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.

Yelp Featured at March Business Networking Event

Irvington area business owners and managers are invited to a free networking event on Wednesday, March 12, from 6:30 to 8 pm at Artisan Realtors, 5610 E. Washington St.  Brittany Smith, Indy Community Manager for Yelp will speak briefly and entertain questions.

Open networking begins at 6:30.  Refreshments provided by Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza and http://blackacrebrewing.com/home/.

Interested? It’s free.  Please register here:

Eventbrite - Irvington Business Networking

Changes on Washington Street

With the departure of Homespun: Modern Handmade to larger quarters at 869 Massachusetts Avenue, Irvington welcomes James Dant Men’s Clothing to our central business district sometime in mid-February.  They will occupy Homespun’s former space at 5624 E. Washington St.

The makeover of the south side of Washington Street continues.  Geneva Hair Studio now occupies gorgeous new space in the western half of the former Scooter Shop at 5541 E. Washington St. World of Vapor has been open for a few months at 5533 E. Washington St., providing a focused line of e-cigarette supplies, targeted to those who want to reduce or eliminate cigarette smoking.

Two other businesses are due to open in the coming months in the former Scooter Shop. We’ll update you on those as they get closer to opening.

Please support our neighborhood businesses.  The atypically bad winter weather has reduced traffic and sales since early December for nearly every shop and restaurant.  Unfortunately, the bills don’t get similarly reduced, and that can spell trouble for budgets, payrolls, and other necessities.  So please give some extra love to your favorite Irvington small businesses!

Still More Specials for Holiday Open House

So much is going on tonight, it’s likely we’ve missed something.  But here are still more reasons to come out tonight and enjoy the winter wonderland of Irvington:

- Custom Creations in Glass (16 S. Catherwood) offers 15% off today

- Ossip Optometry continues its anniversary sale with discounts on brand name frames

- Butler Place apartments (5230 E. Washington St.) celebrates with a Grand Opening open house from 5-7 pm

- Dufour’s has a traditional Italian dinner with musical entertainment

- Artisan Realtors hosts Audio Diner’s caroling contingent at 7pm

It’s Happening on the South Side of Washington Street!

A big part of the Irvington commercial district’s “rebound” is due to the south side of Washington Street’s emerging business community. Find out for yourself tonight during the Holiday Open House.

- Check out Geneva Hair Studio’s expanded new location in the western half of the former Scooter Shop

- George Thomas Flowers hosts Pictures with Santa

- Roll With It Bakery offers a coupon for a free cookie with every Santa picture

- tHAIRapy Salon offers free hair tinsel tonight

- World of Vapor, Irvington’s newest shop, has special holiday deals on e-cigarette products

- Jack and Jill’s Antique Mall has refreshments and special prices

- Tiqueables has an extensive selection of antiques, vintage and records

- Shop Retulled for your holiday formal wear–both men’s and women’s clothing

- Bookmama’s, just around the corner on Johnson Avenue, hosts three author/booksignings tonight from 6-9 pm

    • Gary Moore  – Brown County Mornings
    • Wes Sturdevant – Clever Little Hermes,
    • Philip B. Wilson – 100 Things Colts Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Audubon Road Open House Specials

This year, all of the carriage rides will be traveling down South Audubon Road, around the circle and back to Washington Street.  You’ll get a great view of the shops in “Old Irvington”, where the downtown started back in the 1870′s,  and the shops will have some enticements for you:cornerstore

  • Audubon Road Corner Store, Antiques Etc. will offer owner Helga Horvath’s signature homemade sauerkraut and other delights.
  • Meet local artist Andrew Leonberger at Dream Designs and see his work.
  • Irvington Vintage offers Christmas cookies, including some of Indy’s longtime favorite Roselyn Bakery specialties.
  • The Magic Candle always has something intriguing going on.
  • Kingston’s Kloset is Audubon’s newest addition, featuring gently used kids clothing
  • Victor’s Minimart and Laundromat offers a wide variety of snacks and drinks, in addition to its neighborhood laundry services