Yelp's Totally Bazaar!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday season a time of stress? Not for moi. You’ll find me stress-free frolicking from booth to booth Dec.13 at Yelp’s Totally Bazaar knocking off the naughty and nice on my Christmas list with one-of-a-kind gifts. Over 65 local businesses will fill City Market for a pop-up present bazaar, complete with a traditional old world market outside on the southwest plaza and a holiday fashion party with Pattern in the west wing. Enter the holiday bazaar of yesteryear on the plaza to find mulled wine by Easley Winery, warm hard cider from New Day Meadery, roasted nuts, international-themed businesses like Global Gifts, twinkling lights by The Brickman Group and international holiday music by Kyle Long of Cultural Cannibals. Is it Munich? Whoville? Who cares, it’s dreamy.

Join me for a cup o’ cheer courtesy of Sun King Brewery and Flat 12 Bierwerks. Bring your hunger with your thirst! City Market fixtures like Papa RouxNatural Born JuicersThree Days In ParisCircle City SweetsU Relish and many more will be open with extended hours for the evening. We’ll put your complimentary Yelp shopping bag to great use with businesses like People for Urban Progress240SweetHayes and TaylorFrittle and Homespun dishing out the goods!

Need to catch your breath from the mad fun in the Market Mezzanine? Mosy on over to The Platform (newly renovated west wing of City Market) for Pattern’s holiday fashion lounge with black and white films screening, make up booth to prep for the festive photo booth, cocktails, coat and bag checking by CoatChex (featured on Shark Tank) and more great vendors!

Yelp’s present to you? Some of the Circle City’s best drinks and entertainment – all for free. It’ll make anyone feel festive.

-Brittany Smith
-Yelp Community Manager

BIO:   As the Yelp Community Manager for Indy, Brittany uncovers fun and unique ways for locals to connect with the Circle City’s cream of the crop businesses and events. The best part of her job? Meeting Hoosiers who are bubbling over with pride for their community and passionate about supporting local businesses.

Graphite at the IMA

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Graphite is a material that we use every day, but have you ever actually thought about the material found in our pencils. The latest Forefront exhibition at the IMA, Graphite, explores the substance and its many innovative uses beyond sketches and doodles.

The material graphite is a form of crystallized carbon which is a naturally occurring mineral. It can be machined or carved, used as a powder or liquid, or handled as a lump, stick, or pencil.

The exhibition Graphite is the first to explore the mineral as a medium in works beyond drawings and will include sculpture, drawing and installation works created over the past decade by emerging and established contemporary artists such as Carl Andre, Karl Haendel, Kim Jones, Robert Longo and Geof Oppenheimer.

The exhibition will open with a launch party on Thursday, December 6 from 7-9 pm featuring freestyle interpretations of works in the exhibition from hip-hop MCs Mr. Kinetik, Tony Styxx and aLLEN iMAGERY and music by A Squared Industries. Most importantly, there will be free light snacks and a cash bar featuring Sun King’s beer. Beer, freestyle hip-hop, and graphite- you should probably stop by and check this out!

Graphite, which is open through March 10, 2013, has more than 50 works including Carl Andre’s Graphite Cube Sum of Numbers (2006), composed of 164 units of machined graphite arranged in a geometric progression on the gallery floor, stretching nearly 20 feet. Other highlights include a wall drawing by artist Judith Braun (see photo) as part of her series Fingerings, in which Braun will dip her fingers in powdered graphite and use her hands to make symmetrical movements at the extent of her arms’ reach.

Additional commissions within the exhibition include a site-specific installation by Dan Shaw-Town and a selection of drawings by Karl Haendel, which will incorporate new drawings along with key works from his 2009 series How to Have a Socially Responsible Orgasm and Other Life Lessons. Also featured in Graphite will be a selection of works from Robert Longo’s Heritage series—intimately-scaled graphite on paper drawings in which Longo has reproduced iconic artworks that have inspired or informed his practice.

This unique, contemporary exhibition is an exciting addition to the Indianapolis art scene and we hope you’ll join us in learning a little bit more about the ways that seemingly simple element can be transformed and used to create diverse works of art.

Cheers to great art and beer!

IIFF Roving Cinema presents: Shaun of the Dead at Sun King

Friday, November 30, 2012

Whether you put any stock in it or not, the countdown to the end of the Mayan calendar is quickly approaching, and I for one want to make sure all my bases are covered for the “End of Days.”

