Welcome back, friends! It’s time to peek at some more fab Indiana businesses and organizations here in town who deserve some local lovin’. If you’re new to our Love Local Challenge, check out our first post to see our picks from round one and learn about why we’ve created this post series. In round two we’re going to highlight Revery, Kic-It, and The Marshmallow Monkey. We challenge you to throw some support their way to help keep them thriving!
If you’re looking for some cool vibes, Revery is a must-visit. This south side hot spot is in a Reconstruction era commercial building on the corner of 299 West Main Street in Old Town Greenwood. From the printing press hostess station, to the exposed brick and original wood floors, Revery offers a rustic modern feel.
Revery is a bit of a maverick in the Indy area, serving innovative American cuisine. At your first bite, you will realize Revery is a passion project, making delicious, seasonally inspired food feel accessible to everyone. Most importantly, Revery has been serving a diverse rotating menu that highlights locally sourced foods. To reinforce the connection to your food, they have an open kitchen where you can watch them work. You can tell these folks love to create, and we’re confident you will love it too.
Their menu appeals to all palates, serving everything from classics like burgers and chops to steak, seafood, and foie gras. To shake things up, they regularly offer $5 specials. Our Revery favorites include the short rib tacos, and their burgers are absolutely the best around. Don’t try to argue with us on this, because we’ll drag you out back to Bar Rev and debate this over an old fashioned in their patio space. Yes, you read that correctly. Bar Rev is a full-service traditional cocktail bar in the back, and you can discover local beers and have over one hundred whiskeys to choose from. Check out their website and make a reservation, the only thing you will regret is not giving this southside gem a try.
Next, we’re going to feature KIC-IT, a Johnson County nonprofit that was formed to help currently homeless or youth at-risk of becoming homeless between the ages of 16-25. Launched in 2011, KIC-IT (Kids In Crisis – Intervention Team) provides a support network for young folks to break the cycle of homelessness and provide skills that will allow them to become independent.
Host homes don’t exist in Johnson County. KIC-IT offers programming to support personal development and provide valuable life skills. They also offer a food and hygiene pantry, as well as case management services to truly make a difference in the lives of young Johnson Countians. A highlight of KIC-IT is their drop-in center. At the drop-in center, youth can do their laundry, eat, use computers, and hang out. KIC-IT executes their operations by partnering with local schools, social service agencies, and religious organizations, but a principal success of KIC-IT is thanks to support by the community.
KIC-IT is actively seeking pantry and hygiene items, volunteers, and monetary donations from the community to help keep them thriving and continue making positive impact. They’re hosting a golf tournament on July 9th at Hillview Country Club in Franklin to raise money for their organization. If you aren’t much of a golfer and would like to get involved in other ways, please reach out via email or give them a call at (317) 428-2078.
The Marshmallow Monkey
Finally, on our Love Local Challenge we’re going to spotlight The Marshmallow Monkey. If you miss seeing their storefront in historic downtown Franklin, be aware they’re still around and have taken their lifestyle and décor operations online!
Visit their website to learn about their newest adventure in Martinsville at their historic farm. They offer interior decorating, staging, consulting, and garden scape services, as well as floristry and selected curated items in their online store. That isn’t all, MM recently started a podcast and are very active on their Facebook page. We highly recommend following them. Stop by and admire their beautiful photography but stay for the tips, recipes, and storytelling surrounding their new home. You will be glad you did!
We want to hear from you, Indianapolis! What local businesses, charitable organizations or individuals do YOU hold near and dear we can feature? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll put them on our list to contact and feature in an upcoming post!
With Local Love,