Kathleen AngeloneKathleen Angelone has been abandoned in Germany, served as an attorney for Indiana Department of Revenue, volunteered all over the world, and calls Irvington home. She owns and operates Bookmamas at 9 Johnson on the south side of Washington Street.

HISTORY

Bookmamas originated with Kate Ayers and Amy LaCroix on the north side of Washington Street. Kate and Amy moved the store once more before settling into its current home. Kathleen bought it once they were ready to sell in October 2007.

Kathleen is no stranger to the east side. Her mother graduated from Warren Central, her family helped to establish German Church at East Washington Street and German Church Road (named after this church), and the congregation is currently building their new church on land donated to them by her uncle.

After touring the world and establishing herself as an attorney, Kathleen moved to Irvington to open her own law practice. Once her children entered high school, she became an attorney for the Indiana DOR. After she bought the store, she worked as a classroom assistant in IPS to give herself more time to start the bookstore.

Why would she leave her legal career to buy a bookstore, especially in an age of so much digital reading?

As a child, Kathleen’s mother would take her to the library but would only ever buy books for her brother, not her. When her mother was dying, she asked her why. Kathleen’s mother told her she had always read as a child and didn’t need encouragement. While this thought made perfect sense once shared, it was never something that occurred to her.

Kathleen then used her inheritance to buy a bookstore. She shared, “Opportunity came along, and I did it. Then I had to figure out how to make it work.” She compared the experience to a jigsaw puzzle; she made all the pieces fit together.

ABANDONED!

After traveling alone in Germany for a month as a sophomore in college, Kathleen planned to meet up with a friend who was carrying her ticket to Russia. The friend left the country without her, which she would find out later. Despite her name being on their list, she was not permitted to board. After this travel-weary 19-year-old exhausted her persuasive skills to no avail, she found a spot on the floor and started crying. Thanks to two guardian angels in business suits, she could board and make it to her next leg of the trip.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

Whether you want to chat about faraway countries, Kathleen’s upcoming trips, or the newest paperback, she is sure to entertain and educate you!

  • She can be found at the Irvington Farmers Markets at Ellenberger Park this summer.
  • She has plans to meet Stephen King this month.
  • Kids can win prizes with this summer’s Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt, while supporting our local businesses.
  • Watch for upcoming book signings and other fun events on her Facebook page!

How long have you lived and/or worked in Irvington?

I moved to Irvington in 1977 and haven’t left. I have owned Bookmamas since 2007.

What do you do for fun?
I read, go to museums, walk, swim, and spend time with friends.  Historical fiction is my favorite genre. Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Crime and Punishment, Fahrenheit 451, and Little Women are my favorite five books.

What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, or view in the neighborhood?

I love Irving Circle. They’re such a community thing. I attend the concerts when I can, but I’m usually at the store on those days. Sometimes I’m too tired to walk over there after a long day.

If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first?

I would organize a great big parade with floats of everybody marching down Washington Street like Mardi Gras. The witches would be doing their thing, the library would come out with their carts doing a choreographed dance, people would be dressed up, and everyone would be happy for the day.  

What’s your connection to IDO?

I am a member of the Irvington Business Association.


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Andrea De MinkAndrea De Mink wears many hats. She has administered the Irvington Neighbors Facebook Page nearly since its inception, where she also entertains neighbors with discussions about her electricity usage. She serves on the Historic Irvington Community Council, which holds monthly meetings and participates in events throughout the year. You can see her walking through the neighborhood almost daily. Her deepest passion, however, is in helping people.

Andrea started working with individuals experiencing homelessness 21 years ago, and in 2004, she formed The PourHouse, Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists individuals experiencing homelessness in overcoming barriers to housing, treatment, and healthcare. The inspiration started with a chance encounter. While running her own IT business downtown, she met and befriended an individual who was digging through the trash for food. She devoted time and energy to knowing his goals and the goals of others in similar situations. When she realized how passionate she felt about helping others, she started the organization that, to date, has housed nearly 300 individuals since 2014.

