If we believe one thing around here, it's that Indy is BOOMING - booming with growth, events, and the best people in the country. In this episode, we talk to the Indy Chamber about the latest business development news in Indianapolis. Plus Yelp Indy is back and we're previewing their annual Yelp Bazaar.
The Indy Chamber has over 3,000 business memberships and is one of the city's leading organizations that helps to strengthen the business environment, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the region's workforce.
Michael Huber, the President and CEO of the Indy Chamber, joined the Edge of Indy this week to talk about the growing business climate and we can expect from the Indy Chamber in 2018.
Plus, we learn about some of the upcoming events on the Indy Chamber calendar!
To learn more about the Indy Chamber, please visit their website: http://www.indychamber.com/
This week on Paul Poteet on the Edge, we learn about the best cities to retire, a 25-year-old teacher has a blonde moment, and a suspect had a unique way to end his police interview. Links to the stories below!
This is the worst list of all time. Chicago is a better place to retire than San Diego. And where are The Villages?
The insurance company was handling an auto claim. They needed pictures of the "side" and the "front." This 25-year-old teacher didn't realize they meant....pictures of...the car.
The investigator asked a question and the suspect "leaned to one side and...." NOOOO!
The Yelp Totally Bazaar is one of Indy's biggest events and this year's event is only a few weeks away! This year's event takes place on December 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Central Public Library.
Brittany Smith, Yelp's Associate Regional Director for Midwest Marketing & Community, joins us to talk about all the exciting things that will happen at this year's event plus she brought along a couple vendors too!
Heather Givans, Fabric Concierge and Quilter-in-Chief at Crimson Tate, and Raji Muthukrishnan, owner of Aahaa Chai, are in studio to talk about how the Yelp Totally Bazaar is one of their company's biggest and most important events of the year.
To get your tickets to this year's Yelp Totally Bazaar, please visit: https://www.yelp.com/events/indianapolis-yelps-totally-bazaar-2017-all-guests-must-rsvp
Today's show is undoubtedly going to save lives and inspire our city. We're banding together with an amazing local woman - Samantha Smith - and two groups walking beside her on a harrowing journey, that's the Indiana Blood Center and Project 44. Saving a life is really as simple as a swab of the cheek, Indy!
From moving out of a dysfunctional home at the age of fourteen to becoming a widow at the age of 24, Samantha Smith certainly knows that life is not easy. Her husband, Butler basketball star Andrew Smith, died at the age of 25 from cancer and while her husband's struggle was very public, her own struggles were not.
Samantha Smith has found a new passion and purpose to help lead others through pain and help them find their own purpose. She has now spoken to thousands of people in the last couple years and even delivered a Ted Talk.
To learn more about Samantha Smith, please visit: https://www.samanthasmithspeaks.com/
Let's just say that sometimes it is best to not have a child on Halloween, especially if your doctor is a BIG Halloween fan. Paul Poteet sure found some wacky/crazy stories for this week's Paul Poteet on the Edge!
A woman in Australia claims McDonald's employees took a bite out of her food - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5050983/McDonald-s-mother-shares-picture-half-eaten-meal.html
In Florida (of course) an actress was arrested after allegedly slamming a birthday cake on the head of her boyfriend while he tried to go to sleep. SURPRISE! -
This Doctor is a Joker! Sometimes babies are born on Halloween, and sometimes the DR showed up in costume - http://people.com/human-interest/awesome-doctor-who-dressed-up-as-the-joker-delivered-a-baby-on-halloween/
Did you know that with a simple swab of the cheek, you could potentially save a life? It's true and Angela Touseull, the Community Engagement Representative for Be The Match, joins us on the Edge of Indy to talk about how Be The Match and how their organization works to save lives every single day.
Plus Kirssi Edgington with the help of Samantha Smith, the Indiana Blood Center, and Be The Match has developed a program at Butler University called Project 44 in honor of Samantha's late husband Andrew Smith.
Project 44's goal is simple - to register enough potential donors in the Be The Match registry to save 44 lives. Right now there is a 1:430 ratio of registrants to matches in the Be The Match system, and so 18,920 new people are needed to register.
If you are interested in joining the Be The Match Registry, please visit: https://youcould.bethematch.org/
Or you can visit: https://www.butler.edu/project44
Or you can text 'ANDREW' to 38470 to get more information.
Be sure to watch for #Project44 on social too!
On today's show, we're joined by an organization who is committed to promoting the healthy development of Indiana children and youth - that's the Indiana Youth Institute. Plus the fine folks of Hamilton County Tourism who want you to head north!
Located just north of Indianapolis, Hamilton County is the home of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, and Westfield and has become one of Indiana's fastest-growing counties. Katie Utken and Whitney Riggs are both Digital Marketing Coordinators for Hamilton County Tourism and they are joining us this week to talk about all the exciting things happening in Hamilton County.
Also, Hamilton County Tourism is doing a giveaway with the Edge of Indy this week! To enter in the giveaway, please visit http://edgeofindy.com/our-episodes/giveaways/ to enter this week's giveaway.
To learn more about Hamilton County Tourism, please visit: https://www.visithamiltoncounty.com/
What would you do if you get locked in a beer cooler and forced to spend the night? What about if you had a whole plane to yourself for a flight? Paul Poteet has dug up some interesting stories today for us! Listen to this week's Paul Poteet on the Edge!
Wisconsin man gets locked in beer cooler...spends the night - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/27/trapped-beer-cooler/806053001/
Scottish woman gets a jet all to herself...for 61 bucks - https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/a-woman-in-scotland-paid-just-dollar61-for-her-flight-to-crete-%E2%80%94-and-ended-up-getting-the-plane-to-herself/ar-AAu304J
Clash at Chuck E. Cheese's ends with adults, kids pepper sprayed - http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2017/10/chuck_e_cheese_pepper_metairie.html
The Indiana Youth Institute is a great organization with locations all over the state that helps promote the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by helping them attain five critical elements of healthy development: physical health and safety, emotional fulfillment, academic achievement, civic engagement, and economic self-sufficiency.
