The Bona Thompson Memorial Center served as Butler's library from 1901 through 1928 and is now home to Irvington's historic archives. Irvington, a small community on the east side of Indy, began with a diverse history of artists and scholars. The center also houses a permanent collection of the Irvington Group of Artists, including such names as William Forsyth, Clifton Wheeler, Dorothy Morlan and Helen Hibben, of whom some were contemporaries of such Hoosier Group greats as T.C. Steele. It also features rotating exhibits of contemporary work by central Indiana artists, historical displays, dramatic readings, book talks and guided tours of Irvington.
We recently heard someone describe this delightful store as a brick and mortar Etsy, and we couldn’t have said it better. Here’s where you will find some of the most inspiring and original arts and crafts made locally in one of the city’s finest neighborhoods. From jewelry to soaps, T-shirts to tea pots, as well as a revolving stock of clothing, this Irvington shop makes some of the coolest handmade items available in a convenient retail setting. Stop by and see shopkeeper Amanda Taflinger to learn more or do the bulk of your shopping. We wager you’ll be back many times.