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Welcome to Circle City Comics May 15, 2019

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So tonight I tried out a new comic store off 86th & Michigan- Circle City Comics! They just opened two months ago, on March 27, so the store is still filling out with merchandise. The layout takes some getting used to. The brand-new issues released that week are on two tall racks near the register, while the issues that have been out for a week or two are along the wall or are on smaller racks away from the register.

I admit…I needed help from the cashier on my trip there. They’re open pretty late for a comic store (9pm), which is later than most comic stores in Indy are open (except Comic Book University). As added bonuses, at Circle City Comics, they bag & board ALL their new issues, they give a 15% discount on new issues, and it’s nice to FINALLY have a comic store on that side of town!


Next Door American Eatery: the Diner Next Door July 30, 2018

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So tonight, at my dad’s suggestion to find somewhere close for dinner, I ate dinner at Next Door American Eatery for the first time. The restaurant is located at 46th & College in what used to be a run down, low-income grocery store. Not that you could ever tell…the place was extensively remodeled with only the framework from the previous tenant remaining. There was nowhere to park in the adjacent lot, which I took to mean the place was popular, so we parked across the street. Thankfully, we were seated immediately, and we chose to eat outside because it’s uncharacteristically cool for July. The service was prompt and friendly, though the menu was limited to one page. Also, Next Door doesn’t have a soda machine. They only have bottled soda, and there’s no refills on that. I wanted a nonalcoholic drink with free refills, so I chose lemonade. In all fairness, it was very good lemonade- rich and sweet, but not too tart. When the time came to order, my first choice, the meatball bowl, was out for the night. I’ll have to try that again on my next visit. I ordered the 50/50 burger, named for its half-mushroom, half-beef patty. It was served with Swiss cheese and balsamic onions, and lettuce and chips came on the side.

Admittedly, I’m a picky eater and even pickier when it comes to burgers. I only order burgers from Red Robin, RAM, and Rock Bottom. I have to say, though, this burger was DELICIOUS. It was quite juicy and very substantial, as I didn’t walk away hungry. The balsamic onions gave the burger an interesting kind of sweet…not a sugary sweet, but more like a honey barbecue-type sweet. My dad got a Cuban Sandwich, which he also liked. The indoor seating was also neat- there were board games for people to play, the bathrooms were clean, and the lighting was just right. I was pleasantly surprised at the prices as well. The bill showed that two lemonades, a burger, and a sandwich were $30. Given the area the restaurant is in (Meridian-Kessler) and the type of trendy, novel concept the restaurant is, I expected the food to be a little overpriced, but I am thoroughly grateful that it wasn’t! Next Door also has a scratch kitchen, and the food is cooked surprisingly quick. I don’t think I had to wait 10 minutes between the time I ordered and the time the food arrived. The only downside was that the menu was a bit limited, but other than that, it was great! I highly recommend it. I’ll be back there again, and next time, I hope that meatball bowl is still available.

Aldi renovation April 20, 2017

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The Aldi I shop at on 53rd & Keystone shut down April 15 for an extensive remodel. They wanted to add another 20 feet to the side of the store to fit more freezer facilities. Part of the remodel includes a temporary shutdown. They’ve been open for a while, and while it smelled like wet cardboard, at least I could still get my groceries. I went there one last time before they shut everything down, and the place was ransacked. The freezers were blocked off, and everything that wasn’t frozen food was ransacked! At least I still got my apple juice. The renovation will be complete May 25, which seems like a long way away. I may shift over to the new Broad Ripple Fresh Thyme (with a bit of Wal-Mart to bat cleanup) in the interim, but at least the Aldi staff was nice enough to hand out coupons- $10 off a $40 purchase during the closure, valid at four other Aldi stores: 96th & Hague, 84th & Michigan, 46th & Lafayette, and Washington & Arlington. All those stores are a bit out of the way for me, but it’s nice to know they care enough to help customers with the inconvenience! I eagerly await Memorial Day Weekend when the new store is fully renovated.