Tami Silverman, the President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, joins us on the Edge of Indy today to talk about their upcoming Because KIDS COUNT Conference. The conference takes place November 27-29 at the Indiana Convention Center. This will be the largest gathering of youth workers and educators in the Midwest.
To learn more about this year's conference and ticket information, please visit: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1959680
To learn more about the Indiana Youth Institute, please visit: https://www.iyi.org/
#IndyBandsTogether - You may have seen the hashtag on social media recently and so we wanted to find out more about this campaign. Damar Services is the company behind it and we brought them in the studio to learn more about what it means. Plus Big Lug Canteen is here they brought drinks and cake! Find out what is happening at Big Lug Canteen and we have more weird and wacky news from Paul Poteet this week on Edge of Indy.
Damar Services is great organization located on the southwest side of Indianapolis. If you haven't heard of them before they help people challenged by autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and related behavioral challenges to live more successful lives.
As a parent of a child with autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities, the fear of losing a child is too real. They are prone to running away or wandering off and in that instance, the sooner someone is found the better. So, as a part of their mission, Damar launched a campaign with the Indianapolis Colts called #IndyBandsTogether where they are raising funds with the help of local firefighters to buy wristbands or anklets with small transmitters to help find a missing person quickly.
To learn more about this campaign, please visit: http://www.damar.org/indybandstogether
A garbage truck crashes into an interesting place, an urn donated to the Salvation Army, and a couple gets a surprise in their latest order from Amazon! All these stories and more from this week's Paul Poteet on the Edge. Here are this week's stories:
A garbage truck plowed into a *interestingly*-named business - http://13wham.com/news/local/garbage-truck-driver-goes-to-bathroom-truck-rolls-crashes-into-building
A Salvation Army thrift store in New Hampshire has received an urn apparently filled with cremated remains - http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20171020/urn-with-ashes-donated-to-salvation-army-store
Florida couple ordered storage totes from Amazon. They got a bonus. 65 pounds of weed - http://wfla.com/2017/10/23/florida-couples-amazon-order-included-65-lbs-of-weed/
Eddie Sahm, the owner of Big Lug Canteen, joins us this week on the Edge of Indy to talk about all of his area restaurants - Sahm's Tavern, Sahm's Place, Sahm's Ale House, Sahm's at Parkwood, Sahm's Restaurant and Pub, Sahm's Atrium at the Tower and Big Lug Canteen.
And of course, he brought us some drinks and his specialty - coffee cake!
Join Nate and Erin in the conversation as they talk food, beer, and the Indianapolis restaurant scene!
To see the menu of Big Lug Canteen, please visit: http://biglugcanteen.com/
Do you want to know about communities that are growing in Central Indiana - look no further than Fishers, Indiana. They are exploding with new openings (IKEA & Top Golf) and when you talk about cutting edge, they are the place to be. We're also bringing back Jennifer Magley of Open Gym Indy to talk about her incredible event Fempire Rising. All this and more, today on the Edge!
It's an exciting time to live in Fishers, Indiana and we are excited to talk to the mayor of Fishers Scott Fadness this week! In the past month, three major openings have happened in Fishers - IKEA, Top Golf, and Portillos. So this week we get the behind the scenes view of what it took to draw those companies to his town and Central Indiana.
Prior to his election as the first mayor of Fishers, Scott Fadness was the Town Manager from 2011-14 and the Deputy Town Manager from 2009-11 and helped oversee the day-to-day operations of the public works, engineering, fleet management and the parks & recreation departments. And at only 35 years old, what does the future hold for Mayor Fadness? Listen to our fun interview with the Mayor of Fishers, Scott Fadness!
To learn more about Fishers and their economic development corporation, please visit: http://fishersecondev.com/
Paul Poteet has more wild and wacky stories for us to talk about this week! Here are this week's stories:
An Indiana pathologist was hauling human organ samples in his pickup truck and toting a vodka bottle when he was arrested on drunken driving charges - https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2017/10/16/pathologist-caught-human-organ-samples-vodka-during-owi-arrest-gets-probation/767112001/
Photographer photoshops himself into pictures of himself as a kid - https://conornickerson.com/en/projects/childhood/?goal=0_c01849cdd6-33555315eb-234158489
Another map! From each state...the best-known brand headquartered in that state - https://www.facebook.com/amazingmap1/photos/a.853968798052122.1073741828.853964498052552/982619351853732/?type=3&theater
She's back. Yes. The one and only Jennifer Magley of Open Gym Indy is back on the Edge and she's here to talk about her upcoming event called Fempire Rising.
Fempire Rising is an interactive event designed for women who are doing big things in Central Indiana. At the event, women will get insight, tangible tips, and actionable takeaways to help improve their own business or idea.
To see the line up of speakers, or to get your own ticket, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-gym-indy-presents-fempire-rising-tickets-36802550419
To learn more about Open Gym Indy: http://www.opengymindy.com/
We are excited about today's show! We are very proud to have with us some incredible people dedicated to the awareness of women in business. We're talking to Women & Hi-Tech as well as the Pass the Torch for Women Foundation - All this today on the EDGE!
The Women & Hi-Tech organization was founded in 1999 and they are a non-profit professional organization dedicated to supporting women in STEM industries, specifically the Indianapolis area youth. Audrey Taylor, the President at Women & Hi-Tech, and Darcy Lee, the Vice President of Women & Hi-Tech, come on the show today to talk about their organizations and a couple of their outreach programs called Your Superpower! & Passport to Hi-Tech.
