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Viva Indianapolis!

By February 1, 2019Diary


After a spirited five days in Dallas, it was time for me and John to jet off to Indianapolis to speak at the Indianapolis Home Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds as part of the national Marketplace Events home shows (next up for “Los Madcaps” and our Marketplace Events tour: Cleveland!).

Neither of us had ever visited Indianapolis, so John and I were very excited to see what’s what and who’s who. And, indeed, we loved our visit to Indy… But boy was it cold–6 degrees when we landed. Still, the Madcaps hotfooted it around the city in the frigid temperatures and met some amazing folks in the process. Dinner parties! Exclusive luncheons! Private clubs! John Deere tractors!

And that’s how we roll.

Here, a few highlights.

Our American Airlines flight carried from us from Dallas to the snowy climes of the Midwest. Did we pack a heavy enough winter coat, we wondered?

John and I braved the extreme cold and walked from The Alexander hotel to buzzy, fun Hedge Row American Bistro restaurant on very cool Massachusetts Avenue . We were impressed with the downtown Indy dining scene and the fact that the city was so pedestrian friendly.

On the way home from dinner at Hedge Row, we stumbled past the Wild Beaver Saloon. As I like a wild beaver, I was tempted to pay a visit but John rolled his eyes and we sauntered home.

Newfields is a stunning cultural-minded complex not far from downtown Indianapolis that includes the Indianapolis Museum of Art. We ogled the wonderful painting and decorative arts before poking about the snow-clad gardens of the adjacent Lily family estate.

Thank you to the lovely team at WTHR-TV Channel 13 in Indianapolis for having us on air to talk about the Indianapolis Home Show. John and I dressed to offer some color blocking against the bright red love seat and “Saturday Night Fever”-like illuminated floor.

The host of our segment, Alyssa Raymond, was really great and asked very thoughtful questions.

Dinner at Indianapolis’ legendary old-school St. Elmo Steak House. We split a salad and steak and had a ball. I think the waiter thought we were aliens in our bright pink and orange outfits. He kept asking if we were OK.

John is from Iowa and many of his family members worked for John Deere in his childhood. After we spoke at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, we toured the facility and John hopped aboard.

A fabulous interior designer named Jenni Egger came to our fairground presentation and graciously invited us to lunch the next day at the historic, chintz-filled Woodstock Club. We had an amazing time and met some wonderful women. Heaps of new friends. Thank you, dear Jenni! Spectacular!

Our hostess with the mostest, Jenni Egger, worked with the team at the Woodstock Club to craft a magical setting for our luncheon. Look at the trim detail on the name tags! And those glorious flowers…

John and I visited the wonderful Calico outpost in Indianapolis and loved the owner, Barbara Hanson, and her amazing team. What a special store with a terrific, fifty-year history.

Goodbye, Indianapolis, and hello, Las Vegas! The last leg of our 3-city Grand Tour carried us on to Sin City and the launch of our lighting and accessories collection for Port 68 and rug collection at Momeni.

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