Local Business Spotlight: The Nile, Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine

I like steak houses quite a bit, Texas Roadhouse, Applebees, Lonestar, you name it I can nearly recite their menu.  Unfortunately the reason behind my vast nile with logoknowledge of each of their menus is that they don’t differ much from one another.  Sometimes it’s nice to break the monotony of our Saturday night date night and try a different type of cuisine and a different type of atmosphere.  This is made even better by doing so all the while supporting a local business such as The Nile.  Located on 8th Street downtown Anderson this local gem not only offers traditional and authentic Mediterranean dishes such as falafel, spinakopita, and saganaki (which I highly recommend) but they also offer the genuine Mediterranean atmosphere that adds to the appeal.  So the next time you can’t decide where to go for dinner, try something different, delicious, and affordable at The Nile restaurant!

Local Business Spotlight: Zinszer Cookies

We have spotlighted quite a few businesses around town but none quite as sweet as Zinszer’s Cookies on Broadway.  For those of you who haven’t tasted one of zinszers with logotheir delicious cookies, you truly don’t know what you are missing.  And for those of you who have I’m sure you can vouch for the fact that they truly are some of the best cookies in the world.  But did you know that Zinszers is much more than their mouth watering, fresh cookies?  In fact, the bakers and decorators at Zinszer’s made some of the tastiest and cutest cupcakes for a couple of showers that I have thrown.  In addition their brownies and breads are delicious as well.  The best part is that now you can order these tasty treats online as well.  It is one of my favorite gifts to send, especially to those friends of mine that aren’t quite as lucky to live close to this town treasure.  Their corporate gifts are an ideal way to make a huge impact on a client or valued customer and I guarantee they won’t soon forget the best cookie they’ve ever had.  So next time you are throwing a birthday party, wedding shower, retirement party, having a family gathering, etc don’t forget to include Zinszer’s and make it a party everyone is sure to remember.

Local Business Spotlight: Girt’s Archery

Long before Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) brought archery back into forefront of sports where it belongs, Girt’s Archery has been around since 1998 girts picserving the avid bow hunter and novice alike.  Located downtown Anderson Girt’s is a full service archery pro shop that also features a 20 yard shooting lane and an indoor 3D range.  They also offer leagues for spot shooters and 3D shooters.  They carry an unbeatable array of brands and accessories which you can browse in their store or check out their online store for supplies shipped directly to your home.  The knowledgeable staff are always willing to help and the low pressure atmosphere will make even the most novice archer at ease.  Check out the benefits of archery below and stop in at Girt’s to continue our mission of supporting local businesses!

* Archery is a sport that is open to all.  This includes able bodied as well as disabled people.

* Archery helps improve focus and discipline.  Many children have benefited from the sport and carried on what they have learned into other aspects of their life.

* Archery is relatively inexpensive.

* Archery is an indoor and outdoor sport.

* Archery improves self confidence.

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Local Business Spotlight: Cooper’s Sport Bowl

I would be willing to bet that there are very few places in town that provide as much fun, family friendly entertainment than Coopers Sport Bowl.  Opened in bowling with logo1959 by Charles Cooper, it is now recognized as the largest bowling center in Madison County.  Throughout its decades long run as a hot spot in Anderson it has remained family owned with the 3rd generation now overseeing day to day operation.  Coopers boasts 44 lanes in which everyone from the professional to the novice bowler and even kids with the bowling bumpers will feel welcomed.  But in addition to hosting multiple leagues, tournaments, cosmic bowling and open time bowling Coopers also has a plethora of other activities.  Their “Gone Bananas” arcade is ideal for kids (and kids at heart) of all ages and they have a private party room which would be ideal for hosting a birthday party, bridal shower, or business lunch.  And speaking of lunch/dinner, you must stop by and enjoy a wonderful meal at the attached restaurant/pub Shout’s.  And if you haven’t already, you must try their famous tenderloin!

Overall Cooper’s Sport Bowl provides entertainment and fun for all ages in a family friendly atmosphere.  The next time you are trying to find something to do in town don’t forget about one of the places that helped start it all! We hope to see you there!

Why I Love Pendleton in 10 Photos

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“The beautiful downtown City Streets”

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“The breath-taking Falls Park”

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“The unbeatable school system”

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“All of the fairs, festivals, and community fun”

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“Local Traditions”

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“The Amazing Way Our Community Supports One Another”

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“The Dedicated People Who Help Make Pendleton Great”

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“Nothing Beats a Saturday Afternoon Ball Game”

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“The Brave Police and Fire Fighters of Our Town”

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“The People (and pets) that Make Up the Town of Pendleton is Unlike Anywhere Else I’ve Been: The Town Has Captured My Heart”

One of Anderson’s Own Gives Back!

00937ASW Logo (No Shadow) Some people reach a level of success and forget about their roots but still others such as Hall of Fame songwriter Steve Wallace, like to celebrate their steve pichometown!  Steve did this in a big way with his award winning song “Anderson Speedway”, the current theme song for the local track.  The song, sung by Mark Sutton of Nashville, TN is now currently #1 in over 100 countries worldwide and has won 70 awards.  The streaming royalties from this song reached over $300 for the month of April and was generously donated over to the American Cancer Society.

