Chef Alexa Lemley’s gourmet marshmallows were never supposed to be sold. The thoughtful chef prepared these sweet, inventively flavored cubes as gifts for 240Sweet’s original catering clientele, but they quickly became a customer favorite.
Today, chef Lemley keeps up with demand by gathering quality local and organic ingredients to craft small batches of her inventively flavored gourmet marshmallows. She combines Michigan beet sugar, Ohio glucose, and Indiana cornstarch and whisks everything together into dense, fluffy cubes, which she then flavors with handmade vanilla extract.
She has developed a line of creative, standard flavors such as Hoosier strawberry, maple and brown sugar, and coffee chocolate chip. Additional flavors rotate in celebration of monthly events, including the Dirty Leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day and Love Stinks! for Valentine’s Day. Each individual treat is sold in thoughtful, minimalistic packaging: a clear plastic bag tied with a ribbon. 240Sweet also provides online recipes for other sweet treats, including popcorn balls and salty s’mores, and it runs marshmallow-making classes where patrons can combine their own unique flavor combinations or make a life-size marshmallow snowman.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
Aromas of fried chicken and housemade side dishes waft from behind a deli counter as visitors peruse the aisles of groceries and other household necessities. According to a 2011 feature in the Southside Times, Hampton's Market embraces its role in the community by getting to know its customers and lining shelves with locally produced goods, including maple syrup and jams siphoned from nearby trees. The butchers' display cases brim with marbled steaks, custom cuts of beef, and sausages made in-house.
Based on the concept of balancing bodies with all-natural supplements and organic food, Nature's Pharm opened its first health-centric emporium in Fishers 13 years ago. It has since built up a tiny fiefdom of three stores across central Indiana, where a bounty of pastas, sauces, condiments, and gluten-free snacks keeps pantries wholesomely stocked. Curated shelves of carefully formulated amino acids, omega-3 supplements, and vitamins equip systems with vital nutrients. These herbal capsules, tablets, powders, and liquids infuse bodies with the power of nature without the need for planting a whole garden or licking a tree.