A thoughtful gift great for newlyweds or new homeowners. | Photo via Etsy
Pop quiz, Indianapolis. What’s better than shopping local? For 100 points: Shopping local from the comfort of your own home,of course. Not only is it one of the best ways to support the local economy, butlocally-crafted gifts tend to wow during the holidays (a big win in our book).
To kickstart your holiday shopping, we’ve rounded up 19 products we love from local Etsy shops — some of which hold the coveted Star Seller badge that’s given to sellers who consistently earn 5-star reviews, ship orders on time, and provide great customer service, aka less holiday stress for you.
Psst — Some of these items may sell out quickly due to limited quantities. Click on the link to the Etsy seller’s page to find something similar.
World Cup: England vs. USA | Friday, Nov. 25 | 1-4 p.m. | Union Jack Pub, 921 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis | Free | Cheer on Team USA as they take on England in Qatar.
Whiskey Wonderland at JW Marriott Nashville | Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 31 | 5 p.m. | JW Marriott Nashville, 201 8th Ave South, Nashville | $10 | Grab a seat inside Whiskey Wonderland, an 18 ft. tall gingerbread distillery + bar to celebrate the spirit of the season with specialty cocktails — reservations now open.*
Books, Booze & Brains: Black Panther | Tuesday, Nov. 29 | 5:30 p.m. | Ash & Elm Cider Co., 2112 E. Washington St., Indianapolis | Free | Discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates’ comic book with other like-minded folks.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Two brothers are looking to revitalize a more than 100-year-old building near Garfield Park. Kirk Realty team purchased the Yoke Buildingfor $390,000 and hope to turn it into an area that will house small businesses and include luxury apartments. Once complete in spring 2023, it’ll be called the Yoke Pavilion. 🏗️ (WRTV)
Owner Martha Hoover announced a new Cafe Patachou restaurant will be built near the Nickel Plate arts and entertainment district in Fishers — in addition to two other locations launching in 2023 in the redeveloped Stutz building and in Zionsville. 🍳 (IBJ)
The Indianapolis-based NCAA announced yesterday that the city will host the 2028 Division I women’s Final Four on March 31 and April 2 of that year. The last time Indy hosted the event was in 2016. The games are expected to be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. This will be the fourth time the city has hosted the event. 🏀 (IBJ)
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Colts ownerJim Irsay made a $1 million donation to the Indianapolis Zoo. The gift will help fund the construction of a new Indianapolis Colts Welcome Center Plaza, which is already in progress and scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend 2023. 💰 (WTHR)
The City of Carmel is hosting a Holiday Lights Recycling Drive to help keep used or unwanted lights out of landfills. Collection started yesterday and lights can be dropped off at White’s Ace Hardware (731 South Range Line Rd.) through Friday, Jan. 20. 💡(WRTV)
The Indiana Pacers revealed their 2022-2023 City Edition jerseys — and the internet isn’t a big fan of it. The team said the blue, black, and gold trussed jerseys were inspired by Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Sports Illustrated ranked the Pacers’ special edition jersey at No. 26. What do you think of it? 🎽 (CBS4)
Why wait to start shopping this holiday season? Check out our gift guidesfeatured on our online shop Six & Main. Shop for the pet lover, party host, and foodie in your life. There’s something special for everyone. Let the shopping begin. 🛍️
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All of these miniatures should look pretty familiar. | Photo by INDYtoday team
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
If you are, you might hear the sound of a G-scale model train too, which is a part of the Eiteljorg Museum’sJingle Rails exhibit. 🚂
This western wonderland-themed display includes nine tiny trains that wind their way through a miniature landscape, featuring downtown landmarks like Lucas Oil Stadium, Monument Circle, and the museum itself, plus sights from the American west.
Check out all ~1,200 ft ofJingle Rails through Monday, Jan. 16. Pro tip: You must reserve a timed ticket online in advance before you go.
Today’s issue was written by Anna.
Editor’s pick: Speaking of gifts, does anyone else have parents that only say they want “your time” for Christmas? If you can relate, I would highly recommend giving them tickets to one of the many winter activities we’ll be sharing with you all month. I took my mom to see the Jingle Rails exhibit at the Eiteljorg and we had a fabulous time admiring all the miniature landmarks.
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