Street Savvy: Mass Ave
Fabric store Crimson Tate is beloved for its whimsically patterned Indiana pillows and Harriet headbands. Find out what else we’re loving on downtown’s liveliest strip.
It’s not summer until you’ve been to Mrs. Curl Ice Cream Shop and Outdoor Cafe. The cash-only mom ’n’ pop has been a landmark for 51 years, with an oldies soundtrack, patriotic-colored tables, and “Curl Girls” handing out Teddy Graham–topped soft-serve cones. This month, try the “500” milkshake, with vanilla and chocolate sprinkles.
Kokomo Opalescent Glass opened in 1888 with Louis Comfort Tiffany as a client. On a five-buck factory tour, you’ll feel the heat from the original furnace, visit the master glass-blower’s studio, see where employees signed the walls more than 100 years ago, and shop for art glass.
The biking craze goes old school at National Moto+ Cycle Co., where owners Matty Bennett and Brendan Fox pay homage to Indy’s days of racing gone by with re-created vintage motorbikes, including an exclusive collection for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Accessories include aviator-style helmets and goggles. 5206 N. College Ave., 698-2418, nationalmoto.com.
The Sanctuary Cafe’s atmosphere could easily outshine its food: The 1894 church, complete with soaring ceilings and stained-glass windows, doubles as painter Nancy Noel’s gallery. Fortunately, the food is worthy of its surroundings. Try the mushroom-and-Brie bisque, or something from the menu of vegetarian and vegan options. 75 N. Main St., 733-9160, nanoel.com.
With the warm comfort of an old-fashioned candy store, M.W. Wadsworth & Co. Fine Chocolates is full of indulgent treats shipped in from all over the country. An antique case features 24 flavors of truffles, including cappuccino and Kahlua White Russian. 154 E. Jefferson St., 560-5624.
In the market for a $26,000 Versace chair? Even if you’re not, head to the Platinum Living showroom for high-end holiday decor and design inspiration. Owner Jacquelyn Bilbrey, an interior designer, claims to have the largest selection of original European oil paintings in the Midwest. 960 Logan St., 776-8701, platinumlivingllc.com.
Pull up a chair at Sweet Home Cupcakes, which opened in May with a rotating selection of nearly 50 flavors. Among them are Miller Man (chocolate cake with vanilla Bavarian filling) and Miller Mama (white cake with chocolate filling), both named in honor of the Noblesville High School Millers. 937 Logan St., 987-5551, sweethomecupcakes.net.