Windsor Jewelry has been providing Indianapolis with quality jewelry, gems, and customer service for over 90 years. With a staff that has been with them for an average of 20 years, prospective purveyors of jewels find a familiar face as well as educated help in deciding which piece to purchase. Watches are thoughtful gifts, and Windsor carries some of the finest brands such as Movado, Accutron, and Tissot (watches start at $200), providing a sleek alternative to cumbersome wrist sundials. While watches are timeless, diamonds help mark time, like anniversaries, the birth of a child, or dates of natural history museum hauntings. Windsor's in-store selection of rings, silver earrings (starting at $50) and pendants (starting at $80) are enough to make a magpie blush. If a precious piece of jewelry has not seen the light of day in some time thanks to damage, Windsor’s helping hands can set things right with jewelry repair service. Their skilled repair-folk can replace lost stones, handle the insurance replacement, and dry tiny diamond tears.
Honored in 2012 by AABP, Editor & Publisher, and SABEW, Indianapolis Business Journal delves into business news, analysis, and perspective for central Indiana. Seasoned economic reporters capture stories on retail, banking, small businesses, and up-and-coming local businesswomen, publishing their scoops in weekly printed editions or up-to-the-minute online articles and blogs. Thoughtful opinion pieces analyze the top stories in government policy, while the annual Book of Lists compiles the year's top-rated companies alongside useful demographic and market trends, such as the number of local minority-owned businesses or the average price of a monocle.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Feet are in good hands at The Runners Forum. The entire staff is composed of specially trained athletes who hold degrees in wellness-related fields such as exercise physiology and nutrition. When it comes to footwear, the team strives for a perfect fit, assessing customers' gaits in-store and testing out different styles and brands before settling on a shoe. Shelves display the latest wares from renowned footwear brands including Asics, Mizuno, and Adidas, as well as Runners Forum–brand apparel and running accessories. In addition to running gear, the shop also offers swimwear and bike maintenance, repair, and fittings.
Since 1930, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has drawn baton-bearers from around the world to lead its professional musicians in aural artistry. Finnish maestra Susanna Mälkki takes the podium for Symphonic Dances, which ventures beyond the Rachmaninoff piece that gives the program its name to culminate in a monumental rendition of the Latin hymn "Dies irae" and a quick reprise of the Pig Latin hymn "Les-day Irae-ay." Jun Märkl takes a break from his duties leading the Leipzig Radio Symphony and adjusting its temperamental dials to bring audiences an evening of French composers in Vive la France! with work by Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Debussy, and Ravel.
Operated by Earth House Collective—a group of activists and artists dedicated to bolstering the local and global communities with culture and wellness—Earth House's cafe ensures that every wholesome meal on its menu is vegetarian. The shop incorporates many locally acquired and organic ingredients, and most dishes are vegan or gluten-free to ensure healthy, guilt-free digestion. Sup on a savory vegan Sonoma Salad sandwich, tossed with crispy baked tofu, red grapes, toasted pecans, and a creamy poppy-seed dressing ($4), or opt for a vegan and gluten-free mango black-bean pizza with a spicy and exotic poblano-pepper and sweet-potato accent ($4/slice). The cafe's 12-ounce, all-organic coffees are locally roasted by Bjava Coffee and are always ground and french-pressed to order, ensuring a neatly folded and more flavorful brew, with some sediment. Cafe connoisseurs can slurp the sweet, floral notes of the Guatemala roast ($2.50), the light fruitiness of the Ethiopian roast ($2.95), or the soft sweetness of the decaf Peru roast, which, like gazing at the stars or drawing the solar system with a tube of toothpaste, can be enjoyed at night ($2.95).