December 2013

Vol. 37 » Issue 4

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Editor’s Note

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 Indy
Great 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 profile
Style: An online fashion empire grows in Greenwood
Arts & Culture: Ghost Brothers of Darkland Countyscary good


It’s a Lily & Madeleine World
With 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 Square
Marcus 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 Guide
Poverty. 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 Love
Executive 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 Here
She 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.

Circle City

FRONT & CENTER: Armed & Dangerous
IU freshman Noah Vonleh already has NBA potential—and the wingspan to reach it.

The billiards star and hall-of-famer tells IM: “The fact that I’m a woman is the hustle.”

MUSIC: Chorus Lines
Which 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 Westfield
Hamilton County’s best-kept secret enters its most spirited season.

REALTY CHECK: $200K in Woodruff Place
A sunroom, lush gardens, and the perfect historic cottage.

AT HOME: My Office
Interior designer Matt Heincker practices the eclectic look he preaches.

STYLE: Washi Tape
Decorative Japanase adhesive is big here, too.

No longer just for bikers and Halloween.

MY LOOK: Antoine Bethea’s Studded Sneakers
The Colts star’s blingy studded sneakers.

SHOPTALK: Haus Love and Cloth
Two new minimalist boutiques share retail DNA.

TRAVELER: The Art of the ‘Ville
Ecclectic enclaves abound in Louisville.

CULTURE Q&A: Georgeanna Smith
The executive art director of experimental theater group No Exit talks about her eccentric version of The Nutcracker.

CULTURE CALENDAR: Hark, Handel, and Hipsters
Our picks for the merriest events in December.

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Eat + Drink

REVIEW: Rockstone Pizzeria Pub
Ed Sahm explores life beyond coffeecake, bringing wood-fired pies to Fishers with his latest hot venture.

FOODIE: Tammy Miller
From Dorman Street to Liberty Street, this proprietor raises the bar at Indy’s old-timey taverns.

VIDEO RECIPE: Mulled Hard Cider
New Day Meadery’s boutique ciders get a warm reception in this seasonal concoction.

FLAVOR OF THE MONTH: Late Harvest Kitchen
Ryan Nelson’s northside eatery pulls out all the stops for its monthly staff dinner.

» WEB EXTRA: Late Harvest Pics
The kitchen staff relishes is after-hours dinners once the doors close, as captured in IM‘s exclusive photo gallery.

NEW IN TOWN: Lava Lips
Feeling the burn at a SoBro hot-sauce emporium.

COMING SOON: The Thunderbird
A pedigreed bartender plans his own joint.

TOP FIVE: Hangover Breakfasts
Over-served? These next-morning spreads will make you feel better.

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BACK HOME AGAIN: Truth or Dare
The secret to happiness lies in dishonesty.
by Philip Gulley

THE HOOSIERIST: Bricks & Mormon
Disappearing public art, barn-wood chic, and lots of Latter-day Saints.
by Sam Stall

Seeing a beloved friend one more time was as much for my benefit as it was for hers.


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