Broad Ripple Fresh Thyme has Grand Opening March 31, 2017

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I found out a few weeks back that the Broad Ripple Fresh Thyme would be opening March 30. Eve works there, so she kept me in the loop and told me I should go there to check it out. Parking was easier than expected, as the whole first floor of the garage is exclusive to Fresh Thyme customers. The layout was somewhat reversed of every other Fresh Thyme I’d been to, so I got lost at first. Luckily, the staff is very cheerful, friendly, and helpful, so I had them point me in the direction of what I needed. Unlike other Fresh Thyme stores, this one had a smoothie bar, hot bar, and chippery. Naturally, I had to check out all those features! First, I checked out the hot bar. The food was $8 per pound, so I may not do the hot bar a lot. One day I may treat myself to it. It had corn, mashed potatoes, chicken, broccoli, and all sorts of other delicious comfort food! It smelled really good, too. Next was the smoothie bar, which is also part of a coffee station that also serves Hubbard & Cravens coffee. I don’t do coffee, so that particular feature won’t do me good, but I know other people will like it! I got two smoothies while I was there at their new smoothie bar! One was good! The other…not so much! The “Blondie” smoothie had apple juice, banana, and strawberry. It was good. The “Da Blues” smoothie had apple juice, banana, and blueberry. It wasn’t quite as good. Next stop was the chippery. The staff there were so helpful. If I wanted to sample a chip that they didn’t have out, then they’d open a bag for me to taste one! Their sweet potato chips were a bit bland and not very sweet, but their sweet barbecue and their sour cream and onion chips were great, so I got both of those. Also, because it was Grand Opening day, I got a free reusable bag and a whole bunch of samples- bread, cheese, salami, sushi, even a hot dog! I wish the samples were an everyday thing, but I know it was just for the grand opening. The hot dog was especially good. The lady running the booth was very interactive and energetic. I donated $1 to the art center, as she was asking for donations in exchange for hot dogs. I also got $5 rotisserie chickens and a bunch of strawberries! I also checked out the patio, which was open because the Grand Opening day was warm and sunny. The sales may vary from week to week, although not as much on Thursday, which is their “double ad day,” when the previous and the next week’s ads are both valid. The Broad Ripple Fresh Thyme has enough interesting things to warrant a return visit, I’d go back there again just for the smoothies!

Golden Corral on Shadeland closed September 27, 2016

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Tonight, I found out that the Golden Corral off 75th & Shadeland closed last weekend. I’ve been going there since at least 2007 and it became my go-to place to have dinner with my grandma, especially since the Castleton Perkins closed. Why is the north side incapable of keeping a country-style buffet in business? We lost Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, and Ponderosa before every other side of town. And further, how the hell is the one on West 38th street still in business? Golden Corral had been in that location17 years and no reason for the closing was given. They still have locations on West 38th street and East Washington Street, both of which are in worse areas of town and I wonder why those are still open, as well as locations in Greenwood or Plainfield. I took some photos to show the details. I feel bad for not going there much lately. I hadn’t been there since January 29. My dad’s the only person who went there with me most of the time, and every time the past few months I wanted to go, he always said he just went there with my grandma the previous week on a night where I was busy. And frankly, I’ve been to both the west and east side Golden Corrals, though it’s been years. Neither were as clean, and the east side one didn’t have root beer! I’d like to get to the bottom of this and find out why they closed.

Goodbye, South Side Ryan’s March 13, 2016

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Four years ago, when Old Country Buffet closed, I fled to Ponderosa. Tonight, March 13, 2016, as Ryan’s closed, I did the same thing. I can’t believe it. The last Ryan’s in Indianapolis is closed! I’m upset tonight. Fourth restaurant I’ve lost this year so far! The west side one at 35th & Lafayette Road closed in (I think) 1996, the north side one at 65th & Keystone closed in (I think) October 1999, and the east side one at 10th & Shadeland closed on (I know) January 7, 2015. I was hoping the south side one would stick around, as they had a decent clientele and the employees were friendly and kept the place fairly clean.The signs were still on, the restaurant was fully furnished, and the door was only locked from the outside. I’m willing to bet this happened recently, and because one of my friends said she ate there last weekend, I think I’m onto something. Their parent company, Ovation Brands, has filed for bankruptcy three times since 2008, taking a restaurant with them each time. The first time, January 19, 2012, they took the south side Old Country Buffet. The second time, on January 7, 2015, they took the east side Ryan’s. This left the south side Ryan’s as the last Ovation Brands property in Indianapolis. Now, I look on Ovation Brands’ website, and their only property left in the state is the Old Country Buffet in Highland. There are no more Ryan’s in Indiana.

