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Local businesses forced to relocate by Monroe Convention Center expansion

December 5th, 2019 No comments

My Sister’s Closet volunteer Laura Gottlieb is worried about what a forced relocation could do to the non-profit and the low-income women that rely on the store for help. With city-county plans to expand the Monroe County Convention Center, some businesses nearby are required to search for new locations

“I’m concerned that could have a negative impact,” she said. “I’m hoping that we’ll find a place that is a really good location, and hopefully it will not affect the women that we serve.”

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Bloomington’s constantly changing restaurant industry presents challenges for owners

December 5th, 2019 No comments

Bob Costello, owner of Village Deli, Soma, and Laughing Planet, described Bloomington restaurant landscape as constantly changing. In his 20 years owning the Deli, he’s seen some restaurants come and go quickly, while others survive and prosper.

Owning a restaurant in Bloomington has many internal and external challenges, he said.

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Unknown changes to come after protests against white supremacy at the Bloomington Farmers Market

December 5th, 2019 No comments

The Bloomington Farmers Market was less packed than usual on Saturday, making the purple shirts of Kate Blake and the other members of the Purple Shirt Brigade stand out as they gathered in the space directly across from the Schrooner Creek Farm stand. This week the protest group donned sashes that read “No Nazis” in place of protest signs.

“We are trying to find a way to follow the rules but also bring attention to the fact that this city is violating free speech basically,” said Blake.

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Independent businesses in Bloomington struggle to compete with online shopping and high rent

December 5th, 2019 No comments

The interior of Eric Brown’s Caveat Emptor in lined with used books that fill the air with the comforting smell of a good read. Recently, the space between the aisles doesn’t see as much foot traffic as 45-year-old owner would like.

“I don’t know that anyone really knows the identity of small business in Bloomington and the future of where it’s going to go especially downtown,” he says.

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LGBTQ community unfazed by hate group at Bloomington Farmer’s Market

December 5th, 2019 No comments

Opening his phone in August of 2019, Lane Wolf read a story on the IDS about fliers promoting a white supremist group in Bloomington. Wolf, a nonbinary 21-year-old from Larwill, IN, began performing drag in 2017 during his freshman year of college. He now prepared to return to the city as a junior knowing a hate group existed that wanted LGBTQ residents like him out. Instead of feeling Intimidated, Wolf found the fliers absurd.

“It’s ridiculous to be spouting such rhetoric in 2019, but some people don’t seem to be able to educate themselves,” He said.

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Marijuana decriminalization in Bloomington is not likely in 2020

December 5th, 2019 No comments

One World Enterprises CEO and co-founder Jeff Mease has been interested in the legalization of marijuana for years. As a local businessman, he is fascinated by the opportunities that decriminalization of cannabis and related drugs could have in Bloomington.

“If used safely, I think it could experience the same sort of growth model as craft breweries,” he said.

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Service animals bring warmth and safety to Bloomington

December 5th, 2019 No comments

In the cold of winter in Bloomington, with temperatues dropping below 20 degrees, people are beginning to dress warmer for the colder climate. Across the IU campus, some legged creatures are prepared to combat the cold, along with many other tasks at hand.

Indiana Canine Assistance Network (ICAN) service dogs on the IU campus offer assistance to those who are unable to perform daily tasks due to either physical inhibitions or anxiety/mental health related issues.

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New Switchyard Brewing head brewer Mitch Roelecke ‘has finally made it’

November 7th, 2019 No comments

When he was young, Mitch Roelecke didn’t see brewing as part of his future. At Lakota West High School in Lakota, Ohio, he hadn’t given much thought to his career.

He grew up a gamer in Westchester, Ohio, and remembers spending weekends and nights at his friends’ houses having Local Area Network (LAN) parties. His favorite game is the original Halo, and it was his connection to the game and his childhood friends that started his career.

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Alex Crowley works to keep Bloomington sustainable

November 7th, 2019 No comments

With an ever-changing schedule, Alex Crowley’s papers and documents lie scattered around his office in City Hall. His position in the city allows for a busy and ever-changing schedule. However, Crowley mentions that it’s not a bad thing.

Connecticut-raised, New York-educated, Crowley is the director for Bloomington’s Economic and Sustainable Development Department.

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Doug Bauder has been IU LGBTQ+ culture center director for 25 years

November 7th, 2019 No comments

Doug Bauder’s office at IU’s LGBTQ+ Culture Center is a warm and inviting sanctuary on Seventh Street across from the Indiana Memorial Union. The walls are speckled with posters about the gay community, and the bookshelf displays pictures and awards that have been collected over two decades as the center’s director.

Before moving to this office 25 years ago, Bauder was a pastor.

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