To hear this beloved song you can click here or better yet you can win your very own limited edition CD single of the song on Track Talk which is hosted by Rick Dawson and Gary Mong and airs every Tues. night from 6:00-6:30 on either AM1240 WHBU and Fox Sports Radio 102.9FM in Muncie.  Be sure to check out some of the other great songs that Steve has written and lets support a true Hoosier!

I’ve Taken the Liberty to Help Plan Your Weekend

I love when the weather starts getting nice out, it’s like the city comes alive! With that there are always lots of fun ways to get out, enjoy the   may calendarweather, get involved in the community, meet new people, get in quality family time, and make the most of every weekend. This weekend there is so much fun going on that I thought I would go ahead and make an itinerary to help you keep it straight!

Friday: (Girls Night Out)
6:00 @ the Toscana Event Centre: “Art of the Bottle” a wine and paint class…. enjoy some vino while exploring your inner artist! A perfect way to start your event filled girls night out!

7:00 @ The Salon Professional Academy: A fashion show, door prizes, and giveaways to benefit the Animal Protection League! Only $5 at the door! This is a great girls night out idea!

10:00 @ Hoosier Park: The Flying Toasters are preforming. If you haven’t seen them before you definitely need to check them out! This is the perfect next locale for your girls night.

Saturday: (Family Day)
8:00-12:00 @ Falls Park: The Pendleton Farmers market opens. With even more vendors than last year this is the perfect way to start your Saturday with the kids. You can purchase some delicious fresh produce and let the kids play at the park.

9:00-1:00 @ The Athletic Park: The Anderson Farmer’s market is in full swing. With lots of home made crafts, vendors, fresh produce, and live entertainment the lively atmosphere makes for an upbeat Saturday afternoon.

8:00am-7:00pm @ Canoe Country in Daleville. This is a great family activity that encourages teamwork and eliminates the distraction of technology, allowing for some real family bonding.

Sat Evening (Date Night or Family Night Idea): Go on a pizza hop in town. Visit each local pizza place and get a slice at each one. At the end of the night decide which is best (I’d love to hear which one you thought). The best route I have found is to start at Meadowbrook Pizza, then make your way to Art’s on 29th St., a must visit it Tommy J’s then make sure to hit up Scampy’s, then come towards Pendleton and stop at Greek’s before stopping at the last stop 1820 Pizzeria. By the end of the night you will have had a great adventure and certainly a full belly.

(If you are kidless for the night you can do the same type of adventure looking for the best Margarita in town!)

Sunday: (Mother’s Day)
10:00 am @ The Anderson Center for the Arts: Why not do something a bit different with your mom this year and check out the Gloria Garfinkel exhibit. Afterwards avoid the Mother’s Day lunch chaos by packing a lovely picnic and heading out to enjoy the weather at Mounds park.

Don’t forget there are always countless fun and unique things to do in our very own community if you just know where to look and stay open minded. You could find yourself re-discovering all that the city has to offer.

Warm Weather Fun in Anderson

While there are some things you can only do when it’s snowing, sledding, skiing, snow ball fights; I am more than prepared to give all that up to start anderson in summer picsenjoying some of the “warm weather only” experiences in Anderson.  One of my favorite things I look forward during the warmer weather in town is the opening of Gene’s Rootbeer stand and Frazier’s.  Hardly a week goes by that I don’t find myself at one of these restaurants either craving a chili dog or wanting to celebrate the summer with a crunch dipped cone.  Another must do activity that is only around when the snow is not is the live horse racing at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino.  While the gambling itself is an adult only activity the whole family can enjoy sitting outdoors and watching these amazing animals as they rush around the track.  If you are looking for some more family fun then you can’t beat the Applewood Raceway go carting.  Yet another warm weather only favorite! As the weather continues to get warmer we will start to see the opening of the local pools! With a couple to choose from in Anderson you are sure to find one close to home to serve as a great place to cool off and socialize.  Last but not least one of the things that I am most looking forward to is the return of the Farmers Market.  I love buying and supporting locally and feel better knowing where my food is coming from.  The city of Anderson has really assisted in the creation of the local Farmers market and there is always tons of booths and goodies to browse.  This is the ideal Saturday morning tradition to begin with your family.  What are some of the things you are most looking forward to as the temperatures continue to climb?

The Most Under-Utilized Place in Anderson

What if I told you there was a place in Anderson that you can check out some great movies,  learn about all of the newest and most useful aplpicapps, bring your kids on rainy/snowy days to keep them entertained, participate in classes specifically for your babies or toddlers, learn important computer programs, get homework help for your children, meet friends by joining a book club, or even learning about your health insurance choices, and the list goes on and on?  Would you believe that our very own Anderson Public Library offers all of these services and it’s all free! It seems that most of us just assume a library lends books and that’s it but now-a-days the library is a great place to socialize with other parents, encourage your child’s love for learning, and educate yourself on the newest or necessary computer know how.  In fact every week they seem to be adding new and exciting activities and events to their busy calendar.  Sign up for their library newsletter or check back often to see what fun and educational things they are offering or better yet take the family one day and explore each unique nook and cranny!