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Amanda Heckert introduces our December issue and reflects on the meaning of being surrounded by loved ones at the end of life.
COVER STORY: Best of IndyGreat things arrived in groups this year: fashion trucks, froyo shops, Lily & Madeleine. But there was plenty to single out, too, in this, our annual celebration of the city's gems—78 in all. Like Larry Bird and the Pacers, we're back, baby!
Dining: Seven dishes you've never tried (but should)City Life: The upside of Indy's low profileStyle: An online fashion empire grows in GreenwoodArts & Culture: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County—scary good
» WEB EXTRAS
It's a Lily & Madeleine WorldWith a new album and many major shows, the Best of Indy winners blitzed the media this fall. See our tweet-tastic recap. (Bonus Video: L&M perform at our #BestofIndy Party.)
Video: How to Fold That Pocket SquareMarcus Hall, co-founder of Best of Indy winner 12Fold, reveals a few ways to do right by that oft-overlooked menswear accessory.
HOW TO HELP: The Give GuidePoverty. Hunger. Homelessness. It's enough to make you throw up your hands. Why not lend one instead? We found 66 ways to share time, money, or stuff in Indianapolis. The only skills you really need are generosity and all-around swellness. And who knows? You might even have fun doing it.
» WEB EXTRA: Puppy LoveExecutive editor Evan West chews on the adoption of his first foster dog, Buddy, a homeless mutt that got a taste of the good life—and then paid it forward.
LONGFORM: Susan Cox Is No Longer HereShe was 52, homeless, and cancer-stricken. A group of devoted strangers vowed that she would not die alone. And then something miraculous happened. One woman's beautiful, strange, and troubling final days.
FRONT & CENTER: Armed & DangerousIU freshman Noah Vonleh already has NBA potential—and the wingspan to reach it.
ASK ME ANYTHING: Jeanette LeeThe billiards star and hall-of-famer tells IM: "The fact that I'm a woman is the hustle."
MUSIC: Chorus LinesWhich member of Straight No Chaser has a podcast? Is a family man? Loves his dog? The boys of the IU-born a cappella group chime in.
STREET SAVVY: Downtown WestfieldHamilton County's best-kept secret enters its most spirited season.
REALTY CHECK: $200K in Woodruff PlaceA sunroom, lush gardens, and the perfect historic cottage.
AT HOME: My OfficeInterior designer Matt Heincker practices the eclectic look he preaches.
STYLE: Washi TapeDecorative Japanase adhesive is big here, too.
EVERYWHERE WE LOOK: Haute SkullsNo longer just for bikers and Halloween.
MY LOOK: Antoine Bethea's Studded SneakersThe Colts star's blingy studded sneakers.
SHOPTALK: Haus Love and ClothTwo new minimalist boutiques share retail DNA.
TRAVELER: The Art of the 'VilleEcclectic enclaves abound in Louisville.
CULTURE Q&A: Georgeanna SmithThe executive art director of experimental theater group No Exit talks about her eccentric version of The Nutcracker.
CULTURE CALENDAR: Hark, Handel, and HipstersOur picks for the merriest events in December.
NEW! THE TICKET» See The Ticket, our Arts & Culture newsletter.» Get it delivered to you near the top of each month.
REVIEW: Rockstone Pizzeria PubEd Sahm explores life beyond coffeecake, bringing wood-fired pies to Fishers with his latest hot venture.
FOODIE: Tammy MillerFrom Dorman Street to Liberty Street, this proprietor raises the bar at Indy's old-timey taverns.
VIDEO RECIPE: Mulled Hard CiderNew Day Meadery's boutique ciders get a warm reception in this seasonal concoction.
FLAVOR OF THE MONTH: Late Harvest KitchenRyan Nelson's northside eatery pulls out all the stops for its monthly staff dinner.
» WEB EXTRA: Late Harvest PicsThe kitchen staff relishes is after-hours dinners once the doors close, as captured in IM's exclusive photo gallery.
NEW IN TOWN: Lava LipsFeeling the burn at a SoBro hot-sauce emporium.
COMING SOON: The ThunderbirdA pedigreed bartender plans his own joint.
TOP FIVE: Hangover BreakfastsOver-served? These next-morning spreads will make you feel better.
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BACK HOME AGAIN: Truth or DareThe secret to happiness lies in dishonesty. by Philip Gulley
THE HOOSIERIST: Bricks & MormonDisappearing public art, barn-wood chic, and lots of Latter-day Saints. by Sam Stall
DEBORAH PAUL: Last CallSeeing a beloved friend one more time was as much for my benefit as it was for hers.
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