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August 2013

Vol. 36 // Issue 13

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Editor’s Note

Amanda Heckert introduces our August issue and talks scents of her life. 


COVER: Cheap Eats

Fast food? No way. Our guide to affordable dining takes you on a culinary tour of some of the city’s best restaurants—without blowing your budget.

» WHEEL OF DEALS: Specials for Every Day of the Week
» FORBIDDEN LOVE: Chefs Confess
» BUSINESS PERK: Best Happy Hours
» DOGGIE BAG RECIPES: 4 Great Reheat Options
» BOTTLE ROCKIN’: Wonderful Wine Deals
» GOOD AND PLENTY: 5 Great Buffets
» LUXE FOR LESS: Finer Meals for the Frugal

SCENT: Perfect Chemistry

America’s most addictive fragrances aren’t developed in a Paris perfumery or a New York lab, but in an Indianapolis basement.

EDUCATION: Schoolhouse Rocked

Indy charter schools are signing up students as fast as they can find them. Will reform spell the end of traditional public education?

CELEBRITY: Party of Five

A beloved set of local quints looks back on the three decades since they made history. Meet the Gaithers—again. 

Circle City

FRONT & CENTER: Taste Test

Can this month’s big food fests find common ground?

GET SMART: Mastering The FlowRider

If the lazy river at Carmel’s Monon Community Center feels a bit empty, it’s because everyone is inside at this surfing simulator.

WHAT I KNOW: Sophie Faught

The Indy native has racked up an impressive resume at a young age, playing with Slide Hampton, the Temptations, and the Four Tops.

CRIME: Trial and Errors, The David Camm Saga, Act 3

A sensational murder trial starting in Lebanon this month could end 13 years of scandals, surprises,and reversed convictions in the case of a former state trooper charged with killing his family.


This newly minted Indiana cultural district builds on its reputation for cool design.

AT HOME: Daniel Moyer’s Pool Cabana

A top name in jewelery dials back the bling in his favored hangout.

STYLE: Wanted

The handcrafted leather “Victoria” saddle bag purse from Brook England mimics the shape of a bicycle seat.

STYLE: Everywhere We Look—Men’s Brights

A cotton-silk V-neck, “Pragmatist” jeans, and wingtips.

SHOPTALK: Get Hippie

Free People signals a return to the flower-power era.

SHOPTALK: My Look—Indy T-shirt

Way before Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” hit the radio, DJ Slater Hogan was scouring for cool style at Salvation Army stores and Broad Ripple Vintage.

Shopping and style news, haute and fresh.
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CULTURE Q&A: Danny Huston

A lifelong Hoosier who is now the owner of North American Midway, he has been oprterating the state fair (Aug. 2-18) rides for more than 20 years. 

CULTURE: Spock ‘N’ Roll

A local band adapts Star Trek to music, episode by episode—and these guys are playing Gen Con on August 17.

Eat + Drink

REVIEW: Upland’s Carmel Tap House

Upland Brewing Company serves up its smart, scrappy charm to the thirsty masses at this new establishment.

SECOND COURSE: The Loft Restaurant

Trader’s Point Creamery finally gets a restaurant menu worthy of the view.

FOODIE: Michael Gray of Plat 99

A down-to-earth past grounds this trend-forward mixologist.


Jeff Yater, owner of Squealers Award Winning Barbeque, shares an addictive alternative to the ho-hum poppers—this version wrapped in Indiana bacon. 


Warm and bubbly freeform cobblers make the perfect rustic summer dessert. 

NEW IN TOWN: Wyliepalooza’s Ice Cream Emporium

With help from her mother, former Captain Java coffeehouse owner Patty Timmons, San Fran native Cassandra Salimeno brought a Filipino treat to Irvington.

TOP FIVE: Summer Cocktails

Try the John Daly at Bluebeard and four other highly-approved drinks of the season.

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BACK HOME AGAIN: Write at Home

A few words about the place they all come from: my office. 
by Philip Gulley


Freshwater jellyfish, food trucks, and minor-league money. 
by Sam Stall


Unloading my mother’s cherished possessions seemed to disrespect not just her wishes, but her.


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1. The Fountain Square Artists Turning Political Trash Into Treasure

2. The Northern Indiana Chemist Making Armor-Inspired Jewelry

3. The Feed: Fatbird Lands In South Bend, And Shake Shack Gets Serious