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Yankee Candle products March 16, 2013

Posted by Kenny Norman in downtown, north, south.
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10.1.07YankeeCandleNewportMallbyLuigiNovi Here in Indy, Yankee Candle has stores in Castleton Square Mall, Circle Centre Mall, and Greenwood Park Mall. In November, I went in there because Circle Centre gave me a coupon. While the scents were intriguing, I found that most of their candle sizes were too expensive for me. The one size that wasn’t was the $2 votive wrapped in plastic. Unfortunately, when I opened the candles, the scent was gone. It was like the scent was in the wrapper plastic, not the candle wax. Therefore, I’m not really pleased with candles from Yankee Candle. However, I went back there in December and found something of theirs I DID like: car air fresheners! The little vent sticks they sell for $5 are a bit expensive, but they last far longer than those I get at auto stores for $3! Auto stores’ air fresheners last maybe a week. It’s been a month and Yankee Candle’s air fresheners are STILL going strong! So maybe I will go back to Yankee Candle when I need new car air fresheners. I just won’t buy the candles.

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Why I wear Old Navy & Aeropostale March 5, 2013

Posted by Kenny Norman in east, north.
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People who know me also know I am VERY specific about where I shop. I get underwear and socks from Wal-Mart and shoes from Payless. I pick those places for those items because I destroy them thoroughly and frequently. Anything else, however, I buy exclusively at Old Navy and Aeropostale. Generally speaking, I get T-shirts, shorts, polos, and fleeces from Aeropostale, and I get hoodies, polos, shorts, khakis, hats, gloves, coats, and fleeces from Old Navy. Aeropostale- Washington Square Mall While the clothes there ARE trendy, casual, and stylish, and I look wonderful in them, those points are just an added bonus. I have two main reasons for shopping exclusively at Old Navy and Aeropostale. First off, I have a rule with clothes: not more than $10 for a T-shirt and not more than $20 for anything else. Old Navy & Aeropostale clothes work with this rule and they frequently have generous sales.
Old Navy- Traders Point (6) Secondly, the clothes there are so soft and comfortable that they do NOT aggravate my eczema spots. In the spring, summer, and early fall, it really doesn’t matter much, but from mid-October to mid-March, I can totally tell what kind of clothes my skin is wearing by how my skin reacts. I don’t really go for pricey places like Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, American Eagle, or North Face, and I don’t go for places like H&M that aren’t casual. And don’t get me started on Goodwill. That place is a good idea in theory, but they rarely have what I want in the clothes department! My favorite Old Navy and Aeropostale are the Old Navy at Traders Point and the Aeropostale at Washington Square Mall. Good stuff!

New closures on East Washington Street March 4, 2013

Posted by Kenny Norman in east.
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So I went to dinner on East Washington Street with one of my friends tonight (2/23) and I noticed a few more closings.

*First off, at Washington Square Mall, Indy Wholesale Furniture is going out of business. There are signs in front of the mall all the way over to Washington & Post, and then all the way up Post to 21st street. They’ll be closed soon. I find that a shame, because Washington Square finally had all five anchor tenants filled last year for the first time since 2008, when Macy’s was still there. Indy Wholesale Furniture seemed to be doing well when they were off Washington & Franklin in the old Target (now an anchor store in Washington Square). Did their business get hurt by moving to the mall?

*Also in Washington Square, Los Rancheritos, a Mexican restaurant that took the space of the former Teriyaki Japan last summer, has closed.

*Finally, at Cherry Tree Plaza, the Max 10 next to PetSmart has closed too.

I’m surprised at all these simultaneous closings on East Washington Street. In stark contrast, West 38th Street, an area which is known for simultaneous closings, has had two openings in the past six months: a Jack in the Box newly constructed off 38th & Moller and a Dollar Tree who took the spot of a Mexican Grocery and furniture store off 38th & High School Road at West 38th Street Plaza.