The story of Mallow Run Winery reads like a Steinbeck novel with a happy ending—a tale of romance, music, and farm life. John Richardson grew up on the 600-acre plot where Mallow Run now resides, but left for 35 years to become a teacher. During this time, he raised his son, Bill, whose dream of following the pastoral path of his ancestors led him to pursue a degree in Agriculture at Purdue University. After he graduated and his father retired, they both returned to John’s stomping ground with the intent of growing grapes for various Indiana wineries. Bill would meet his wife, Laura, while playing music locally in the Carmel Symphony—the former on French horn and the latter on clarinet—and thus, the triumvirate behind Mallow Run Winery was born.
Between the bushels of corn and soybeans that spring from the verdant fields, eight acres of grapevines produce the plump fruit that goes into bottles of Chardonel, Traminette, Seyval Blanc, and other varietals, and the tailpipes of any double-parked cars on the estate. The winery has become a destination to listen to live music in addition to sipping wine with friends and family, as the winery’s spacious lawn is often used for concerts from local artists.
Surrounded by the bright butterflies, trees, and flowers painted on You Are The Potter's walls, patrons transform bare, gray dishware into vibrant works of art. After choosing a piece from the hundreds of raw bowls, platters, and mugs that line the shelves, artists use brushes, stencils, stamps, and ideas from project books or encouraging staff members to personalize their creation. Staff glaze and fire the finished products, making them ready to hold food or the attention of pets who have been told they contain food.
Artist Pauline Beuke showcases her original works along with those of fellow local artists at ProArt Gallery, which is packed with a rotating selection of pieces including everything from acrylic and watercolor paintings to glass ornaments and wooden rocking horses. While patrons browse the crafts, they can wait for experts to surround their photographs and artwork in museum-quality framing, including shadowboxes for sports jerseys and other memorabilia.
Specializing in hardware repair and upgrades, as well as software configuration, Geek in Pink ensures PCs are in top-notch shape with the aid of a tech-savvy staff. Diagnose the insides of each processing power plant with a tune-up that takes approximately one to two days to complete. It begins with a system performance and spec evaluation, then a disk defragmentation and cleanup speed up the system and a startup optimization decreases load times. Additionally, relevant updates and the uninstalling of obsolete programs pairs smooth-running software with a potent hardware punch.
Glam Designer specializes in affordably priced designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, and bags for juniors, misses, and plus-size women. A sprawling selection of new and used attire from brands including Express, White House Black Market, Juicy, and True Religion perches on hangers, tempting customers and fashion-conscious crows longing to pass as human. Gird loins with a pair of Big Star jeans ($52), originally retailing for $106. Or stay stylish while mingling easily among urban wildlife with the Rafael zebra print jacket ($20). Chic siblings Jenny Reed and Molly McEvilly ensure that all clothing gracing their store’s racks is in style, while offering recommendations of flattering options to mesh with customers’ individual styles, shapes, and predilections for Austro-Hungarian infantry wear.
Kelsay Farms continues its harvest-time tradition of opening its gates to the public, inviting families to engage in a cornucopia of autumnal activities. Guests can get an overview of the farming life during hayrack rides, or test their navigational skills in the five-acre corn maze where twists, turns, dead ends, and minotaurs lend a sense of excitement. Tykes can keep occupied with boisterous rounds of "Turkey in the Straw" in the straw play area, climb up Bale Mountain, or coo at adorable fledgling farm animals in the baby barnyard.