Business roundup


Verizon Wireless celebrated the opening of its first Central Indiana Smart Store in Westfield/Carmel July 15. The store is at 1950 E. Greyhound Pass, Carmel.

On Aug. 2, the Carmel Plan Commission will consider plans for Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, a venue that is proposed to have a movie theater, restaurant, game room and bowling alley. The company designing the entertainment center, Frank Entertainment Group, is planning to open the facility at Hamilton Crossing Centre in Carmel.


Carmel-based WorkHere, a mobile job search app company has added Truevision Co-Founder and Chief Computer Scientist Brad Pillow to its development team. WorkHere is a mobile app company revolutionizing the job market for hourly, skilled and entry-level workers. WorkHere’s self-titled app lets job seekers quickly see where nearby jobs are and is the first social mobile app that builds a talent pipeline around specific employer locations, making it easy for employers to engage with prospective employees.

The Indy Chamber voiced support last month for the State of Indiana’s 10-year strategy to invest $1 billion in entrepreneurship and innovation programs and empower the Indiana Economic Development Corp. to take a more active role in supporting Hoosier small businesses and start-ups. The Indy Chamber’s Entrepreneur Services division serves as the host to several small business resource providers offering coaching, capital and other support across the Indianapolis metro area. Under the plan announced by Gov. Mike Pence at Innovation Showcase in Indianapolis, the statewide offices of the latter two agencies will shift from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office to the IEDC.

Crust Pizzeria in Carmel hosted its grand opening on July 13. The business is owned by Azin Lofti and Dustin Brown. It is at 840 W. Main St., Carmel. The business is now hiring for multiple positions.

Cilento Photography, 2325 Pointe Pkwy., Carmel, opened its new studio. It is run in part by lead photographer Stephanie Lyons.

Joe Lazzara, owner of Joe’s Butcher Shop at 111 Main St., Carmel, will open Joe’s Next Door this month. Joe’s Next Door will offer an array of sandwiches and prepared foods, including items customers can take home to cook.

Steve’s Stuff, a vinyl record-selling business owned by Steve Williams, opened last month in the Antique Emporium of Carmel, at 620 S. Range Line Rd.

The Indiana Members Credit Union has acquired the former Meridian Music property at 12725 Old Meridian St., Carmel. The space will be renovated for the new IMCU and is expected to open this fall.

Bolstra, formerly ConsulTeams, a B2B SaaS company focused on customer success management, has announced the completion of a $1.5 million series seed round reflecting a 50 percent oversubscription. In addition to private investors, Bolstra has attracted strong venture capital participation including current round leader Elevate Ventures, returning early investor and board member Bill Godfrey (4G Ventures), Tom Eggleston (Charmides Capital) and Tim Kopp (Hyde Park Ventures). Along with this funding, the Carmel-based company has filled three key leadership roles with industry veterans and plans to expand the sales staff in the coming months. Joining the Bolstra leadership team are Jon Stevenson, chief sales officer, John Warne, vice president of marketing, and Tim Conder, vice president of customer success. For more, visit