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Carmel Arts & Design District businesses honored as “Bests” by Indianapolis Monthly

By Erin Witt

Jan. 23, 2009

Carmel, Ind. – Six Carmel Arts & Design District businesses were celebrated as “Best of Indianapolis” products in the December 2008 issue of Indianapolis Monthly. The magazine’s annual wrap-up highlights the best of what the metro area has to offer in categories including Best Food and Drink, Best Out and About, Best Shopping, Best Leisure, Best Services and Best Arts and Media.

“It’s wonderful to have our stellar District businesses receive this regional recognition for being the best at what they each do,” said Sherry Mielke with the Carmel Arts & Design District.

Winner of the award for Best Hot Chocolate is Simply Sweet Shoppe, a fanciful candy store offering everything from fun, retro and affordable penny candies to high-end chocolate treats. Nestled at the back of this children’s fantasy land of confections is a unique coffee hot spot for grown ups. In addition to the award-winning European sipping chocolate, lattes, espressos, mochas and hot cocoa are also available. In its award summary, Indianapolis Monthly said, “The candy shop uses Venezuelan chocolate shavings from Chuao Chocolatier in its rich, silky cocoa. Just one tiny cup is enough to send you into a chocoholic swoon.”
Evan Lurie Fine Art Gallery’s 5,200-square-foot space was also recognized in the Arts & Media category. With bi-monthly art walks featuring individual artists and group shows, the new fine art hot spot brings an ever-changing energy of sophistication to the Indianapolis area. In naming it Best New Art Gallery, Indianapolis Monthly said, “From the human sculpture handles on the front door to the interactive sculptures inside to the monumental outdoor sculptures, the place feels like a tribute to Lurie’s love of Latin American and European contemporary abstract art.”

The District’s fashion-forward clothiers also received accolades. Definitions for Her was given the nod for having the Best Yoga Wear, while Curiosities was honored for Best Knit Wear, noting the boutique’s collection of casual luxury designs by Burning Torch, Twill 22 and Velvet.

District home decor and design purveyors were showcased as well, such as Addendum Gallery, singled out for having the Best Tabletop Accessories and applauded for having the area’s largest inventory of New York designer Michael Aram’s nature-inspired pieces, like bumblebee hors d’oeuvres picks, serving bowls shaped like giant hosta leaves and salt-and-pepper shakers in the form of pomegranates.

Finally, in the comically named category Best Old World Frou-Frou, Artichoke Designs gains recognition for its collection of discounted couture fabrics by Robert Allen, Lee Jofa and Fabricut.

“Our mix of retailers, eateries and service providers is eclectic and fun,” Mielke added. “When the District receives awards like this, it validates our belief that we have something special growing here in the Arts & Design District, and that more and more people are beginning to notice. You’ll find things here that you won’t find anywhere else in central Indiana.”

For a more information about the Indianapolis Monthly award winners or other Carmel Arts & Design District vendors and events, visit www.carmelartsanddesign.com or call 317.571.ARTS.


The Carmel Arts & Design District is the Midwest’s newest, premier setting for the arts and design industry. Already it has attracted well over 100 businesses, including art galleries, antique dealers, furniture and interior design showrooms, even a race track design company! There are restaurants, boutiques, creative service providers, and an eclectic variety of specialty retail stores. And the list of merchants continues to grow.

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