Despite the dog days of summer Blu Moon Café has become a hot spot by offering up a refreshing oasis from the sultry weather. What better way to quench your thirst or satiate hunger than a Blu Moon summer specialty. We stopped in with Blu Moon Café to see how they’re keeping their customers cool.
With a new summer menu and tasty treats Blu Moon has a lot to offer while you bask in the summer sun. The available local microbrew, Sangria, or Saki Bloody Mary provide the perfect summer beverage. While new menu items like Gazpacho, Open Face Heirloom Tomato Caprese, and Ceviche Salad are the perfect taste of summer.
“Most people prefer lighter meals during the summer,” owner Shelley Jordan stated. “We’re offering healthier food that doesn’t weigh you down.” Even the weekly ice cream, chocolate torte, ice cream sandwiches and popsicles provide a healthier dessert dish.
Check out Blu Moon’s menu online to see popular summer items like The Californian, wraps, and the BBQ Shrimp Salad along with the rest of their mouth watering options.
Located in the Indiana Design Center, Blu Moon Café is open Monday through Friday 7am-6pm and Saturdays 7am to 3pm. The outdoor patio area is the perfect place to relax and refresh during the summer months. Don’t fret though, Blu Moon also offers indoor seating for those hot and humid summer days.
Stop in and experience Blu Moon Café for yourself. And after you’ve enjoyed the café, we invite you to swing through the IDC to see what’s new in our retail showrooms.
The Indiana Design Center was recently featured in the June/July issue of NORTH Magazine. The popular publication reaches Fishers, Carmel and northern Indianapolis homes and the feature article introduced readers to many of the IDC’s newest showroom merchants like Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, Holder Mattress, Drapery Street, Premier, Outré, Ferguson and others.
The individual business owners and leaders told the story of the IDC throughout the article and Lauren Taylor of Holder Mattress summed it up quite well as she shared her thoughts, “There are huge benefits for us and our customers; the tenants in this building have really come together. We show each other’s products, share clients and ideas and collaborate on projects. At Holder Mattress we show lighting from Ferguson, upholstery from Outré and bedding from Trade Source. You’ll find one of our mattresses in Drapery Street and many other projects are in the works.” Wow. So, if it sounds like there is a lot going on at the IDC, it’s because there is and that is why NORTH magazine and the IDC partnered to host an open house event to share what the IDC and NORTH industry partners have to offer.
Click to download the IDC feature in the June/July 2011 issue of NORTH Magazine (http://www.indianadesigncenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/June-July-2011-North-Special-Section.pdf)
The event was held on June 23rd and enjoyed by hundreds of visitors! Merchants from within the Indiana Design Center opened their doors while outside vendors were given the opportunity to display their products within the facility as well. Winner Hardware, Sassy Green Interiors, Garvey-Simon Art Access, Classic Cleaners, CASE, J.L. Stadler Artisans, Kilpatrick Traditions, Outré, Premier Group, ESP Business Furnishings, One-Touch Automation, Circle City Copperworks and Decor 4 Kids were among the participating vendors. Elizabeth Omeara Ahlgrim and Kahn’s Catering also contributed to the event.
The open house enabled guests to peruse a variety of home interior businesses within the Indianapolis design community. Those that attended dined on food from Sullivan’s Steakhouse, refreshments from Sun King Brewery, and desserts from Heavenly Sweets (cake balls, to be specific!).
For more information about NORTH feel free to check out their website at www.indynorthmag.com. To stay updated on community events hosted at Indiana Design Center, visit our online events calendar, Twitter and Facebook pages.
Special thanks to NORTH and all of the vendors that produced such a wonderful event. We also enjoyed meeting many new faces that we hope to see again soon!
Last December, Pantone announced the 2011 Color of the Year was Honeysuckle. A deep pink, Honeysuckle “lifts spirits and imparts confidence to meet life’s ongoing challenges.”
Honeysuckle is described as courageous, confidant and vital. Pantone calls it “a brave new color for a brave new world…it’s a color for every day with nothing ‘everyday’ about it.” The esteemed color company says Honeysuckle’s rich, reddish pink is just what the world needs to face a tough situation dead in the eyes.
“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains in a press release.
