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Customers, owners impacted by restaurant restrictions in Bloomington

April 18th, 2019

For JR Ricker, 28, owning a business was a long-term, childhood dream. He was born and raised in Indianapolis into an entrepreneurial family, as his dad owned a bike shop. Years later, when attended IU Bloomington, he decided it was the perfect place to begin his own legacy and he opened he city’s first cold-pressed juice bar, InBloom Juicery.

“From traveling around with the [IU] cross-country, track team, I got to see what a lot of good restaurants and good eating was like,” he said. “I thought it was something that Bloomington always lacked.”

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Head chef at The Fresh Fork Travis Leonard supplies healthy meals to community

April 2nd, 2019

Travis Leonard’s hair is tied back with a black bandana, and he’s dressed in a black chef’s jacket. He sharpens his knives, turns on the ovens and grabs the spices he will use to cook. The seasoned aroma of garlic, cumin and basil waft through the air. He will prepare over 40 meals.

“If I could work here for the rest of my life, I’d love that,” he says. “It’s had such a huge impact on me.”

Leonard is the head chef at The Fresh Fork, a local business that offers fresh, healthy, pre-cooked meals for take-out or delivery. Through his love of preparing and cooking food, he has helped the community seek healthier options and found his dream job.

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Interviewing strangers proves challenging, yet positive experience

March 28th, 2019

When given the task to go up to random strangers on the street and interview them, I was not nervous. I consider myself to be an extrovert, so I felt it would be a relatively simple assignment. However, walking up and down Kirkwood, I found myself not taking initiative.

Although I have interviewed plenty of subjects before, the impromptu nature of this encounter was very different. In all of my other interview experiences there was time to research, learn more about the subjects, the topic, and prepare the questions. This experience did not allow for any of that groundwork.

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Bloomington residents crave more for city’s culinary scene 

March 26th, 2019

More eateries can be added to the city’s already diverse restaurant scene, according to a series of random interviews conducted along Kirkwood Avenue on Feb. 10.

Interviewees expressed the importance of having a variety of eating options in Bloomington. However, they all agreed that healthy, sustainable and diet-specific options are missing from the dining experience.

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On the Beat – Community & Culture

February 21st, 2019


Jan. 30, 2019

Alex Hardgrave, Indiana Daily Student

Bloomington is offering five shelters where individuals in need can retreat during this dangerous cold front. Locations include the Twin lakes Recreation Center, City Hall, the Fire Department’s Fourth Street location and the Police Training Center.

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Bio: Marina Dimas

Marina Dimas
Marina Dimas is a senior at IU and is pursuing a major in Media Advertising with a specialization in graphic communications and a double minor in psychology and Spanish. Marina works as the Marketing and Social Media intern for STIR Mobile coffee, a local Bloomington business, and is currently the Creative Director for a capstone Ad Agency practicum. Whether it be through photography, writing, video or design, Marina strives to capture people’s stories and share them with the world. In her free time, she can be found spending time with family and friends, cooking, listening to music or traveling.