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Castleton Perkins scheduled to close February 11, 2016

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I discovered tonight that Perkins at 82nd and Allisonville will be closing for good on February 21 at 4:00 p.m. Apparently the landlord sold the property to a higher bidder, so Perkins couldn’t renew their lease. The place will be demolished and turned into a strip mall and there’s no plans to build a replacement Perkins yet. If anyone wants to go there one last time, then you have 10 days left.

There are still two in Noblesville, neither of which are 24 hours due to lack of overnight business, but that’s a bit of a drive for me.







Broad Ripple Greek’s closed…AGAIN July 20, 2015

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I last went to the Broad Ripple Greek’s Pizzeria on June 17 to eat in for dinner. They were closing early without telling anyone and when we came in, they pretty much said they were only doing takeout- no eat-in or delivery. told us we could eat our pizza outside and get refills for as long as they were open. That worried me. Sure enough, when I went back a month later to take some friends there for dinner, they were closed. The “Greek’s Pizzeria” sign was gone and a “for lease” sign took its place. I get the feeling Greek’s just cannot survive in Broad Ripple, no matter how hard they try. I remember they had their first location off 64th street from summer 2009 to March 30, 2011, and then they finally came back to Broad Ripple just down the street at Guilford & Westfield in the former Ben & Jerry’s in the summer of 2012. They had a good three-year run there. I went back home and noticed that the Broad Ripple location was off their website, and their Facebook page was deleted. Greek’s still has locations in Carmel, Zionsville, Noblesville, Fishers, and the South Side of Indy, but none of those are close to me and Broad Ripple was. I’m going to miss that place. Instagram Pics, 5th Wave (108)

So long, Broad Ripple MCL… May 20, 2015

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According to IBJ.com, the Broad Ripple MCL apparently closed on Sunday! This was only two days after we were last there, like when the east side Ryan’s closed! This sucks- almost every time I find a halfway close place to eat, it shuts down!!!!

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Kelly Clarkson & Maroon 5 concert overview August 4, 2013

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So on August 3, 2013, I had the honor of seeing Kelly Clarkson live (for the third time) at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville. This time, however, the show was “sold out”, meaning more crowds and it was harder to find seats. We eventually got a spot thanks to this nice lady who was able to help out my friend when she had medical issues. Anyway, Kelly Clarkson played as the first of two acts from 7:55-8:53. Setlist is below.

1. Stronger
2. Behind These Hazel Eyes
3. Catch My Breath
4. My Life Would Suck Without You
5. Breakaway
6. Because of You
7. Don’t You Wanna Stay
8. Tie It Up
9. I Never Loved a Man
10. Walk Away
11. Mr. Know-It-All
12. Miss Independent
13. People Like Us
14. Since U Been Gone

“I Never Loved a Man” is an Aretha Franklin cover, and she made “Don’t You Wanna Stay” a solo instead of a duet, which disimpressed me. “Tying the Knot” is her new country single, which makes sense, as she IS engaged right now. Her first and fourth albums are barely represented with one song each, and her fifth album only had two songs on the list. Her third album was completely skipped, and, not surprisingly, her second album had FIVE songs on the list. I say “not surprisingly” because Breakaway is the album that got everyone’s attention. I got no clips of any songs, choosing instead to get full recordings of half the concert: Catch My Breath, My Life Would Suck Without You, Breakaway, Don’t You Wanna Stay, Mr. Know-It-All, People Like Us, and Since U Been Gone. And did I mention she and her band had on glowsticks when singing “People Like Us”? Wonderful stuff.

Maroon 5 took stage half an hour later and performed 18 songs from 9:24-10:49.

1. One More Night
2. This Love
3. Lucky Strike
4. Tangled
5. Harder to Breathe
6. Sunday Morning
7. ? (lyrics include “always seem to let you down” and “only one that makes you”)
8. Makes Me Wonder
9. Shiver
10. Wake Up Call
11. Won’t Go Home Without You
12. Love Somebody
13. Misery
14. Stereo Hearts
15. Moves Like Jagger
16. Payphone
17. She Will Be Loved
18. Daylight

My only regret? They played the “rap” version of Payphone, using pre-recorded audio of their featured rapper. Hell, if they’re gonna do that, then they could’ve used pre-recorded audio of the featured singer in “Moves Like Jagger”! I got a full clip of Payphone though. And I have to say, for a band I’m only lukewarm about, they delivered a VERY energizing and uplifting performance of “Love Somebody.” Probably the best live performance of any song I’d ever seen.