With summer well under way, the Indiana Design Center has embraced Pantone’s daring choice. From rose-colored carpeting to pretty-in-pink paint choices, business owners and vendors at the IDC have taken to this year’s vibrant hue. We’ve spotted traces of honeysuckle all throughout the building.
Drapery Street offered a wide variety of vibrant pink patterns featuring the Color of the Year. Bright punches of pink in chevron and modern floral patterns were found throughout the fabrics at Drapery Street.
Holder Mattress also brightened up their showroom with rosy tones. The mattress and home furnishing showroom featured honeysuckle hues paired with pops of orange on playful bedding. The showroom also featured deep pink in their home accessories section filled with playful headbands and scarves.
Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs also got in on the honeysuckle fun. They offered a vibrant pink palette of durable flooring.
On the second floor of the design center, the Design Resource Library holds helpful information and resources for design professionals. A honeysuckle-colored binder holds information about Wildcat Interiors. Sherwin Williams also has paint samples with similar tones to the Pantone Color of the Year stocked in their convenient display on the second floor.
Search for your own color inspiration at the Indiana Design Center. Stop by and discover what’s inside. Visit the IDC website, call (317) 569-5975 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Trade Connection, a refined to-the-trade furniture showroom, opened on the second floor of the Indiana Design Center in September 2010.
The Trade Connection offers multiple lines of fine furniture, lighting and accessories ranging in price points for the top-of-the-line to budget-friendly. “Some designers need to focus a majority of their budget on one room to make that spectacular and then they need to be a little bit more cost-conscious for other rooms while still being stylish,” Owner Mark Chestnut said. “That’s what we cater to here.” To add to the diversity of products represented in his showroom, Chestnut travels to furniture markets throughout the year to find specialty and boutique product lines to offer his professional design clientele. The Trade Connection sells national lines including Lee Industries, Pearson, Hickory Chair, Henredon, Drexel Heritage, Marge Carson, Habersham, Lorts, Bolier, and EJ Victor for upholstery and a host of equal quality case goods manufacturers.
The showroom is also proud to be the only provider of the Ralph Lauren Home Collection in the state of Indiana. They are one of only six showrooms approved to sell the revered line. “I think that speaks volumes for what we are and what we do,” Chestnut said. “It says that the design community really holds our business in high esteem.” The Trade Connection also takes pride in its personal service and dedication to serving the needs of the design community in both quality and quantity of products offered.
Mark Chestnut founded the business in 2004 after noticing a need for a furniture resource for designers. He had worked for a designer for 25 years and saw the opportunity to fill a void in the design community. “I wanted to provide a lot of different lines and styles,” he said. “I felt there was a lack of contemporary providers in the area and I set out to provide those lines to the people who desired this style.” Iconic lines such as Thayer Coggin, Directional, Swaim, Calligaris and DIA are just a few of the vendors available.
The Indiana Design Center was the perfect choice for a trade-centered business like The Trade Connection. “The concept was a good one,” Chestnut said. “It’s centered around home-related vendors in the area and supported by the Carmel Art and Design District.” Chestnut also said the timing was right for a place like this. “With the economy being so fickle, it made sense to have the design community and likeminded businesses gather together under one roof,” he said. The Trade Connection has seen an increase in sales and traffic as a result of moving into the building and they hope it continues with an increased awareness of Indiana Design Center. “The building has been well-received and I always hear a lot of complements from the Sales Representatives who are eager to share their experience with others,” he said. “It is a delight to see the expression on the faces of the design community when they discover what the IDC has to offer. Chestnut believes this location will be great for his business, as well as the design community at large. “It is great to be a part of the verve and energy here amongst the tenants and customers. We all tout each other’s offerings seeing as it benefits the community as a whole.”
The Trade Connection is located in Suite 225 on the second floor of the Indiana Design Center. Contact Mark Chestnut at (317) 575-6122 for more information. Visit the Indiana Design Center’s website or stop by 200 South Rangeline Road to discover more of what the IDC has to offer. For more information regarding the Indiana Design Center, contact concierge at (317) 569-5975 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outré, a third-generation Indiana furniture company, was the third showroom to open at the Indiana Design Center in May 2010. The second floor showroom features Metric custom cabinetry by Jason Myers and furniture by Outré.
