Having expanded the size of the store to nearly double, improved the lighting and garnered a bigger inventory – Magic Bus could be a one-stop shop for all your holiday shopping. There’s a good selection of clothing (some hemp, some organic, most with funny/funky sayings on the front), personal products made from natural and organic ingredients, all manner of incense, candles and aromatherapy. Cool space, nice staff and fun inventory. Stickers, magazines, lighters, keychains and other small items are affordable and desirable stocking stuffers.
Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant in Broad Ripple is, hands-down, the most romantic restaurant in the city according to NUVO readers in each year’s Best of Indy poll. From the twinkling lights to heavy wood accents, all housed in what actually feels like a house, there’s something cozy and refreshing about a visit to Mama’s. The reasonable prices mean it’s affordable for two, even with a good bottle of wine to complement the traditional Italian menu. When the weather permits, take your date to the patio dining room for an even more romantic evening. (And don’t forget about their new café next door for breakfast — Good Morning Mama’s!)
This classic Broad Ripple boutique provides all the fun and funky fashion and accessories you might ever
need. Marigold manages to always have a broad selection of the newest styles at reasonable prices without sacrificing quality or a sense of what looks best on women — no matter what age. It’s the kind of shop you discover and then return to again and again for the perfect outfit, the missing accent for yourself or to pick up a gift the gal in your life is sure to love.
Mineshaft Saloon is 20 years old and still going strong. It may only be open on the weekends, but that hasn’t stopped the oldest of three bars owned by the Shaft’s proprietors (the other two are Rock Lobster and Average Joe’s Sports Pub). There are new drink specials every week, and the music is always loud. Complete with the sounds of ‘70s and ‘80s retro hits and today’s hottest dance and college radio tunes, the Mineshaft is always rockin’.
Moe & Johnny's offers a 360 degree sportsball watching plus gigantic hamgburgers. YUM.
The gathering spot for karaoke superstars.
This favorite neighborhood coffeehouse feels like home with its steamy windows, toasty environment and truly friendly service. Order any variety of coffee concoctions, like the signature Choo Choo Brew, from the black chalkboard menus behind the counter. Freshly baked pastries, including an excellent vegan carrot cake, are temptingly displayed on the counter tops. For lunch, try the curry chicken salad sandwich with fresh carrot juice and settle into an overstuffed chair with your computer (they have remote access) or the paper.
Monon Food Company "gets" Broad Ripple in some crucial ways. In its neighborly style, the MFC feels like it's already been there for a long time. The new place is delicious and inviting, and it's a dog-friendly establishment too, so be prepared to be greeted by pooches waiting for their two-legged companions to finish their grub and be on their way. With generous portions, bold flavors and pleasant service, the Monon Food Company is a place to share good, affordable food with good friends.
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