Meet Me On Main

Meet Me On Main

Shop, dine, make & take a Snow Globe Holiday Craft; enjoy music at AAA Insurance Holiday PorchFest; ride the Holiday Trolley

Carmel, IN – The holiday season is here and there is no better place to be this Saturday than Meet Me on Main with special activities throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District!

Enjoy a day of shopping and dining at the many stores on Main Street, Range Line Road and throughout the District, most of whom are offering holiday specials this weekend.

Ride the Holiday Trolley for a fun and easy trip across the District, including a special stop this Saturday for AAA Insurance Holiday PorchFest from 3-6 p.m. in the residential neighborhood north of Main Street and east of Range Line Road. Don’t forget the grand opening of the new Carmel Chocolate Café at 45 W. Main Street.

If you are looking for that special gift for a loved one or just looking for a night out with family and friends, Meet Me on Main features live music, face painting and caricatures, new exhibits and local art galleries and businesses staying open until 9 p.m. Join the Art Lab for our holiday themed snow globe make and take art project from 5 – 8:30 p.m. Join us at 110 W. Main St., Suite 125.

Meet Me on Main monthly drawing takes place once again! Each month, three $100 gift cards to businesses in the Arts & Design District will be given away. To enter, visit participating galleries and businesses to fill out an entry form; only one can be filled out per location but the more businesses visited, the more you can increase your chances. There is no purchase necessary to participate.

Special gallery exhibits will be featured throughout Meet Me on Main including:

  • When you’re ready for a break from the cold, stop in the Carmel Clay Historical Society for a reading of ‘The Polar Express’ from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. This festive evening of storytelling and fun includes cookies, hot cocoa, special gifts and holiday art activities. Holiday attire and pajamas are encouraged. All ages welcome – $5 per child. (211 1st St. SW)
  • Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery will be featuring two talented artists, Joe Krutulis and Kendall Reeves. Krutulis will be there to show you how he uncovers the hidden beauty in deadwood and creates beautiful wood pendants, earrings and mobiles. Reeves is a photographer who captures ghost towns, abandoned buildings and old trucks.   (22 N. Range Line Rd.)
  • All Things Carmel is set up for holiday shopping with specialty ornaments, candles, wooden wall art, clothing and more! Stop by and check them out for all your holiday needs and enjoy complementary dough balls and Christmas brew from Fork and Ale House.  (110 W Main St., #104)
  • Carmel Art on Main Gallery is featuring specially priced art work and photography in the front room for gift giving, with many subjects from landscape and travel to abstracts and holiday.  Need a gift for a teacher, family, friend, hostess?  Art on Main has many options including glassware, pottery, jewelry, note cards, tote bags, zip bags, paintings, mosaics, books featuring artists, coasters, chocolate and more!  (111 W. Main St., #140)
  • CCA Gallery will showcase unique handmade ornaments from their 36 artists, just in time to add a little something extra to your tree. They will also feature their Tiny Treasures and Mini Masterpieces collections. (111 W. Main St., #135)
  • The Carmel Arts Council Children’s Art Gallery will showcase an all-school art exhibit from the Towne Meadow Elementary students entitled Making Faces. This exhibit will feature 11 ground-breaking student-created portraits which were inspired by the great masters of art including The Girl with the Pearl Earrings by Johannes Vermeer and the Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci. (40 W. Main St.)
  • Magdalena Gallery will be featuring a new artist, Mary E Strack. For a unique gift for the holiday season, visit Magdalena Gallery to see the Santa Faces collection on canvas. These are oil on canvas pictures from Barbara Kennedy for $65 each. (27 E. Main St.)
  • The Olive Mill is featuring their olive oil, balsamic, olives, serving pieces, salts and spices. Perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers. (10 S. Range Line Road)
  • The Art Studio of Carmel will be hosting an open house featuring the work of their students, adults and instructors. (30 N. Range Line Rd.)
  • Carmel Chocolate Café by the South Bend Chocolate Company will cut the ribbon on its new café on Friday and celebrate opening weekend. (45 W. Main Street).

Activities taking place during Meet Me on Main include:

  • Free caricatures and face painting by Custom Eyes Designs inside of 110 W. Main St., Suite 125, near Highgarden Real Estate (110 W. Main St., #104).
  • Free musical entertainment throughout the district. Kassie King will play inside Indiana Artisan, Declan Nelligan will perform inside The Olive Mill and Low Key Jazz will perform inside Holder Mattress Co. at The Indiana Design Center.
  • Make and Take Art Project will be located at 110 W. Main St., Suite 125 next to Highgarden Real Estate from  5 – 8:30 p.m.

