Happy 2017

Another year is about here. What do you plan to do to make 2017 great? While so much is out of our control, so much is also in our control.

In 2016 I set a lot of ambitious goals for myself. I accomplished one of them and learned quite a bit about the other goals. I definitely made some good progress. Tackling a lot at once really reminded me to take things a step at a time and not overwhelm myself to get things done.

I plan on taking that mindset into 2017. Whether you want to lose weight, get out of debt, find a new job, enhance a skill, go back to school…. just remember to take things a day at a time and be realistic. The more realistic you are, the more realistic achieving the goal will truly be.

2016 taught us a lot. It was good, bad and ugly. 2017 will bring its own set of challenges, here’s to getting through them.

Happy new year everyone!

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Grocery Shopping in Downtown Indy and Beyond

Since moving to downtown Indianapolis, one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is where I grocery shop. It’s complicated. Well not really, but it’s not what you’d think. I’ll share where I go and what other options there are for downtown residents.

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When it comes to downtown grocery stores, Marsh dominates. They have two locations. One is a small location Mass Ave. at 320 N. New Jersey St. This was formally known as O’Malia’s. The second is at 227 W. Michigan St. It is located in the Axis retail complex, which has apartments above it and also includes a Chinese restaurant.

You can park for free at both locations. I love the Axis complex because it’s closer to home for me, and it is huge. I don’t do my weekly shopping there but it is great for a few things if I have to pick them up. They also have a great grab n’ go food selection for lunch or dinner. They also have a large alcohol selection. I hate going to the grocery but love going in there. It’s fun, check it out.

Kroger

Downtown Indy is home to a Kroger, located at 524 E. 16th St. is in the Herron-Morton Place. Conveniently, you can also park for free here. It’s a cute area. I don’t shop here but if you’re looking for a quick in and out, it works. It is a really small location.

I do shop at Kroger every week, but not this location. Lately I have been driving to the Kroger at Southport and Bluff. It is about five miles away and the trip down really doesn’t feel like you’re in the city. It feels like you’re in the middle of the country, and is a really pretty drive. It starts bordering the White River and then you also pass by quite a few large fields and even a farm with horses. That Kroger is pretty big and has a Starbucks if that’s your thing.

In the past I have also gone to the Kroger at Madison and Edgewood, which is also close. There are also Kroger Marketplaces at Beech Grove and Greenwood.

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Other Local Stores

If you are looking for local stores to grab groceries at, there are a few other choices. I personally haven’t been to these, but would hope to stop by one in the future!

First is Angelo’s at 201 S. College. My husband came across this when working at a apartment nearby. They describe themselves as a third generation salvage and grocery store.

Next is Wildwood Market in Fountain Square. It is located at 1015 Virginia Ave. I’ve passed by this place before and have also wanted to go in. It’s small and definitely has a local feel. They provide a variety of local meat, cheese, produce and more.

Last, try the City Market. I love the City Market! I don’t get to go often, but it’s a treat if I do. The best time to go are weekdays. You can find a variety of local meats and produce. You can also eat there are many different small eateries. And while we’re on the topic of markets, don’t forget about the Farmer’s Market.

The Indy Winter Farmers Market used to be in the downtown City Market location but moved over a year ago. They are now located at 1125 E. Brookside Ave. on the northside of Mass Ave. It is a larger location with more parking. It is open every Saturday through April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. I love their selection of local produce and other food.

A Perfect Day Holiday Shopping in Downtown Indianapolis

The holidays are one of the best times to take a walk around Downtown Indianapolis. There is so much to enjoy, here is a quick guide to how you can spend the day!

Start in the Wholesale District

You can start your trip by parking in or around Circle Center Mall. Take a quick trip to Carson’s to see what holiday deals they have and then pop on over to TJ Maxx. They have amazing deals on just about everything. You can always find something there.

Once you’re done, take anything you’ve bought and drop it off to the trunk of your car. Don’t put it in the backseat, you’re asking for your car to get broken into. It’s not a dangerous area, but I’m from the Eastside of Indy, and well, I expect my car to get broken into. So, play it safe and put it in your trunk. And be conscious if people are around.

Food, Drink or Snack Break!

From there, you can take a break to enjoy a drink. There are Starbucks locations all around. One of the prettiest locations is on Monument Circle, but it does get busy. The Circle is amazing this time of year and you can take a picture with friends and family with the gorgeous 240 foot tree behind you.

You can also pop into the South Bend Chocolate Company on the Circle as well. They have a variety of hot beverages, sweets, desserts and ice cream. In the mood for lunch? You can get a soup or sandwich right there at Au Bon Pain, Soupremacy or at the Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

Head to Mass Ave.

From here, you’re going to head north to Mass Ave. If you don’t know where it is, just plug my first location idea (below) into your smart phone. Mass Ave. is where you can find some of the city’s best local places for personal gifts.

Once you get there, the Mass Ave Toys can be the first stop. It is a great place to find the perfect gift for the kids (both adult and children) in your life.

After you get done with the toy store, cross the street and head into Silver in the City. This place has the perfect gifts that you didn’t even know you needed to buy. From jewelry and clothing to hysterical ideas, they have it all.

For other unique or Indianapolis themed gifts, check out Homespun, which is just down the street. It has such a variety of great items, including local home goods and art that you can’t find anywhere else.

If you are looking for a gift for the pets in your life, towards the north end of Mass Ave. is City Dogs. They have  a variety of food, snacks, treats and clothing for both cats and dogs. You’ll love their selection of adorable cookies and treats.

Food and Drink Ideas

If you parked towards Circle Center Mall, you have a ways a way to walk back. Why not stop and grab some dinner on your way back up from a long day of shopping?

Mass Ave. has a variety of great dining options. Bakersfield has great tacos and margaritas,  MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar has great Scottish cuisine, Salt on Mass provides upscale dining options, or grab pizza at the iconic Bazbeaux Pizza. If you’re a fan of beer, stop in The Tap for a variety of beer and great food.

Mass Ave. has a TON of great shops, more than just what I included. Check out the Mass Ave. directory for all options. Happy shopping!