Street Savvy: Circle City Industrial Complex

At the tail end of Mass Ave, this 1900s automotive factory turned creative haven houses more than 80 businesses. Bustling First Fridays see art lovers scour the studios filled with one-of-a-kind works.
A patron relaxes with an IPA at Centerpoint Brewery.

Cheers to Centerpoint Brewing, a spacious hangout with locally crafted brewskis to please any palate. Sip on a chocolatey Black American Porter or blood orange–infused IPA from their Origin Series. Be sure to bring your buddies, both human and canine, to enjoy Thursday trivia nights or bites from rotating food trucks. 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. 2B, 317-602-8386

Leisurely stroll through the expansive Full Circle Nine Gallery and discover art by more than two dozen Indy- based creatives. From pop art paintings to landscape photography, you’ll find plenty to see and shop. Snag a cool piece and support local artists who enrich the city. 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. B21, 317-672-7253

Herron School of Art + Design graduate Tasha Beckwith has taken the Indy art scene by storm. Her striking paintings and sculptures celebrate African Americans with stunning detail and colors. In addition to stopping into Tasha Beckwith Fine Arts, be sure to check out her remarkable mural on the Martens Building at the Pathways to Peace Park downtown. 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. S07

A quirky critter is ready to be brought to life with pieces of recycled sweaters at Bebito Studio.

Head to First Fridays at Bebito Studio for gifts for the kiddos in your life. Owner and artist Rachel Hedges’ specialty is quirky stuffies crafted for cuddles and handmade from recycled materials, like her signature Dolores the Librarian. Keep an eye out for Dolores at local libraries; you may be surprised to find her hiding among the children’s books. 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. S06

Jewelry designer and owner of Grace M Design Grace Marshall at work in her workshop.

Bask in the shine of gems galore, set in sterling silver, copper, and gold. Grace Marshall, owner of Grace M Design, is a certified jeweler and gemologist with 20 years of experience creating distinctive rings, bracelets, and necklaces. We especially like her Indianapolis-themed jewelry, including the skyline cuff bracelet, for beautifully showing off your Circle City pride. 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. C14

Owner Meredith Frey sets up an art glass project at Indy Fused Glass.

Get creative at Indy Fused Glass while making your own unique and colorful glassware. The space hosts regular two-hour classes where you can cut and customize your piece, then leave it for the staff to fire for you. Pick it up any time between three days and three months later. Or peruse the ready-made works at the front of the shop and pick up a spectacular last-minute present. 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. C05, 317-987-9556

Considered by many to be the best chocolate shop in Indiana, SoChatti supplies decadent, dairy-free deliciousness to satisfy your sweet tooth. Take one of their chocolate and wine pairing classes, or sign up for a tour and tasting. Or just grab a box of single origin chocolate from Tanzania or Peru for at-home indulging. 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. D02, 317-600-3776

Pirouette into Dance Kaleidoscope to experience their array of classes for all ages and levels. The studio aims to foster a sense of community through ballet, jazz, and more. The most advanced students tour the country with the company and perform all around Indianapolis. 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. D05, 317-419-2380

8th Day Distillery serves up enticing elixirs and also sells bottles of their spirits to go.

Kick back in the buzzing 8th Day Distillery, which offers a tremendous variety of locally crafted rum, gin, and whiskey. Lounge with an old fashioned in hand or grab a bottle of bourbon to go. It’s a perfect place to wind down after a night of First Friday shop hopping. 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. D06, 317-600-3791

The Fowling Warehouse draws many players to its competitive leagues.

A hybrid between football and bowling, fowling is a nationwide craze that has taken hold here through 33 Indy 500–themed lanes at the Fowling Warehouse. Reserve space for a birthday party, join a competitive league with your friends, or simply walk in for a session of tossing the ol’ pigskin. 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. D09, 317-406-0326