A Timely Transition
“Being a Butterfield growing up, I always had the expectation I would join the family business.” The family business Jim Butterfield, 57, speaks of is Smith and Butterfield, a local Evansville office furniture and supplies store. After graduating from Evansville Day School, Butterfield, who had grown up in the same East Side Evansville home his entire life, moved to DeLand, Fla., to attend Stetson University in 1975.
In 1979, Butterfield graduated from Stetson and knew he soon would be returning to Evansville to learn the family trade. However, both he and his father decided it would be best if Butterfield gained some experience with a different company first. So, immediately after graduating, Butterfield remained in Florida to join Kmart as part of its Management Training Program, where he gained experience in retail, management, and work ethic.
Butterfield returned home in 1981 to continue his apprenticeship at Smith and Butterfield to begin preparing to take over the family business. He began in the warehouse, then moved to the Downtown store, then managed the retail store on Lynch Road. After six years of learning the ins-and-outs of Smith and Butterfield, he took over most of the responsibilities as President from Earl Seibert, who had been running the business for the Butterfield family in the interim between Jim and his father. Then, nearly a decade later, in 1996 Champion Industries, Inc., made Butterfield an offer he couldn’t turn down and he sold the family business to the Huntington, W. Va., based supplier of print solutions. Champion recognized the success of Smith and Butterfield and left the name and its management intact. The only major change was a shift to commercial stationery and printing, though office furniture and supplies still played a vital role.
Butterfield continued as president for another 16 years under Champion. “We had a great working relationship,” Butterfield says. It wasn’t until 2012, coming out of the difficulties of the 2008 financial crisis, that Butterfield started to feel “a little bit disenfranchised with what was going on.” It was at this exact time that an old friend of Butterfield’s, Bill Hammonds, was looking for his successor as CEO of Evansville Surgical Associates. “I wasn’t looking to leave Smith and Butterfield,” Butterfield says. “But because we were friends, I listened. He was very passionate about the doctors and the staff.”
After more than three decades at Smith and Butterfield, the chance to try his hand at something new was certainly tempting. “I’d been at Smith and Butterfield for 31 years. I didn’t have to think about what I was doing as much as I do here at Evansville Surgical Associates. It came naturally,” notes Butterfield. “As a man of faith, God was taking me down a path. If I was ever going to leave Smith and Butterfield, this was going to be that path.”
Butterfield and Hammonds met in the 1980s as neighbors when Butterfield had moved back to Evansville. Their friendship was forged over the years as they started going to lunch periodically, alternating who chose where to eat and who paid. “We talked about life, business, our relationships, everything,” Butterfield explains. Eventually, they began picking places to eat where they thought the other wouldn’t set foot in. Butterfield says they’ve eaten just about everywhere in the Evansville area, since it was a new place every time.
So, when Hammonds was diagnosed with terminal cancer and tasked himself with finding his replacement, Butterfield instantly came to mind. Their friendship, his familiarity with Evansville, and its hospitals — Deaconess and St. Mary’s had been two of Smith and Butterfield’s biggest clients — and his experience in management made Butterfield a very attractive candidate. After a series of interviews, Butterfield was tabbed as the new CEO of Evansville Surgical Associates. One of the biggest challenges Butterfield faced in acclimating himself to this new profession was the medical terminology. With no prior medical knowledge, Butterfield knew he faced a “learning curve that I had to take on.” Butterfield, as well as the rest of Evansville Surgical Associates, had to deal with the emotions of Bill Hammond’s passing, on Jan. 5, 2013, just a few days after Butterfield had taken over as CEO. “I lost my mentor. I lost a good friend and Evansville Surgical Associates lost a good executive. It’s still hard to believe he’s gone,” Butterfield notes.
Overseeing 20 physicians and 90 employees, Butterfield is responsible for the hiring of new doctors, handling most of the relationships contractually between Deaconess and St. Mary’s, expanding the presence of Evansville Surgical Associates in the Tri-State area, and the financial stability of Evansville Surgical Associates among other things. A major part of his job recently has been concerned with the change from ICD-9 to ICD-10. ICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, a medical classification list by The World Health Organization. Butterfield has overseen training of the new code system for doctors and staff. As Butterfield is quick to note, his transition to the medical field hasn’t always been the easiest: “I found myself asking a lot of questions in the first six months. I still ask a lot of questions.” However, he also is equally quick to credit the people around him for his success to date. “The staff has been an incredible support to me,” he says. “The doctors, also.”
Butterfield says he is quite happy with his career change and new position. Though it pained him to leave his family’s business, he pointed out this was softened by selling ownership years before and also that, “I didn’t really want my three children involved. Office supplies had become a difficult business.” Meanwhile, at the age of 57, Butterfield has found a renewed energy. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Evansville Surgical Associates,” he adds. “It’s been an invigoration to my career.”
For more information on Evansville Surgical Associates, visit evansvillesurgical.com.
She rises early, very early. For morning WFIE news anchor Beth Sweeney, 35, working before the sun fills the sky has become something of a routine. This Liberty, Ky., native and graduate of the University of Kentucky grew up wanting to be an actress. She now resides in Evansville, is married to Reed Kress, a chiropractor, and is 14 News’ morning smile.
City View: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Beth Sweeney: I majored in journalism, and then worked in Lexington, Ky., for a cable channel. I then moved out to Los Angeles and worked for KTLA, which is now the CW channel. It was the WB when I was there. I did traffic reporting up in a helicopter and just knew that I really wanted to anchor, and to be able to do that I’d have to come back to a smaller market. So, I moved back home and started sending out resume tapes, and this job came available, and I came over and got hired and I’ve been here for eight years now.
CV: How do you remember your first stories?
BS: One of the first stories I covered here in Evansville was the November (2005) tornado, eight years ago. I started anchoring the day after that tornado hit. That was my first week in the anchor chair with 14 News Sunrise. I did a couple of stories with survivors of the tornado, an elderly couple in Newburgh who escaped their home. They were able to walk out of there alive, which was amazing. And of course, those memories of that, and how the community came together right after I’d just moved here. It really just made me feel like Evansville was the place I wanted to be in.
CV: Was there a moment when you realized you wanted to be a news reporter?