So, as the end draws near I find myself saying, “What should I do with myself?” Should I take that Airstream vacation with the family to the Grand Canyon I’ve always dreamed about? Or, should I invest in MREs and shotgun shells? Better yet what movie — or movies — should I watch before we all float into space?

I just don’t know.

(These are the types of things that keep me awake at night. Well, that and the occasional episode of HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO.)

After much thought, and a few beers, I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to start the beginning of the end with my friends, drinking a couple of pints of Sun King, munching on some tacos and watching that post-apocalyptic cult classic SHAUN OF THE DEAD.

With that thought in mind, the Indy Film Fest is presenting our (and potentially last if the Mayans knew what they were talking about) Roving Cinema at Sun King Brewery on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm — 10 days before the end of the Mayan calendar. Tickets are just $8. Bring your “end of the world buddy,” a camping chair or blanket and a healthy appetite for all things post-apocalyptic.

If the movie isn’t enough to get you out of your doomsday bunker, how about a special beer, brewed by Sun King? Yep. They’ve got you covered with a special Armageddon brew that will be tapped that night. Rumor has it, this beer has been inspired by the Mayans themselves and will set you on the path to meet your maker. Our buddies at Sun King are also going to be tapping 9 other classic beers that night — 10 beers for your 10 final days, get it? And no one will go home thirsty. Sun King will be filling up growlers after the film.

Man can’t survive on beer alone you might say. Well Taco Lassi,, is going to be on hand dishing up some of the finest food this side of the Rio Grande, and our good friends at Just Pop In! are going to be making sure your popcorn fix is curbed. I hear they have a new bacon flavored snack that will blow your hair back.

As if all of this isn’t enough, we’re going to be announcing the 2013 Indy Film Fest event calendar that night!

So here is your doomsday checklist:
• Buy your advanced tickets are just 8 bucks. (
• Be at Sun King at 6:30pm on the 12th when the doors open.
• Bring something to sit on.
• Bring extra cash for the beers and food.
• Enjoy what maybe the last film you’ll ever see!
Portions of the beer and door proceeds will go towards the Salvation Army Indiana Divisionto help buy children toys for the holidays!

Let’s have a great send off to the world as we know it. Oh, and it’s probably not a bad idea to go ahead stock up on MREs and shotgun shells, just to be safe.

See you all at Sun King!

Craig Mince
President, Indy Film Fest

MOVEMBER is coming to an end…

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Clay Robinson, Supporter of Movember

If you’ve been wondering, “What’s with the excess of creepy moustaches?”, then you are probably not alone. Every year, men around the globe unite during the month formerly known as November to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health by growing and grooming the hair on their upper lip. But Movember isn’t just for men, women everywhere have joined the cause by becoming ‘Mo Sistas’ and helping spread the word. If you’re still wondering what it’s all about? Here’s some more info about Movember, straight from their website:

“Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between. No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment. In 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising $126.3 million USD.

The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.”

For the third year in a row, Sun King has been working with Movember Indy, a group of community conscious men and women who volunteer their time to help champion the cause in Indianapolis. This year we brewed a beer, Stiff Upper Lip, in honor of the cause and a portion of the proceeds from every keg and growler sold will be donated to Movember. We also created some limited edition t-shirts and koozies with our friends from Distinct Images ( that you can pick up in our Tasting Room and demonstrate your support throughout the year. To top it all off, we created giant moustaches, named Harry the Mo and Felix the Mo, that people been making donations in order to place them in their friend’s yards! Perhaps you’ve seen a giant Mo on the loose near you…

Now that Movember is coming to an end, we’d like to ask one last time for you to consider visiting our Movember page ( and making a donation. Any amount helps as 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, so if you or someone you love has a prostate, your donation could make a huge difference in their lives!

Be Indypendent - “Create. Buy. Be. Local.”

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In 2007 a group of staunch arts supporters and locavors thought the city was headed in the right direction, but needed a little encouragement to support what’s interesting and unique about our city. And what is one of the key ingredients to having a unique and interesting city? Artists and original artwork, of course. And so, the Be Indypendent: Buy Indy Art movement began on July 4th, 2007 – forever to be known as our Indypendence Day!

