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Hospitality Awards for Six Hendricks County Hotels

July 31, 2013 Leave a comment
Staybridge Suites in Plainfield

Staybridge Suites in Plainfield, Indiana.
Photo provided by Visit Hendricks County and used with written permission.

By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County

Six Hendricks County hotels have been honored by visitors for hospitality excellence.

Popular travel website, TripAdvisor, recently announced its Certificate of Excellence award winners for 2013, which is given to lodging facilities that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on its site. Only the top-performing 10 percent of lodging facilities listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

Hendricks County hotels honored by TripAdvisor include:

  • Cambria Suites in Plainfield
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites in Avon
  • Hampton Inn in Plainfield
  • Holiday Inn Express in Plainfield
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton in Plainfield
  • Staybridge Suites in Plainfield

“We are so pleased that so many of our hotels qualified for this prestigious honor,” said Jaime Bohler Smith, associate director of Visit Hendricks County. “Because our hotels serve on the front line during overnight stays, they play a vital role in continuing to make Hendricks County an attractive destination for our visitors.”

GearFest ’13 at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, June 21-22

June 21, 2013 Leave a comment
Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

Sweetwater Sound, the giant musical instruments and pro audio gear outlet in Fort Wayne, Indiana, hosts its annual GearFest today and tomorrow, June 21-22, 2013, at its campus in Allen County.

Ever been to Fry’s Electronics in Fishers? Geek heaven, eh? Well…Sweetwater is the same for musicians. Millions of dollars’ worth of gear, a killer recording studio, a state-of-the-art auditorium, an in-house cafeteria, indoor miniature golf, an impressive warehouse, and lots more. If you have the least interest in music and you’ve never been to Sweetwater Sound, it’s worth the trip just to take a walk through their incredible building.

GearFest is a huge open house, free to the public, that features two days of gear fanatics’ utopia: all the top manufacturer’s reps on hand to answer your questions, free music and audio workshops led by big-name industry veterans, thousands of dollars in gear and prize giveaways, live performances from world-class musicians, a huge musicians’ flea market, gear deals with discounts up to 80%, free guitar restringing, and lots of other activities and special events.

Sweetwater Sound is located at 5501 US Highway 30 West, about a mile or so west of I-69 on the west side of Fort Wayne. GearFest is open today from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit, or call 260-432-8176, Allen County Event Listings on…

Amo Pizza Shop receives Pizza Playoffs award

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment
Hendricks County Pizza Award

Hendricks County Pizza Award goes to Amo Pizza. Photo provided by the Hendricks County CVB and used with written permission.

By Josh Duke
Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau

A successful spring campaign to bring awareness to Hendricks County’s locally owned, non-chain pizzerias culminated April 19 with the official crowning of Amo Pizza Shop as the Pizza Playoffs champion.

Amo Pizza Shop, which sits in the back of the Amo General Store in a small town of about 400 on the western edge of Hendricks County, is owned by Jason and Andrea Hargrave and has been in existence since 1994.

“It’s amazing how many people we’ve had come in from out of town since we were named the winner,” Andrea Hargrave said. “Many have said they came specifically because of the Pizza Playoffs. We even had a bunch of guys on motorcycles from west of here stop by and say, ‘We heard you won for the best pizza in Hendricks County so we wanted to try it.’”

Amo beat Rock Star Pizza in the finals, which ended March 30 after a month-long tournament. The entire tournament received 22,743 votes.

The Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau staged the month-long, bracket-style contest allowing visitors and residents to vote for their favorite local pizza maker. The competition began March 8 with 16 contenders and was pared down each week as the HCCVB gave away free pizzas and profiled each location.

Throughout the competition, the HCCVB profiled the Pizza Playoffs finalists with reviews, photo galleries and behind-the-scenes video footage on its tourism blog at Some of the local contenders reported that the competition boosted awareness about their business, brought in new patrons and increased sales.

For more information about Hendricks County, visit, or call 317-718-8750.