BS: My dad would wake me up on Saturday mornings and say, ‘Hey, we’re going out with a group of kids to build this wheelchair ramp.’ Or ‘We’re going to help this person with home repairs.’ So I’ve always been very service minded, and I felt like journalism was another way to do that in a job environment — to help inform people, and to let them know what is going on, and hopefully ignite them to become active citizens in their community.
CV: What is your schedule like?
BS: I get up at 2 a.m., take a shower, and head straight to work. Immediately when I get here, I start writing for the show. We have two producers overnight and of course they come in earlier in evening, so the rundowns for our show are pretty much set up, and I just start plugging in stories. I start writing stories, I start checking wires, I start checking the Internet, to see what’s happened over night for anything that is new that we can provide to viewers, because we are sometimes the first thing they see or hear when they wake up in the morning. We are on from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., and then we do local news cut-ins during the Today Show, up until 9 a.m. After that is over I work on a story for the 5 p.m. newscast that is recorded ahead of time and anchor our midday show at 11 a.m. So my day typically ends around 11:30 a.m.
CV: Why did you come to Evansville?
BS: Evansville is only about 31/2 to 4 hours away from my hometown. WFIE is a legendary station and a great place for you to really learn how to anchor and learn how to be a good journalist. And I think that says something for WFIE and to the whole city of Evansville. When I came here I really learned what they were talking about. When you have greats like David James and Ann Komis who are mentoring you, you can’t ask for anything better than that.
Going the Distance
Civilian couples often can plan their weddings according to their own schedules. Yet those who plan to marry while also serving in the military don’t have the same luxury. That’s why these couples often have two wedding celebrations. Newburgh, Ind., natives A.J. and Elizabeth Jackson did just that in 2012.
The pair met in junior high school and shared mutual friends at Castle High School in Newburgh. After Elizabeth graduated in 2005, she moved to Los Angeles to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. A.J., who graduated from Castle in 2006, joined the Army after one year at the University of Southern Indiana. Elizabeth and A.J. often would see one another when they returned to their hometown, and they began dating Elizabeth’s junior year of college.
A.J. proposed to Elizabeth on Dec. 20, 2011. It was her birthday and four years to the day from their first kiss. The spot was on the riverfront in downtown Newburgh, where they shared many special memories. A.J. had waited for that perfect moment until after he had formally asked Elizabeth’s father for her hand in marriage.
Two and a half years ago, Elizabeth moved to Fort Bragg, N.C., where A.J. was stationed, and finished her last year of law school at UNC Chapel Hill. The original wedding date was set for May 26, 2012, Memorial Day weekend. But because of the military’s unpredictable scheduling, the couple learned in January 2012 that A.J. would be in the field training on that original date. Elizabeth and A.J. made the decision to exchange vows and become husband and wife on Feb. 8, 2012, at a courthouse in Fayetteville, N.C. They then shared a dinner at the restaurant where they had their first date in North Carolina, when Elizabeth first visited A.J. in 2008.
The couple held a second wedding ceremony with family and friends in snow-covered Evansville on Dec. 27, 2012. Elizabeth and A.J. renewed their vows before friends and family at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Downtown Evansville. The wedding colors were blue and white with silver accents, in partial tribute to a brilliant sapphire ring that had belonged to Elizabeth’s grandmother and that Elizabeth wore for the ceremony.
The reception was held at the Evansville Country Club. With flowers from Barbara’s Bloomers, tuxedos from Men’s Warehouse, photos by Studio B, and food catered by the Country Club, Elizabeth said all vendors were very accommodating and understanding of the rescheduled wedding. Elizabeth wore a Vera Wang dress, purchased in Nashville, Tenn.
Here Comes the Bride
When Alex and Cam Elpers first met at a 7th and 8th grade dance, they knew they liked each other. However, it wasn’t until their junior year at Mater Dei High School that the couple began dating. Five years later, on June 29, 2013, they exchanged vows at St. Boniface Church on the West Side of Evansville in front of 400 friends and family members.
The wedding at St. Boniface marked the fourth generation of weddings in Alex’s family at this church. Her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents all exchanged vows at this twin-spired church, first built in 1881 and then rebuilt in the Byzantine style in 1902 after a fire destroyed the original. The priest who presided over the ceremony married Cam’s parents. Another personal touch for the wedding was that Alex’s voice teacher growing up, Michael D’Alto, and good friend from grade school, Lindsay Mann, sang for the wedding, which Alex described as a “very traditional Catholic wedding.”
The dress Alex is pictured in is from Ella Park Bridal in Newburgh, Ind. She went dress shopping three times before selecting this dress with her mother, aunt, and cousin. Originally, Alex wanted a strapless gown, but then changed her mind and decided to use straps. “When I put it on,” Alex says when asked how she knew this was the right dress for her, “I didn’t want to take it off.”
Much like the venue, this was very much a local wedding. Rhonda Fehrenbacher made the cake, Kokies Catering & Banquet Centers catered the food and served as the site of the wedding reception, Studio B took the photographs, and T.R.U. Event Rental Inc. helped with the decorations as well as the setup. Alex’s great-aunt played a vital role as she provided all of the flowers and bouquets. The only out-of-town presence was the band, a small group based out of Cincinnati.
Alex and Cam still reside in Evansville on the West Side and both work in the plastics industry — Cam in management and Alex in inventory control. While their lives have since moved on, Alex has a favorite memory from the wedding.
“After everyone threw the rose petals as we were walking out, we had to quickly go to the side of the church to go back in,” she says. “With that many people, it’s easy to be stopped and start talking — and on our wedding day we had to hurry to get our pictures done in the church because of the next Mass. So as we were walking, I remember Cam picked up the back of my dress. It was our first moment by ourselves. We hugged and kissed and were so excited! Turns out Daniel Knight captured the whole thing. It’s probably one of my favorite photos from the day.”
Michele and Jeff Blaize’s wedding literally stopped traffic. This was just one of the moments that made their casual, bohemian-inspired, California beach wedding special. A close friend of the couple led them and their roughly 50 wedding guests across the Pacific Coast Highway to the Santa Monica State Beach. The friend carried a homemade “here comes the bride” sign, made of a large piece of palm wood painted in bright blue. After knowing each other for 22 years, Michele and Jeff’s wedding on Oct. 12, 2013, was a dream come true.