A map of the gallery locations and more information about Meet Me on Main activities can be found at

Public parking is available in the Carmel Lions Club lot (141 E. Main St.), Sophia Square parking garage (entrance off of 1st Ave NW), Indiana Design Center parking garage (200 S. Range Line Rd.) or on-street. The Arts & Design District parking map may be downloaded at

Posted on December 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Carmel |

Around Town: Carmel

Carmel, Indiana’s 8th largest city, lies immediately north of Indianapolis in Hamilton County. An ever-growing suburb, Carmel maintains its identity as a city in its own right, despite being minutes from a major metropolitan area. CNN Money Magazine named Carmel the winner of its annual Best Places to Live list in 2012, attributing its number-one standing to Carmel schools, arts and entertainment options, and economic vitality.

Carmel’s Arts & Design District flourishes in the heart of downtown Carmel. Home to unique specialty shops, restaurants, art galleries, and interior design studios, the Arts & Design District attracts both Carmel residents and weekend visitors. The Monon Trail, a 16-mile bike and pedestrian path that cuts through Carmel, provides easy access to all the Carmel Arts & Design District has to offer for those who choose to walk or bike from other areas of the city.

Nearby, Carmel’s newly constructed City Center has become another hub of activity. Home to the Palladium, Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts, City Center draws big-name entertainers to Carmel residents, providing a world class alternative to downtown Indianapolis’ concert venues. City Center also offers a variety of restaurants and residences and is accessible from the Monon.

Carmel’s expansive public parks system offers outdoor destinations in every part of the city. Central Park, one of Carmel’s newest developments, is a 161-acre indoor-outdoor facility that is free to the public. With a 10,000 square-foot skatepark, fitness studios, indoor and outdoor aquatic centers and running tracks, all accessible from the Monon, Central Park is the city’s premier destination for recreation.

Carmel is an economic leader in the state of Indiana. It boasts the state’s second-largest concentration of office workers and an unemployment rate nearly half the national average. Almost 30 percent of Carmel’s property tax money is generated by its businesses, resulting in one of the lowest residential tax rates in the state. Named one of the “Best Cities to Relocate to in America” by, Carmel is home to native Hoosiers and Indiana newcomers alike, and leads the state in population growth. Carmel real estate options are many and varied, providing options for every budget and family. Resale value is solid in this city outside The City.

For more information, check out a great ride along from the Carmel Mayor here.

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 7:16 pm
Lori Flynn | Posted in Carmel |

Let’s Talk Carmel

Let’s Talk, Carmel! That is the name of a new website that has been launched by members of the Carmel City Council as a way to answer commonly asked questions about a variety of issues related to the City, its government and its mission to become the best place to live in America.

“All seven of us represent a certain district or a certain set of Carmel residents who come from all walks of life. But we have noticed that the questions we hear during our meetings with constituents are often the same,” said Kevin Rider, Council President. “We decided to launch this website in order to address the most commonly asked questions.”

As social media continues to grow and often dictate the course of debate on a local level, it has become increasingly difficult for elected leaders to answer all the questions and ensure that residents are getting facts from trusted sources and not just opinions.

Let’s Talk Carmel will become a repository of commonly asked questions and answers pertaining to the City of Carmel and the actions taken by its governing body. It is owned and operated by the Carmel City Council, and is intended to inform … not, be a platform for addressing political opinions. There are a number of social media outlets for that debate.

“We want readers of Let’s Talk Carmel to get simple, plainly-written and direct answers to the
questions that they have. We feel we owe it to our constituents to be as transparent as possible about the
things we do … and the reasons behind our decisions,” said Council Vice President Jeff Worrell.

While each of the Council members review and approve the responses, there will be times when
individual members will want to offer an alternative opinion or additional thoughts. Those will be added
to each answer as needed.

“I believe this is a transformative, if not a little risky, outreach tool for a City Council to use,” said
Council Finance Chair Sue Finkam. “As in most things we do, Carmel’s leaders are attempting to do what
has not been done before. We are taking an aggressive approach to creating a transparency portal … and
we anticipate that our residents will appreciate the intent to inform and engage.”

You can access the website here:

*This press release was sent out by the City of Carmel on October 31, 2018.

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 5:31 pm
Lindsay Ohmer | Posted in Carmel | Tagged