Owner Eric Reynolds was born into the furniture industry. His grandfather founded a furniture manufacturing plant in 1971. The business is now run by his father. “When I was about seven, I would go in to the manufacturing plant with my father and run around on Saturdays, maybe when I was even younger,” Reynolds said. “I’ve been around fabrics and textiles my entire life.” After earning a marketing degree at Butler University, Reynolds preferred working with people in sales rather than the intricacies of the manufacturing process. “I really found a calling to sell something that was more meaningful to me. Every piece of furniture that I sell means that the people that I grew up around can stay in business,” Reynolds said. He decided to found Outré as a retail sales showroom for his father’s business in 2008. Since then, Outré has shifted to work primarily with interior designers to create original custom upholstery pieces to fit the needs of the design client.
The family stitch runs through each and every one of Reynolds’ furniture designs. Outré gives each creation a personality and a name. From Olivia – a curvy lounge -to Todd – a simple and straight-lined couch – each piece of furniture has a backstory. “Of course, it really takes on whatever personality that the customer wants even though we have our own story of what we think it means,” Reynolds said. “With a different fabric, a design can change from being the center of attention to something that blends in with its environment.”
Reynolds hopes his business does anything but blend in. “The meaning of our name, Outré, really says it all. We are unique, bizarre, out of the ordinary, and occasionally off-the-wall” he said. The mission of the business is to push the limits of form and function while meeting the needs of the client in a way that inspires them to express their creativity. “I want people to walk in to a home where one of the pieces are and ask where their furniture came from,” Reynolds said. “I want people to talk about these pieces.”
Outré aims to be the embodiment of Indiana design. While at the Indiana Design Center, the business has collaborated with many tenants including Holder Mattress, The Trade Source and Walter Knabe Studios. “Right now I think there is a good synergy in the building,” Reynolds said. Reynolds said that the interactions and exposure to the design community has benefitted his business. “With a few exceptions, we aren’t chain businesses,” Reynolds said. “We’re all entrepreneurs trying to grow our own business and we all think in the same ways, having that community around benefits us all.”
April Willy has captured the hearts of Hoosiers through her whimsical paintings and children’s book illustrations. “My art evokes a sense of peacefulness,” Willy said. “The physical act of painting is very calming for me, and I think that effect comes through to those who view my art.” Willy strategically paints in ‘themed’ collections. Her windswept series aims to capture blurred action, while her latest circular series focuses around smooth and cohesive design. Willy is also an illustrator, proudly contributing eight children’s books to date including Why is Mommy Sleeping and Three Cups. Willy has been awarded the National Society of Illustrators Merit Award for her illustrations. For her fine art, she has also been the recipient of the American Women Artist Award and Best Contemporary Work at the Hoosier Salon, among others.
We stopped into April’s studio to see what she has been up to this summer and found she continues to work on her circular series of fine art as well as illustrations for another children’s book.
Below are a few of April’s latest creations from both her windswept and circular series. For more information about April Willy’s work check out the Indiana Design Center website, her website at http://www.aprilwilly.com or video on IDC-TV.
This past month the Indiana Design Center launched IDC – TV, an online video network with continually streaming video content relating to Indiana Design. Partnering with online marketing gurus, Stream Three Creative, the video network allows the public to view any and all content placed on the channel.
“When it comes to consumer engagement with a brand, this interaction is taking place more and more on the web and, in many cases, through online video. The 80,000 square foot Indiana Design Center is certainly a physical hub for the State’s design industry and through the use of online video, it is also positioned as a virtual hub for the industry and its clients. IDC – TV is host to a variety of videos that range from industry trend reports, to designer project spotlights, educational bits and event recaps.” said Melissa Averitt, Vice President & Director for Sales & Marketing at Pedcor Companies.
Stream Three Creative, which is located within the Indiana Design Center, is a video production firm that uses online communication tools and strategies to grow their clients’ business. Through the partnership both the Indiana Design Center and Stream Three Creative hope to continue this venture with more online video content in the future.
Business Development Director for Stream Three Creative, Dave Anderson, is a founding member of the firm which has over 65 combined years of video industry experience. “By partnering with the Indiana Design Center, we are closely linked to design industry businesses and professionals that we cannot only help to tell a compelling story through video, but also how to then implement an online marketing strategy that leverages the produced content. The stories of great design and inspiration in this industry are endless, and we look forward to shedding a light on them.”
