Neighborhood Spotlight

This month our IDO Neighborhood Spotlight shines upon one of our popular Irvington Business Association and IDO members, Mechanically Inclined Auto. Owners Ted and Cheryl know what it means to give back to the community! From fundraisers for nonprofits like The PourHouse, Inc. to supporting local musicians, artists, and chefs, they take a unique approach to their business operations.

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Photo Credit Jaime Locke Art

Tell us a little about yourselves and how Mechanically Inclined got started?

Ted has 20 years experience working on cars and became a specialist of sorts with Cadillacs after his 9 years at Lockhart Cadillac. He opened a shop on the southside with his brother in 2006. In 2012, I was working as a classroom teacher looking for other opportunities when Ted and I teamed up to open Mechanically Inclined at 5840 Brookville Road.  As a part of our business model, we believe in giving back to the community. We hold a music and movie community event every September to benefit The PourHouse, Inc. and last year, we added vendors of handmade goods and Rock-Cola Café. We feature musicians who live in Irvington and do our best to hire locally for all of our business needs, such as office treats, lawn care, dog grooming, staff lunches, and staff haircuts. We have greeted guests and raised funds and goods at the last three Alternative Gift Fairs, with all proceeds benefiting The PourHouse, Inc.  I am also volunteering independently on an upcoming fundraiser with The PourHouse, Inc. in addition to planning and organizing the annual ice cream festival for the Irvington Historical Society.

What do you do for fun?

As any owner of a small business will likely tell you, there’s not a whole lot of free time. We spend sunup to sundown operating and managing the shop in some capacity, either from home or in-house. When we aren’t at the shop, Ted has 4 children whom he’s taking to sleepovers, wrestling meets, cross-country meets, school functions, part-time jobs, or anything that a single dad has to do. I also have 4 children, most of whom have left home to attend college or join the military. The youngest, who’s still at home, keeps me busy with band, swimming, academic meets, and socializing. I enjoy reading, crocheting, and playing cards, and board games while working on the fundraising projects mentioned above.

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

We enjoy attending functions in the neighborhood, such as jazz nights at Coal Yard and Brew Fest at Our Lady of Lourdes. In the milder months, we socialize at the Irvington Farmers Markets on the second Sunday and Clustertruck on Thursday at Ellenberger Park. We see a lot of Irvington on our test drives, and Ted’s favorite route has to be the section of Audubon between Pleasant Run and Irvington Presbyterian Church with the serenity of the trees and peacefulness of the neighborhood. Cheryl’s favorite walk through the neighborhood starts with dinner at Hummingbird Café (no longer there) or The Legend, then off to Coal Yard Coffee or Wyliepalooza.

Why did you become a member of Irvington Development Organization?

We joined IDO to lend our support to the great things this organization does and to stay informed about the neighborhood.

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

If we were Mayor of Irvington, we would unite North and South Irvington and end the feud. In all seriousness, we would extend the business district hustle and bustle beyond the border of Ritter and Audubon.

If you want to learn more about Mechanically Inclined Auto, you may contact them here: 
Mechanically Inclined Auto, 
5840 Brookville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46219. 
Call: 317-351-1241 
Text: 317-653-4251: Web:

Want to read the full April IDO newsletter which includes additional information on a chance to give back, the spring construction schedule, and the Annual Benton House Easter bash, simply click here!


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.