What is NinjaZone? That's what we wanted to know - so we had the CEO of NinjaZone Casey Wright in our studio to discuss her NinjaZone sport has taken over the country.
NinjaZone is part gymnastics, obstacle course training, parkour, martial arts, and dance to create one unique sport for kids ages 3-11. The goal of the sport is to move through an environment or a series of obstacles with fluidity prowess and stealth.
This is done by using a combination of flips, jumps, rolls, spins, and kicks - children bring out their inner-ninja while getting a lot of great exercise and athletic skills that can be learned for life.
Coming up this year is the inaugural year for the Ninja Games. Regional competitions will be held in Sacramento, Cedar Rapids, and Chicago with nationals being held in Indianapolis on August 5, 2017.
Casey and her team has done an amazing job building this program and sport. They have already amassed more than 240 locations in just THREE years! Truly amazing and we were very excited to learn more about NinjaZone!
As you know, Indiana has a lot of great places to eat. In always wanting to try a new restaurant, we noticed that Yelp had just released a new list called "The Top Places to Eat in Indiana." So we wanted to have them on to discuss their new list!
Brittany Smith is the Yelp Indy Sr. Community Director and she helps connect local businesses with the Yelp platform. She published this list with the help a unique methodology: The rankings are based on reviews written by Hoosiers, and are places you can eat a full meal. The rankings were also determined by an algorithm that considered review trends in the last year and overall restaurant rankings.
This week we have two great guests for you on the Edge of Indy!
First up on the podcast, we have Kate Franzman the owner of Bee Public. Kate wants to make Indianapolis a more bee-friendly city through education and community outreach. Since 2012, Kate has installed beehives all across Indianapolis with locations like the Monon Trail and Eskenazi Hospital. She also goes around to area schools to make classroom presentations on the importance of honeybees.
Second, we had a group of guests from Your Image Works and the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Twenty-Three chihuahuas were rescued from a hoarding situation in southern Indiana and brought to the Hannah Giere at Humane Society of Indianapolis for medical treatment and eventual adoption. Then, Courtney Bills and Shawn Quick-Raflik of Your Image Works saw the story and decided they wanted to help. They helped set up an online store and created fundraising campaign called #SayChis.
This week we have two great segments for The Edge of Indy!
First up, we have Kasia Kwiatkowsa, Membership Director of the Skyline Club, and Steve Jefferson, the Crimebeat Reporter for WTHR, join us in the studio to discuss an event they are having at the Skyline Club. On Friday, March 24th, the Skyline Club is hosting an event called "Meet the Media." This event plans to bring together entrepreneurs, journalists, and business professionals from the Indianapolis metro area to build relationships with the local media. Plus, they will hold a roundtable discussion with news reporters about how to pitch your content to them and discuss different ways of advertising.
To register for the event, please sign up with Eventbrite here.
Second, on the show, we talk to Tom Hanley of Nine13 Sports. Nine13 Sports is a non-profit organization that has developed the Kids Riding Bikes program that promotes health, wellness, and exercise by getting kids aged 5-18 on a stationary bike synced with their curriculum.
They partner with youth programs, schools, and other community organizations to bring in their program into their building and get kids excited about health and wellness.
Tom was also recently named to the Top 40 Under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal for work with Nine13 Sports.
Deseri Garcia is the President of Vida Aventura and provides executive coaching, leadership development, and team building for businesses and organizations of all sizes.
Another thing that Vida Aventura offers is Adventure Retreats. On a retreat, you can experience some new adventures (like surfing, yoga, or paddle boarding) but also receive some coaching and personal growth exercises.
We had a great conversation with Deseri Garcia and hope you will check out her website
This week on the Edge of Indy, we were joined by a father and son team. Dr. Dean Stratman, and his son (also named Dean), joined us to discuss their interesting take on dentistry - 24-hour Care.
The company is called 24-Hour Dental Care and they actually do take patients at any time of the day. You can walk in and receive treatment that day, with or without an appointment. They have two locations in Indianapolis, one on the north side and one on the south side, and hope to have one in Avon by the end of the year.
We had a great conversation with Dr. Stratman and his son discussing how they came up with the idea, how they are marketing it, and we also enjoyed some of the stories about the interesting phone calls you get for being open 24 hours.
We live in a connected society. Social Media has taken over our lives and sometimes we just need to disconnect. Well, we invited Lisa Whitman and Aaron Douglas from "A Place to Float" to discuss how they help people to disconnect and relax.
According to their website, A Place to Float is a place to relax, recover, and recharge. At their spa, you can relieve stress, pain, insomnia, and clear your mind. When you come to A Place to Float you lay down in a buoyant tub that has 10 inches of water with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt.
If you would like to learn more about A Place to Float, you can visit their website here.