If you would like to learn more about the organization, please visit their website: http://www.womenandhitech.org/
Paul Poteet is back this week with some more amazing/crazy/incredible stories. Here is this week's lineup:
Police say a central Wyoming man they arrested for public intoxication claimed he had traveled back in time to warn of an alien invasion - http://k2radio.com/bryant-johnson-of-casper-arrested-for-public-intoxication-claimed-to-be-a-time-traveler/
The Netherlands paved a bike path with recycled toilet paper - https://www.curbed.com/2017/10/6/16435030/netherlands-bike-paths-toilet-paper-pavement
Supposedly the most popular Halloween candy in each state. HOT TAMALES? I don't believe it. In Michigan, it's supposed to be candy corn. They lie! - https://www.candystore.com/blog/facts-trivia/halloween-candy-map-popular/
Pass the Torch for Women started in 2011 and was originally called the Mentoring Women's Network and was founded by Alison Martin-Brooks. This network of women joined together to share best practices and support each other professionally in hopes to grow women leaders. As the organization continued to grow, they changed their name to Pass the Torch For Women in 2014 and became a non-profit organization.
Samantha Burke, the National Program Director of Pass the Torch for Women, Julie Petr, the Executive Director of Pass the Torch for Women, and Ariel Crawley, the Director of IvyWork at the Indy Women in Tech, all join Edge of Indy in this episode to talk about their organization and to talk about Pass the Torch Netwalk at the Artsgarden in the Circle Centre Mall.
To learn more about this organization, please visit their website: http://passthetorchforwomen.org/
Centric's Day of Innovation is right around the corner - learn more about this event at Butler University. Plus find out what is new and exciting in Johnson County as we talk to the newly formed tourism bureau called Journey Johnson County. We also have another exciting segment with Paul Poteet - This week on the Edge of Indy!
Centric is an Indianapolis-based network that helps connect, educate, and celebrate innovation in the state of Indiana. Jason Williams, the executive director of Centric, Inc., is doing this with their weekly newsletter, monthly innovation workshops, and their yearly Indiana Innovation Awards.
Each fall, hundreds of people gather at Butler University for their Day of Innovation conference and this year's conference takes place on Thursday, October 12.
If you are interested in learning more about the Day of Innovation, please visit: http://dayofinnovation.com/
If you want to learn more about Centric, please visit: https://www.centricindy.org/
Paul Poteet has some very interesting stories this week including weird college majors, counterfeit Barbies, a panda riding a motorcycle, plus a bonus episode of some curious dolphins!
Ten things you won't believe you can major in...including puppetry and Canadian Studies.
Customs officers seize $85,824 worth of counterfeit Barbies
A concerned motorist called 911 to report this motorcycle rider out wearing a panda head.
BONUS if you like....it's just a few seconds of dolphins checking out squirrels at Seaworld Orlando Dolphin Nursery
Journey Johnson County is a new website and tourism group that helps residents and visitors find the best festivals, events, restaurants, lodging and more if you want to visit Johnson County. Kenneth Kosky, the Director of Tourism for Journey Johnson County, joins us on the show to talk about all the Fall Festivals and events happening in Johnson County this year.
If you want to learn more about Journey Johnson County and all the cools things there are to do in Johnson County, please visit their website: https://www.journeyjohnsoncounty.com/
This week on the Edge of Indy we welcome Indiana Originals to talk about their organization and how they help us shop locally. Plus a new app just launch (you may have heard of it!) called SnapShyft and they are looking to play a big role in your local restaurants and venues!
Indiana Originals is online directory focused on highlighting local companies and businesses to encourage people to buy and support local!
Mel McMahon-Stone joins the Edge of Indy to talk about where the idea for Indiana Originals came from and the plans she has for the website and connecting local businesses.
To learn more about their story and Indiana Originals, please visit their website: https://www.indianaoriginals.com/
Paul Poteet on the Edge this week features stories about a hero bridegroom, a funny gift/note left at the scene of an accident, and we have our continuing coverage of the serial pooper in Colorado. Here are the links to this week's articles:
Canadian bridegroom saves kid from drowning during a photo shoot - http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41391191
A woman came out to find someone hit her car and left behind an apology note, some cash – and a half-smoked joint - http://kxan.com/2017/09/26/colorado-driver-leaves-marijuana-joint-as-apology-for-damaging-car/
Charmin has offered the serial pooper – who’s been unloading outside a Colorado Springs family’s home for several weeks – a year’s supply of toilet paper if she surrenders - http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/charmin-offers-year-supply-toilet-paper-mad-pooper-article-1.3513451
Have you heard about the latest tech company here in Indy? They are called SnapShyft and they are looking to connect service professionals with restaurants and venues with just the click of a button.
If you are a restaurant owner and you have a server not show up on a Friday night or forgot about the concert downtown, you can staff up your restaurant with extra workers with SnapShyft.
Thor Wood and Stephanie Corliss both co-founded the company and we were lucky enough to have them in our studio to talk more about SnapShyft, the idea behind it, and what we can expect from them in the future!
To learn more about SnapShyft, please visit their website: https://www.snapshyft.com/
On this week's Edge of Indy, we're talking to Union Jack Pub as they prepare for their 5th Annual Pumpkin, Cider, and Fall Beer Festival - Plus the Indianapolis Zoo is in the studio to talk about Zoo Boo and what we can expect this fall!
Jay Wetzel, the owner of the Union Jack Pub, is busy planning the 5th Annual Pumpkin, Cider, and Fall Beer Festival but he was able to take a couple minutes out of his schedule to sit down with Erin and Brittany.
There are a lot of cool things happening at this year's event, including keg tosses, pumpkin painting, pumpkin smashing and more! Plus there is a home brew competition where the best pumpkin home brew wins a $100 gift certificate.
Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. To see a list of breweries and purchase tickets, you can do that here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-pumpkin-cider-and-fall-beer-festival-tickets-36523498768
To learn more about Union Jack Pub, please visit their website: http://unionjackpub.co/
Oh boy, the stories we have this week for Paul Poteet on the Edge are truly WEIRD. Here are the stories we use for this week's PPOTE:
Guy has invented the "dadbag" because he wants to have a dad bod without the health risks associated with it. So...ta da...a bag with a belly printed on it. - https://www.boredpanda.com/dadbag-a-dad-bod-funny-bag-albert-pukies/
A jogger in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has terrorized a family by taking weekly dumps outside their home. The woman has been dubbed "The Mad Pooper." - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mad-pooper-jogger-colorado_us_59c118eae4b0f22c4a8c7d8b
If kids don't like you maybe it's because you are unattractive - https://www.thrillist.com/health/nation/child-psychology-stereotyping-ugly-people-trustworthiness
The ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo is just around the corner and Carla Knapp, Public Relations Specialist at the Indianapolis Zoo, and Melanie Laurendine, Conversation Public Relations Specialist at the Indianapolis Zoo come onto the show to tell us what we can expect this year!
Beginning in October, every Thursday to Sunday from 2-7 p.m., you can head to the Indianapolis Zoo to an all-new experience inside of Pumpkin Town. The Bicentennial Pavillion will be decorated with thrills and smiles hiding around every corner. Head to the zoo to try out the mirror maze, encounter a friendly witch and everyone's favorite, Pumpkin Bowling.
Plus, the elephants at the zoo love pumpkins and they love to smash them! So head over to the elephant exhibit to see them smash pumpkins!
To learn more about this year's ZooBoo, please visit: http://www.indianapoliszoo.com/events-and-groups/zoo-events/halloween-zooboo
To purchase tickets or learn more about the Indianapolis Zoo, please visit: http://www.indianapoliszoo.com/
This week we learn more about what to expect from the Children's Museum in the next few months including the Haunted House, the new sports legends park, and find out what is coming in 2018. Plus we hear from a great organization helping men who are homeless or just out of jail learn a trade and gain employment. All this week on the EDGE!
There is always excitement happening at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and we were lucky to be joined in our studio by Leslie Olsen, the public relations manager at the Children's Museum, and Liz Sewell, the head witch of the Wicked Woods Haunted House. The calendar has flipped to September and that means fall is in full swing and so the Children's Museum is gearing up for this year's Haunted House which will be the 54th year of this event. The Wicked Woods Haunted House opens on October 7 and will definitely feature a lot of scares!
Just this week, they also announced there will be 15 sports legends that will appear on the Old National Bank Sports Legends Avenue of Champions in the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience which is slated to open in March of 2018. Some of the famous Indianapolis legends that will be featured include: Reggie Miller, Reggie Wayne, Larry Bird, Tamika Catchings, Hank Aaron, Pete and Alice Dye, A.J. Foyt, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby "Slick" Leonard, Oscar Robertson, Wilma Rudolph, and Barbara Wayne. This 7.5 acre indoor/outdoor sports park is also partnering with several of the Indianapolis professional sports teams and venues to build this park.
What's in store for 2018? They haven't officially said what will come in 2018 yet, but we leave it up to you whether to believe it (or not!)
To keep up to date with the latest events at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, please visit their website: https://www.childrensmuseum.org/
On this week's Paul Poteet on the Edge features some more great stories! This week's featured stories include:
An Indiana farmer who has created a unique corn maze dedicated to Princess Leia - https://www.yahoo.com/news/indiana-farmer-plants-corn-maize-tribute-carrie-fisher-150146887.html
There is a new trend on the internet that has people sharing images of themselves with their historical doppelganger - https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/1522308/people-share-brilliant-doppleganger-snaps-of-them-with-lookalike-paintings-at-museums-and-galleries/
The most popular emoji used in your state is... - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4776530/Map-reveals-state-s-favorite-emoji.html
If you haven't heard of Purposeful Design before, we're glad to introduce you to them. We met with Purposeful Design a few weeks ago about some furniture for our Site Strategics office and we had to bring their story to you. Purposeful Design is a fully-functioning wood shop making handmade furniture from Indiana hardwood and they are doing so well that they have outgrown their location on 16th street and are moving to a new location in 2018. But not only do they design beautiful furniture, but they are rebuilding lives at the same time. They employ and train men who are homeless or just out of jail by giving them a job and teaching them a trade.
Dan Mayes, the shop assistant at Purposeful Design, joined us on the show to talk about some of the furniture they created for Salesforce's new headquarters in the old Chase Tower and how they even got featured on the HGTV show Good Bones!
To see more of their furniture and learn more about their organization, please visit: https://pdindy.com/
This week on the Edge of Indy we're talking about the 5th annual Sun King CANvitational plus we're joined by one of the co-founders of Garden Party Botanical Hard Soda - another alcohol related show!
The 5th Annual Sun King CANvitational took place in downtown Indianapolis this past weekend, but we were able to talk to Dave Colt, the head brewer and co-founder of Sun King Brewery, before the event last week.
CANvitational is the Midwest's largest canned craft beer festival and it takes place right on Georgia Street and it brings together over 65 breweries from across America to downtown Indianapolis.
At the event, you can sample beer from all 65+ breweries and eat local food from food trucks with live music.
To learn more about CANvitational, visit their website: http://www.canvitational.com/
To learn more about Sun King Brewery, visit their website: http://www.sunkingbrewing.com/
Have you ever struggled to find that perfect gift for that special loved one or friend? Well, on this week's Paul on the Edge, Paul Poteet found an article that helps you buy the perfect soap for that special someone...plus a mom-to-be took pregnancy photos with 20,000 little buzzing friends and thousands of dollars worth of legos were stolen from a house in Michigan. Here are the links to this week's stories:
10+ This company makes the most hilarious soaps ever - http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-soap-names-whiskey-river/
Pregnant woman poses with 20,000 live bees for crazy maternity photoshoot - http://www.boredpanda.com/bees-maternity-photo-shoot-emily-mueller/
Thousands of dollars worth of Legos stolen during Grandville break-in - http://fox17online.com/2017/08/29/thousands-of-dollars-worth-of-legos-stolen-during-grandville-break-in/
If you haven't heard of Garden Party Botanical Hard Soda before this show, then where have you been? Garden Party was started by husband and wife team Stephen and Erin Edds and launched earlier this year.
