In the October IDO Newsletter we featured a number of articles including highlights from the IDO Harvest Gala, info on the Neighbor Power conference, a recap of the annual IDO meeting, and some buzz on the Coal Factory. You can read the full newsletter here.

carrie-upcycled360-cAnother article included in the October newsletter was our monthly “Neighbor Spotlight,” which focused on Carrie Schmidt, a second-generation Irvingtonian who owns Eastside Gypsies, a henna business. You can find Eastside Gypsies at farmers markets, festivals, and private events such as birthday parties, baby showers, and weddings.

For the month of October, Carrie has scheduled some private henna sessions for a few Irvington Halloween Fest Masquerade Ball attendees and will embellish festival-goers at her booth during the street festival. Below is a reprint of that article:

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

I’ve lived in Irvington all my life. Purchased a house across the street from my parents – will be living there ten years in December.

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

I like the historic vibe of the neighborhood – the houses, the architecture, and how close it is to everything – within about 5 micarrie-schmidt-optionalles from downtown, 2 miles from 465 – so it’s a really good jumping off place. And I like how cozy the neighborhood is, along with its charm.

What do you do for fun?

The same things I get paid to do. I like working on furniture and rehabbing houses. I like doing henna. I’ve been doing henna for 15 years and have made a profession of it. So I really like that a hobby of mine has turned into a profession. I also like to travel, take pictures, and cook.

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

I live off of Julian Avenue, so I like walking down around the Bona Thompson center. I also like walking to Ellenberger Park. I was sad that we didn’t get the free concert this year because of the weather. That’s always a fun experience. I like walking around looking at houses, too. The entire neighborhood is beautiful. And I do like spring and fall most because that’s when it’s really colorful.

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

I would like to see more businesses popping up, not necessarily on the strip, but I’d like to see something go into old churches or into the former Rosalyn bakery. I would just like to see all the empty spaced filled.


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.