The channel itself showcases a variety of Indiana Design Center showrooms, designers, and events. To view IDC – TV for yourself the channel can be found from the Indiana Design Center website www.indianadesigncenter.com/IDC-TV or on our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to stay tuned to see what’s new at the Indiana Design Center.
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The Indiana Design Center was full of life last week in preparation for an event filled day on June 23rd. Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs hosted an open house to celebrate their grand opening bringing in a plethora of welcomed guests to the brand new facility. From 9 am to 9pm, visitors arrived to explore and enjoy the showroom.
The open house was a tremendous success with nearly 500 guests throughout the day. Those who attended the event dined on food catered by Blu Moon Cafe and Vanilla Bean Bakery. Swag items were also gifted to guests with items from Jack Laurie and Basket Pizzaz.
Located in a spacious suite on the west end of the Indiana Design Center, Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs works with the public and designers to transform any home with their premium flooring selection. Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs offers a wide array of carpet, area rugs, ceramic and stone tile, hardwood flooring and resilient flooring for any and all home fashion needs.
For additional information about Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs check out their website or view more photos from the event on their blog. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
Congratulations to the Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs team on a successful opening!
Founded in 1947, Holder Mattress is a family business at heart. The third generation mattress and home accessories showroom opened on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center in February of 2011.
A Family Focus Since 1947
Lauren Taylor, President and Owner of Holder Mattress, was born into the business. “My first job was with this company,” she said. “I used to thread bobbins for the quilter when I was little.” The business was originally her grandfather’s. He opened Holder Mattress shortly after returning from World War II in order to support the family. Holder began by repairing mattresses with his brothers and eventually expanded to manufacture them as well. For Lauren Taylor, the decision to get involved with the family business was instinctual. She spent a summer in college working for the company and never looked back. “I just fell in love with it,” she said. “I didn’t want to leave.” Her grandfather’s ideals are close to her heart. “I hope to maintain the integrity of what my grandfather set out to do,” she said, “which is to provide quality mattresses that will last longer because they are built better.”
The Holder Hallmark
Holder Mattress is dedicated to creating hand-crafted and custom-made, two-sided mattresses and box springs to suit the customer’s needs. Attention to detail and craftsmanship assures the Holder Mattress Factory standard of quality that has become notable throughout central Indiana. “I’m proud that in almost 64 years of business, not once have we sacrificed quality,” Taylor said. “I’m incredibly proud of the integrity of the product that we offer.” The design center location also features the Holder Mattress Home Collection of furniture and accessories that coincide with the standard of quality and functionality associated with the Holder name. “When it started out, we were just a mattress store,” Taylor said. “We’ve expanded into all aspects of the home now.”
Holder Mattress and Indiana Design
Holder Mattress is a classic example of Indiana design. Their location at the Indiana Design Center has allowed them to continue to expand the reach of Holder Mattress in central Indiana. Taylor said, “I don’t know how you could walk in to the Indiana Design Center and not think this is a good place for your business to be.”
The new Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs showroom is now open at the Indiana Design Center! You are welcome to join the team as they celebrate their opening with an all-day Open House. Invitation and special offer is below.
The new Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs showroom opened in May 2011 and is dedicated to the latest in home fashion, offering carpet, area rugs, ceramic and stone tile, hardwood flooring and resilient flooring. Visitors to the showroom find leading brands like Masland, Fabrica, Shaw Industries and Mohawk as well as a tile and hardwood galleries with leading brands and products from around the world.
“Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs is part of Jack Laurie Group, which has been installing and maintaining flooring throughout Indiana since 1950 and will join several other family-owned and Indiana-based businesses like Santarossa, Holder Mattress Company and Outré located at the Indiana Design Center,” said Melissa Averitt, Vice President and Director of Marketing and Sales for Pedcor Companies. “We are very proud that Jack Laurie Group identified the Indiana Design Center as the right place to expand their strong residential flooring operation into the Indianapolis market; their breadth of product, well-trained and experienced staff, and vested interest in Indiana’s design community create a perfect fit for the Indiana Design Center,” said Averitt.
“Our 5,000-square-foot showroom offers everything designers and our clients need to transform flooring selections into a statement in the home,” said Tony Wright, Director of Residential Services for Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs. “The new showroom is paired with the strong customer service and project management for which we have become known in our Fort Wayne showroom and state-wide commercial operations. We are eager to officially open our doors on June 23.”
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