In defining their style, men often have to choose a side: functionality or self-expression. Bachrach, however, fuses the two together with a collection that is equal parts dressy and casual. Established in 1877, Bachrach has been outfitting men for the biggest interviews of their lives or just fun nights out on the town with a diverse and versatile lineup of suits, dress shirts, ties, and pants. Beyond that, the company leaves no detail unnoticed by maintaining an equally robust selection of accessories. It includes cufflinks, tie bars, and even cologne so guys don't have to borrow a friend's or stuff their pockets with fresh-baked cookies just to smell good. With 36 locations in 15 states and a bustling online store, Bachrach makes browsing its collection quick and simple.
Voted the 2009 and 2010 Best Outdoor Gear retailer in Indianapolis by CityVoters, Nurpu River & Mountain Supply hooks up hikers, bikers, and fresh-air seekers with gear, apparel, footwear, and more from specialty outdoor brands. Stay hydrated with the handy 0.75-liter CamelBak Better Bottle ($9.95), or navigate midnight trips to the refrigerator with the Princeton Tec Byte LED headlamp ($19.95). The MSR Pocket Rocket backpacking stove ($39.95) helps campers fashion a fire on the fly. Expedition-bound explorers can apply this Groupon toward an Osprey Aether 70 backpack ($259) or a Perception Prodigy 12.0 kayak ($699), which floats among Nurpu's vast array of kayaks and standup paddleboards. Because of a centuries-old thumb-war victory against ancient Argentinean craftsmen, Nurpu River & Mountain Supply is one of the few places to find Patagonia-brand clothing in the area.
Staring at a blank piece of paper can be intimidating, but browsing the blank, premade pottery at Kiln Creations draws hibernating creativity from its den, enticing the brain with shape, size, and bisque meat. Pieces range between $4 and $65, and all merry potters are assessed a modest studio fee—$8 for adults and $6 for children under 12—which covers everything required to design and fire a project, including time. Grab a blank plate and paint a meal upon it, stencil a cup with springtime flowers, or decorate a picture frame worthy of being hung inside itself. If the concept of whole objects is intimidating, spend time in the studio on a mosaic project and enjoy affixing a variety of vibrant tiles upon a wood base of your choice ($12–$65), then grout your gorgeous piece at home with supplied materials ($6–$8 studio fee applies).
Bella Pizzeria spins its New York–style dough discs from more than 27 different topping options, including five types of cheese. Cast your vote for thin crust or deep dish by the slice ($2.85–$5), or gear up for heated fan-club presidential campaigns by sharing the spoils of a whole pizza ($11.99–$25.99). Bella Pizzeria's menu also furnishes plates with calzones ($5.79), subs ($5.89), and a selection of pastas ($5.89). Indulge in the cheese-swathed excellence of the ham, ricotta, and mozzarella calzone, a slab of baked ground-beef lasagna topped with homemade marinara sauce, or bask in the flat-screens' glowing athletic combat as the Bella sub's team of prosciutto, capicola, salami, ham, provolone, and veggie conquer your hunger.
Nutty Guys sports a massive selection of nuts, dried fruit, candied delights, organic goodies, and more. Legume fundamentalists will raise fists in solidarity at the chance to buy both raw peanuts and raw Spanish peanuts (each starting at $3.33/8 oz.), while nut progressives can try punishingly powerful wasabi peanuts ($3.01/8 oz.). Fuel snack times with mango cubes ($3.75) and apple-juice-sweetened blueberries ($6.38/8 oz.), or sweeten a stash with chocolate-covered pretzels ($3.78/8 oz.), cinnamon-toffee almonds ($4.73/8 oz.), or cinnamon gummy bears ($3.28/8 oz.).