Michele, originally from Mount Vernon, Ind., describes her relationship as a perfect, wonderful fit. She and Jeff attended Indiana University together, where they dated and became best friends. About 17 years ago, they each moved to California; Michele was in Los Angeles while Jeff, a native of Anderson, Ind., spent time in San Francisco and along the coast. They developed a routine of spending Thanksgiving together with friends in California, and as the years went by, they realized their time in college together was special.
On Thanksgiving in 2010, Michele remembers Jeff saying as he proposed, “I’ve always loved you, and you need someone to take care of you and Sinjin (Michele’s 8-year-old son). If we’re ever going to give this a shot, let’s try it now.” Jeff wanted to pick out the ring by himself, but Michele gave him subtle hints through her Pinterest board titled “Jewels.” Michele describes the engagement ring he chose, an 18-karat faceted moonstone set in diamonds, as breathtakingly and perfectly beautiful.
Everything, from the flower crown she bought at a local florist shop, to the dress she had custom made, came together in a short amount of time to perfectly embody Michele’s vision for the wedding.
The reception was held at the home of a good friend of Jeff’s and Michele’s. There were vintage glass bottles filled with wildflowers adorning the buffet table, which included ceviche cups, pork sliders with coleslaw, and shrimp skewers. To save money, Michele and Jeff offered self-serve cocktails to guests in lieu of a bartender. The cake topper was a pair of quirky troll dolls Michele found on eBay.
It was important to Michele to have her guests’ children and her own son involved in this special day. Two babysitters were hired, and sand toys were available during the ceremony on the beach. There was a pool at the house, where a lifeguard was on duty. The kids enjoyed night swimming and ate pizza and cupcakes.
“It was definitely a bohemian, ethnic vibe,” Michele says. “It was fun and from the heart.” Rob Halfon, a good friend of the couple’s from Indiana University days, officiated the ceremony. They used their nicknames, Jefe and Soleil, in their vows, and both got some laughs from the crowd as they delivered them. “Keeping it small made it feel more intimate,” Michele says. “We have known each other for over 20 years, so we have a lot of history.”
In the Blink of an Eye
On March 30, 2013, 220 guests gathered at the Granary in New Harmony, Ind., to see Lindsey and Casey Jackson wed. With its largely wooden interior and grand chandeliers, the Granary was the perfect fit for the ceremony. Flowers and centerpieces by Gehlhausen Floral enhanced the beautiful setting. “I wanted to keep everything natural looking,” she says. “With how pretty New Harmony is, I wanted to keep everything pretty and simple with a rustic feel.”
Another vital aspect of a pretty wedding is selecting the perfect dress. Lindsey tried on numerous dresses at a number of local stores before finally deciding on the pictured dress. Along with her entourage of seven friends and family members, Lindsey went to Ella Park Bridal in Newburgh, Ind., where she found this ivory strapless, all-lace, beaded sash dress. The dress received all yesses from her judges and, as Lindsey put it, “I felt like an actual bride.”
The wedding reception was held just a short walk away from the ceremony at the New Harmony Inn Resort & Conference Center. “We knew that New Harmony would be the perfect place to have our wedding because it gave us the feel of a destination wedding that was close to home,” she says. “We loved the idea of being able to have our wedding ceremony and reception within walking distance from each other and still have the amenities for our families and guests to stay at the New Harmony Inn.” The Inn also did all of the catering; Rhonda Fehrenbacher of Evansville made the cake. Corey Ivy, a DJ for Superior Entertainment, provided music, and Daniel Knight of Studio B captured all the magical moments on camera. A unique twist was that Donut Bank did the wedding favors, a cookie bar that was a great success among attendees.
Lindsey and Casey owe quite a bit of thanks to one of their bridesmaids. A little over four years ago, the couple was set up on a blind date by one of Lindsey’s best friends since childhood, also named Casey. Ever since that first date at what is now Smitty’s Italian Steakhouse for dinner and drinks, Lindsey and Casey have been together.
Recently, the couple has moved to the Cincinnati area. Casey was relocated to serve as operations manager for Consolidated Grain and Barge. After the move, Lindsey has begun to look for a job in real estate.
The couple’s biggest lesson from the whole process: “We learned not to sweat the small stuff on our wedding day, and to enjoy every minute of the day because it goes by so fast. Our wedding was everything we planned for and so much more. We couldn’t have asked for a better day to begin our lives together.”
Best of the City
Eclectic restaurants, stylish shops, and the most interesting people you should know — in a city like ours, it’s hard to pick favorites. Yet every year, our readers cast their ballots, and we, the editors of Evansville Living, share some of their favorite go-to spots. Thanks for helping us present the 2014 Best of Evansville. (*Note: the Best of Evansville awards are not presented in rank or category order. We love all our winners equally.)
Best Yoga Studio Readers’ Pick
Get your sweat on at Yoga 101, the area’s best yoga studio, according to readers. Yoga 101’s heated workout protects the muscles to allow for deeper stretching, helps to detox the body, and increases the heart rate for a cardiovascular workout. Yoga 101 warns: Hot yoga is life changing, so be prepared. 2800 Lincoln Ave., 812-893-1320. yoga-101.net
Best Artist Readers’ Pick
See Evansville through the eyes of local artist Nikki Pritchett and you won’t want to stop. Pritchett, the artist behind the cover of this issue of Evansville Living, works in watercolor and ink, but is currently focusing on creating colorful acrylic paintings. An alumna of the University of Evansville and Indiana University, she uses colorful imagery to transform the city into a new world. nikkipritchett.com
Best Musician or Band From Evansville Readers’ Pick
Don’t try to pigeonhole Calabash into one genre — it won’t work. The Evansville band says that trying to classify its music is an impossible feat, making it something for everyone. These tunes are a flowing mix of folk, rock, blues, and reggae with heartfelt lyrics. The duo of Paul Wiemeier and Jarod Heim began as singer/songwriters in Nashville before returning to their hometown of Evansville.
