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Incredible Pizza Company overview November 27, 2011

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So tonight I went with two of my friends to Incredible Pizza Company at Lafayette Square Mall. It was originally opened as XScape in March 2009, but closed in March 2010 when a boy was injured and it was discovered that they had no ride permits. I later reopened the following August as Incredible Pizza Company, which isIndianapolis’ second location, after the Southside one that opened August 2009. Anyway, we got there at 6:23 and waited 10 minutes at the front desk. It was $10 for the buffet, and we all had coupons that gave us a free $5 game card with buffet purchase. We had to wait for 10 minutes because the cashier not only did not recognize the coupon, she also did not know how to load money onto a game card. So after her manager came out and sorted things, we checked out the place. There were many arcade games, laser tag, mini-bowling, a mini-ride Theatre, go-karts, air hockey, miniature golf, kiddie rides, and, of course, the all-you-can-eat buffet. After looking all around, we decided to play Skee Ball first. Good as can be expected, but some machines only had 2 balls while others had 10. Then we played air hockey, which went off without a hitch. The table was very slick! Afterward, I tried the miniature bowling game. It successfully replicated the scale of the game without sacrificing anything. I consider it good practice for actual bowling. Then, we checked out the mini-ride theatre, where Ebony and I got to experience a simulated roller coaster thanks to HD screens and moving seats. I definitely consider the theatre the best part. The only downside was that since the person operating the theatre was also operating another ride, so we had to wait in line for the theatre. Luckily, it wasn’t a long wait. The staff overall seemed overworked and understaffed, and not very alive and engaging. After the theatre came mini-golf, and that was as good as can be expected. It’s really MINI-mini-golf, as it only had 9 holes instead of the usual 18. We all felt hungry after that, so we helped ourselves to the buffet. The selection was between medium-small and average, the taste was average, and half the sodas were tonic water and needed their syrup changed, but we didn’t mind much, since it was all-you-can-eat. I like their choice of movie. We watched “Finding Nemo.” I then went to wash my hands and was pleasantly surprised at how clean and shiny the restroom was. I like that a LOT! We then wanted to go to the photo booth, but sadly, it was out of order. We finished our time there with more skee ball and air hockey. The place has a good selection of arcade games that function well. I’d say that the place needs more staff and could be a bit more attentive to food & drinks, but overall, this place is a pretty decent value and one of the only INDOOR family fun places to go to in Indy! (Others include Greatimes, Dave & Buster’s, and thePostRoadRecreationCenter.) It’s not super awesome, but check it out- there are certainly parts to be enjoyed!

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Traders Point Run November 26, 2011

Posted by Kenny Norman in north.
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This past Sunday, I went to Traders Point- the shopping center off West 86th street and Zionsville Road. I had never driven there by myself before, and I went to spend my “$10 coupon” at Old Navy, where I got 2 T-shirts, a polo shirt, and fleece pants for $15. I had some extra time after that, so I went to Books-a-Million. It’s the only location in Indianapolis, and with Borders’ recent demise, I need a good bookstore. It was a pleasant surprise to see Spider-Man and X-Men graphic novels for 2/3rds off…that’s better than Half-Price books! I read a lot of graphic novels while I was there and eventually bought one for $10. After that, I went to the Marsh (grocery store) there. It’s odd to see a grocery store as an anchor for an outdoor mall-like shopping center. I went in there and it had the strangest floor plan. Usually, a Marsh is rectangle-shaped, with a huge produce room to the right and 10 or so aisles off to the left. This Marsh had one giant circular produce room in the center and all the “aisles” were smaller circular rooms all around it, like a flower with petals. I wanted to see what their prices were for juice concentrates, and the prices were higher than I’d like. I DID, however, buy a vapor inhaler for my cold. Those are the only stores I checked out, but I know there’s also a Coldstone, Dick’s Sporting Goods, a movie theatre, a PetSmart, and a Michael’s Arts & Craft’s, in addition to Old Navy, Books-a-Million, and Marsh. Check it out sometime if you’d like to shop somewhere that’s not a mall!

New Articles published 11-26! November 26, 2011

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Hey people!

OK so I last updated everyone about my articles that have been published online on November 2, so it’s been a while. And unfortunately, not all my articles are online. But here’s every article of mine that I’ve found that’s been published since November 2!

-Kenny

 

http://www.ss-times.com/2011/11/04/local-business-opts-out-of-retail-work/

 

http://www.ss-times.com/2011/11/04/family-business-reaches-half-century-mark/

Downtown Greek’s opening? Sweet! November 14, 2011

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Very thrilled to read that Greek’s is opening a restaurant at 15 N. Pennsylvania street (Indianapolis) in mid-November! Sweet! Now I don’t have to go to the South Side (across town) for their pizza anymore! More details here: http://www.indystar.com/article/20111018/LOCAL1805/110180397/Greek-s-Pizzeria-open-Downtown-November

How different two Old Navy stores can be November 8, 2011

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Old Navy at Keystone at the Crossing

OK so Old Navy had a 30% off sale tonight. I wanted a new pair of slippers, as my old ones are falling apart, but this was such short notice. There are THREE Old Navy stores Indianapolis: the good one at Greenwood Park Mall down South, the best one at Traders Point up Northwest, and the bad one at Keystone at the Crossing up Northeast. I went to the Keystone at the Crossing store because I didn’t have much time and unfortunately, it’s the closest. As you can tell, it’s my least favorite store of not only Indianapolis, but also Lafayette and Cincinnati. Tonight was a perfect reminder of why that store should only be used in an emergency.

First off, it’s a small store.
Second, most of its space is dedicated to WOMEN’S clothing.
Third, the men’s section is disorganized, items and items on sale not clearly marked, and is literally up a wall.

Old Navy at Greenwood Park Mall

Fourth, their selection (variety of items offered) is poor.
Fifth, their stock (quantity of same item offered) is bad…I have a hard time finding things in my size.
Sixth, they count the items you bring to the changing room, which no other Old Navy does and this discourages me from using the changing room.
Seventh, they don’t let you combine discounts.
Eighth, the employees are flat, non-interactive, and not too welcoming.

The Old Navy at Greenwood Park Mall, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of all the above. I like it there a lot more (and Traders Point even more so) and the people at the Greenwood Park Mall store know my name. But that’s across town, and I only had so much time tonight. I really wish the Old Navy stores at Glendale, downtown, and Lafayette Square didn’t close, ‘cause they’re all closer to me than Keystone at the Crossing. Time for me to take my $11 slippers and go.

Article update 11-2 November 2, 2011

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Hey people!

OK so I last updated everyone about my articles that have been published online on October 6, so it’s been a while. And unfortunately, not all my articles are online (notice “Places that go bump in the night- Part 3” is missing). But here’s every article of mine that I’ve found that’s been published since October 6!

-Kenny

http://www.ss-times.com/2011/10/20/generation-of-puppet-productions/

http://www.ss-times.com/2011/10/20/johnson-county-humane-society-director-seeks-to-boost-community-involvement/

http://www.ss-times.com/2011/10/27/learning-to-dodge-the-fall/

http://www.ss-times.com/2011/10/06/places-that-go-bump-in-the-night-part-1/

http://www.ss-times.com/2011/10/13/places-that-go-bump-in-the-night-part-2/

http://www.ss-times.com/2011/10/27/places-that-go-bump-in-the-night-part-4/