• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Selig’s

    When considering Indy’s shopping legacy, many think of longtime institutions, L. S. Ayres, William. H. Block’s, or Wasson’s. While those venerable names are still remembered fondly by many, other retailers offered similar experiences and had...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: On Tour

    The La Tour dining room in all of its swanky seventies glory. (Image: eBay) Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Many a couple enjoyed a romantic dinner downtown on the holiday of love. Wonder what...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Hamming it Up

    Indy natives believe that Shapiro’s is the first, last and only name in delicatessen dining. First timers may walk away disappointed, however, if they are craving a certain Hoosier-beloved ham sandwich. No Kosher deli worth its salt would...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Snack Time

    An unfortunate truth about downtown Indianapolis streetscapes is the “missing teeth” in what was once a picture-perfect urban smile. Suburbanization took its toll, particularly in the once-bustling retail districts. One stretch that remained noticeably neglected, even after...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Indy’s Once Favorite Pasta

    Shorter and colder days, increase cravings for comfort food. And comfort food means everybody’s favorite carb group: pasta dishes. Unfortunately, Indy doesn’t have ethnically named enclaves like other culture-rich cities. No “Little Italy,” “Little Tokyo,”...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: The Marion Political Party!

    Did you do your civic duty on Tuesday by voting? Unfortunately, it looks as if many people skipped the polls. Nevertheless, Joe Hogsett will become the 22nd Democrat to hold the Mayor’s Office in Indianapolis. Many feel uncomfortable...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Indy Ghost Stories

    As we approach that spookiest of holidays, the subject of haunted places and ghost stories always come up. Whether you are a believer or skeptic, it’s always interesting to reflect on the history and reasoning...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: That’s the Spirit!

    It’s easy to pick out an out-of-towner at the grocery store on a Sunday. Often times he or she will walk confidently up to the cash register holding a six-pack of beer or a bottle of...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: It’s Fun to Stay

    You can certainly see the result of residential growth when driving around downtown Indianapolis and encountering numerous construction sites. All of these new people will certainly need more places to shop, eat, and play. A...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: In the Woods

    This postcard shows how the Pennsylvania Hotel would have looked shortly after opening. (Image: eBay) Why would anyone want to surround a beautiful historic building with a brick wall separating the occupants from the rest...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: A Night on the Circle

    Monument Circle is always a pleasant place to take a stroll on a summer evening. The center of the city is always bustling with people enjoying the picturesque surroundings. Despite the great location, there isn’t...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Curb Cooties and Their Moveable Porches

    Ever wonder about the history and folklore of cooties?  Around 1950, these mysterious critters evolved into a fictitious bug or imaginary microbe infesting American elementary school playgrounds.  Getting cured had nothing to do with proper medical...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Saint vs. Saint

    Even those who know little about Indianapolis are likely familiar with that “saintly” steakhouse on Illinois Street that has been serving up massive chops and fiery shrimp cocktails since 1902. Today there is no shortage...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: This week in Indianapolis 1965

    If you happen to see some superheroes or gunslingers walking around this weekend, please, have no fear. It’s time for the 48th annual Gen Con to kick off in Indianapolis, meaning downtown will be full of...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: History Paved Over

    Although it’s heartbreaking to think about the buildings and businesses that have been lost over the years in Indianapolis, it is still exciting to discover a long lost building for the first time. Interstate 65 looms...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: An Evening in Merry England

    A postcard showing the Sheffield Inn. The single story section was a later addition as a large house stood in its place the year the inn opened. At some point this structure was replaced with...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: A Stay off of The Circle

    The Harrison Hotel located at Capitol and Market once featured a decorative limestone base and awning to protect guests from the afternoon sun. (Image: Amazon) The fate of a historic building dating back to 1928...

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  • Posted in: General Back to the When

    38 North Pennsylvania Street Years of Operation: 1932-1997 Notable: Before Office Depot or Staples there was a local leader in office supplies called Stationers. The Ober family-owned company opened in 1933 on North Pennsylvania. Two years...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Last Train to Indy

    No passengers can be seen waiting in this 1970 photograph. (Image: Library of Congress) Passing the Romanesque Union Station may create conflicting emotions for some. It is gratifying to see an impressive historic building restored–especially...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: A Lost Roadside Beacon

    The big green sign could once be seen by drivers exiting turn one at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Image: eBay) For anyone who may have grown up from the sixties through the eighties, childhood trips...

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