Best Taco Readers’ Pick
Los Bravos was voted the readers’ choice for “Best Burrito” in the January/February 2011 Evansville Living, and now it’s back to claim this year’s “Best Taco” honors. With three locations in Evansville and three more around the state, Los Bravos knows Mexican food. losbravosmex.com
Best Comeback Editors' Pick
For five years, Marcia Dowell was away from what she calls home. That was five years too long. The 53-year-old, who holds two degrees from the University of Evansville, left her position as executive director of university relations at Butler University in Indianapolis to return to Evansville in March 2013. “It was time to come back home,” Dowell says of becoming president and executive director of Keep Evansville Beautiful, an organization focused on improving the appearance of the community. Welcome home. keepevansvillebeautiful.org
Best Place to Buy Wine Readers' Pick
Last year, The Winetree celebrated 30 years in Evansville since its first store opened at the corner of Washington and Weinbach. Over the years, The Winetree has expanded to three locations. Whether you’re looking for a bottle for a special occasion or something to complement tonight’s dinner, its knowledgeable staff will have the right bottle for you. winetreeliquors.com
Downtown Evansville Vanderburgh County Farm Bureau Farmers Market
Best Place to Catch a Food Truck Editors’ Pick
The Downtown Evansville Vanderburgh County Farm Bureau Farmers Market offers ingredients for a lunch or dinner waiting to happen, but why wait to prepare a meal yourself? Take your choice of food trucks on the corner of Second and Sycamore streets from May through September.
Eva Nails & Spa
Best Place to Get a Mani/Pedi Readers' Pick
Feel fancy with a manicure and pedicure at Eva Nails & Spa, a full service salon for men, women, and children. Sit back in a friendly atmosphere while Eva Nails & Spa work to turn your nails fabulous or massage your worries away. Plan ahead or walk in — they’re happy to help. evansville-nails-spa.com
Most Revealing Woman Editors’ Pick
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen,” according to Project Reveal. The website was created as a forum to prevent women from feeling alone. Stacey Godbold created the outlet while she was struggling with fertility complications for nearly two years. Her pain was reduced when she reached out to women who had similar experiences. “I found that when other women validate my feelings and say, ‘I’ve felt that way’ or ‘I’ve been there,’ I can breathe easier,” Godbold says. Now she has triplets and a son. projectreveal.org
Best Pizza Readers' Pick
You just can’t beat a good slice of pizza with a cold craft beer. With three locations in the Evansville/Newburgh area, Turoni’s offers just that as the readers’ choice for “Best Pizza.” Turoni’s has served the city for more than three decades, and features a recipe that has never before been reproduced by commercial establishments because of the difficulties involved in preparation. turonis.com
Best Place to Get Crafty Readers' Pick
Have you been busy pinning and are ready to begin crafting? Hobby Lobby is a great place to start your projects, a place where you can find arts and crafts supplies, fabrics, baskets, silk flowers, picture frames, and more. Let your creativity run wild! 5300 E. Indiana St., 812-476-3266, hobbylobby.com
Best Place to Buy Golf Gear Readers’ Pick
You’ve hit a hole-in-one with Golf Plus. With locations in Evansville and Owensboro, Ky., Golf Plus offers its customers top quality golf, baseball, and softball equipment, an indoor range, launch monitor, and an expert staff to help you get the most out of your game. golfplusstores.com
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke
Best Evansville Advocate Readers' Pick
“It’s a true pleasure to come to work every day trying to make the city better,” Mayor Lloyd Winnecke told us in the December/January 2013 issue of Evansville Business. Winnecke, who took office on Jan. 1, 2012, says he would like people to think of him as a mayor who is approachable, down to earth, and likable — even if their politics differ.
Kanpai Sushi and Asian Bistro
Best Sushi Readers’ Pick
A big-city feel without big-city prices — that’s what Kanpai Sushi and Asian Bistro promises and delivers. Featured in the September/October 2010 Evansville Living story “A New Import,” Kanpai owner and chef Jayson Munoz revamped the restaurant, making chic changes to the interior and the menu. 4593 Washington Ave., 812-471-7076, mykanpai.com
Best Gym Readers' Pick
Time to hit the gym and pump up the iron. Bob’s Gym was voted “Best Place to Get Fit” in the January/February 2013 issue of Evansville Living, and it’s back. Bob’s Gym has four locations around Evansville and Newburgh. Members have access to swimming pools, a day spa, 24-hour facilities, and more than 100 group exercise classes per week. New this year is the introduction of Perfectly Fresh, chef-prepared carryout dinners offering optimal nutrition and locally sourced ingredients. bobsgym.com
Old Town Ladies and Gents
Best Hair Salon Readers’ Pick
Go back in time for your next hair cut. Featured in the April/May 2013 Evansville Business story “Going Old School,” Old Town Ladies and Gents offers a vintage barber and beauty salon in Downtown Evansville. Sit back in antique barber chairs or use a chrome hair dryer from the 1950s. 400 SE Second St., 812-449-0706
Best Spaghetti Readers' Pick
Spaghetti, breadsticks, and wine. What more can you ask for? Olive Garden’s authentic Italian cuisine has charmed the taste buds of Evansville with its unlimited soups, salads, and delicious hearty portions. Enjoy lunch with co-workers or dinner with the whole family. 1100 N. Green River Road, 812-473-2903, olivegarden.com
Best Sewing Store Editors’ Pick
Let’s Sew calls its business the “Midwest’s best kept secret.” Its 7,000-square-foot showroom offers a hand-selected collection of unique fashion fabrics, thousands of buttons, exquisite trims, and other sewing notions. Let’s Sew also offers instructional courses for every sewing level. 4406 E. Morgan Ave., 812-471-7945. letssew.com
Best Home Builder Readers' Pick
Jagoe Homes has been building homes in the Tri-State area for more than 70 years. “Building Hope,” a story in the January/February 2013 issue of Evansville Living, Jagoe — in conjunction with the nonprofit organization Homes for Hope — teamed up with trade partners to construct a home for free and then donate all profits and any additional contributions to charities that fight local poverty. “For many years, we’ve been raising the bar on the quality of our construction and materials, and on lean building practices that allow us to build homes that have greater value on the dollar,” says Scott Jagoe, who co-owns the business with his brother, Bill. “It’s very satisfying when the results of your efforts really begin to peak.” 3624 Wathens Crossing, Owensboro, Ky., 270-684-0639, jagoehomes.com
Greyhound Bus Terminal
Best Hope for Restoring a Landmark Editors’ Pick
It has taken some time to get the title to the Greyhound Bus Terminal on the west corner of Third and Sycamore streets into the hands of Indiana Landmarks, the statewide preservation organization that promises to preserve significant places. We’re rooting for 2014 to be the year that a development plan is presented for the local icon. The terminal, which closed in 2007, likely will serve as an outreach field office for Indiana Landmarks, as well as the site of a public space such as a Downtown market, restaurant, or brewpub.
