I moved to Indianapolis, IN back in December of 2004 and have discovered a lot about this city in those 4 plus years. There are some amazing local businesses here in Indy that people just don’t know about! But definitely SHOULD know about.
With all this “bail out” crap going on, I really believe strongly it’s time to support the local guy, instead of giving money to “big business” where our hard earned dollar is most likely just headed off shore anyway. Let’s keep it local, let’s support our city by doing business with our neighbors, and show the rest of the country how great our city and the mid-west really is!
10 Locally Owned Indianapolis Businesses You Should Know About (and Support):
1. The Coffee Break Company – This guy has the best coffee in the city! If you go and try it and don’t agree with me, I’ll refund your money personally. Rick is the owner and most days he’s in there working away. On the best days you will walk in to the aroma and sound of roasting coffee. He roasts his own beans! I personally recommend the Panama Java Estate (super rich dark roast) and the Highlander Grog flavored coffee. (317) 257-8222
2. WB’s Pizza – By far the “best kept secret” pizza joint in the city! I know Bazbeaux’s gets all the raves here in Indy, but I honestly can’t figure out why. WB’s does some incredible Chicago Style pizzas. Their upside-down Chicago Style pizza is my favorite and their olive loaf made fresh in house is addictive.
3. Fancy Fortune Cookies – The world’s first and only flavored fortune cookie bakery is right here in Indianapolis. They do personalized fortune cookies, chocolate dipped fortune cookies, and even giant fortune cookies! They’ve even got a “Horseshoe Blue” cookie in honor of the Colt’s. Custom fortune cookies can be great for tradeshows, unique business cards, wedding favors, party favors, gifts and lots more. Best yet, they ship all over the country, so if you need a unique gift… Check them out.
4. Details – Anytime I am looking for a unique gift for a friend or family member, I start at Details. This little boutique always has unique knick-knacks, gifty items and decor in just about every price range. Sometimes it is hit or miss there though, as a lot of items come from niche artists. Their Story People collection of prints are one of the highlights every time I go in. One other thing to mention, is they have the CUTUEST gift wraping/packaging they do for your gifts. You never have to wrap them yourself.
5. Just POP In – This little shop in Broad Ripple makes their own gourmet popcorn. They have all kinds of mouthwatering flavors and even ship if you need a gift sent to someone near or far. Owned by two twin sisters, they have great treats perfect for any party, office gifts, football/super bowl parties and so much more. Stop by this weekend and pick some up for your Oscar party!
6. Dyno Jaxs – I have to admit, I used to live right by this little place and went in to eat about once a week. IF you love Chicago style hot dogs, bratwursts, or italian beefs, this little place will not disappoint. They have great prices, even better food, and you will regularly see the owner, Jack, working in the kitchen. Fun atmosphere that is kid friendly, I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
7. Taylor’s Bakery – Lots of you may know about Taylor’s but I bet even more don’t. They have two Indy locations, and make great cakes, pies and pastries. I swear that my regular Saturday breakfast there has helped me put on a pound or two. But their cheese danishes are SO worth it! They do great cakes for any type of event, be it birthday, wedding or something else. And even have cute little personal size birthday cakes ready to go – these are perfect for co-workers or your employees. Right now they have Mardi Gras King Cakes!
8. Jasmine – Thai restaurant on the northwest side of the city that I absolutely love and highly recommend. I’ve been to Sawasdee – which won on Indy’s A List – and have never been impressed with the food. But Jasmine has some great items on their menu. Their soup #24 with glass noodles is outstanding and they have a great pad thai. In the summer the sticky rice and mango can’t be beat for dessert but get there early, or call ahead to reserve one because they often run out! The wait staff is super friendly and all the food is FRESH.
9. IMA – Well, most people know the IMA exists, but when I am there, there are never that many people visiting. During the winter, all their regular galleries and exhibits are FREE. So it makes a great place for a first date, or just a unique afternoon to walk the galleries by yourself, with a friend or even the kids on a rainy day. During the summer they have the most incredible gardens! You can spend an hour, or a day walking, sitting, and maybe even reading a book out in their beautiful gardens. Make sure you stop by the garden shop too!
10. Smallbox Web Design – In the days of social media and internet businesses as well as internet marketing you need someone good to build, restructure or tweak your website. Here is something they completed last year in the ecommerce realm.
P.S. Big shout out to Dr. Thomas of Chateau Thomas Winery for the invite to the Oscars!