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🫖 Let’s get this par-tea started
A dining room with many tables and chairs
When was the last time you stopped by the tea room? | Photo via @tessa_foodportraits
Pinkies up. National Tea Day is Sunday, April 21. While many of us consider the US a coffee country, an estimated 30 million Americans drink tea every day.

To celebrate the soothing hot beverage, here are some places to drink tea and even enjoy an elevated “afternoon tea” experience.

Tea’s Me | Multiple locations
The tea of the month is Sweet Mint — a nice blend of mint with lemon to help clear seasonal allergies. Fun fact: Former Fever basketball champion and Olympic Gold medalist Tamika Catchings first opened Tea’s Me in 2017.

L.S. Ayres Tea Room | 650 W. Washington St.
Enjoy a traditional tea service at the L.S. Ayres Tea Room, which can be found at the Indiana State Museum. You can rent the L.S. Ayres Tea Room for groups of 15+ guests year-round.

Mansion Society | 202 Steeples Blvd.
Not in the mood for coffee? Did you know this coffee shop on the west side also offers classic style tea service? It’s always brewed fresh + served with organic honey and milk.

Teaware and scone on a platter

You can’t have afternoon tea with a scone.

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Photo by @msbsteas

Ms. B’s Teas | 4883 Iowa St., Clayton
Ms. B’s Teas is a woman-owned tea room, bistro, and bou-TEA-que in the heart of downtown Clayton. It’s available by reservation to host traditional afternoon tea and tea-vents (themed tea parties) to help you celebrate special occasions with pre-planned themes or you can create your own.

Tilly’s Tea Room & Eaterie | 8701 Keystone Crossing
This hidden gem is located on the third floor of Saks Fifth Avenue. It uses traditional English recipes to serve a menu consisting of soups, salads, and sandwiches, as well as a traditional English afternoon tea. Pro tip: It’s closed on Mondays and Sundays.
 
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Events
 
Friday, April 19
  • Indianapolis Indians vs. St. Paul Saints | Friday, April 19 | 7:05 p.m. | Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis | $13-$90 | It’s Friday, so you know what that means — bring the family and have a blast with postgame fireworks.
  • Savor Indianapoils | Friday, April 19-Saturday, April 20 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St., Carmel | $125-$750 | Get an unforgettable dinner series featuring one-time only menus from two Indianapolis chefs, with each night benefiting a local cause.
Saturday, April 20
  • Indy Winter Farmers Market | Saturday, April 20 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | The AMP at 16 Tech, 1220 Waterway Blvd., Indianapolis | Free | Shop from 60+ vendors, including local farmers, food producers, and artisans.
  • Attitude Fest 2024 | Saturday, April 20 | 12-4 p.m. | Broad Ripple, Indianapolis | Free | Take part in an inspiring half-day event dedicated to embracing positivity and transforming lives with live music, activities, food, and contests.
  • Grip Fest 2024 | Saturday, April 20 | 1-8 p.m. | North Mass Boulder, 1411 Roosevelt Ave., Indianapolis | Cost of purchase | Like to climb? Come check out products from all the biggest climbing brands and get fitted with the right climbing shoes for you.
Sunday, April 21
  • Best Buddies Friendship Walk | Sunday, April 21 | 9 a.m. | Celebration Plaza, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | Donation | Join 50,000 participants at 70+ walks across the globe to support Best Buddies programs.
Saturday, April 27
  • Symphony on the Circle | Saturday, April 27 | 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. | Monument Circle, 1 Monument Circle, Indianapolis | Free | Join the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and performing arts partners for this inaugural event celebrating the love of music and performance on Monument Circle.*
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10 Vrbos so amazing, they won 2024’s “Vacation Rentals of the Year”
The Paradise Found Vrbo in Florida, seen from the back with its expansive pool, palm tress, and outdoor living room.
Yes, all of these incredible houses are available to book. | Photo of Paradise Found via Vrbo
Vrbo released this year’s list of Vacation Rentals of the Year, and we can’t stop looking at these incredible homes.

Ranging from $711 to $4,750 a night and built to accommodate a crowd, these Vrbos were made to host the next big family vacation or group trip.

Sedona, Arizona: Palatial Paradise Estate
  • Heated infinity pool, game room, outdoor fireplace
Sand Lake, Michigan: Sandy Lakehouse
  • Pickleball court, bikes, paddleboards, and kayaks
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Casa Acantilado
  • Ocean-view bedrooms, cliffside sauna, hot tub
 
News Notes
 
Traffic
  • Crews have closed parts of Fall Creek Parkway to expand the Nickel Plate Trail to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Both directions of Fall Creek Parkway North Drive will be closed at Evanston Avenue through Tuesday, April 30. Get more information on the project and detours. (WTHR)
Opening
  • The Shop, a local sports, collegiate, and pop culture apparel company, is gearing up for the grand opening of its newest downtown location near Bottleworks. It’s set to open at 747 N. College Ave., Ste. A on Friday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Biz
  • Plaid & Pearls Coffee Lounge (6 W. Washington St.), which opened temporarily during NBA All-Star Weekend, is projected to reopen as a full-time business in June. It’ll be the third business as part of “In the Mix,” an initiative focused on Black-owned businesses coordinated by GANGGANG. (IBJ)
Coming Soon
  • Condado Tacos is making its way to Greenwood. The new spot is expected to open around late July or early August. There are several other locations around central Indiana, including Mass Avenue, Broad Ripple, and Carmel. (WISH)
Job
  • IndyGo has created a new social services coordinator position that it’s looking to fill within the next six months. This person will work with IndyGo bus drivers + security to identify riders who may need help from social service partners, like Horizon House or the Indiana Department of Health. Get more info and apply. (WRTV)
Sports
  • The Indiana Pacers have a ton of little things they need to focus on in their series vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. What are they? Host Tony East breaks it all down with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
    Wellness
    • Looking to eat plant-based? Purple Carrot delivers plant-based meals right to your door. This month’s chef-prepared meal kits are spring-themed, filled with seasonal ingredients, and 50% off.*
     
    TEGNA
     
    Outdoors
     
    🌎 Shoutout Earth — you keep us grounded
    Volunteers digging on Mass Ave.
    No green thumb necessary to lend a helping hand in your neighborhood. | Photo via @massaveindy
    How do you organize an Earth Day celebration? You planet. And if you need a little extra help, we’ve got a well-rounded list to get you started.

    Clean up your neighborhood

    A number of Indy areas are doing cleanups throughout the week, including:
    • Bates-Hendricks | 1190 S. East St. | Saturday, April 20 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Broad Ripple | 6330 Guilford Ave. | Saturday, April 20 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Fountain Fletcher District | 1042 Virginia Ave. | Saturday, April 20 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. + 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Want to go on your own time? During the rest of April, guests are encouraged to help clean their favorite Indy Parks location. You can visit any of the family centers to grab trash bags and gloves (kindly donated by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful) to help clean up.
    Pro tip: Don’t forget to register + bring supplies if needed.
     
    The Buy
     
    Biz that gives back. Check out these brands that are committed to sustainability and giving back to the environment to celebrate Earth Day.
     
     
    The Wrap
     
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    From the editor
    I’m not a huge tea fan, but I had tea service at Mansion Society once — and it was the best tea I’ve ever had. I think I need to try an afternoon tea experience, too. I can get behind the tea party vibe and some little snacks. That would be a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. (Mom, if you’re reading this... pretend you didn’t.)
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