Cheddar’s Casual Café
Best New Restaurant Readers' Pick
Although Cheddar’s Casual Café opened in 2012, it’s still very new in the minds of readers and was voted “Best New Restaurant” for the second year in a row. A chain of more than 130 restaurants in 23 states, it offers flavors that people can’t seem to get enough of. 2100 N. Green River Road, 812-491-9976, cheddars.com
Best Landscape Designer, Best Garden Shop
Readers’ Pick - Double Win!
For nearly five decades, Colonial Classics (formerly Colonial Garden Center) has catered to Tri-State lawns and gardens. The retail garden center provides the best quality and value of landscape materials, including trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables, and more. Colonial will also fit your yard with the perfect plant or tree and then help you take care of it with a maintenance division that offers weed and landscape pest control services, tree and shrub pruning, mulching, and mowing services for large and small lawns. 3633 Epworth Road, Newburgh, Ind., 812-853-6622, colonialclassics.net
I-164 to I-69
Best Name Change Editors' Pick
It’s time for I-69. The 21-mile loop around Evansville known as Interstate 164 will become part of I-69 this year, and updates are already taking place. About 70 large, green interstate signs are being swapped at or near exits, and smaller, blue signs are being posted at bridges and every two-tenths of a mile. Construction on the 27-mile stretch of I-69, between Crane, Ind., and Bloomington, Ind., is to be completed later this year or in 2015.
Wolf’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant
Best BBQ Editors’ Pick
Founded in 1925, Wolf’s Bar-B-Q knows a thing or two about good barbecue. The restaurant offers dine-in and carryout options, and promises you’ll love its extensive selection of barbecue. All dinners come with bread, pickle, onion, and choice of two side dishes. 6600 N. First Ave., 812-424-8891, wolfsbarbq.com
House of Bluez
Best Women’s Clothing Store Readers' Pick
The winner of “Best Sexy Jeans” in the January/February 2011 issue of Evansville Living, House of Bluez is back to take the title of “Best Women’s Clothing Store.” Owned by Jodi Merrick, House of Bluez calls itself the ultimate denim destination and brings the hottest fashions to Evansville. 333 Metro Ave., 812-401-2583, houseofbluez.biz
Best Reason to Come Downtown Readers’ Pick
Visit Downtown Evansville’s scenic Riverfront and you’ll know why it’s a winner. From its brick-paved walkway, runners, bikers, and strollers can view the Ohio River while perhaps making their way to the Tropicana Evansville Casino and Hotel, the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, numerous summer concerts, and festivals.
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Best Lighting Store Readers' Pick
Brighten a room or your day by shopping at Lowe’s Home Improvement. Choose a look or choose a mood, and then explore countless decorative and functional options to illuminate your home. With two stores in Evansville, and many others surrounding the Tri-State area, Lowe’s makes improving easy. lowes.com
Best Place for a Beer Readers' Pick
An editors’ pick winner of “Best Reason to Go to Franklin Street” in our January/February 2013 issue of Evansville Living, the Gerst Haus returns as the readers’ choice for “Best Place for a Beer.” There’s no better destination on your bar hop than this Franklin Street institution and its worldwide selection of beer. The Nashville favorite came to Evansville in 1999 and has since provided German and American food in an authentic beer hall atmosphere. 2100 W. Franklin St., 812-424-1420, gersthausevansville.com
Best Local Author Readers’ Pick
Add some thrills to your bookshelf with the World War II spy trilogy based in Evansville written by local author Mike Whicker. The trilogy includes “Invitation to Valhalla,” “Blood of the Reich,” and “Return to Valhalla.” “A lot of the “Invitation to Valhalla’ takes place in Evansville,” Whicker says. “I think it’s fun for readers to read about places they’ve been or lived.” The Colorado native is a former teacher and football coach at F.J. Reitz High School. He also wrote the novel “Proper Suda.”
Best Cell Phone Repair Store Readers' Pick
Featured in the December/January 2013 Evansville Business story “Speed Dial,” iPhone Todd opened its East Side location in January 2012. Since then, it has added employees and stores, and seen its customer base grow. “I drop my phone a lot, like anyone else,” owner Todd Veech says. “So I would go in somewhere to get my screen fixed and they’d charge an arm and a leg. Finally I decided to fix it myself, and I was good at that, so that’s what I wanted to do.” iphonetodd.com
Cielo Luxury Shoe Boutique
Best New Shoe Boutique Editors’ Pick
Your closet will thank you after a trip to Cielo, which means “sky” or “heaven” in Spanish. Cielo Luxury Shoe Boutique offers a variety of shoes, handbags, jewelry, scarves, and other accessories. Owner Stephanie Gerhardt wanted a business of her own and discovered her niche. Many of the items carried by Cielo can’t be found at other retailers in Evansville. 328 W. Jennings St., Suite B, Newburgh. cieloevansville.com
Dr. Glenn Norton
Best Dentist Readers' Pick
Show off those pearly whites after a visit with Dr. Glenn Norton. His practice specializes in a wide range of cosmetic, restorative, and implant procedures, and he is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest advances in dental technology. He’s also a member of the medical/dental staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center. 2343 Washington Ave., 812-479-0229
Riverside Antique Mall
Best Antique Store Readers’ Pick
Fur coats, license plates, head vases, or vintage books — what do you collect? Riverside Antique Mall offers a vast array of collectibles, vintage items, and other hidden treasures worth hunting for. Open seven days a week, the mall has more than 50 dealers. 1205 E. Riverside Drive, 812-469-2255
Lic’s Deli & Ice Cream Shoppe
Best Place for a Milkshake Readers' Pick
Ice creamy goodness! Established in 1950, Lic’s originally made its ice cream in the back room of a small retail store. The sweet delight caught on, so Lic’s now churns out ice cream for nine retail stores in the Tri-State area. Lic’s is an abbreviation for Lloyd’s Ice Cream Shoppes. licsdeliandicecream.com
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve
Best Park Readers' Pick
Evansville has its city and its parks, too. The Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve offers hands-on educational exhibits and a wildlife observation area. No other city in the United States with a population exceeding 100,000 has within its corporate limits the woodland acreage or quality. 551 N. Boeke Road, 812-479-0771, wesselmannaturesociety.org
Best Jeweler Readers’ Pick
If you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring or wedding band, or for fine jewelry and watches, the readers have spoken — Brinker’s Jewelers is the place to go in Evansville. This third-generation, family-owned business has been part of the Evansville community and the Tri-State area for 41 years. 111 S. Green River Road, 812-476-0651, brinkersjewelers.com
Best Tavern Food Readers' Pick
They’ve got brains — to eat! Don and Lanette Snyder, owners of the Hilltop Inn, have received several awards for their fried chicken, Icelandic cod, and brain sandwiches. Built in 1839, the Hilltop Inn served as a stagecoach stop for weary travelers and businessmen on their way from the Wabash River area to the banks of the Ohio River. 1100 Harmony Way, 812-422-1757, wegotbrains.com
The Living Record
Much of Evansville Living is devoted to those who live and breathe among us. We write about those who add to life, who change it, who improve it for all. Yet many people have an impact that lasts well beyond their last breath. They battled cancer, like Katie Schwenk, inspiring others to face challenges with courage. They stood their ground in war, like J. Douglas Knight Sr., and pledged to aid others if they survived. Like Thomas W. Traylor, they helped build companies that provide jobs and offer others opportunities for growth. Still, many others didn’t get the public recognition they likely deserved; imperfect as the rest of us, they lived their lives without headlines, quietly making a difference.
