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!

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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!

Local Business Spotlight: RenCon

While it is easy to focus on the restaurants and retails shops that keep our local community thriving it is important to focus on the local businesses rencon logothat don’t receive as much notoriety.  One of these such businesses is RenCon “Renovation and Construction” and was founded in 2008 by Shane Skinner and Jeremy Bergunder but moved to their 5,000 square foot headquarters in Pendleton in March of 2012.  Located on S.R. 9, this company earned the title of “11th Fastest Growing Private Company in the Indianapolis Area” and continues to adhere to the hard work and dedication that it took to achieve this title.  Another reason we need to continue to celebrate our local businesses such as this one is that they employ 40+ employees as well as partner with a diverse network of subcontractors and vendors.  These jobs are priceless to our local economy and obviously to the employees themselves.  If you own a business, are thinking of starting a business, or know someone who is, RenCon specializes in commercial construction of restaurants and retail establishments and could update, fix, or construct a space that would be ideally suited to your businesses needs.  Some of their clients include the likes of; Dollar General, Midas, Meijer, Starbucks, Walnut Ridge, Pizza King, Maggianos, and the list goes on an on.  Clearly they have a very high reputation for exceptional work!

Be sure to continue your support of local businesses! They truly are the backbone of our community and an irreplaceable part of our infrastructure.

Shopping Local No Longer Means Making Sacrifices: A Touch of Europe is The Perfect Example

decorpm Do you remember when talking about buying sophisticated decor, high quality furniture, or European flare meant traveling at the very least to Indianapolis or even Chicago.  Which is why it is so exciting that now with the store “A Touch of Europe” establishing itself in Pendleton we can find all of the above right here in town!  This spacious store features beautiful and modern furniture from the likes of Italy and Germany.  The authenticness of these pieces is evident from the moment you walk in the door.  There are also a wide variety of intricate rugs that would add depth and intrigue into any room in your house.  In addition to the furniture is the vibrant art work and statement decor pieces that would certainly act as conversational pieces over dinner.  The selection here is certainly something you cannot find anywhere else and the quality and craftsmanship to these pieces will lead you to believe that the entire store is expensive.  Thankfully I took the time to look at the prices and was shocouchpmcked at how reasonable some of these imported art works, decor, and furniture were.  In fact with the quality, beauty, and functionality of the furniture I could confidently say you could get a better deal here than at some of these run of the mill furniture stores.  So next time you are downtown Pendleton stop in and check out the ever changing and evolving inventory and lets continue to support these local stores in our hometown!

Anderson’s Winterfest : Fun for the Whole Family

I must say that I am more excited now than ever to see all of the community events that are coming together in the city of Anderson.  One that I xmastreeam particularly looking forward to is Winterfest in downtown Anderson on Friday, Dec. 6th from 10am-8pm.  This event will have something for everyone ranging from caroling, art and craft vendors, and train and military exhibits to Christmas villages, shopping with store-wide sales, and cookie decorating.  There will also be the “Love Lights a Tree” ceremony for the lighting of the Christmas tree downtown.  Many stores are participating in this festive event and will be having sales as well as Christmas themed activities.  What better way to support to local vendors, enjoy time with the family, and appreciate all of the effort the city of Anderson is putting into making this one of the best holiday seasons yet.

For more information please contact Lori Sylvester (ljsylvester@yahoo.com).  I look forward to seeing you all there!