2015 Holiday Open House Friday, December 11


Now a tradition in its 16th year, the Irvington Holiday Open House will take place on Friday, December 11 from 3:00-9:00 p.m. The event is organized by the Irvington Business Association and is one of the high points of the holiday season in the community.  Irvington is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants and other small businesses along South Audubon, Johnson and Bonna Avenues as well as East Washington Street.

New to the event this year is a trolley to ferry revelers among the many Irvington locations.  Julie Young will entertain during trolley rides leading carols and quizzing riders about Irvington and Christmas trivia.  The trolley will have four stops:  in front of Inhabit on the southeast corner of Bonna and Ritter, in front of the Hummingbird Café on the northwest corner of Bonna and Audubon, in the library parking lot on the southwest corner of Audubon and Washington and in front of the 10 Johnson Coffee shop on the west side of Johnson Avenue.  Rides are free.  Free will contributions to the ICAN food and clothing pantry to help neighbors in need will be gratefully accepted.

The community will resound with music throughout the event.  The library is hosting the Tech Technicians at 3:30 and the Circle City Bell Ringers at 5:00.  Classical Music Indy will entertain at the 10 Johnson Coffee Shop at 7:30.  Also school choirs and scout groups will carol throughout the neighborhood.

There will be many special activities for children. Throughout the event, Geneva Hair Salon will sponsor a coloring contest, Ambassador Zuza will greet children at Bookmamas, Gingerbread Houses will be displayed at Bookmamas/Irvington Vinyl and from 3-5 the library will sponsor face painting.  What would a holiday event be without Santa?  He will be available for children’s visits from 5:00 -8:00 p.m.  at George Thomas .  Walgreens will provide photos again. Of course, all the musical performances will be great for children too.

From 3-9, Geneva Hair Salon will feature the Hamilton County Firefighters and sell their calendars to raise funds for the Fallen Firefighters Memorial.  Also, Julie Edwards will demonstrate the creation of small pottery animals at Handmade Holiday throughout the event.  Bookmamas will feature several authors including Paul Diebold (Greater Irvington), Linda Mansfield, (Twelve Days of Stories for Christmas), and Becky and Todd Outcalt, (Indiana Wineries:  The Ultimate Guide to Wine in Indiana) beginning at 5:00 pm.

The event offers the members of the Irvington Business Association the opportunity to give back to the community.  Special sponsors of the evening include Jockamos, Black Sheep, Black Acre, The Indianapolis Marion County Library, Simply Tasteful, the Historic Irvington Community Council and Bookmamas.

Come out, explore and enjoy the holiday spirit of Irvington on this special Friday in December.  Savor a meal, raise a glass, discover unique gifts, enjoy a special event, join in caroling, meet local authors and admire the festive decorations.

Discover Irvington Festival Set For Saturday, May 9

Coming on Saturday, May 9 is the annual Discover Irvington festival (formerly known as Celebrate Irvington).

As in years past, you will find booths along Washington Street and nearby featuring neighborhood organizations and non-profits.

The first annual Discover Irvington Acoustic Blues Fest will be held at Playground Productions on Bonna Avenue, featuring six blues artists.

Also new this year is Discover Irvington Business Bingo, where patrons will have an opportunity to both take advantage of shop and restaurant specials as well as win special prizes for visiting multiple businesses.

The Alternative Gift Fair will also be held at the same time at the Irving Theater.

More details forthcoming on our Facebook page as well as here.

Irvington Holiday Open House!

Here’s a partial list of Holiday Open House Activities:

Carriage rides with Yellow Rose Carriages debark from the front of the Irvington Library, 5625 E. Washington, from 6-9:00 p.m. Sign up for a reserved time starting at 5:30. Riders are asked to make a free-will cash donation to support ICAN, a service of the Irvington Association of Ministers.

Children can visit Santa at George Thomas Florist, 5609 E. Washington, from 6-8:00 and have a free picture taken courtesy of Walgreen’s.

Open House at Irvington Wellness, 17 N. Layman:
> Customer Appreciation Night, warm up at Irvington Wellness Center!
> Food, fun – Come and explore the Salt Room and the Infrared Salt Sauna teaming up with Signature’s of Irvington – Info on all the upcoming changes at the Center!
> New classes, new YOGA FLOOR and more

Bookmamas, 9 Johnson Av., will host local authors David Humphrey, Kurt A. Mayer and Sherri Wood Emmons. Music in the Underground 9 starts at 8:00.

Dufours in Irvington, 5648 E. Washington, will feature Joan Hamilton on guitar from 6-8:00 p.m.

Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 N. Audubon, features “Road to Bethlehem,” a Drive-Thru Nativity, from 6:45-8:45 p.m. (The east side of Audubon circle will be closed to traffic during this event.)

Carolers – Girl Scouts Irvington Troop 504 and One Voice Show Choir of Irvington Preparatory Academy will be out and about!

5547 Project Art Gallery & Coffee House, 5547 Bonna Av., will have The Irvington Children’s Art Show on exhibit. Special guests – Naptown Roller Girls!

Don’t miss the shops and businesses of south Irvington including: Bonna Shops, 202 S. Audubon, Playground Productions, 5529 Bonna Av., and Inhabit, 211 S. Ritter Av.