In this first annual Evansville Living Tribute Collection, we honor a small portion of the local men, women, and children who inspired us this year. We based our descriptions on our own research and on obituaries that, in most cases, were written by the survivors of the deceased. These obituaries were submitted to funeral homes and then published in The Evansville Courier & Press from Jan. 1 to Nov. 30, 2013. At Central Library, the always-helpful staff of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library helped us peruse microfilm on a computer screen to make sure we read as many obituaries as possible. Nine nonagenarians made this list; one woman lived to be 101. Others served in the military yet accomplished so much in their lives that it would be inadequate to call them simply veterans. We hope this varied collection of educators, business leaders, musicians, and pilots honors the uniqueness in us all. May these men, women, and youth rest in peace, yet may their stories and accomplishments continue to teach us.
Sam Featherstone, 19 — Jan. 2, 2013
When brain cancer stole Sam Featherstone from this world, a whole community of people staunchly refused to let him go. They told stories about his hair (it turns out he was proud of his wispy locks), his sense of humor (he once donned a white top hat and cane and called it his swag), and his plans to become a pediatric oncologist. Featherstone was attending Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on a full scholarship when tests showed the cancer had returned. Since his death, more than $200,000 has been raised to fund pediatric brain cancer research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he was treated in Memphis, Tenn.
Genevieve Bootz, 95 — Jan. 9, 2013
You may call it the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. now. But it’s thanks to people like Genevieve Bootz that it exists at all. She was the president of the Vanderburgh County PTA Council and knew the importance of having a metropolitan school district. She also was a longtime supporter of the Easter Seals. She helped renovate the YWCA shelter and provided scholarships for at-risk girls.
Catherine Marie “Katie” Schwenk, 63 — Feb. 19, 2013
“God is good all the time!” If you were a student in Katie Schwenk’s third grade classes at St. Theresa School, Corpus Christi School, or Holy Rosary School in the past 40 years, you might have heard these words from this former member of the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, Ind. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Katie often shared with her students, quoting Philippians 4:13. The verse sustained her through her own long battle with cancer, but so did the young adults who wrote “Miss Schwenk” to say how much they loved and admired her.
James A. McCarty Sr., 88 — Feb. 11, 2013
It’s unknown how many lawns and gardens in the area James A. McCarty Sr. had a hand in beautifying. After founding Colonial Garden Center Inc. in 1960, McCarty made the company a household name long before the big box stores moved into the city. Previously, his family had started the McCarty Seed Co. in Downtown Evansville that became one of the country’s largest popcorn processors.
Dr. William L. Ridgway, 92 — March 8, 2013
He never graduated from the University of Evansville. Yet Dr. William Ridgway, an Evansville native and ophthalmologist who graduated from Central High School, adopted the private institution as his alma mater. He purchased Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, and gave it to UE. Now, UE has one of the nation’s top study abroad programs. In April, the late Ridgway left UE $39 million. It was the largest single gift ever made to UE from an individual or corporation. In all, Ridgway donated $52.6 million to the university.
Michael McKinney, 53 — April 9, 2013
Smiling Mike McKinney, they’d say. That’s the guy who played guitar in the bands Blues 4U and Carl Rodenberg & Co. Early in his career, this sports car enthusiast played with Fabian, The Shirelles, and Chuck Berry.
Thomas W. Traylor, 73 — May 9, 2013
Thomas Traylor helped make his father William’s company, Traylor Bros. Inc., one of North America’s leaders in underground, marine, and bridge construction. A 1961 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned an MBA from Stanford University in 1963. He and his wife, Nancy, supported the JDRF, WNIN, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science.
Jacob Andrew Schriber Ball, 12 — May 13, 2013
Jacob Ball wasn’t constrained by conventions. “He was brought into this world to teach us,” the staff at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis told Jacob’s parents, Tiffany Schriber Ball and Brian Ball, shortly after he was born. When Jacob was older, he sang at the top of his lungs at church. He didn’t need a joke to giggle. He both wondered and delighted in life.
Jack Allen Fenimore, 90 — May 16, 2013
He knew Lucille Ball and Kim Novak, and one of the films he produced for Hughes Aircraft Co. was nominated for an Academy Award. Yet Jack Fenimore also was a fighter pilot who battled during the New Guinea Campaign from 1942 to 1945. Local residents may have known him as the former director/producer for Keller-Crescent Co. before he retired in 1982.
