High in the pristine mountains of Taiwan, artisan farmers hand pick and hand roast fresh, whole-leaf teas made even more delicious thanks to the ideal combinations of mist and sunshine. These top-quality green, oolong, and black teas are the only teas sold at Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company, as the staff believes they are the best of their kind across the globe.
Available at the Zionsville shop, teas include a misty-mountain oolong, a medium amber-bodied tea for a palate-cleansing and refreshing drink. The Asian-beauty oolong, deemed “oriental beauty” by Queen Elizabeth II, is a light-bodied tea with hints of honey and cinnamon, and the twisted-green tea, a delicate loose-leaf tea named as such because the famers twist the leaves before roasting them or telling them bedtime stories. Customers can also purchase wares for tasty tea times, such as ceramic Japanese tea sets, trays, whisks, filters, and ornate bibs.
Once a summer, tents sprout up across the grounds of Wild Air Farm to house nearly 40 food and crafts vendors during the Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show and Country Fair. Throughout the course of six days, which equals roughly seven horse days, the equestrian event hosts several competitions while raising funds and awareness for the Riley Children's Foundation—an organization that is able to provide comprehensive care for thousands of Indiana children through the contributions of its supporters. In addition to helping the foundation, guests can explore children's obstacle courses, marvel at dog shows, and browse handmade gifts.
When party hosts sit down with Sweet & Savory chef Melissa Mudd, she listens carefully to what they envision, then helps them plan a menu to match the event. An office gathering might get a lineup of party trays. An elegant party might center on herb-roasted beef tenderloin with stone-ground mustard, or even a custom chocolate-zucchini wedding cake. Once the menu is decided, she and her team make everything from scratch, scorning time-saving measures such as premade icing.
Even when there's nothing in particular to celebrate, the aroma of freshly baking focaccia lures guests into Sweet & Savory’s café and bakery throughout the day. For breakfast, chefs drown buttermilk biscuits in housemade sausage gravy, and sauté bananas in brown sugar and dark rum to create bananas-foster buttermilk pancakes with vanilla crème anglaise. Later in the day, they heap slow-cooked barbecue pork on onion buns, then craft tartines with fire-roasted shrimp and corn relish, which pairs nicely with chilled soup or a salad drizzled with peach-champagne vinaigrette. Dinners can also be taken home to families or nests of baby birds, along with pies, cheesecakes, and other desserts.
It's hard to stand inside a Godby Home Furnishings showroom. Comfy couches, chairs, and beds wait around every turn inside the store. Each visit showcases furnishings for several areas of the home, including living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. A look at the item tags in any of these sections reads like a who's who of the home furnishing world—names like Flexsteel , La-Z-Boy, Serta, and Tempurpedic among many more. The Carmel location is open despite the closure of US 31.
The Godby family has curated these fine furnishings since 1974, when Jim Godby founded the first location. After coming aboard in 1992, Jim's son Jeff oversaw the company's expansion into a modern day furniture empire that rivals the ionic column emporiums of Rome. At the center of it all lies the Godby Home Furnishings 75,000 sq. ft. warehouse, which stocks all the furniture on display in each showroom. In total, about eight million dollars of inventory fills the warehouse—but sometimes that's not even enough. In those cases, Godby's team happily places a custom order for their customers.
HotBox Pizza’s cooks adorn three varieties of hand-tossed dough canvases with six savory sauces, cheeses, and 26 toppings to create a menu of dine-in, takeout, and delivery pies. The signature HotBox combines double spicy pepperoni and banana peppers, and Big Al’s Fredo fights off pernicious poultry cravings with a combination of chicken, roma tomatoes, fresh spinach, and banana peppers. Aspiring pizza architects can blueprint their own pies by laying down traditional, thin, or multigrain foundations and selecting from six varieties of sauce-carpeting. Doughy disks simmer with mozzarella, ricotta, Wisconsin cheddar, or fontina cheeses to hold down up to four toppings such as pepperoni and artichoke hearts. Circle-eaters can also save room in their knapsacks or hollow shoe-heels for fresh salad and bundles of breadsticks that come with nacho-cheese, pizza, ranch, or garlic sauce, and wash down stubborn bites with refreshing slurps of soda.