Erin is a food and beverage entrepreneur and developed the hard soda over the course of one year and brought to market two flavors, Ruby and Violet.
Both the Violet and the Ruby are all-natural premium hard sodas with 8% alcohol and can be found in liquor stores across Indiana - with a goal of expanding their distribution across the globe.
To learn more about Garden Party Botanical Hard Soda, please visit their website: https://www.drinkgp.com/
It has finally happened...wine is on the set and Brittany couldn't be happier. The Indianapolis Wine Festival is coming up in a few weeks and we wanted to bring them on the show to talk about what we can expect this year. Plus, Indy Do Day is looking to get 20,000 people out for community service projects this year - Let's help them achieve this goal! All this and Paul Poteet is back...on the EDGE!
The Indianapolis Wine Festival takes place this year on September 15 and 16 this year at the Pan Am Plaza and a $30-45 ticket includes a tasting wine glass, 20 tastings, one pint of beer, seminars, musical entertainment and discounts to purchase wine.
Marcus Fischer, Trade Marketing Manager for Anheuser-Busch and organizer of the event, says there will be over 200 different wines from around the world at this year's event. Last year was the first year for the event so he's planning on having a great turnout this year (and hoping for better weather!)
To find out more about the event and see all the ticket options, please visit their website: http://indianapoliswinefestival.com/index.html
If you think last week's Paul Poteet on the Edge stories were crazy...wait until you see this week's stories.
A 10-year-old Louisiana boy is being hailed a hero after stepping in to deliver his baby brother. Mom didn't realize she was in labor until she went to the bathroom and saw her baby's feet hanging out. - http://abc7.com/family/10-year-old-boy-helps-mom-deliver-baby-brother/2328342/?sf107824303=1
A Connecticut man didn’t get out the front door of the Bridgeport Correctional Center before corrections officers were wrestling back inside, slamming the steel doors behind him. What brought that on? - http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Parting-shot-earns-man-a-prison-cell-11948172.php
Reddit users compare most common breaches of etiquette...is anybody at Site Strategics clipping their toenails at work???
If you have a story you want to submit for Paul Poteet on the Edge, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions!
Indy Do Day is a yearly event where people and organizations take ownership of their neighborhoods and do community service projects. This year's event takes place on September 28-30 with a goal getting 20,000 people in Indianapolis to participate this year.
Last year, Jenny Dexter and Patrick Broccolo said there were 17,000 people who participated in Indy Do Day with projects ranging from picking up trash to food preparation to tutoring.
If you or your business wants to participate this year in Indy Do Day, please visit http://indydoday.org/
Are you an extreme couponer? Well, put those skills to benefit local shelters and pantries with Dotted Line Divas. Plus, Indy Women in Tech is hosting an LPGA Tournament at the Brickyard Crossing this year - we find out the details and more this week on the Edge of Indy!
You've heard of extreme couponing, right? Well, Christina Huffines and Tanorria Askew are putting this hobby/skill to good use with their organization called Dotted Line Divas.
Dotted Line Divas is a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization where they purchase items at significant discounts with coupons and then given to families in need.
Since their start in 2014, they have helped over 2,500 families throughout central Indiana and are looking to partner with organizations and churches all over the state.
The Dotted Line Divas also opened their own Personal Care Pantry in 2016 where you can shop and purchase the products at a discounted rate to help fund more purchases for Dotted Line Divas!
To learn more about this organization, you can visit their website: http://dottedlinedivas.com
Paul Poteet is back this week with some more exciting stories:
A horrified patient had to have a live gecko removed from his ear after the creature crawled into it as he took a nap. The man, from China, had settled down for a snooze when he suddenly woke up with severe itching. He could feel the little reptile 'squirming' inside his head...
When this 84-year-old Canadian woman lost her engagement ring while pulling weeds at her family farm in 2004, she thought it was gone forever..til it showed up....as part of a vegetable!
In Oregon, a golden retriever’s owners thought their dog found a time capsule in their backyard when he started digging one day. Instead, he discovered approximately $85,000 worth of black tar heroin!
The Indy Women in Tech (IWIT) organization created by Dan Towriss, the CEO of Guggenheim Life, and former Mayor of Indianapolis Greg Ballard to advance opportunities for women in the field of science and technology (STEM) - which includes robotics and assist women who are looking to get back into the workforce.
Former Mayor Greg Ballard and Karen Maginn, Director/Chair at IWIT and Senior Vice President at Guggenheim Life and Annuity Company join the Erin and Brittany to talk about their organization and why they think it is important for girls and women to be in the tech industry.
In a few weeks, IWIT will be hosting the LGPA's Indy Women in Tech Championship at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course - famous for having four holes inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This event takes place September 7-10 and all proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Indy Women in Tech organization.
To learn more about Indy Women in Tech, please visit their website: https://www.indywit.com/
To purchase tickets and learn more about the upcoming LPGA tournament, please visit: https://iwitchamp.com/
Have you heard about the newest steakhouse in Indy? Red the Steakhouse, named one of America's sexiest steakhouse, opened a few months ago on Maryland street and they are upping the game for steakhouses in the city. Also, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Random Acts of Flowers are on the show to talk about their organizations and how you can help.
Red the Steakhouse opened at 14 W. Maryland Street in May, just a few blocks away from the Indiana Convention Center, and have made a name for themselves in just a few months. The Indianapolis location of Red the Steakhouse is the fourth location - with two in Cleveland and one in Miami.
