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Girls’ Night at J. Razzo’s

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Last night, several friends and I celebrated a birthday at J. Razzo’s in Carmel, Indiana. This was my second visit to the restaurant, and the food was every bit as good as I remembered. J. Razzo’s features upscale Italian with a large wine selection, and a fun cocktail list with localized names for martinis and […]

Two Central Indiana Cities Rank as America’s Safest Suburbs

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Two Central Indiana cities topped the list of America’s Safest Suburbs, with Carmel, Indiana coming in first place. This comes as no surprise to those of us who live and leave our cars unlocked in Hamilton County suburbs. Still, it’s always nice to see the data backing up our feelings of security. Using crime data […]

5 reasons to love Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

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Confession: I am a theatre geek. It started in high school when I was cast in a handful of school plays. It continued through college when we could get cheap last-minute tickets to performances that hadn’t sold out. As an adult, I’m still drawn to the theatre. I love the storytelling, the music, the costumes. […]

Genealogy volunteers on hand at Carmel library

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Where in history do your ancestors turn up? The California gold rush? The Civil War? The Titanic? My father-in-law is always telling us about how his side of the family is six degrees of separation from Daniel Boone and something about some guy named William Field. I don’t pay much attention because I can’t keep […]

Now Playing: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is playing at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Carmel December 13th, 2013 – January 4th, 2014. Ever since Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King) collaborated to produce this musical in the 1970s, Joseph and […]

Flix Brewhouse Coming to Merchants Square in Carmel

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A major improvement is coming to Carmel’s Merchants Square shopping center. Texas-based Flix Brewhouse plans to inject new life into what is now mostly empty space by opening a combination movie theater-microbrewery in the 40,000 square-foot space that was formerly occupied by the Hobby Lobby store. Merchants Square’s landlord, Michigan-based Ramco-Gershenson Inc., recently applied for […]

12 Reasons I Love Carmel’s Art & Design District

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1. “Man-on-the-Street” Sculptures By J. Seward Johnson Jr., American realist Some people might find seeing a life-size statue along Main Street to be a bit bizarre, but I see it as endearing. There is something classic and iconic about the sculptures that makes me feel at home. “Unconditional Surrender” A soldier embraces a nurse with […]

16th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival

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Over 125 juried artists exhibiting watercolor, oil, 2D, jewelry, photography, 3D, wood, sculpture, pottery, and more will be featuring their work at the 16th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival this weekend. On Saturday, September 28 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, September 29 from 10am to 5pm, head to the intersection of Main Street and […]

Smokey Robinson Brings Motown Glory Days to the Palladium in Carmel

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For many, the sound of Smokey Robinson singing calls to mind fond memories of the Motown era, a time in the early sixties when music was changing, and hits like “My Girl”, “Operator” and “The One Who Really Loves You” played over transistor radios and jukeboxes across the nation. The one thing all these songs, […]

Warren Buffett Attends Ceremony for New Geico Center in Carmel Indiana

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A opening ceremony for the new Geico customer service center in Carmel, Indiana was attended by Billionaire investor Warren Buffett. The ceremony took place at the facility that Geico plans to expand sometime within the next couple of years. As many as 1,200 workers will staff the service center when the expansion is complete. So […]

Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held for Nash Project in Carmel on Thursday

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the soon-to-be-commenced Nash project will be held in Carmel starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Carmel-based general contractor, Pedcor Companies, which has developed over 10,000 apartment units throughout 12 states, along with Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, the Carmel Redevelopment Commission, and Carmel City Council will participate. When it […]

Carmel Home Sales Rise 19.1 Percent in 2012

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It would be fair to characterize the Carmel real estate market as a microcosm of the Central Indiana real estate market, which is to say it was a whole lot better in 2012 compared to 2011. What a difference a year makes, indeed. A total of 1,569 Carmel homes were sold in 2012, or 19.1 […]

Carmel Listings Fall 10.8 Percent in November, 2012

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The Carmel real estate market didn’t fare so well in November, 2012. Not that there weren’t some improvements, but overall, the market was down not only versus the previous month, but last year as well. Total sales, for example, fell 10.7 percent, from 112 closings in October to 109 in November. But compared to last […]

Carmel Real Estate Market Shows Solid Gains in October, 2012

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The Carmel real estate market didn’t look especially great in October, 2012 versus the previous month. But compared to where the market was this same time 1 year ago, some solid gains were realized. Total sales, for example, fell 19 percent, from 137 closings in September to 111 in October. But versus last October’s total […]

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