Since the humble beginnings of bumper stickers on artist’s cars, they have grown into a city-wide, full-blown Buy Local movement. The NEW Be Indypendent now boasts the tag line “Create. Buy. Be. Local.” The goal is to support and advocate for everything Indypendent – restaurants, cafés, farms, retail shops, book stores, micro-brews, and of course, artists. With their newly expanded scope they have partnered with the Indy Chamber (formerly Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce), Visit Indy (formerly Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association) and Yelp! to reach a broader audience and have a much greater impact on our community.

So, why Be Indypendent? Why now? The need for Be Indypendent is threefold, has everything to do with our quality of life, our reputation as an energetic and creative destination and it just makes good sense (cents) for the local economy.

Recent studies show that young people are moving to cities that interest and excite them and then finding jobs in those locations where they want to live, work, and play. The days of staying in one place all your life are virtually over and we all have options for where we want to live. That coupled with Indiana’s brain drain of young post-grads means that we need to seriously consider our reputation and how we “market” ourselves – Naptown won’t cut it with the next generation. Today, people are gravitating to unique and one-of-a-kind experiences. Calling attention to, and thus supporting, unique and creative Indypendently-owned businesses and artists is a great way to improve the quality of life for all of us and puts us on the next-generation map. Like with any audience, we need to meet the people where they are and where they are is longing for the inside scoop- what is uniquely Indianapolis? What makes “Indy” a great stomping ground for a diverse and cultured community? Economic development guru, Richard Florida, has said that attracting educated people to a city and keeping them engaged is absolutely a possibility and it doesn’t just require good schools to do it. Today’s “city hunter” wants bike/foot trails, local restaurants, unique shops that are off the beaten path. People want creative and cultural assets and we want to let them know how to find that environment.

Finally, the buy-local mentality just makes good sense for our local economy. According to private research firm Civic Economics, for every $100 in consumer spending at a national chain retailer, the total economic impact $13. The same amount spent with a local merchant yields more than three times the local economic impact. That being said, if every consumer made a conscious effort to spend more (not all) but more at local, Indypendently owned establishments, the impact to our greater Indianapolis economy would be substantial.

BeIndypendent’s goal – to share the facts that modest changes in consumer spending habits can generate substantial local economic impact that can then be used to support a more thriving local arts and culture scene that encourages young, bright citizens to make Indy their home; encourages large corporations to see Indy as a viable location for their employees; which creates a sustainable working environment for Indy artists. It’s a win, win!

You can be a part of the movement by visiting Look for their new holiday gift giving guide available on Black Friday and their BIG relaunch party at Gallery 924 on Friday, December 7 from 6pm- 10pm.

Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living

Sun King Brewery strives to provide a culture that cultivates healthy practices and ultimately happier & healthier employees. Being a great company is more than just about the outer successes and achievements, it is also about taking care of those who contribute to the successes. Neither person nor company can give much more than the opportunity to create great health, so Sun King has decided to start a wellness program that will be addressing all sides of health for the body, mind, and spirit. That is where I, Staraya, come in. Healthy living is my passion, it is how I live and what I love to learn about, teach and share. So I will be taking part in this journey with all of you, to help create an environment at Sun King that is sure to shine bright!

Part of this program will include writing a monthly blog post where I will include healthy tips, recipes, and workouts. This will be a little something that can help you take care of yourself whether you work at Sun King or just love Fresh•Local•Beer and would like to learn more about healthy living. And, with the holiday season around the corner, I am sure we could all use a little more health and a lot more calmness in our lives, so here it goes:

Health Tips:
This month’s health tip addresses the colder days and the chill in the air. Lets talk food: In the winter our bodies are cooler and our digestion can tend to slow down. The best thing you can do in the fall and winter to keep your digestion working and your metabolism up is:
- Drink 1-2 glasses of warm to hot water upon waking up. It stimulates your digestive system and kick starts your metabolism.
- Drink room temp or (preferably) hot water through out the day. Cold or ice water slows digestion and can lead to buildup in the intestines.
- Eat warm foods like homemade stir-fry, soups, stews and roasted vegetable medleys. These things are easier for your body to digest.
- When eating meals don’t guzzle water, instead try taking occasional sips and allow your belly to rest for a half hour before you drink more.