Certified Angus Beef Prime steaks are used at Red the Steakhouse and everything is made from scratch. In fact, Corporate Executive Chef and Managing Partner Peter Vauthy even uses his grandmother's meatball and red sauce recipe, his dad's green bean recipe, and the cheesecake recipe comes from a New York Italian market that Vauthy visited as a kid.
Some specials to look out for at Red the Steakhouse:
- Thursday night "Champagne and Oysters"
- Wine Dinner - August 23rd featuring Justin and Landmark Vineyards - 5 courses for $99
- On Colts games, they'll be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a special football menu and drink specials
- Devour Indy is coming up and they have a great 3 for $39 menu
To learn more about Red the Steakhouse, please visit their website: http://www.redthesteakhouse.com/
Paul Poteet returns to the Edge of Indy this week bring us the latest in the wacky news, the weekly forecast, plus what we can expect for the eclipse.
This week on Paul Poteet on the Edge:
Conservators find a 100-year-old fruit cake: https://www.nzaht.org/pages/100-year-old-fruit-cake-found-in-antarcticas-oldest-building#
Man accidentally pierces his own heart with a nail gun: http://www.wbay.com/content/news/It-didnt-really-hurt-Peshtigo-mans-heart-pierced-in-nail-gun-accident-440388193.html
Southern guy struggles to speak without an accent: http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2017/08/guy-hilariously-struggles-to-speak.html
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) is on a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places and they are doing that with several of their different programs. Abby Dennis, Volunteer Manager, and Cheria Caldwell, Community Engagement Coordinator, join us for a segment to discuss their organization and how people can get involved!
A few of the programs we talk about include the Adopt-a-Block program, the upcoming volunteer season - with tree plantings and cleanups, and their upcoming fundraiser THRIVE. THRIVE is the KIB annual fundraiser with their year's event taking place at the Circle City Industrial Complex.
To learn more about KIB and their volunteer opportunities, visit their website: http://www.kibi.org/
Random Acts of Flowers looks to improve the emotional health and well-being of people in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers. Their team drives all over the state to pick up recycled flowers from grocery stores and florists and brings them to their Broad Ripple facility. And in only 10 months of operation in Indy, they have delivered more than 14,000 floral arrangements to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice facilities.
How can you help? Lindsay Potter, the Program Director for Random Acts of Flowers, says they are always needing vase donations and they are looking for company sponsors for their delivery cards.
On August 31, they will be hosting their first Flowers After Hours event from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $50 a person and will include a floral design lesson from a local florist, one floral arrangement to take home, as well as snacks. This event is also BYOB - wine or beer.
To learn more about the Indianapolis chapter of this organization, please visit their website: http://indianapolis.randomactsofflowers.org/
Well, it has a catchy name, but what is Baby Got Brunch. Ashley Brooks, of Milktooth and the Garfield Farmers Market, decided it would be a great idea to highlight some of Indy's best brunch spots. Baby Got Brunch's mission is to promote restaurants with innovative brunch menus and use the proceeds to support The Patachou Foundation.
The Patachou Foundation is a great local organization that is looking to feed wholesome meals to food-insecure school children in our community and teach them to create healthy habits. Matthew Feltrop, the Director of the Patachou Foundation, joins this segment as well to talk about how they help feed under-resourced neighborhoods.
If you are an Indianapolis restaurant looking to join Baby Got Brunch, please reach out to us and we'll get you in touch with Ashley!
If you want to purchase a ticket to this event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baby-got-brunch-tickets-36271845065
To learn more about the Patachou Foundation, please visit: http://thepatachoufoundation.org/
It's time for another segment of Paul Poteet on the Edge. This week's stories include a brilliant counterfeiter, a new beer called 'Fried Fried Chicken Chicken', and is anyone interested in buying a clown hotel?
Eat Here Indy is a digital media channel dedicated to Indianapolis food and dining - they provide scalable solutions for photo/video production, social media strategy & distribution, influencer engagement and anything else a restaurant or someone in the hospitality industry might need. Brad Houser, the founder and president, and Austin Burris, the managing partner, of Eat Here Indy join the Edge of Indy to discuss more about their business and where some of their favorite brunch spots are in central Indiana.
We are also joined by Chris Eley, owner of Goose the Market and Smoking Goose, again on the show as he talks about some of the options they are having for Baby Got Brunch.
To learn more about Eat Here Indy, visit their website: https://www.eathereindy.com/
To see the delicious meats from Goose the Market, visit their website: http://www.goosethemarket.com/
To see past episodes of the Edge of Indy, please visit our website at: http://edgeofindy.com/
Amplify Indy is an organization that was started by Harrison Painter three months ago and with this organization, he is promoting and "amplifying" awesome people/brands/causes who are doing great things in the Indianapolis community. One of those causes he is helping to promote is the Hope Center. On August 17th they are holding "Amplify Hope" at Collaborate 317 from 6-8 p.m.
The Hope Center is an organization that provides education, food, shelter, and mental health services to women who have been rescued from the sex trafficking and they are raising money to open the largest rescue center in the country, right here in Indianapolis. They are funded by different church organizations, business, and volunteer donations.
Here are some facts about human trafficking:
- Every year, 300,000+ children under the age of 18 are captured and forced into human trafficking
- The average child that is captured is 12 years old
- A woman that has been rescued has been rape up to 6,000 times
Through the Amplify Hope event, they are looking to raise $20,000 for the center to help them get the final funds they need to open their shelter. Amplify Hope is also looking for sponsors of the event and they are challenging 20 businesses in the Indy area to donate $1,000 to help them raise their goal.
