Pocketknife Enthusiasts

As a student at Indiana University, Indiana Knives owner Eric Ziliak, 25, never thought he’d open his own business. Ziliak, a criminal justice major, graduated from the IU Police Academy in 2014 and worked as an IUPD officer for almost two years.

Gifts for the Kids in Your Life

O’Child Children’s Boutique, on the south side of the downtown Square at 101 W. Kirkwood, features upscale clothing, toys, and books sourced from manufacturers in the United States and around the world. When mother-of-two Hyun Kwon heard the Fountain Square Mall store was closing last year, the former customer became the new owner, and reopened the business in June.

Beidler Made Books Hand-Made the Age-Old Way

Twenty-first century products are typically mass-produced, manufactured from man-made materials, and designed to be disposable. In contrast, Brien Beidler’s books are made in the manner of a pre-industrial bookbinder—they’re handcrafted from natural materials, and they’re meant to last. 

My Sister’s Closet: Bargains for a Cause (PHOTO GALLERY)

Many Bloomington residents know My Sister’s Closet as a place to find bargains on gently used women’s clothing and accessories. What some might not know is that it’s more than a resale shop—it’s also a nonprofit organization that helps women achieve economic self-sufficiency.   

Gather Moves to New Space in Storefront on the Square

When Athena, a long-time Bloomington establishment located on the downtown Square, closed in the spring, Talia Halliday was disappointed. But as the owner of Gather, a shop featuring the handmade work of more than 250 local and regional artists, Halliday also saw an opportunity.

Bloomington Clothing Co.: Easy Apparel for Women 35 & Older

When Lorraine Hanna returned to her hometown of Bloomington in 1995 after 15 years in Hawaii as a buyer for Maui Clothing Company, she was frustrated with the town’s limited clothing options. “I couldn’t find clothes in Bloomington I wanted to wear,” Hanna says.

How Finding Rare Books Became Artist Dale Steffey’s Profession

Dale Steffey is one of the rare few who has managed to turn his passion into a profession. A couple of times. The 65-year-old native of Shelbyville, Indiana, came to Bloomington to study at Indiana University, and graduated in 1975 with a degree in secondary education. However, he was working at Trilogy Gallery in Nashville, Indiana, when he became interested in the art of stained glass—and in artist Dawn Adams, who became his wife. So instead of teaching, he worked with Adams as a glass artist for 30 years.

Bloomington Stitchery Offers ‘Tailoring for Every Body’

Bloomington Stitchery’s commitment to body positivity is visible from the parking lot. A rainbow banner in the window of the new storefront reads, “You are loved,” and the store’s slogan, “Fine Tailoring for Every Body,” is on the sign outside.

Royale Hair Parlor Creates a Unique Wedding Suite

Sometimes the most treasured images of a bride’s big day are captured as she and her party get ready for the ceremony—the casual moments when hair is being done and makeup applied. So when Royale Hair Parlor began booking an increasing number of wedding parties, owner Bridgett DiVohl began thinking about how she might create a more private, celebratory space for her clients.

Elevated Citizen: A New Men’s Store in Town

Men’s clothing designer Kaleb Ryan established his menswear line EC Chantal in 2013, and has now opened the brand’s first brick-and-mortar store, Elevated Citizen, in Bloomington.

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FASHION/SHOPPING

Hair Today! What’s Doing?

After a year of neglected haircuts and colors, Bloomingtonians have been returning to their local salons ready to change things up.

Unraveled Quilt Store: 3,000 Bolts of Fabric & More

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.”

Craft Happens: A Place to ‘Get Messy & Let Loose’

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.

Planning a Getaway? Stuff to Take Your Stuff In

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.

IU Exhibit Showcases Glenn Close Costume Collection

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.

Board Games Are Popular Again

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.

New Morgenstern Bookstore To Open in Spring

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.

Bloomington’s Best Bows!

At Tivoli Fashions, purchases come with a little something extra: complimentary gift wrapping by owner Cheryl Nichoalds that looks beautiful beneath the Christmas tree.

Lee Loves: April/May 2020

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!

Mirth for Higher-End, Quality Women’s Shoes

When Mirth opened its Fountain Square storefront in 2018, co-owners Amanda Forgas and Kelly Jennings weren’t sure the shop had the space to carry shoes, but they knew they wanted to. “Kelly and I are both lovers of shoes, so we knew if we could offer footwear, we would do it,” Forgas says.

Find a Piece of History at the IU Surplus Store

“If IU owns it, we sell it,” says Todd Reid, manager of the Indiana University Surplus Store, 2931 E. 10th St. From ballpoint pens to game-worn IU jerseys to the contents of entire hospitals, IU Surplus is the university’s retail outlet, selling unwanted items from departments across the IU campuses.

Where to Find IU Gear Galore

From die-hard sports fans to casually proud alumni, students, and faculty, Hoosiers are not shy about flying their crimson-and-cream colors or sporting IU’s iconic, more-than-a-century-old, interlock logo.