J. Douglas Knight Sr., 98 — June 15, 2013
Roberts Stadium Gate 3 is gone now. So, sadly, is J. Douglas Knight Sr. For 53 years, he worked as a Hadi Shriner taking tickets during the annual circus. He also was active in other organizations that promoted sports, education, and community development. Why? Because he made himself a promise. Sixty years ago, he was hunkered down in a foxhole in the Battle of the Bulge, bullets whizzing by. “He turned to God,” his family wrote in his obituary, “and promised that if he got out of there alive, he would spend the rest of his life doing anything and everything for anybody who asked. He did get out alive. And he was true to his word.”
Ray William Arensman, 91 — June 28, 2013
A former dean of the School of Business at the University of Evansville, Ray Arensman was a musician (he founded The Temple Airs), a financial advisor to the Welborn Baptist Hospital Foundation and Great Fidelity Life Insurance Company, and a historian who co-authored the Riverfront Historical markers describing the history surrounding the Ohio River with the late Ken McCutchan. He and his wife, Mae, also were key to the development of the Osnabrück Society, a student exchange program with Evansville’s sister city in Germany.
Amos Washington, 92 — July 13, 2013
Amos Washington traced his roots to the Wessyngton Plantation in Cedar Hill, Tenn. Once the largest tobacco plantation in the U.S., it was founded by Joseph Washington, cousin of President George Washington, to whom Amos’ family is related. A railroad employee with Louisville & Nashville Railroad for more than 38 years, Amos earned the European African Middle Eastern Theater Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, and the Bronze Service Star while in the Army’s 3482nd Quartermaster Truck Company from 1942 to 1945. Former U.S. Senators Dick Lugar and Evan Bayh obtained the medals for Amos; the awards have since been donated to the Evansville African-American Museum.
Imogene Morrison, 101 — July 29, 2013
Imogene Morrison was one of only a few female graduates of the University of Nebraska Law School when she was admitted to the Nebraska Bar in 1935. After moving to Evansville with her husband, Russell, in 1958, she became active in the PTA at Dexter, Bosse, and Harrison schools. She taught for nine years in Evansville and Mount Vernon. Imogene was an elected delegate to the Little White House Conference on Education in Washington, D.C. There, she was addressed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Alfred E. “Ed” Small Jr., 84 — Aug. 22, 2013
Indiana University graduate Ed Small served as president of Universal Furniture Company until it closed in 1985. Yet many people might remember the Old Evansville Antique Mall that Ed and his wife, Dot, opened in the same buildings just off the Lloyd Expressway the next year. With its multiple floors, the antique mall was the perfect place to find trinkets, assorted Americana, clothing, and furniture until it closed in 1996. Ed also volunteered in the offices of Tucker Publishing Group for several years.
Larry D. Strawn, 71 — Aug. 23, 2013
As superintendent of St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Larry Strawn would have known how to make others feel better about his death. An Army veteran and Loogootee, Ind., native, Strawn loved the outdoors and bowling. He bowled Loogootee’s first-ever 300 game not just once, but twice.
Esther Klein Baumgart, 98 — Sept. 12, 2013
Five-year-olds ran to her as if she had been a rock star. Yet Esther Baumgart was more than just a lovable kindergarten teacher who soothed tears and oversaw naptime. She was, former students later learned, an accomplished pianist who traveled to the East Coast at age 16 to compete in a National Piano Competition. She was the first teacher at Evansville Day School, where she remained until retiring at age 70. With her husband, Elmer, she traveled the world and, at age 91, ventured to the floor of the Grand Canyon.
Judge William J. Brune, 85 — Sept. 12, 2013
William Brune served in the Army during the Korean War and then used G.I. Bill (of Rights) benefits and day shift work as an insurance adjuster to put himself through the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He was elected prosecutor in 1970 and focused on gambling, prostitutions, and pornography cases. Brune initiated the first deferred prosecution program of its type in the U.S. that enabled drunk drivers to complete counseling to avoid being charged. He established the “Animal Crackers” group of the West Side Nut Club that dressed in animal costumes to entertain children in hospitals.
Adele Mittry Torian, 92 — Sept. 22, 2013
William Holden of “Network” and “The Bridge on the River Kwai” wooed Adele Torian; she took flying lessons; she was named Queen of the 1936 Lebanese Heritage Festival in Los Angeles. But it was Paul Torian — World War II hero, Navy Cross recipient — who won her heart after a blind date. The couple returned to Evansville, Paul’s hometown, so he could join the family business of what became Torian, Hofmann, Dillow & Flittner; they raised four daughters here and then retired. A golfer, Adele was accused of playing eight days a week. She was a member of the Junior League and attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. At age 74, she showed her mettle when an armed robber tried to snatch her purse — she resisted and sent the thief running.
Mary Esther Stinson, 86 — Sept. 24, 2013
Mary Stinson was only 15 when she began taking flying lessons. During World War II, she flew for the Civil Air Patrol, which performed critical wartime missions. At age 17, she entered Oklahoma A&M University, majoring in journalism. She later wrote commercials for Channel 7, an ABC affiliate, before purchasing Evansville Advertising Agency.
Thelma Louise Strassweg, 84 — Oct. 1, 2013
Thelma Strassweg was no stranger to politics. She worked on campaigns for her husband, R.M. Jack Strassweg Sr., who ran for Indiana State Senate, and for campaigns for mayors Manson Reichert, Hank Roberts, and Russ Lloyd Sr. In September 1974, when school buses began transporting students to integrate schools in Evansville, she and other mothers rode the buses to Harrison High School to mitigate racial trouble. Her son, Kelley Coures, is the community development director for the City of Evansville who also writes a historical column for Evansville Living magazine.
Steven Wood Sublett, 55 — Oct. 4, 2013
Steven Sublett refused to listen to the word “No.” Born with Spina bifida, a congenital defect that prevented him from using his legs, he still knew what it felt like to bike ride on a trail. At North High School, he was the first student in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. to request and complete the driver’s training program. His car had specially equipped hand controls. After earning a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and business from the University of Southern Indiana, he founded CAPABLE (Challenged Adult Persons Advocating a Better Living Environment). The group worked with city government to make small changes that would support the conditions faced by disabled persons. In this way, he worked with architects to create accessibility at Roberts Stadium.