If you are wanting to learn more about the event, please visit their website: http://amplifyindy.com/event/amplify-hope-a-benefit-for-hope-center-indy/
If you are a business and you want to sponsor the event, please call Harrison Painter at 317-871-1000 or email him at email@example.com
And if you want to learn more about the Hope Center, please visit their website: https://hopecenterindy.com/
Paul Poteet joins us again for another episode of "Paul Poteet on the Edge" and he really brought some wacky stories this week - Including a jail escape with peanut butter, turning human ashes into diamonds, and a new calf that looks like Gene Simmons! Here are the stories we talk about this week:
Lisa Mitchell and Kara Kavensky join us on the show this week to talk about women entrepreneurship here in Indianapolis. Both Lisa and Kara are successful entrepreneurs here in Indianapolis and we ask them about what are some of the hurdles they have had to jump over when starting companies here in the Circle City.
Plus we talk with them about who they think are some of the great local women entrepreneurs here in Indianapolis and find out what their biggest failure has been in running their own organizations.
To learn more about Lisa Mitchell and her company, visit her website: http://powerbodylanguage.com/
To keep up to date about Kara Kavensky and next year's inX3 conference, visit the website: http://inx3.org/
This week we learn the latest offerings from Comcast Business's Michael Wilson and learn more about what to expect at the next Fail Fest in September.
First up on the show we are joined by Michael Wilson, the Public Relations Director for Comcast-Indiana. Michael Wilson has some exciting technological announcement from Comcast recently. In the last few weeks, Comcast announced a new technology called Machine Q. Machine Q leverages the latest in sensor, network, and software technologies to gather, transmit, and create actionable intelligence. This technology is only being introduced into 15 cities across the country - with Indianapolis being one of the 15.
Listen to all the great technology that Comcast is bringing to central Indiana in this segment. To learn more about their offerings, please visit https://www.xfinity.com/
This week we are introducing a new segment in the show that we are calling "Paul Poteet - on the Edge." Every week Paul Poteet will join Edge of Indy to talk about some of the trending topics and wacky stories he sees on social media. And of course, he will provide us with a weekly forecast!
Here are some of the stories we discussed this week:
Last up on the show is John Wechsler, the founder of Launch Fishers/Launch Indy/Launch Indiana. John is a busy guy and we were able to get a few minutes of his time to talk about the next Fail Fest. This will be the fourth year of Fail Fest and this year the event will take place at Launch Indy within Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis.
If you have never been to a Fail Fest before, it is a day-long celebration of failure. The whole event is based on the idea that we can learn and innovate from our failures. This day is full of speakers that share with everyone their biggest failures in life, business, sports or more.
Site Strategics was a part of the inaugural year of Fail Fest and we had a pretty good fail of our own that year (you can watch the video here).
To learn more about Fail Fest, you can visit their website: http://failfest.us/
This week we have another great show to share with you! We have Tristan Schmid and Rob Caputo of the Brewers of Indiana Guild as well as Stephan Vincent, Julie Barker, and Max Yoder to talk about eX Summit!
First up on the show were Tristan and Rob. They are a part of the Brewers of Indiana Guild and are coming on the show to talk about the upcoming 22nd Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival. It takes places on Saturday, July 29th at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. The festival starts at 2 p.m. and you can buy tickets at their website here: http://indianabeerfest.com/
This festival has been named Indy's Best Local Beer Fest for the last two years and will feature 100s of beers from 100+ breweries. The event will also benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Indiana as well.
If you want to learn more about the Brewers of Indiana Guild, you can visit their website: https://drinkin.beer/
Next up we talk about the upcoming eX Summit that will happen on August 3 at Butler University. Event Founder Stephan Vincent joined us on the show to talk about his vision for the event. With this event, he hopes to bring a different lens to the employee experience - with a focus on brand and customer experience rather than a tradition HR angle.
Also joining the show were Julie Barker, Senior Director of Global HR at Appirio, and Max Yoder, Co-Founder & CEO of Lessonly, - both of whom are speaking at the event this year.
If you want to learn more about this event, please visit their website: http://exsummit.com/indianapolis/
And if you want to purchase tickets to the event, please use discount code EDGE5 to get a $5 discount. You can buy your tickets now here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ex-indy-2017-tickets-34926188169?aff=EDGEOFINDY
We were lucky enough to record a live show during Indy PopCon last week at their podcasting stage. Thank you to all of the people who showed up to listen! For this episode, since we were going to be broadcasting at PopCon, we wanted to talk film.
Starting TOMORROW is the start of the Indy Film Fest. We were joined by Chris Overpeck and Dan Moore and they helped plan the yearly festival. This year's festival takes place July 13-23 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Some of the films they will feature this year are: Wind River, Lucky, and Patti Cake$
The festival is 10 days and there are several different ticket types available for purchase, depending on your schedule. If you want to purchase tickets, please visit their website: https://indyfilmfest.org/
You may not be aware, but one of the most influential companies for the movie studios is located right here in Indianapolis. Fizziology is a great company located in Broad Ripple and they provide social media data to all the movie studios (except Disney) to help them make casting decisions, choose opening days, and predict how well a movie will do at the box office. Their software tracks all the sentiment from users on websites like Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc. and they provide all of that data for TV and movie studios.
Ben Carlson and Jen Handley are Co-founders and Co-CEOs of Fizziology and they also own The Hatch, a co-working facility located in Broad Ripple. Having traveled regularly to the east and west coasts, they saw what worked and what didn't with the typical office and co-working facility. So, they put those lessons into their office and created The Hatch.
If you would like to learn more about Fizziology, please visit: https://www.fizziology.com/
If you would like to learn more about The Hatch, please visit: https://thehatchcreates.com/
Have you heard about the new burger spot in Broad Ripple? BurgerFuel has opened up their first US location right here in Indianapolis. We'll find out why they chose Indy and learn more about BurgerFuel. Plus, this weekend, Indy PopCon is coming back to the Indianapolis Convention Center! We have Jake Waddell in our studio to talk about this year's convention and what we can expect this year!