The PourHouse feeds an average of 250 individuals twice per week, but can see numbers as high as 400 some evenings. During the week, she and her team of dedicated volunteers work to address her clients’ broad range of needs.

In January, Andrea was recognized as a Champion of Diversity by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine. And with the help of her local supporters, The PourHouse received the Indiana Members Credit Union Gives Back donation of $6,000.

How long have you lived and/or worked here in Irvington?
Andrea has lived in Irvington for over 15 years. She rented at New York and Emerson for 5 years. “I knew I wanted to stay on the east side and loved the old houses in Irvington.”

What do you do for fun?
Andrea enjoys landscaping, taking care of her koi, and anything that relates to animals, nature, walking, or biking. She is a Certified Koi Keeper, which means she has been trained to sedate and inject koi, then later revive them. She discovered through her training, when her koi become ill, how they can be treated and brought back to good health.

What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, block, or view in the neighborhood?
Andrea likes to walk nearly every day for her own health. She favors her path from Lowell to Kitley, Pleasant Run to Layman. She also likes to change up the view by going through Ellenberger Park, down 9th Street to Arlington.

If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first?
If Andrea were Mayor of Irvington for a day, she would “remove the parking spots in front of Ossip so you can see to pull out onto East Washington and not die.”

What’s your connection to IDO?
As an active member of the Public Safety Committee for the Historic Irvington Community Council, Andrea works closely with IDO on decisions that affect the individuals, families, and businesses of Irvington.


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Dear Irvington Neighbors and Friends,

Irvington is such an exciting place to call home! When folks move here, we stay put because it is such a great place to live.  When neighbors do decide to move, their houses are scooped up within days.   We should be grateful that we live in one of the most vibrant, walkable and bikeable neighborhoods in Indianapolis.  Plus, Irvingtonians are engaged. They care.  They join organizations, get to know each other and are passionate about keeping it a neighborhood in the true sense of the word—a place marked by kindly concern.

Irvington Development Organization plays an important role in the fabric of our neighborhood.  We exist to promote and nurture Irvington as a desirable place to live, work and conduct business.  We have successes to back us up as doers, not talkers.  Consider the Washington Street streetscape and the Irvington Lofts, two of our most visible success stories.  IDO was instrumental in making those two projects happen. And, they have been incubators for other positive development in our neighborhood.  The Indianapolis Department of Public Works recently identified $2.5 million in public investment in Irvington in just the past two years.

IDO also works in less dramatic ways—for example, it:

  • Is the first stop for businesses that want to locate here.
  • Organizes neighborhood clean-up projects. (October’s was a huge success!)
  • Sponsors the Green Initiative to help us all do our part toward a more sustainable planet.
  • Leveraged $1.2 million in federal funds for the recent curbs, sidewalks and re-paving project on Washington Street.
  • Pays the monthly tab for the decorative street lighting in the business district.

Plus, we have plans for the future.  We are working diligently to facilitate long-term redevelopment of high-value/high-impact neighborhood sites, such as Irvington Plaza and the old Foamcraft facility on Bonna Avenue.  Since 2002, IDO has been doing, not just talking.

Please help by partnering with us to keep Irvington the place we proudly call home.  How might you do that?

We have decided to draw on Irvington’s history to name our giving levels:

  • $500 and up: Kile Oak Level (includes household IDO membership)
  • $250-$499: National Road Level (includes household IDO membership)
  • $100-$250: Ellenberger Park Level (includes household IDO membership)
  • $50-$99: Washington Irving Level

Please join me in becoming an IDO supporter.  We really appreciate it!

Don Lundberg
Board President


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Coal Factory Redevelopment:  IDO Community Update Meeting

Tuesday, December 6

6:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Irvington United Methodist Church

30 N. Audubon Rd.

(please note the location change)

Irvington Development Organization is hosting the second in a series of meetings over the next couple of months before the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) hears the rest of the items (variances, site plan, design, and demolition) in the proposed redevelopment of the Coal Factory property. This meeting will be a chance for the development team to show two versions of the project designs based on the comments from the neighbors in previous meetings.   