Robert A. Davies, 89 — Oct. 15, 2013
Those who have seen the interior of what is often referred to as the William Gumberts home at 22 Chandler Ave. know the work of contractor Bob Davies. After graduating first in his Army Air Corps airflight class of 100, he became a bomber pilot and flight instructor stationed in Italy during World War II. Once he returned to Evansville, he joined his father at George Davies and Son Inc., building commercial buildings and residences on the East Side of Evansville. Davies ran several mayoral campaigns and received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award.
Ross L. Compton, 94 — Oct. 26, 2013
Ross Compton was at the bottom of the hill when the flag of Iwo Jima was raised during World War II. Later, he was part of the Chosin Few — spelling intentional — when he was surprised by China’s entry into the Korean War. Over 13 days, and cut off from support, Compton and others embarked upon a 78-mile journey to the Sea of Japan, fighting their way through 10 Chinese infantry divisions to reconnect with American forces. A letter carrier, he was instrumental in the construction of Evansville’s Korean War Monument on the riverfront.
Betty R. Reynolds, 89 — Oct. 16, 2013
Many men left Evansville to fight overseas during World War II. Yet women like Betty Reynolds who remained here did their part, too. She was a Rosie the Riveter (a fictional woman who adorned numerous posters with the words, “We Can Do It!”) who helped build P-47 Thunderbolts, a fighter-bomber workhorse for the Army Air Corps, at Hoosier Cardinal on First Avenue near Garvin Park. There, she riveted stabilizers for the fighter planes. Betty had a fun side. Sporting a blond wig, she managed an entertaining Phyllis Diller impression.
Nathaniel “Nathan” Hoyt Schroer, 38 — Nov. 19, 2013
Nathan Schroer made the most of his life before losing his battle to cancer. An Evansville police officer for 11 years, he was a patrolman, narcotics detective, and sexual violence detective. A lifelong musician, one of his bands was signed to a major Christian label. Nathan cofounded NKOSI records, which seeks to lead the Evansville Hip Hop community to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Joey Goebel was 24 when he decided he was going to write his version of the Great American Novel. Democrat John Kerry had just lost the 2004 presidential election to Republican George W. Bush, “and I thought, man, I need to write a political novel.” More than three years later, he gave readers “Commonwealth,” the third of his four books, which attempts to dramatize the American class struggle. Set in recognizable sections of Evansville, Henderson, Ky., and portions of Owensboro, Ky., this MacAdam/Cage publication describes an epic drama about the 11th wealthiest family in the country, a female punk rocker, professional wrestling, flea markets, a political race, and a closely held secret.
We won’t spoil the surprise for those who intend to read the book. But we will tell you that Goebel, 33, a married father of one son who lives in Henderson, has won two European writing awards, was a finalist for the Kentucky Literature Award, was featured in Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, and was long-listed for the first Dylan Thomas Literary Prize in Wales in 2006, one of the biggest literary prizes in the world. Yet he’s still more likely to be recognized for his writing talents in Germany, Romania, Austria, and France than he is here in the Tri-State area.
Goebel says that’s largely because people in Europe are more eager to listen to writers talk about writing. “Truthfully, literature is alive and well in Europe, and you’re always guaranteed a decent audience at these readings,” he says.
In Romania, Goebel received the 2009 Ovid Prize that was awarded by the Romanian Writers Union to “a young writer of today who will surely become a classic of tomorrow’s world literature.” One reading was for his wife, Micah, and about 200 young Romanian women who had read his first book, “The Anomalies.” The panel discussion was for the Romanian version of Elle magazine.
“This was bizarre for a guy from Kentucky who didn’t have many girlfriends growing up,” he says about the audience of women, many of whom posed questions in English. “Romania was cool because I had never been to a former communist country, excluding East Germany. It was just wild to be there. I had never set foot in something as exotic as the Black Sea. I’m more used to the Ohio River.”
Goebel received a bachelor’s degree in English from Brescia University, Owensboro, Ky., and an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University in Louisville. He writes what he describes as literary fiction. While commercial fiction is driven by plot, action, or character, he says literary fiction is driven by ideas. “It’s not only meant to entertain the reader,” Goebel says. “It’s always meant to provoke thought.” And often, it does. Goebel was in Germany on a book tour when a young reader — referring to all four of his novels — told him that she loved his books because they showed her it was OK to be different, and that “about made me cry,” he says. For a published author who spends nights awake developing his plot lines, who knows the demands of extensive research, and understands that believable characters are key to a successful book, “comments like that make it all worthwhile,” he says.
For more information about Joey Goebel, visit joeygoebel.com. His books can be purchased through Amazon.com.
Coming Full Circle
Doros and Ellada Hadjisavva know what it’s like to ask for help from others. When their infant son, Yiorgos, was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in 2007, Louisville’s Ronald McDonald House provided the Cyprus natives with temporary shelter and support while their now-healthy 7-year-old received medical care.
Since then, the Hadjisavvas, of Henderson, Ky., have worked to give back to a number of local organizations, including Evansville’s own Ronald McDonald House. “Doros makes a commitment to take food to the families who are guests on a weekly basis,” Ellada says of the facility that was opened in 2010.
The couple moved to the United States to attend college in the early 1990s. Ellada’s father had a friend who lived in Owensboro, Ky., home to Brescia University. That’s where she received her bachelor’s degree in foreign languages. Doros joined Ellada in Kentucky after earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
Doros, 42, and Ellada, 38, opened The Acropolis in Evansville with Ellada’s brother, George Yerolemou, in 1999, and now are the sole owners. These days, they are U.S. citizens and strong business and philanthropic leaders in the community, donating time and food to the YWCA, the Children’s Museum of Evansville, the March of Dimes, Easter Seals, and the Junior League of Evansville. Acropolis often caters meals for charitable events.Additionally, auctioned dinners give six to eight guests an unforgettable Greek dining experience and usually can raise $400 to $600 for a charity.
“It brings me joy that we can be involved with this community through what we do best, and that’s cooking, serving, and showing our Greek hospitality through what we give back,” Ellada says. “It really warms our hearts that people recognize the work we do.”
For more information on The Acropolis, call 812-475-9320 or visit acropolisevv.com.