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December / January 2020

Building Evansville

PAC the House

Visitors to the University of Southern Indiana who haven’t seen the grounds in the last several years will be met by a completely different campus on their return. The newest addition to ongoing improvement efforts was the opening of the Screaming Eagles Arena on April 4, including a moderated discussion with General Colin L. Powell, as part of Phase 1 renovations to the former Physical Activities Center (PAC).

Back Talk

Kindra Strupp

Education: Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Pat Creech

Education: Bachelor’s degree in building construction and contract management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana Resume: George Koch Sons, 1982-2003; strategic outreach pastor, Crossroads Christian Church, 2003-2018; executive director and CEO, Welborn Baptist Foundation, November 2018-present

Business Front

The Sleeping Giant

Look at the skyline of Evansville and you can’t miss the goliath that is the Fifth and Main building. Towering over Downtown at 248 feet (18 stories in total), the building is the tallest in the area for at least 120 miles. It is touted as Evansville’s first true skyscraper. Completed in 1970, it was a marvel for all in the city to lay eyes on. However, since 2004, the building has sat nearly vacant; the former headquarters for Old National Bank has seen few tenants take up office space since the bank moved to its new riverfront location.

Publisher’s Page

In 20 years of masquerading as a magazine publisher, one constant has been me remembering that our readers love nostalgia. Well, so do I, along with my wife (a real publisher) and our staff. Believe me, it is not hard in a smaller community to be able to quickly ascertain what people like and what they don’t. People are not shy about offering their opinions up nor would we want them to be.


“Once health care is in your blood, it just stays there and it percolates,” says Linda E. White, former Deacones Health System president CEO. Evansville Business talked with White and others about her long career for the story “Legendary Linda” in the February/March 2017 issue. Deaconess had just announced White would be retiring from the health system but act as executive director of the Deaconess Foundation for one year before her full retirement.

A Cut Above the Rest

Many things have changed in the clothing industry over the last 50 years, but for Stephan Sanders, staying true to a high-quality standard of tailoring has kept his clothier business thriving.

On The Run

When the neighboring business moved out of the space at 1412 S. Green River Road, the thought of moving never occurred to Curt Jones, owner of Ultimate Fit. That is until his wife and co-owner Cindy suggested moving their shoe and home fitness business into the bigger space. Ultimate Fit has now been in its new location since May 1, even celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and Curt says they already are at home in the space.

One Check At A Time

Fundraising is a goal many people strive to meet each year, but may fail to accomplish. But the local organization 100 Guys Who Care looks to give members a unique chance to participate in charitable giving they otherwise miss out on. Kevin Coon, co-founder of 100 Guys Who Care and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Agency manager, came across the concept in November 2017. “We’re just a bunch of guys who come together to give back to organizations,” says Coon.

Online Exclusives

Celebrating Local

The season of giving always puts a smile on our faces and while shopping may not be everyone’s favorite thing to do, it’s a huge help to local businesses who may have struggled in the pandemic-ridden year of 2020. Our staff received gifts from some of Evansville’s wonderful local shops this Christmas and we wanted to share our favorites with you!

First Day Trek

Lace up those hiking boots and kick off 2021 with others across the country during the First Day Hike at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, Kentucky, on Friday, Jan. 1.

New in Town

As 2020 begins to wind down, most are looking back on a year that was filled with uncertainty, quarantining, and finding a new normal away from others. It was arguably not the year to start a new business venture, especially as a restaurant — however, in Evansville, several new local eateries prevailed, opening their doors under these unique circumstances and shifting how they provide tasty dishes to Evansville residents. Here, we’ve listed some of our favorites that came on the dining scene this year.

Seven Restaurants For Christmas Eating

There’s nothing quite like a Christmas Day meal together with the family. A delicious turkey or ham, sweet cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and pecan pie are all traditional staples of the holiday! Some traditions, however, are about grabbing a bite from somewhere else during the festivities! While you may not be spending Christmas with your families like normal this year, you can still enjoy an appetizing meal. Put down the eggnog and get out to one these seven restaurants open on Christmas Day.