Sarah is a leader in supporting local events, Indy based designers, and locally owned boutiques. Her inspiring blog (IndyDressed) is one that captures all the fun our city has to offer and features Sarah’s awesome style. Take a page out of her book and see where you can find her hanging out in Indy.
1.What part of Indy do you live in?
Currently live on the far northwest side, close to Zionsville, but I grew up on the far northeast side near Fishers.
2. What is our city’s “hidden gem”?
Our hidden gem is our wealth of festivals and conventions, in my opinion. There really is something for everyone here: events for people who love sports or folk music or world cultures or board games or Kurt Vonnegut’s works or even mac ‘n cheese.
3. What is your favorite restaurant?
With Indy’s amazing culinary industry, it’s a toss up, really. My husband and I both have studied Japanese for years and studied abroad in Sapporo, so our favorite meals tend to involve authentic Japanese food. Sakura (71st and Keystone) and One World Market (near Castleton Square Mall) are regulars on our list—so much that employees at the latter know my taste in Japanese pop music and once even switched the cafe’s music to a playlist of songs from my favorite band. Ramen Ray (71st and Binford), a newer addition, is also scrumptious, and it’s especially nostalgic for us because the chef’s specialty is the style of ramen Sapporo is best known for. If you haven’t tried real ramen—not the brittle stuff that comes in a cheap plastic wrapper and heats up in the microwave, but REAL ramen—do yourself a favor and try it.
We also love Biscuits in Broad Ripple, an unassuming and affordable Mexican restaurant that serves some ah-mazing chilaquiles; Napolese’s smoked salmon pizza with creme fraiche and capers, and the pricier (but worth it!) Oceanaire in downtown Indy, which served my husband the best crab cakes he’s ever tasted.
4. Where is your favorite place to take an out-of-town guest?
When someone comes from out-of-town, I want to show them that Indy’s cooler than our reputation as a flyover city suggests—and to immerse them in an experience they won’t forget. Swing dancing in vintage clothes at the Fountain Square Theatre, carriage rides downtown in December, seasonal pastries almost too beautiful to eat at the Cake Bake Shop …
5. Where is the best place to grab a cocktail?
I love the ambiance of a cozy bar, and right now, my favorite place is Hotel Tango (Virginia Avenue). It’s a small space, but it’s full of rustic charm and within walking distance of a number of restaurants near Fountain Square/Fletcher Place. Plus, it has an amazing limoncello!
6. Where is a great place to pick up a unique gift?
Boomerang BTQ (Mass Avenue) is my spot for all things cute and funky, and I visit West Elm (Fashion Mall at Keystone) whenever they host their “Meet the Maker” events to highlight Indy artisans.If you’re looking for hard-to-find magazines or publications, head over to PrintText (Broad Ripple). The shop’s fashion magazine collection is fabulous!
7. Where can you get the best cup of coffee?
I don’t drink coffee, but I love grabbing hot chocolate from South Bend Chocolate Company on Monument Circle during the winter!
8. What is your favorite part about living in Indy?
What I love most about Indy is the atmosphere—that Hoosier hospitality, as we call it. But it’s more than simply being nice. You often see people encourage others within their own industry to succeed, even if that means more competition for them. We’re all working toward the greater good—a better Indianapolis.
9. Who is your favorite Indy based artist, designer, writer, or blogger ?
This is the hardest question I’ve been asked so far! We have so much talent here, which is one of the reasons I originally began blogging about Indy’s fashion and lifestyle scene.
A few of my favorites (outside of Preppy Guide to Life, of course!):
Nikki Blaine, fashion designer (@nikkiblainecouture)
Stephanie Cope Wilson, graphic designer (@whimandproper)
Emily Deisler, illustrator (@west5thcreative)
Kate Oberreich, artist (@seedandstar)
Laura Walters, stylist (@the_styleriot)
10. What would you like to see next for our city?
Two hopes of mine: That Indy continues building a foundation for reliable and eco-friendly public transportation to rival that of similar-sized cities, and that our city’s pockets of niche “hobby culture” grow and thrive.
We hope this inspires you to try new experiences in our little slice of the midwest!
Keep up with Sarah on her blog, IndyDressed http://www.indydressed.com/blog
xoxoxo, Preppy Girl