NFL Playbook Workshop at the Murat Shrine Club today

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

By Dianna Boyce
2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee

Super Bowl Host Committee Logo

Super Bowl Host Committee Logo

The NFL Emerging Business Program presents the third of a three part series of NFL Playbook Workshops. It will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the Murat Shrine Club in the Arabian room from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. These workshops are open to a general business audience. They will feature presentations from IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis faculty as well as a special presentation from the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.

The workshop will feature discussions on innovation, strategic planning and corporate sustainability lead by top professors from the Kelley School of Business and experts from the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Gerry Dick, president and managing editor of Grow Indiana Media Ventures and host of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, will serve as master of ceremonies. The presenters will provide insights and strategies designed to tackle issues facing small businesses with the intention of taking businesses to the next level.

Attendees that attended both the December 7 workshop and today will be eligible for a chance to win Super Bowl tickets at the Tuesday, January 17, 2012 workshop.

The NFL Playbook Workshop Series is a professional development program designed to empower small, minority- and women-owned businesses with a comprehensive playbook that delivers solid business advice. Registration is required and space is limited.

The NFL Emerging Business Program is a business development program designed to prepare minority- and women-owned business for potential opportunities associated with the Super Bowl and beyond.

Noblesville: One of 8 Great Towns in Hamilton County

September 11, 2011 Leave a comment
Forest Park in Noblesville, Indiana.

Forest Park, Noblesville, Indiana. staff photo.

By Lisa Sirkin Vielee
Hamilton County CVB

Noblesville, Indiana, is the county seat of Hamilton County and even though the city is dedicated to preserving the past, it also is staying up-to-date with new trends and event that appeal to families, foodies and visitors.

One of the places you can see how this love of past and eye on the future combines best is in the Historic Noblesville Square. The Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail, which is now home to the Hamilton County Museum of History, sits across the street from the modern courthouse and was once the temporary home of the notorious John Dillinger. On the other side of the square, Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano is run by Italian immigrants in one of the old storefronts. The Ruby Pear offers traditional high tea while Noble Coffee & Tea offers lattes and espressos to go. The Antique Mall sits down the street from Asian Grill, combining the best of Chinese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese food.  All around the square, modern and traditional combine to create a one-of-a-kind community.

What brings all these businesses to Noblesville? Christy Whitesell, who owns Uptown Café’ on the southwest corner of the square, thinks it’s the pace of the place. She says, “People like to be low key but they are savvy as well. It’s like having two kinds of Aunts. One who is comfortable and has lived here forever and one who went away and came back with a love of unusual things.”

When they aren’t working, residents of Noblesville spend much of their time at nearby Forest Park (see photo above). There are trails for hiking, biking and even companies that will rent you a canoe for the day for a trip down the White River.  Forest Park has a miniature golf course, carousel and skate park for the kids and it’s also home to the Indiana Transportation Museum, which operates various excursions on the historic Nickel Plate rail line.  Beginning in October, trains will depart from Hobbs Station in the park for the FFA-run pumpkin patch in Arcadia for a one-of-a-kind Pumpkin Train experience. (If you prefer hay wagons to railcars, visit Stonycreek Farm’s Pumpkin Festival to pick a pumpkin, navigate a corn maze and even ride a zip line!)

In addition to unique shopping and outdoor destinations, Noblesville also is home to local artists and musicians. The Birdie Gallery showcases the Hamilton County Artist Association exhibitions and offers arts camps to aspiring artists. The annual Jazz on the Square features live music in downtown Noblesville, and the Belfry Theater provides musicals and drama on its stage every season.

You can experience a little bit of the special Noblesville blend of history and modern life at the First Friday: Upstairs Downtown event on September 2.  Get a sneak peek inside some of Noblesville’s most-historic and interesting buildings during a special open house tour.  Then, beginning at 7 p.m., jazz band The Tides will play live on the courthouse lawn. Tickets can be purchased the evening of the event on the courthouse lawn, or can be purchased in advance at the Noblesville Main Street office at 839 Main Street.

For more information on Noblesville or any other of Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns, visit