Irvington shops on south Audubon get a little love from The Indianapolis Star! Mentions include Homespun: Workshops & Gallery, Magic Candle, Antiques Etcetera and Irvington VintageIrvington Development Organization plans to do more coverage on the biz’s south of the corridor in the coming weeks! Read entire article below or at

Written by
Erin Livingston
Star correspondent
With all the construction commotion on East Washington Street in Irvington, it’s easy to overlook the nooks and crannies that took root long before “streetscape” entered the local lexicon. Turn south of the chic Starbucks and the local library, pass a parking lot and a few trees, and there, not two blocks off the main drag, you’ll find a handful of storefronts, new and old. Two — a vintage store and a crafting workspace — will hold grand openings July 28.

Magic Candle

203 S. Audubon Road

The store has been open for more than 11 years. Jan DeFerbrache has assembled a collection of holistic goods and services covering everything from massage and meditation to courses such as A Year of Herbs. DeFerbrache sells more than 400 herbs, most of which are grown locally. She also offers new and used books alongside jewelry, clothing and gifts by 30 local artisans.

When you enter, mind the signs: Don’t let the (adorable) cats out, and try not to let the (heavy) screen door slam. Most notably, Magic Candle is home base for Gaia Works, a food pantry for seniors.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Homespun: Workshops & Gallery

206 S. Audubon Road

This is the latest labor of love for Amanda Mauer Taflinger, who opened the Homespun: Modern Handmade retail shop on East Washington Street. Topics include a series of small businessclasses covering wholesaling, maximizing Etsy and branding.

The new space even offers a small photo studio “to shoot images of your work in a clean, crisp setting.”

“Not all workshops have to be craft-related,” said Taflinger, citing a recent green cleaning course. “We are definitely willing to entertain any idea that has potential.”

Rana Salame Striedinger oversees activity at the space and can be reached at Curious crafters will have a chance to check out the new Homespun space during a grand opening 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28.

Antiques, Etcetera

202 S. Audubon Road

More like a tidy little living room, Antiques, Etcetera is filled to the brim with pleasant surprises, including furniture, jewelry, tea sets and other gift items. This simple store is owned by Helga Horvath, a native of Germany.

“My customers like dealing with me because they know that I like the things I am selling,” said Horvath in her unmistakable accent. Right now, those things just happen to be 20 percent off. Antiques, Etcetera is also home to interior design services by Dream Design, which is owned by Lisa Wuertz.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays by chance.

Irvington Vintage

10 S. Audubon Road

Irvington Vintage is run by long-time collectors and recently engaged couple Karen LeVier and Rick Wilkerson. Wilkerson is the former owner of the Missing Link record shop in Broad Ripple. The back room of Irvington Vintage is devoted to CDs, records and cassettes. All items are bought outright, so the selection is handpicked.

The front of the store houses jewelry, furniture, home goods, clothing, books, and other collectibles. “It’s a really fun area,” LeVier said. Eventually, the Pensy Trail will run right past the shop.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The July 28 grand opening includes a sidewalk sale, 20 percent off all items in the store, live music and food.


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