Yoga in the community:
I visit yoga studios all over the city and we have a vibrant community focused on healthy mind, body and spirit. When you have time, check out these places and go try a class… Yoga is a really great way to strengthen and tone your body, as well as help focus and sharpen your mind! There are classes for all skill levels and it’s great to have a whole community who supports your yoga practice, plus it is a great way to meet new people and connect with a teacher or two.

Tip: Look for Groupon and or Living Social deal, they are perfect for trying out a studio for the first time. Also ask the studio if they have ayn deals to offer a first time student, chances are they will!,

Here are some great recipe ideas for the holiday season! If you are not sure where to shop for fresh goods for the holidays, Indy Winter Farmers Market takes place on Saturday’s from 9am-12:30pm at City Market, Downtown, Indianapolis. The market has over 40 different vendors to stock your fridge and pantry. The best thing is that most of the goodies are fresh, organic and local!

Chai Tea 
yields 1 cup

½ c water
2 crushed cardamom pods (1/4 tsp powder)
1 whole clove crushed (1/8 tsp powder)
½ tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp fennel seeds
¼ cinnamon stick
1 anis star (optional)
1 tsp raw sugar or maple syrup at the end
½ c. whole milk (NOT homogenized)

Boil the spices for 5 minutes in the water. Optional: after boiling the water for 5 minutes, add 1 black or green tea bag and let steep for 2-4 minutes while heat is still on. Then add the milk and sugar, bring to a boil, strain and drink!

Wheat Berry Salad
Serves 6-8

1c. wheat berry grain
1 stick of cinnamon
3 c. filtered water
1/4 c. slivered almonds
1/4 c. diced dried apricots (figs, cherries, raisins or dates would all work too)
2 -3 carrots, diced

2 TBL Olive Oil
2 TBL apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 TBL fresh lemon juice
1tsp maple syrup
1 heaping tsp Dijon mustard

Soak the wheat berries over night with the cinnamon stick. Pour the soaking water and wheat berries, with cinnamon stick, into a pot and cook for 45 – 60 min, until grain is soft yet still chewy. Remove the cinnamon stick.
In another pan sauté the carrots and apricots until desired consistency. Remove from heat. Roast the almonds. Pour into the carrot mixture. Pour all ingredients together, including fresh chopped cilantro. Mix.

Pour all ingredients in a jar and shake, pour over the salad. Serve warm in the winter and cold in the summer.

Roasted Root Vegetables
Serves 4- 8
Try to use as many organic Vegetables as possible.

2 carrots – peeled
½ butternut squash – peeled
2 medium sized potatoes -washed
1 medium to large sweet potato or yam – washed
1-2 parsnips – peeled
1 -2 tbls olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Wash and cut up the vegetables into bite sized chunks. Mix them all in a bowl and then add the oil, salt, pepper and rosemary. Toss everything together until there is an equal coating on the vegetables. Take out a large baking pan, oil it or line it with foil, spread out your veggie mix and then place the pan in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Half way through the cooking time turn the vegetables so that they do not stick to the pan. Cook until vegetables are tender and they start to brown slightly. Toss everything back into your bowl, drizzle more olive oil and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve right away.

Workout tips:
In order to be truly healthy, everyone should be doing some sort of physical activity 3-5 times per week. But some of us can’t make time for the gym, or want to for that matter. But taking a brisk walk outside for at least 30 minutes can start to help kick up your metabolism while allowing you to breath clean air that can awaken the senses and the brain while fully oxygenating the blood.

If you can, go out for a walk/jog, jogging for 5 minutes and then walking 5 minutes and repeating for 30-40 minutes. Fluctuating your heart rate is more effective for your heart and body than an easy going paced 30-minute jog. The best part is that alternating your heart rate can allow you to work out for a shorter period of time. So next time you are on the trail or the treadmill, just try alternating your speed for 30 minutes and enjoy the benefits of feeling great, faster!

Additional tip:
Thanksgiving Day is all about the food, Sun King beer (wink, wink) and getting together with friends and family. So if you happen to overindulge, drink some fennel tea (steep 1 tsp fennel seeds in hot water for 5 minutes) and then lay on your left side for 5-10 minutes, this will let your stomach focus on digesting your food and will help to empty it a little faster. Dig in!

