Wandering Again!


I’m back on the streets again! Well, that didn’t come out quite right. What I mean is that I finally have time to continue wandering around town again, my favorite activity last fall. Now that I have some great writers, care of freelancers Janelle Morrison and Liz Schrader, I am able to stop writing every day and start wandering again.

This time I decided to leave the Village and head to the Michigan Road corridor. Don’t worry, no more talk about Walmart except to say that the rumor floating around that Walmart may build the superstore on the Carmel side of their property has been dispelled by Carmel authorities. According to Mike Hollibaugh, Carmel’s director of community services and planning and zoning, “There is not enough room for a big box retailer to fit on the Carmel side, plus our development standards for max building size and parking would prevent a standard size Walmart from being built.” So, let’s move on and talk about some often forgotten gems across the street.

If I was planning ahead (which is actually the opposite of wandering), I could have been very productive and done something like this: Drop my car at Firestone for that overdue oil change, meander over to relax and grab a martini and a delicious goat cheese appetizer at Stone Creek, shop for some one of a kind items at Home Buy Consign, get a hot stone massage at Villaggio Day Spa, pick up that birthday gift for my neice at 4 Kids Books & Toys, and top it off with a teeth cleaning and whitening at Bethany Geyman’s office. Now, that would have been a great idea, but, in reality, I only made it Stone Creek and 4 Kids which, by the way, has a new creative writing club for kids ages 8 and up on Tuesday afternoons. Why didn’t they have classes like these when I was growing up?  Maybe I would have started writing before my mid-life crisis!

Anyway, it’s great to be back discovering this wonderful town, but I would like to meet more of you. So, every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, I will wander over and stay at Eagle Creek Coffee in hopes that you stop by to share story ideas and tell me about those humble people in town to feature in our new Raising the Bar column, an idea proposed by Janelle Morrison. Although the bar has been raised high and probably impassable with Rollie Dick (see his story on Page 3), I know there are quiet heros out there who have done incredible things for Zionsville. If you can’t make it in person, I would love to hear from you. Until then, my wandering continues…



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