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June / July 2019
Change is not a fear of Doug Duell’s. The president of The Duell’s Evansville Kia and Evansville Hyundai has seen a lot of it since his father Dave Duell purchased the original dealership, Evansville Chrysler Plymouth, in April 1980. Sitting in his office at Evansville Kia, Duell quickly lists every major change to the dealerships over the past almost 40 years.
Hometown: Henderson, Kentucky Resume: Bartender, Big Daddy’s, 2008-2010; bartender, Rí Rá, 2010-2012; manager, Tin Man Brewing Company, 2012-2014; Sauced, bar manager, 2014-2016; owner, Mo’s House, 2017-present; owner, Bokeh Lounge, 2018-present; owner, Metzger’s Tavern, 2018-present Family: Husband Lance Farley
A life in student affairs seemed always to be the path Dr. Jennifer Hammat would follow — after all she spent the first year and a half of her life in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house on the campus of Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. “I didn’t know everyone else didn’t have the kind of conversations around the dinner tables that we did,” she says. “I heard about budget meetings, the board of regents, and all the kinds of university slang. That was my life.”
When the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana was searching for a new space, the organization looked at all areas of the city’s urban core. Members and donors, however, wanted to remain part of the Main Street revitalization. In February, the Arts Council officially opened its new space in the former Christian Science Reading Room at 212 Main St. — one block south of its former spot at 318 Main St. in Innovation Pointe.
Restoring classic cars is a lifelong hobby of many car enthusiasts — for Pat Reisinger, it has become a successful trade and business. Though his shop, Reisinger Custom Rebuilding (5001 New Harmony Road), has been taking on projects from around the country since 2008, his history with cars and restoration goes back much further. An Evansville native, Reisinger spent his youth working on tractors in his father Steve’s shop, which operated from the family home. “I’ve always worked on cars, motorcycles, and motors,” he says.
Since first opening on Evansville’s West Side in 2014, Azzip Pizza has worked toward rapid growth. Five years later, the company employs 144 people and operates seven pizzerias throughout Indiana and Kentucky, with an eighth set to open in Owensboro, Kentucky, this July. Azzip founder Brad Niemeier and his brother Andy Niemeier (Azzip’s co-CEO) do not plan on stopping there. “Being a part of the communities, not just here in Evansville, but in Terre Haute, Bloomington, Lafayette, and Bowling Green (Kentucky), is a great feeling,” says Brad.
When Mary Allen attended a Latino orientation through e is for everyone, she felt a little bit out of place. As the only non-Spanish speaker in the room, it was hard for her to follow the meeting in a non-native language. “I felt very uncomfortable, but it also was so good for me to think about the fact this is how [non-English speakers] feel daily,” says Allen.
When Todd emailed asking if I would like to write a guest letter, I immediately thought, “I bet the deadline is the end of the day,” or something that demanding. I mean, that’s how Todd rolls, isn’t it? So you can imagine my surprise to learn that the deadline was an entire two weeks away.