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Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar Restaurant Review

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Petite Chou is a bistro-style restaurant in Clay Terrace, a spinoff of the popular Cafe Patachou. But while Patachou is a little more casual, Petite Chou has a classy, French-inspired style. Maybe it’s the “champagne bar” part that makes it feel so fancy. It actually felt like a little much for the girls’ night I […]

Mini-Mart US in Carmel Like a Tasty Visit to Russia

#CarmelIN — Maybe it’s the candy Babushkas. Maybe it’s the full-size herring in the deli-case. Or maybe it was the seed packets for homeopathic herbs found only in a part of the world I had to Google. But the “Mini-Mart US” at 1323 S Rangeline Rd in Carmel is anything but your typical small-scale American convenience store. […]

Tina’s Traditional Tea Room comes to The Carmel Arts District

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Tina’s Traditional Old English Tearoom is quite unique among the many eateries in Carmel, Indiana. A British style tearoom, serving lunch and authentic English Afternoon Tea, Tina’s Traditional Old English Tearoom is not only a memorable culinary experience but a delightful treat in service, decor and ambiance, resembling the British tearooms of the homeland of […]

Mr. Muffin’s Trains Opens Doors to the Public

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#CarmelIN – The city of Carmel has some fun museums and places of interest but the one that my kids love the most is Mr. Muffin’s Trains. The Muffin Family (also known as Liz and Steve Nelson) collects and sells miniature trains. This family doesn’t keep their beautiful collection hidden away in a basement or […]

Carmel Parks Awarded National Gold Medal, Favorite Features Stand Out

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#CarmelIN – Clay Parks & Recreation received a distinguished honor this week. The local parks department was honored by the American Academy Parks and Recreation Administration with a 2014 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. In plain English, it distinguishes Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCP &R) as an outstanding parks […]

Big News for Big Families: Kids Eat Free at Earth Fare

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#CarmelIN – Thursday night is Earth Fare Kids Eat Free night, and this is huge news for our larger family! There are many restaurants in the Indianapolis area that offer free kids nights. Typically you get one, sometimes two, free kids meals for every adult meal purchased. At Earth Fare Kids Eat Free Night, you […]

Ted’s Montana Grill in Clay Terrace (Photos)

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#CarmelIN – On our anniversary, my husband and I decided to use a gift card we had received to enjoy a nice dinner at Ted’s Montana Grill. It’s ordinarily a little out of our price range, but it’s always worth it and makes for a fabulous special occasion meal. The service is always awesome, though […]

Last Chance Outdoor Concert at Coxhall Gardens

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#CarmelIN — Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, Indiana is a serene park operated by Hamilton County Parks & Recreation. It’s a great place to head when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But even quiet respites can surprise us sometimes. Between the park’s two matching clocktowers is The Centerpiece, […]

Arts and Design District Hosting First PorchFest

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#CarmelIN – very first Carmel PorchFest is happening this Sunday, September 14 in the Arts and Design District. Located just north of Main Street, a variety of bands will be performing. Instead of performing on a stage in park, these bands (43 in all) will be performing- you guessed it- on porches! Earlier this year, a […]

Cool Shoes for Back to School in Carmel

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When school starts mid-August, mid-July is when I start to go back to school shopping. A lot things I can buy online or at a discount store with no trouble. School shoes, on the other hand, require some special planning. Earlier this week, my family paid a visit to Keen Children’s Shoes in Carmel. It’s […]

Abuelo’s: Classy Mexican Food

Abuelos Mexican Restaurant in Carmel

Abuelo’s sits below the Keystone interchange in Carmel, Indiana. When you come into the Lowe’s plaza, there’s a sign that reads “Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy.” On Friday night, my husband somehow misread it as Classy Mexican Food. And then we decided that was just as accurate. Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant is exactly the sort of upscale […]

10 Photos That Prove My Mall Is Better Than Yours

When Clay Terrace opened in Carmel, Indiana, I was thrilled to have quality shopping right down the street. I had my concerns, of course. Shopping outdoors and a lack of department store anchors were my main issues. But, I’ve decided I actually love it for exactly those reasons — and more! Clay Terrace is gorgeous, […]

Adaptive Programs at Monon Center Mean Everyone Has Fun

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The Monon Community Center in Carmel, Indiana takes the “community” part of its name seriously. The host of adaptive programs offered for people with special needs is evidence of that, as is the fact that the Monon Center employs an Inclusion Supervisor. The list of available adaptive programs fills 5 pages of the Carmel Clay […]

Fanboys Comic Book Store Opens in Carmel

Fanboys Comic Book Shop in Carmel

Saturday was Free Comic Book Day. It’s an annual, nationwide event, held on the first Saturday in May, that my kids look forward to every year. This year, we had to squeeze it in between the 500 Festival 5K and an evening of roller derby. So, we needed something a little closer to home. Then […]