First up on this show is Alexis Lam, the Marketing Manager at BurgerFuel. BurgerFuel is a restaurant based out of New Zealand and has jumped into the US market with their first location right here in Indianapolis in May. Alexis is here in the states for a few weeks and we were able to catch him before he takes the 12-hour flight back to the New Zealand.
BurgerFuel opened their first restaurant back in 1995 in Auckland, New Zealand. They have their sights set on more locations in the US, but those are kept secret for now.
Check out this fun interview with Alexis and learn more about their store in this show!
To learn more about BurgerFuel and their story, please visit their website.
Jake Waddell, the Assistant Event Coordinator of Indy PopCon, joins the show to talk about the upcoming Indy PopCon show at the Indianapolis Convention Center. The convention is held this weekend (July 7 to 9) with different events each day.
Some of this year's featured guests include Greg Grunberg (Alias, Star Wars, Star Trek, Heroes), Matt Ryan (Constantine, Assassin's Creed), Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Uncharted), and Johnny Yong Bosch (Power Rangers, Bleach).
Also new this year is the podcast awards. Every year they've had a podcasting stage for local podcasters to come and record a show at the conference but this year they are hosting an awards show.
You can still get tickets for the event. For ticket information and to learn more about Indy PopCon, please visit their website.
It's time to get healthy Indy! This week we are talking to the organisers of the Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival and Freewheelin' Community Bikes and the owner of Open Gym Indy!
First up on the show are Jennifer Cvar, Founder & Event Director of the <a href="http://www.indycrit.org/" target="_blank">Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival</a>, and Holly Titus, Executive Director of Freewheelin' Bikes.
If you haven't heard of the Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival before, this event was founded in 2010 and every year attracts over 500 racers and thousands of spectators to downtown Indianapolis. Jennifer noted the lack of urban races in Indianapolis and conceptualised the race course through downtown Indy, with part of the race going around Monument Circle.
All of the festival's proceeds goes to benefit Freewheelin' Community Bikes</a> as well. Freewheelin' Community Bikes was founded in 2007 and teach kids ages 10-18 bicycle mechanics, safe riding, life and leadership skills.
This year's Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival takes place on Saturday, July 8.
Jennifer Magley is the owner and founder of Open Gym Indy. Open Gym is the only fitness concierge in the state of Indiana, which lets you go to unlimited fitness classes at over 40 different gyms.
Last year she was named to the IBJ 40 Under 40 List for 2016 and was a former professional tennis player and trained with Maria Sharapova and Derek Jeter.
Jennifer is a lot of fun and we had a great time during her segment of the show.
It is officially summer in Indianapolis and we are kicking off the summer with Taste of Indy and Visit Indy.
This year will be the sixth year of Taste of Indy and in case you haven't heard about the event, it is one of the bigger food events in downtown Indianapolis. This year, they will take over the circle downtown and feature local restaurants and musicians.
This event has grown every year and started at the canal, moved to White River State Park, and now at Monument Circle. Organizer Jonathan Warren joined us in studio to talk about what all will happen in this year's event!
Next up on the show is Morgan Snyder, the Director of Public Relations for Visit Indy. Visit Indy is the organization that helps bring groups and events into Indianapolis. Everything from conventions to events, Visit Indy has a hand in bringing those people to see our great city.
To learn more about Visit Indy and keep up to date with the latest events in Indianapolis, please visit their website
We are one week away from Indianapolis's newest tech conference, so we wanted to have Kara Kavensky on the show again to discuss more of the details of the inaugural year of inx3. Plus, she brought along a couple others who you will see at inx3. Brian McGinnis, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, was one of the first sponsors of the event and has helped Kara with the planning and strategy of the conference.
Also on the show is Thor Wood, Founder/CEO of Snapshyft, who will be one of the companies participating in the pitch competition of the show. There is still time to get your tickets, please use code "WeAreIn" to get 30% off of your ticket!
For the second segment, we welcome Ashley Miser, Community & Events Manager at IndyHub, and Lesley Gordon, IndyHub Board of Directors, join us to talk about their upcoming event called Indyvolved. The event is held at the Central Library on Thursday, June 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. and they will have over 100 non-profit, community, and young professional organizations for you to get connected and involved in the city!
We have another exciting show for you this week as we learn more from the culture at Gregory & Appel Insurance and find out more about the upcoming conference inX3.
Gregory & Appel Insurance was founded in 1884 and is a 100% Family & Employee company. Recently, they were named as the #1 Best Place to Work in Indiana in 2017.
We welcome David Riley, COO/CFO, and Karl Ahlrichs, Senior Consultant, from Gregory & Appel on the show to talk about the history of their company and what they have done to create a company culture that has been recognized as a Best Place to Work.
Have you heard about the newest conference coming to Indianapolis? It's the inX3 conference and this will be the largest regional gathering of entrepreneurial in the Midwest. This event will combine the Venture Club of Indiana's Innovation Showcase with TechPoint's Winner's Circle Event during a whole week in June.
The event takes place June 13-17 at Union 525 and they have 111 sponsors for the event! Edge Media Studios is one of those sponsors and we will be live streaming at the event!
It's the month of May in Indianapolis and that means it is time for the Indianapolis 500! So, for this show, we wanted to have an IndyCar theme!
First up on the show is Michael Pearson from Daredevil Brewing. Michael is the Head Brewer and co-founder of Daredevil Brewing and he came on the show to talk about his Race Day Lager. If you don't know the story behind Daredevil Brewing, then this is the show for you! Plus he brought us several different kinds of beer for us to try and sample during the show!
In the last segment, we were lucky enough to track down Spencer Pigot, IndyCar driver for Juncos Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing. Spencer is one of the rising stars on the IndyCar circuit and he's getting ready to run in his second career Indy 500 on Sunday. On Sunday he'll be driving for Juncos Racing, a team he knows very well as they helped him rise through the ranks from the Pro Mazda Series to the Indy Lights. Be sure to watch for him on Sunday!