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.
Prodded by their irish setter, Rusty, Robert and Stephanie Morrison parlayed more than 10 years of experience caring for animals into opening U Dirty Dawg, a full-service dog center. The approximately 4,000-square-foot facility offers a one-stop canine shop, where owners can give dogs a bath, put them through obedience training, or drop them off for daycare and boarding. Additionally, Center Grove Animal Clinic is just next door, and Dr. Lindsay Reinhart can care for pets should they fall ill.
During doggy daycare, canines romp around indoors or catch some rays in the 2,500-square-foot outdoor area, complete with kiddie pools, jungle gyms, and soap boxes for impromptu speeches. Pups bunking overnight enjoy plenty of fresh water and a cozy blanket in their private 6’x4’ runs, with designated indoor and outdoor play areas for smaller dogs.
Fur in need of refurbishing can benefit from the sudsy ministrations of owners or professionals. A self-serve dog wash accommodates any size breed in stainless-steel tubs, and includes shampoo, brushes, and dryers. During professional services, groomers de-scraggle coats and add touches of nail trims and ear cleaning that go a long way toward scoring dogs a prom date.
Corinna Cosentino first discovered Pilates as a young dancer, seeking a way to simultaneously build her strength and flexibility. She fell in love with the distinctive exercise regimen and in 1998 decided to earn her Pilates certification. She then continued her studies in Chicago under the guidance of teachers who studied directly under Joseph and Clara Pilates, honing her core-building techniques and mastering Joseph's secret handshakes.
After several years spent teaching in Chicago, Cosentino opened her own studio, which boasts unobstructed space and pale hardwood floors speckled with Pilates reformers, towers, and chairs. She also provides supportive props for students to use during mat-based classes.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
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.
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.
As a child, Inga always looked forward to the delectable popcorn treats that her mother made using special family recipes. When she became a mom herself, Inga made the same treats for her children. Soon, however, friends, neighbors, teachers, and bus drivers were all clamoring for popcorn of their own, prompting Inga to open her first Inga's Popcorn in 2011.
You can order her certified organic, Indiana-grown kernels in time-tested flavors such as caramel and white cheddar. Once a month, though, she also experiments with different spices and coatings, resulting in specials such as pumpkin pie popcorn and snickerdoodle popcorn dipped in dark chocolate. She even crafts customized batches based on her client's flavor specifications, and assembles snack bags, sampler tins, party bags, and party troughs for special events.