City Editors Nicole and Shea met up at SPARK on the Circle. | Photo by INDYtoday team
Today, Sept. 27, marks two whole years of INDYtoday.
If you’ve been a reader for awhile now, you probably recognize Nicole. You may have also noticed that we’ve got some new faces at INDYtoday, so you can consider this our official meet-cute.
So, allow us to introduce (or re-introduce) ourselves.
👋 Meet Nicole
Q: If you could only write about one Indy-specific topic for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: This is such a hard choice — but if I had to pick one, it would probably be local business news. I love supporting the local businesses that make our city special + I think it would be fun to continuously meet small business owners and hear about the stories behind them.
Q: Where can we find you? A: You can usually find me at a local coffee shop, a vendor market, or (shameless self-promo) on Instagram @nicolexindy.
👋 Meet Shea
Q: You can only choose one local restaurant menu to bring with you to a deserted island — which one is it + why? A: BODHI. Between the life-changing pad thai, the delicious drink selection, and the rotating selection of Gallery desserts, I’d be chillin’ happily on the beach for quite some time.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Indy? A: There is always, always something to do. I’ve been to an illusionist show at Old National where a trick almost went horribly wrong, I’ve lost (and found) my phone floating down the White River, I’ve climbed every step up Soliders and Sailors Monument in 100 degree heat. I’ve got my battle scars for sure, but Indy is never boring.
Between the two of us, we get the privilege of sharing the news with thousands of readers in Indy, daily — both through our newsletter + social feeds. Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or just subscribed today (welcome, btw), we appreciate you + look forward to many more years in your inbox.
Foodie Friends | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 10:30-11:15 a.m. | Indianapolis Public Library West Perry Branch, 6650 S. Harding St., Indianapolis | Free | Read, play, learn, and make snacks — for children ages 3-5.
Thursday, Sept. 28
State of Downtown & 30th Anniversary Celebration | Thursday, Sept. 28 | 4-7 p.m. | Indianapolis | Celebrate downtown’s growth in the outdoor plaza + enjoy signature small plates, drinks, and music with fellow Downtown Indy, Inc.'s supporters.
Lets Fest | Thursday, Sept. 28-Sunday, Oct. 1 | 6 p.m. | Multiple locations | $25-$75 | After a COVID hiatus, Let’s Comedy is thrilled to bring back local and national comics to our Indy stages.
Friday, Sept. 29
Harvest Nights | Friday, Sept. 29-Tuesday, Oct. 31 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Newfields , 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | $15-$34 | Spooky, not scary, fun for the family is back. Be delightfully frightened on Pumpkin Path of Peril, feel the Ghost Train rumble beneath your feet, and watch the grand finale at Mischief Manor.
Night of Vonnegut | Friday, Sept. 29 | 7-10 p.m. | Madam Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Ave., Indianapolis | $100-$250 | Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library invites you to its annual Night of Vonnegut gala in the year during which our theme is education.
Saturday, Sept. 30
IUPUI Regatta | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Military Park at White River State Park, 601 W. New York St., Indianapolis | Competition registration | The daylong event consists of a half-mile canoe relay competition involving teams of up to six IUPUI students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Small Business Showcase at the Circle | Saturday, Sept. 30-Saturday, Dec. 23 | Times vary | Circle Centre Mall, 49 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis | Free | Visit the second floor to support local, discover something new, or visit with your favorite small business owners.
Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the city will be bringing its employees back to working downtown at the City-County Building. The employee shift will happen in two phases — after the first phase with 300 employees, a second phase will bring an additional 150 employees. Hogsett said it will save taxpayers $450,000 annually, starting in 2024. (WTHR)
The City of Indianapolis has acquired land for a “housing hub” that will include the city’s first low-barrier homeless shelter. The shelter would be 30,000 sqft located east of downtown. The city said the site is intended to become a “housing hub” that would centralize city resources for neighbors experiencing homelessness. (IBJ)
Eli Lilly announced it will spend $10 million to install solar panels at its two major Indianapolis corporate campuses. It plans to build five large solar structures that are expected to generate about 3.9 gigawatt hours a year — which is enough to power 360 homes. (IBJ)
Country music star Morgan Wallen has extended his current “One Night at a Time” tour to include a stop at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday, April 4, 2024. Register in advance for a chance to get tickets. (IBJ)
This week, dozens of Indiana colleges will waive fees for “College GO!” week. Students can apply to 36 different Indiana colleges and universities without paying an application fee. Learn more. (WTHR)
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“Greenwood has embraced pickleball from its inception with our first courts being established in 2017,” said Director of Greenwood Parks & Recreation Rob Taggart. “Now, more than ever, the sport is attracting players of all ages and we are excited to increase access by adding additional outdoor courts.”
With the new complex, the city will also add an additional 120 parking spots at Freedom Park to accommodate pickleball and aquatic center visitors.
The tentative opening date for the complex is late spring 2024.
This Greenwood news couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. Just the other day, I went to Craig Park in Greenwood to play pickleball for the first time. (Fun fact: I grew up in Greenwood.) I was at the park around 5 p.m. and every court was taken. We waited for about 20 minutes to play on a Monday evening, so it will be so nice to have a bigger complex where there hopefully shouldn’t be as much of a wait.