Glenn Close’s Costumes Add Glam to IU Fashion Collection

In 2013, actress Glenn Close began collaborating with Indiana University on a college pilot program for Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization she founded that works to destigmatize mental illness. As that partnership unfolded, another one emerged.

Lee Loves: October/November 2019

Strolling around downtown Bloomington on a crisp autumn day is one of our town’s great pleasures. Be sure to visit the businesses on the Square and see what’s new.

Posh Boutique Caters ‘To Ladies from 20 to 80’

With a daughter and two young grandchildren residing in Bloomington, Laurel Nardine thought it was a good time to move her fashion boutique, Posh, from one Indiana downtown to another. So, after seven years in Vincennes, Nardine relocated Posh Boutique to 118 S. College, the space formerly occupied by Lola and Company.

IU to Hold Fashion Show For Folks With Disabilities

The fashion world has rarely accommodated people living with disabilities. Most often, clothing created for individuals who use a wheelchair, are unable to manipulate buttons, or need specialized footwear or other clothing adaptations comes with an obvious, sometimes awkward, preference for function over form.

Andrew Davis for High-End Footwear

With a curated collection of men’s clothing and accessories that come from all over the world, Andrew Davis Clothiers has provided menswear in Bloomington since 2008.

Moon Stones: Selling Gems, Rocks, Crystals, and Fossils

Located in an iconic Victorian-style building at the corner of East Kirkwood and South Grant Street (that also houses Soma Coffee House and Juice Bar and The Laughing Planet Cafe), Moon Stones sells gems, rocks, crystals, and fossils as old or older than the limestone from which the structure was built.

The Munns: Makers Of Artistic Furniture (FIRE UPDATE)

Vicki and Lance Munn make art furniture—functional objects of beauty designed to be timeless—under the name VicLan. “We decided we wanted a legacy statement, like an heirloom, as opposed to being trendy,” Vicki explains. “We sign and date everything we make.”

Blue Heron: For Tools, Designs, and a Gallery of Woodcrafts

On the city’s north side, in an area that has sprung to life with the development of the Bloomington Trades District, is where you’ll find Blue Heron. It’s a place where wood artisans come to buy supplies, take classes, and sell their work.

Bloom’s Greatest Hits: The Girls of Meadowood

Bloomington’s unofficial dress code might be called laid-back casual. But there is one place in town that’s the exception. Drop in at the Meadowood Retirement Community for social hour any Friday evening or on any special event day and you’ll find the residents strategically dressed to the nines.

Retro Scarf Exhibition & Sale To Benefit Projects in Africa

For many, the term “designer fashion” conjures up visions of expensive garments destined for the wardrobes of the wealthy. An upcoming exhibit and sale, “Retro Visions: Democratizing Scarf Art,” refutes that notion while helping some of the world’s poorest people—women and children in Kenya.

Lee Loves: April/May 2019

Spring is in the air, and many of our local retailers have something in their inventory to help you embrace this lovely season in Bloomington.

Piace Boutique: Fashion for All Ages (Photo Gallery)

When Johna Davis and Heather Short first opened Piace Boutique in 2010, it was a leap of faith. Born and raised in Bloomington, they each had stable careers—Davis was a certified public accountant, Short a surgical technician. But they both felt there was a gap in the local fashion market.

Lee Loves

With Jack Frost nipping at our noses (and other body parts), we’re all yearning for that special something that makes us feel pampered. Local retailers offer a blizzard of luxurious finds ready to make your home more inviting or to deck you out in style when you must brave the elements.

Two Young Entrepreneurs Create Underground Streetwear

While most of their peers are navigating the ins and outs of college, Bloomington natives David Norris, 19, and Evan Lutes, 20, are making a name for themselves in the world of underground streetwear with their independent fashion line, Kito.

Mirth—A Pop-Up Boutique Finds a Permanent Home

Mirth co-owners Amanda Forgas and Kelly Jennings were struggling to get the fledgling boutique up and running earlier this year when a mistake gave them some unexpected momentum. It came shortly after they attended a trade show to meet with women’s apparel sales representatives.

Lee Loves

Bloomington’s fall season is full of traditions and sensual delights—from tailgating and trick-or-treating to gazing at the brilliant foliage, sipping cider, or crunching into a caramel apple. Autumnal delights also abound on the shelves of local independent retailers. Take a look!

Where to Find Pre-Owned Bargains and Help Those Less Fortunate

Bloomington’s bargain hunters regularly make the circuit of our area’s reliable resale emporia looking for everything from toys and trinkets to furniture and formal wear—and frequently score unexpected one-of-a-kind treasures. Here’s a quick guide to the nonprofit purveyors of deeply discounted goods.

Local Designer Gives New Life to Keepsake T-Shirts

Fashion-savvy Bloomingtonians seeking a personal touch for their wardrobe might consider the unusual creations made by Jane Matranga. Since she retired from teaching fashion design at Indiana University in May, Matranga has been amping up her line of Ms Tarantula sportswear, including a variety of casualwear made almost entirely of previously worn T-shirts.