Staraya McKinstry

If you have additional questions, please email Staraya at

About Staraya McKinstry:
Born and raised in Homer, Alaska (the western most tip of the United States), which was not fully appreciated by my siblings or myself until we all went out into the world and found that we grew up in a pretty amazing place. Alaska is a rugged frontier but it has a lot of perks; eating fresh vegetables from the garden, fish and seafood out of the bay, and a freshly hunted moose/elk/deer was and still is the way of feeding family there. Fitness is a way of life: hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and sledding (yes, it can be a great work out when you walk up the mountain) just to name a few. The connection with nature seems to be a common understanding when you live in such a beautiful, ever changing environment as Alaska. With that background, I have come to love yoga and the connection it has seamlessly brought me in regards to myself, my family and friends, nature, and healthy living. I have a Masters in Public Health, but the everyday healthy lifestyle I have learned from my mom and dad and those like them back home. I am currently going to school to train in Ayurveda Medicine (one of the oldest forms of medicine known to mankind), which focuses on healing the body, mind and spirit and maintaining health through food, herbs and exercise. My studies in yoga and Ayurveda are allowing me to bring practical, resourceful and sustainable practices to anyone who wants to learn how to get/stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

How Did I Get Here: Brad

Friday, November 16, 2012

Brad Cornelius aka Boog

With a nickname like Boog, why wouldn't you want to get to know Sun King's Chief Financial Officer! 


 - Brad Cornelius



 - Boog - Brad once shot a toy bullet up his nose with a toy gun. 

Job Title/Duties:

- Chief Financial Officer 

How did you get here?

 - Brad finished getting his MBA at Butler University. - He sent out an email to Omar (Owner/President) on a whim. - Brad was hired and took over the accounting duties from Andy (Owner/Vice President).


Was there a skill or experience that led to doing the work that you do here?

- Brad has been a licensed CPA since 2006. 

When did you start at Sun King?

- August 15th, 2011 

What is your favorite thing about working at Sun King?

- Great industry. - Great environment.


What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

- Brad hopes to continue doing what he does now at Sun King. 

 Where are you from/where did you grow up?

- Lawrenceburg, IN 

What is the most gratifying part of your job?

- Brad is directly involved with the decision making process of the company.


What is the best thing that has happened to you while working at Sun King Brewery?

- Winning a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. 

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

- Brad enjoys all types of music. 

- He plays a lot of sports. 

- Brad also claims to be the "king" of useless information. 

What do you do when you are not working?

- Brad spends time with his wife and kids.

- He also enjoys watching sports when he can. 

Who is your favorite musician? 

- Flo Rida 

Where did you attend college? 

- Butler University 

What is your favorite film? 

Dumb and Dumber

Tonic Ball 11 benefitting Second Helpings

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Second Helping

Second Helping

Tonic Ball 11
Friday. November 16. 2012
Music begins at 7 p.m.

For over a decade, Tonic Ball has harnessed the creative forces of local music and art to fight hunger. This year, Tonic will turn it up to 11!

Tonic Ball 11 will feature more than 40 of central Indiana’s top rock, folk, jazz, funk, country and pop artists celebrating the songs of The Kinks, Stevie Wonder and U2 at three venues:Radio RadioFountain Square Theatre and White Rabbit Cabaret. The music begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 16th.

Tonic Gallery will feature works of art by more than 40 of the city’s most renowned visual artists, all for sale and available for as little as $100. Tonic Gallery is at New Day Meadery, Fountain Square, 1102 E. Prospect Street, from 5-8 p.m. on November 16th, as well as a gallery preview First Friday, November 2nd.

Tiny Tonic, an all-ages event featuring kids, crafts, food and music by Ruditoonz, will be at SECS Youth Center, Fountain Square, 924 Shelby Street. Bring the kids from 5:30-7 p.m. on November 16 and share in the Tonic tradition.

Tickets for Tonic Ball are $25 online or at Luna Music and the whole event is a benefit forSecond Helpings.

What is Second Helpings?

At Second Helpings, transforms lives through the power of food. They rescue prepared and perishable food, prepare it into nutritious meals and distribute those meals to more than 70 social services organizations that feed hungry people. The meals are delivered to shelters, community centers and afterschool programs to those who may not always have access to a warm, nutritious meal. We also use rescued food to train disadvantaged adults for careers in the culinary field, helping to eliminate hunger at its source. Graduates of the culinary job training program learn practical skills for meaningful jobs in food service, and they also receive training to help them be more successful, including resume writing, job interviewing and stress management.