Forty years ago (1977) in downtown Indianapolis, Tony Kiritsis went to the fourth floor of 129 E. Market Street - his left arm was in a blue string, and carrying a department shoe box and blueprints in his right. It wasn't strange for the director of Meridian Mortgage, Richard Hall, to see Kiritsis sitting in the lobby of his office when he arrived after 8 a.m. Kiritsis would regularly show up to discuss his plans for a strip mall on the west side of Indianapolis. But this morning was different. Richard Hall invited Kiritsis into his office and for the next 63 hours, Kiritsis held a sawed-off shotgun to Hall's head with a dead man's line wired to the trigger.
Alan Berry and Mark Enochs are Indianapolis filmmakers who have spent the last four years putting together a true-crime documentary about this importance piece of Indianapolis history. They have interviewed over 40 people - news reporters, police officers, lawyers, jury members, family, & friends - to help make this film.
We had Alan and Mark on the podcast to talk about this crazy story and how it changed policing, news reporting, and even state law. The footage of the event is absolutely remarkable and to have all of this film available later in 2017 will truly be a remarkable piece of Indianapolis History.
Mark Light is the Co-founder and President of The Pancreatitis Foundation, a non-profit organization who's mission is to provide funding to advance research leading to a cure for pancreatic disease and provide support for patients and their families.
Mark joined us on the podcast to discuss the work he is doing with the foundation as well as the #EmmeSmiles fundraising campaign. Emily (Emme) Theisen, a 4-year-old from Noblesville, who is battling pancreatitis, a rare condition for a child of that age.
Last week, Emme underwent a surgery at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital to remove her pancreas to help relieve the pain. So Mark, and his foundation, have partnered with the Theisen family to help cover some of the medical costs. One of the most recent fundraising efforts was Mark's cross-country bike ride that raised about $30,000 to help support the Theisens. <a href="https://pancreatitisfoundation.org/pedaling-coast-to-coast-for-the-warrior-princess/" target="_blank">If you would like to donate to the cause, please visit their website</a>.
Dave Colt and Clay Robinson are the founders of Sun King Brewing Company join us on the podcast this week to promote their upcoming Winter Warmer!
The Winter Warmer will take place at the Flatwater Restaurant on February 9th, 2017 at 5 p.m. No tickets are necessary for the event but for more information about the event, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/251344348610829/" target="_blank">please sign up on Facebook</a>!
This year's Winter Warmer will feature 11 beers and those are: Velvet Fog, GranMuckle, Bourbon Barrel Timmie, Whip Fight, Cherry Busey, Carmel Apple Tripel, Total Germination, Small Batch Texas Bronco, Triptonic, Rumpshaker, and When Doves Pie.
In this episode, we talk with Dave and Clay about the history of Sun King, this year's Winter Warmer, as well as some of the community outreach the company does throughout the state of Indiana.
To learn more about Sun King and what they offer, visit their website at <a href="http://www.sunkingbrewing.com/home.html" target="_blank">http://www.sunkingbrewing.com/</a>
We are excited to have Caroline Hoy, the Executive Director of Flight 1, in studio for our fourth episode of Edge of Indy.
Flight 1 is a charitable organization that provides confidence-building experiences for children whose families struggle with the loss of confidence and emotional toll of facing a serious health challenge or losing an immediate family member to illness.
If you are interested in donating or finding out more information about Flight 1, visit their webiste at http://flight1.org/
We were excited to have Maria Santiago, Director of Chosen Ministries, appear in this episode of Edge of Indy.
If you didn't know about Chosen Ministries, they help impoverished single parents to overcome poverty by:
1. Teaching Life Skills
2. Create a Long-Term Support System
3. Remove Barriers to Success
4. Provide Career Coaching
5. Provide Financial Literacy Classes
6. Develop Beneficial Partnerships for our Client
Chosen Ministries is doing some great work in the Indianapolis community and we are excited to help them tell their story!
Robby Slaughter is the founder of AccelaWork - who provide insourced speaking, consulting, and coaching for your clients and prospects in the area of business improvement.
Robby is also the author of several books, including "Failure: The Secret to Success" and "The Battle For Your Email Inbox"
Robby joined us on the show to discuss his latest work with AccelaWork as well the business culture in Indianapolis.
Plus, this week's show sponsor is Upland Brewery!
We are excited to have Neil Berman, Founder & CEO of Delivra, on the first episode of the Edge of Indy! We wanted to have him on this inaugural episode of Edge of Indy because is one of the top leaders in the tech industry here in Indianapolis.
Neil founded Delivra in 1999 and in this episode Neil talks about the first days of his company and why he changed his brand's name to Delivra. Today over 82 million emails are sent and received every single day - and Delivra is dedicating themselves to doing it right.
Also in the inaugural show, a new restaurant opened up in downtown Indianapolis and that is Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse. They are located at Illinois and Market, one block from the Circle Centre Mall.
For the show, they delivered to our team a massive amount of some of their best-known foods. They brought bone-in ribeye steak, 6-layer carrot cake, scalloped potatoes, shrimp cocktail (almost the size of lobster tails), and sushi to name a few.
It was a great first show for the Edge of Indy and we are excited to see where the show goes from here!