Blond Genius Denim Bar—More Than Just Jeans (PHOTO GALLERY)

When Katie Whitson moved from Iowa to Bloomington to be closer to her family, she realized that many of her favorite clothing brands weren’t available here. She opened the first Blond Genius store outside of Iowa in Fountain Square Mall in December 2015. In August 2016, she relocated to Renwick Village Center.

Lee Loves

Spring has sprung in Bloomington—the time of year when Mother Nature struts her stuff. The shelves of local retailers are burgeoning with merchandise that embraces the season and all it has to offer.

1818 Apparel Co. Offering Eco-Friendly Clothes & Gifts

Every shirt with the label 30A Dumpster Diver is made from eight, 16-ounce plastic bottles retrieved from landfills. The hats and bags from Real Deal Brazil are made from repurposed heavy canvas trucking tarps. And the lip glosses, perfumes, and soaps from Columbus, Indiana-based Garb 2 Art are packaged in recycled materials.

Opportunity House Celebrates 50 Years of Thrifty Style

Opportunity House was founded by a group of church ladies in 1968 to help low-income families with small children, but for five decades it has also been on the radar of Bloomingtonians looking for a fashionable bargain. The nonprofit resale shop, located in a rambling gray building at 907 W. 11th St., has several rooms stocked with donations of designer clothing, trendy accessories, vintage goods, jewelry, housewares, and books. Sales benefit the child care programs of Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM).

Skirt & Satchel Targets City’s Young Professionals

Andy McManis says fashion has always been a big part of her life, from making her own clothes with her mother to working at a boutique that offered styling services for celebrity clients, including concert promoters, music video producers—even the World Music Awards. Now, as owner of Skirt & Satchel, McManis has brought her fashion sense to Bloomington, targeting the city’s young professionals. 

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.” 

Indiana Knives: A Little Shop For Pocketknife Enthusiasts

As a student at Indiana University, Indiana Knives owner Eric Ziliak, 25, never thought he’d open his own business. Ziliak, a criminal justice major, graduated from the IU Police Academy in 2014 and worked as an IUPD officer for almost two years.

Gifts for the Kids in Your Life

O’Child Children’s Boutique, on the south side of the downtown Square at 101 W. Kirkwood, features upscale clothing, toys, and books sourced from manufacturers in the United States and around the world. When mother-of-two Hyun Kwon heard the Fountain Square Mall store was closing last year, the former customer became the new owner, and reopened the business in June.

Beidler Made Books Hand-Made the Age-Old Way

Twenty-first century products are typically mass-produced, manufactured from man-made materials, and designed to be disposable. In contrast, Brien Beidler’s books are made in the manner of a pre-industrial bookbinder—they’re handcrafted from natural materials, and they’re meant to last. 

My Sister’s Closet: Bargains for a Cause (PHOTO GALLERY)

Many Bloomington residents know My Sister’s Closet as a place to find bargains on gently used women’s clothing and accessories. What some might not know is that it’s more than a resale shop—it’s also a nonprofit organization that helps women achieve economic self-sufficiency.   

Gather Moves to New Space in Storefront on the Square

When Athena, a long-time Bloomington establishment located on the downtown Square, closed in the spring, Talia Halliday was disappointed. But as the owner of Gather, a shop featuring the handmade work of more than 250 local and regional artists, Halliday also saw an opportunity.

Bloomington Clothing Co.: Easy Apparel for Women 35 & Older

When Lorraine Hanna returned to her hometown of Bloomington in 1995 after 15 years in Hawaii as a buyer for Maui Clothing Company, she was frustrated with the town’s limited clothing options. “I couldn’t find clothes in Bloomington I wanted to wear,” Hanna says.

How Finding Rare Books Became Artist Dale Steffey’s Profession

Dale Steffey is one of the rare few who has managed to turn his passion into a profession. A couple of times. The 65-year-old native of Shelbyville, Indiana, came to Bloomington to study at Indiana University, and graduated in 1975 with a degree in secondary education. However, he was working at Trilogy Gallery in Nashville, Indiana, when he became interested in the art of stained glass—and in artist Dawn Adams, who became his wife. So instead of teaching, he worked with Adams as a glass artist for 30 years.

Bloomington Stitchery Offers ‘Tailoring for Every Body’

Bloomington Stitchery’s commitment to body positivity is visible from the parking lot. A rainbow banner in the window of the new storefront reads, “You are loved,” and the store’s slogan, “Fine Tailoring for Every Body,” is on the sign outside.

Royale Hair Parlor Creates a Unique Wedding Suite

Sometimes the most treasured images of a bride’s big day are captured as she and her party get ready for the ceremony—the casual moments when hair is being done and makeup applied. So when Royale Hair Parlor began booking an increasing number of wedding parties, owner Bridgett DiVohl began thinking about how she might create a more private, celebratory space for her clients.

Elevated Citizen: A New Men’s Store in Town

Men’s clothing designer Kaleb Ryan established his menswear line EC Chantal in 2013, and has now opened the brand’s first brick-and-mortar store, Elevated Citizen, in Bloomington.

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