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3 Soap Guys Outwit National Brands Online [video]

When starting their business, Bloomington’s Soapy Soap guys created the “volcano method” of making soap. Four years later, they realized that same method would allow people to create their own customized soap — a process not offered by any other soap maker, not even national brands. Seth Teeters interviewed the soap founders in this video.

New FAR Center Joins Arts Community at 4th & Rogers

Local art lovers are anticipating the opening of FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, the new art venue opening in April at Fourth and Rogers. Pictura owners David and Martha Moore are doing more than moving their photography gallery into a historic building — they’re on a mission to bring different kinds of art together. Writer Claude Cookman gives us an in-depth look at the FAR project and its creators. Click here to read the full story.

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Jamming in the Countryside at Stable Studios

Stable Studios began as one man’s dream but now helps other musicians fulfill theirs. It’s also one of the premier music venues in Owen County, a largely rural place that’s experiencing something of a cultural renaissance. Writer Grayson Pitts takes a tour of the former horse ranch that now hosts thousands of music fans a year. Click here to read the full story.

Guest Column: When Is a Theater an ‘Equity House,’ and Does It Matter?

In its rich and diverse theater community, Bloomington has only one “Equity House.” What does that mean? And is “professionalizing theater” important to a town this size? As Cardinal Stage Company’s Rachel Glago explains in this guest column, yes, because among other benefits it leads to “to overall economic growth.” Click here to read the full story.

Hair Apparent: Stylists Give More Than Good Looks

There’s more to hairstyling than remembering color formulas, proper angles for a cut, or how each client’s locks react to styling tools and chemicals. There’s the banter. And the bond. Jenny Elig looks into the strong relationships between hairstylists and their clients, which can include major life events — from house calls to the funeral home. Click here to read the full story.

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Will the Show Go On? Strip Club Faces a Changing City

Night Moves, Bloomington’s only strip club, faces a changing city. Writer Paulina Guerrero looks into the misperceptions, contradictions, and challenges faced by not only the longtime establishment but also its dancers — and by the sex work industry in general. Click here to read the full story.

Friday Night Auction at Dinky’s Is Down-Home Hoosier Fun [video]

Nearly every week, people drive from miles away to Dinky’s Auction Center in Daviess County (about 60 miles southwest of Bloomington) to hunt for treasures, mingle with others, or just take it all in. Videographer TJ Jaeger recently visited Dinky’s on a late-summer evening to capture an Amish tradition — the Friday night auction. Click here to watch the video and read the full story.

Are Market Forces Ruining B-town’s ‘Sense of Place’?

Bloomington’s downtown landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade — influenced more by college students who desire modern amenities than by longtime residents who want to preserve their hometown. Writer Sarah Gordon considers how the conflicting goals of property development and historic preservation affect our “sense of place.” Click here to read the full story.

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One World’s ‘New Business Model’ Opens Doors for Startups

Jeff Mease, co-founder of One World Enterprises, has long shared his business knowledge — and even his commissary — with numerous startups. Now the guy who’s “fascinated about localism” has doubled-down on his collaborative business model with a new, bigger commissary, which he will share with other entrepreneurs in his KitchenShare program. Click here for the full story.

Fair, Open House on March 26 to Showcase Artisan Alley on S. Rogers St.

A collective of glassblowers, painters, welders, photographers, and more, Artisan Alley is on property slated to become part of Switchyard Park. For now, though, founder Adam Nahas is providing a home for artists with a variety of artistic needs. On Saturday, March 26, the collective hosts an art fair and open house. Click here to read the full story.

B-town Becoming a ‘Bootstraps Community’ of Unconventional Collaborations

Writer Jonna Mary Yost explores how a new brand of entrepreneurs in B-town are working outside the usual business model — and making it work. It isn’t about just baking the best pizza or brewing the best coffee. It’s about working with people you like and making your town a better place. Click here to read the full story.

Inspired by European Bike Culture, Evren Kent Cycles Finds a Home in B-town

After living in American and European cities with robust bicycling cultures, Scot Wright brings his cycle-centric lifestyle to B-town. His bicycle-refurbishing business, Evren Kent Cycles, and showroom in the I Fell building, called Re:Cycle, helps bikers like Lindsay Welsch keep their beloved spokes spinning. Click here to read the full story.