A look inside the new boutique on the Salem square Born is “a boutique for the dreamer and free thinker” and its owner, Lakin Jones, lives that out. What was once Sisters in Salem is now under new ownership with Jones as of this spring. The coastal, bohemian-style clothing store officially opened in late March.Continue reading “CONFIDENCE IS KEY”


Local shop offers antiques and vendor booths Vintage Treasures Antique Mall & Flea Emporium is a long name for a store that has an endless amount of finds. What started out as a Ford dealership in 1921 became the Emporium in 2015 with a lot of love and a lot of hard work. What startedContinue reading “TREASURE HUNTING”


Keith Hampton draws inspiration from the Hoosier National Forest Driving deep into Hoosier National Forest, near Taswell in Crawford County, winding up and down rugged backroads where motorists have sometimes lost their way, the visitor comes at last to the home and studio of multifaceted artist Keith Hampton. This 63-acre property, like so much ofContinue reading “MULTI-FACETED ART”


The best part of any wedding is watching the ring bearer and flower girl. These kids have the potential to take an event that requires months of planning, and the investment of thousands of dollars, and turn it into sheer chaos.  No matter how well-behaved a child is under normal circumstances, all bets are offContinue reading “EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: YOUNG LOVE”


In my house, I’m the return guy. My wife loves to shop, but she hates returning things. Oh sure, she can handle online returns. Just slap a label on it and drop it in the mail. Easy peasy. But in-person returns? In the store? With real, live people? That’s another matter entirely. I can’t sayContinue reading “EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: THE RETURN GUY”


Engleking pharmacy offers a personal touch When Ryan and Tina Engleking opened Engleking Rx in Marengo, they knew that establishing a personal touch with customers was critical to its success. That was the model they had followed at their Mitchell pharmacy that was established in 2017, and it has succeeded beyond their expectations. Ryan EnglekingContinue reading “FAMILY-OWNED & LOCAL”


Local Artist, Brian Jones, develops his own monolith printing technique Secluded in the middle of a dense forest in eastern Harrison County, the home and studio of printmaker and painter Brian Jones seems like the perfect refuge for an artist who describes his recent work as “rooted in the colors, textures, smells and sounds ofContinue reading “CONTEMPLATIVE ART”


Local Artist Carves Largest In-Situ Celtic Cross in the World Near the entrance to Blue Heron Vineyards and Winery (see article, this issue), a sign points down a rugged, winding road toward “the Celtic Cross.” The winery visitor is welcome to drive or walk down to view this massive sculpture that evokes some of theContinue reading “MADE TO LAST”


Kids of all ages can visit St. Nick year-round “One of the most unusual gifts ever requested was from a little boy, about 6 years old, who said he wanted a stick for Christmas,” Santa shared. “I asked him what he was going to do with a stick, and he said he was going to makeContinue reading “SANTA CLAUS HAUS BECKONS”


Our church’s children’s ministry needed a manger for baby Jesus for an upcoming Bible story.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have much money to spend on it.  We looked online, hoping we could find a deal, but mangers are pricey these days, so I volunteered to throw one together.  My version might not be awesome, but atContinue reading “EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: DIY Nativity”