To recap, IHPC voted to include residential and artisan and beverage/food production uses in the CS zoning of the property at their November hearing. They are scheduled to hear the additional items at their January 4, 2017 hearing unless it needs to be continued further out. No actual work can be done on the site until those other items are approved.

Please come with your ideas for how to make the project better!

For notes from the last meeting and additional facts regarding the Coal Factory Redevelopment, please click here.

Questions? contact Margaret at Margaret@irvingtondevelopment.org, 317-260-0669 or Antone at antone@thirdstreetventures.com.

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses. To donate to IDO or become a member click here. 


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This article was posted from our November IDO Newsletter. You can read the full newsletter which includes highlights from the Irvington Masquerade Ball, a run-down on new Irvington businesses, and additional great info here.

Tara Schnaus Elder’s aptly named business, Simply Helpful, lends a hand to those who need help minimizing the chaos in their professional and personal worlds. If this scenario sounds familiar, know that Tara provides free consultations and is currently booking clients for January.

 

How long have you lived and worked here?

I’ve lived here 10 years and I started Simply Helpful in my home 5 years ago.

How did you first hear of Irvington and why did you move here?

My (would be) in-laws lived here, and I bought a house on the street behind them when I was dating their son. A number of years later, I married him and we bought a bigger house two blocks away after we were married.

tara

Tara and her husband, John.

What do you do for fun?

I spend most of my fun time watching the world through the eyes of my two sons (3 ½ and 9 months).  I also love to cook, listen to audio books, attend my book club (celebrating 13 years together!), and plan periodic outings for the Irvington Mom’s Facebook Group.

What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, block, or view in the neighborhood?

I love our street. We live on Pleasant Run South Drive near North Butler Ave and Washington Street. Our porch overlooks the creek, and it’s like a nature preserve. We hear a family of owls calling to one another (what sounds like mom, dad, and a baby learning to call), feed the fish from the footbridge, and I even saw a huge groundhog walk through our yard and clumsily stumble into the brush on the edge of the creek. You never know what you’re going to see (and that includes people, too!).

If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first?

I assume you mean a mayor with unlimited funds. In that case, I would bring the Ellenberger Park Community Center, which was proposed years ago, to fruition. I would also lure more businesses to Washington Street near Emerson Avenue. That portion of the neighborhood (literally our backyard) has so much potential!
What’s your connection to IDO?

About 5 years ago, I was on an IDO event planning committee with a number of other wonderful IRV residents. Shortly after that, I started my business, Simply Helpful, and was contracted by IDO to help organize their archives prior to their office move into The Lofts. Then the last two years I planned The Irvington Halloween Festival. Though the Halloween Festival is not an IDO event, IDO is absolutely involved with the festival. I love that IDO is a centralized organization for all things Irvington. We have so many groups and talented people in this community, and IDO is the tether to our many balloons.

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses. To donate to IDO or become a member click here.


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Coal Factory Redevelopment

 IDO Community Update Meeting

Tuesday, November 15

5:30 pm

Fellowship Hall

Irvington Presbyterian Church

55 Johnson Ave.

(just prior to the HICC meeting)

Irvington Development Organization is hosting the first in a series of meetings over the next couple of months before the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) hears the rest of the items (variances, site plan, design, and demolition) in the proposed redevelopment of the Coal Factory property. This meeting will be a chance for the development team to confirm and clarify as needed the concerns of the neighbors that were heard in previous meetings and to work with the neighbors to address those issues in a revised site plan and design.

IHPC voted to include residential and artisan and beverage/food production uses in the CS zoning of the property at their November hearing. They are scheduled to hear the additional items at their January 4, 2017 hearing unless it needs to be continued further out. No actual work can be done on the site until those other items are approved.

Please come with your ideas for how to make the project better!

For more facts regarding the Coal Factory Redevelopment, please click here.

Questions? Margaret@irvingtondevelopment.org, 317-260-0669 or antone@thirdstreetventures.com.

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses. To donate to IDO or become a member click here.

 

 


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