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NEWS RELEASE

Date:              August 31, 2007
Contact:         Andrea Stumpf (317) 571-2790

Carmel Arts & Design District Home to Fourteen Businesses Nominated for WRTV6 “A-List”

Carmel, IN – The Carmel Arts & Design District (District) is home to 14 businesses nominated for the WRTV6 “A-List” awards.  All businesses were independently nominated by customers or clients for the various “Best Of” categories.  The WRTV6 A-List nominations seek to find the best local businesses from the central Indianapolis area.

More than 500 nominated businesses are listed in more than 80 different categories.  Carmel Arts & Design District businesses were nominated in categories such as fashion, health & fitness, shopping, and specialty food and drink.  The following merchants are nominated in the respective categories:

Beauty
Best Hair Color – Trichology Salon
 
Cheap Eats
Best Burger – Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream
Best Pizza – Bazbeaux Pizza
 
Fashion
Best Women’s Boutique – Mary & Martha’s Exceedingly Chic Boutique
 
Health & Fitness
Best Bike Shop – Valley Bikes
Best Yoga Studio – Lotus Heart Yoga Centre
 
Shopping
Best Antiques – Carmel Old Town Antique Mall
Best Bookstore – The Mystery Company
Best Gift Shop – Lucky Lou
Best Gift Shop – Addendum
Best Musical Instruments – Carmel Music  Center
 
Specialty Food & Drink
Best Gourmet Grocery – Joe’s Butcher Shop & Fish Market
Best Wine Shop – Ferrin’s Fruit Winery
 
Wedding
Best Florist – Petals & Fine Gifts, LLC
 
“Since the Mayor announced the creation of the Carmel Arts & Design District in 2003, the area has attracted many quality independent shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants.  I am not surprised that many of these unique shops and businesses were nominated for this prestigious award,” said Sherry Mielke, Director of Finance for the Carmel Redevelopment Commission.

Individuals vote for their favorite businesses by visiting the WRTV 6News website at www.indychannel.com <http://www.indychannel.com/> , clicking on the “A-List” icon on the right side of the page, and selecting the various categories.  Voting began Monday, August 27, 2007.  In addition to voting for their favorite businesses, individuals can leave comments or upload photos of their favorite places, as well as enter to win an ABC/RTV 6 Gift Basket. Winning entries will be announced on Monday, October 29th, 2007.

The Carmel Arts & Design District houses eight square blocks of businesses including art galleries, antique dealers, furniture and interior design showrooms, restaurants, boutiques, creative service providers, and an eclectic variety of specialty retail stores.  For more information about Arts & Design District merchants, visit the Merchant Directory on the Carmel Arts & Design District website at www.carmelartsanddesign.com.
 
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