Congratulations to 2014 Indy A-List Winners

indyalistThis year’s Indy A-List voting has concluded, and Irvington can be proud of its strong showing.  First place winners include Jockamo’s Upper Crust Pizza, James Dant Men’s Clothing, Black Acre Brew Pub, and Indy Cycle Specialist.  Additional first place winners with Irvington connections were Homespun Modern Handmade and A Perfect Climate HVAC.

A (hopefully) complete list of top five finishers from Irvington and nearby follows.  As always, if we missed someone please us know.

Arts and Entertainment

Theater Group:  Q Artistry, 5th


Carwash: Mike’s, 2nd

Beauty and Wellness

Facial: Snips, 3rd

Cheap Eats

Breakfast: Dufours, 3rd
Burrito: El Sol De Tala, 5th
Diner: Steer Inn, 3rd
Pizza:  Jockamo Upper Crust, 1st
Sandwich Shop: Your Local Deli and Market, 5th


Eyewear: Ossip, 2nd
Men’s Clothing:  James Dant, 1st
Vintage and Resale: ReTulled Consignment Boutique, 3rd

Great Meals

Cajun/Creole:  Papa Roux, 2nd
Chinese: Oriental Inn, 3rd
Traditional American: The Legend, 3rd; Steer Inn, 4th

Home and Garden

Heating and Cooling: A Perfect Climate, 1st


Brewpub:  Black Acre, 1st


Antiques: Antique Mall by Jack and Jill, 5th
Arts and Crafts: Homespun Modern Handmade, 1st
Bike Shop: Indy Cycle Specialist, 1st
Bookstore: Bookmamas, 5th
Florist: George Thomas, 4th
Furniture Resale: Audrey’s Place, 4th
Gift Shop: Black Sheep Gifts, 5th
Records and CDs: Irvington Vinyl (Irvington Vintage), 3rd

Specialty Food and Drink

Farmers Market:  Irvington Farmers Market, 3rd
Ice Cream: Wyliepalooza, 4th

NUVO’s Best of Indy 2014 Results

Here are the neighborhood-related results from NUVO’s Best of Indy 2014 voting.  Thanks to Irvington Development Organization for compiling this list, and thanks to everyone who voted!

Foundation East: 1st Place, Best New Public Art (you can read more on this arts organization at www.irvingtondevelopment.org)

Irvington: 2nd place, Best Established Neighborhood; 3rd place, Best Up-and-Comin’ Neighborhood (yes–both awards!)

Q Artistry: 2nd place, Best Local Live Theatre Venue/Company; 3rd place, Best Locally Produced Play for ZirkusGrimm

Bookmamas: 3rd place, Best Local Bookstore

Indy Cycle Specialist: 2nd place, Best Local Bike Store

Snips in Historic Irvington: 3rd place, Best Local Hair Salon

James Dant: 1st place, Best Local Clothing Store- Men

Irvington Vintage (check them out now as Irvington Vinyl): 3rd place, Best Local Vintage Clothing Store

homespun: modern handmade: nd place, Best Local Craft Store (Although the store’s no longer in Irv, we’re still proud to claim owners Neal and Amanda Taflinger as Irvingtonians!)

Deb S. Kent (we’ll tag her in the comments): 1st place, Best Local Realtor

Mike Perron Group – Re/max Advanced Realty Indy: 3rd place, Best Local Realtor

Bee Coffee Roaster: 2nd place, Best Local Coffee Roaster (co-owned by proud Irvingtonian BJ Davis!)

La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant: 1st place, Best Local Mexican Restaurant

Steer In Indianapolis: 1st place, Best Local Pork Tenderloin; 1st place, Best Local Breakfast/Brunch; 2nd place, Best Local Burgers; 2nd place, Best Local Place to Eat Cheap

Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza: 2nd place, Best Local Pizza; 2nd place, Best Service

Black Acre Brewing Co.: 2nd place, Best Trivia Night; 3rd place, Best Indiana Brewery

Change in the Air

Along with welcome summer weather comes a number of changes in the Irvington business landscape:

Your Local Deli and Market has opened in the former Scooter shop, next to Geneva.

Day Ja Voo, a furniture and furnishings “upcycler”, is now open in the back part of the same building.

Retulled Consignment Boutique is expanding into the storefront next door to them, where Tiqueibles was formerly located.  Tiqueibles retains some of its inventory at the Southport Antique Mall.

THAIRapy Salon has relocated to 573 S. Arlington from its former location on Washington St.

– Help My Mac Plus has closed its storefront on Washington St. and is in the process of relocating to a nearby office building

Irvington Vintage has closed its location on S. Audubon Road.  Their record inventory has moved into Bookmamas at 9 Johnson Avenue where they are now known as Irvington Vinyl.  Their antiques and collectibles have relocated to Southport Antique Mall.  Bookmamas and Irvington Vinyl are now open 7 days a week.

Crown Liquors has purchased the former Sheridan Park Liquors location at 6049 E. Washington St.

The Hummingbird Cafe, featuring smoothies, juices, coffee, sandwiches, soup and salads, will open in the former Irvington Vintage location in late summer

Other changes are brewing and we’ll keep you posted as they are finalized. Meantime, please welcome our new businesses, stay up with those that relocated and remember to shop local whenever possible.