In 2012, Second Helpings collected our 17 millionth pound of food and delivered their 6 millionth meal to their partner agencies. More than 500 adults have graduated from the Second Helpings culinary job training program.

For more information or for press contact: Betsy Whitmore – (317) 632-2664 Ext. 12 or

Cooking with Sun King: Spicy Roasted Pepitas & Homemade Vanilla Extract

Thursday, November 01, 2012

The seasons have changed and fall is upon us. It’s time to warm up our taste buds! Sun King’s resident chef, Dustin, shares his recipe for Spicy Roasted Pepitas. And for an added bonus: Homemade Vanilla Extract just in time for the holiday season and baking!

Spicy Roasted Pepitas

Seeds from 2-4 pumpkins
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Salt
1 Tablespoon Fresh Cracked Pepper
2 Teaspoons Cayenne Pepper (Optional)

Rinse the seeds and remove as much pulp as possible.
Move the seeds to a bowl and toss oil and seasonings.
Transfer to a sheet tray and roast in a 325* oven for 15-35 minutes.
Check and stir the seeds after 15 minutes to make sure they don’t burn.
Remove and cool.

Enjoy with a cold Osiris, or your favorite Pale Ale.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

7-11 ounce of Vodka, no need to waste money on expensive Vodka
5-10 Quality Vanilla Beans, split

Split the beans.
Place in a resealable jar.
Pour on Vodka.
Wait 4-6 weeks.
Shake the jar once a week.

The Trade School has made its way to Indy!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Sharpen your pencils, folks! School is now in session! After many successes in New York, London, and Manila, Trade School has made its way to the heartland. Trade School is a learning experience where teachers barter with students without money exchanging hands, and places equal value on big ideas, practical skills and experiential knowledge. These basic principles stem from the fact that everyone has something to offer and that life-long learners will actively seek out knowledge if there is an opportunity to do so.

Trade School Indianapolis kicked off at the Indy City Market in September with a total of 8 classes during the first semester. They had over 80 students attend classes ranging from Dehydrating the Garden to Nail Art 101 to Writing: Self-Editing Tips and Tricks and more. Each of our instructors was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and thrilled to go home with a bounty of bartered items.

Trade School operates like this: Teachers propose classes and ask for barter items from students. For example, if you teach a class about making butter, you might ask students to bring heavy cream, jars, or bread and also include music tips, craft beer, costume jewelry, vegetables or help with something like finding an apartment. Students sign up for classes online by agreeing to bring a barter item for the teacher. Our rules are simple: Teach. Learn. Barter. Repeat. Trade School is about learning. Trade School is about sharing knowledge with others and placing value on the knowledge you offer with requested items. They emphasize that it’s not about material things, but about mutual respect for the person teaching and working with your own resources.

The Trade School has some pretty cool sponsors on their team. The AMAZING force that isNUVOYelp, Sun King Brewing Co. and of course their permanent home, the Indianapolis City Market. These incredible sponsors have advertised for Trade School and have been a huge factor to the success so far. Semester 1 was fantastic, planning to have a few new features in the next semester. The Trade School is working on sourcing a modest projector and P/A system to improve class experiences and make the learning space accessible for all. If you would like to donate to Trade School Indianapolis, please visit the GoFundMe page.

The Trade School is now accepting class submissions! A survey was sent out last week (please feel free to take it here) asking what students want to see in the next semester. The responses have been awesome so far, with Recreational fun as the forerunner and Foodie classes right behind. From what has been learned, students would also love to take a craft class of some sort and they are also curious about cultures, such as traditions, religion and languages. Any photographers up to teach? Many students are interested in taking a class on how to take the perfect picture. If you or someone you know are interested in teaching a class on ANYTHING, please sign up here!

The Trade School is excited about Semester 2! The second semester will run from November 1 to December 15 and all classes will be held at the Indianapolis City Market or off-site depending on the nature of the class (beer brewing classes, recreational activities). The Semester 2 launch party is Thursday, November 1st from 6-8PM at the City Market. There will be mini-classes, an intro to bartering and a complimentary beer for the first 50 guests from Sun King. Sign up to teach or take a class and/or RSVP for the party here. Hope to see your smiling, eager to learn faces there!

If you would like more information on Trade School or have any questions, please contact Blaire Huntley at 919-619-0321 or, or visit