March / April 2015

Evansville Living

Pawn Stars

More than one century ago, Moses Goldman founded Goldman’s Pawn Shop, beginning a tradition that has continued onto its fifth-generation owner. “For many years, the Goldmans have kept Evansville and Evansville has kept the Goldmans,” says Rachael Goldman, reworking a

Weaving the Way

A fifth-generation rug maker, he’s made the art all his own by using only recycled materials, everything from worn-out blue jeans to even blanket trimmings. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more and more into recycling. I even drive a

We Love Pizza

Why do we love pizza? That’s an easy answer — but not a short one. It’s customizable, shareable, delectable, portable, and we can’t get enough of it, making Evansville a perfect place for us. Pizzerias cover this city and its

Never Met a Stranger

I first noticed James Putnam when I transferred to the University of Southern Indiana last year as a sophomore. It seemed that every time he would pass me in his 30-passenger Metropolitan Shuttle Transit System shuttle bus, he would always

Historic Revival

Background: The McCurdy Hotel, built at a cost of $750,000, debuted in 1917 with 300 rooms. St. Louis architect H. Ziegler Dietz designed the Colonial Revival–style hotel incorporating pink Tennessee marble in the lobby. An ad in the Evansville Courier

Feel the Fire

Three years ago, Larry “Bubbles” Pollock and some friends were “just having fun” in the kitchen when they created “some pretty good stuff” and he thought, “maybe we can sell it.” The Pub owner calls it Carne Asada or “cooking

Setting the Breakfast Bar

Cleavers, conveniently located just east of the Lloyd Expressway and Green River Road (across the street from William Henry Harrison High School), boldly boasts “Best Breakfast in Town” on its marquee. More than a few people I know judge a

Simmering Suds

Jalapenos and peanut butter are not flavors usually associated with beer, but these homebrewers dare to think outside of the barrel. "My husband and I began brewing as a chance to customize beer to our tastes,” says Valerie Blaylock of

At Your Doorstep

The days of delivery limited to pizza are long gone. Food from about any local restaurant from steak to sushi or items from convenience and grocery stores can now be delivered right to your door. There are several different options

Spice Advice

There’s no better way to add zest to your cooking than with spices and herbs. Using these tasty ingredients can enhance any dish and step up your culinary prowess. Here are a few flavors to add to take your meal

Glaze Craze

The unique name brings customers in and the donuts make them stay. White Squirrel Donuts, located at 311 Main St. in Rockport, Indiana, was opened in May 2014 by owners Terry and Suzanne Carney. Its name was born from the

Past and Present

Tens of thousands of photos have crossed our desks in the 15 years we’ve published Evansville Living. With up to 200 photos in many issues — and this is our 91st issue — it’s likely that more than 18,000 photos

Center of Attention

Finding Peace

For Margaret McMullan and her father James, reading and talking about what they were reading was their way of staying close, despite separate postal codes. When her father died in April 2012 from a prolonged illness, McMullan, an English professor

Editor's Letter

Skip the Accolades, We’ll Have Pizza

Fifteen years ago, the inaugural issue of Evansville Living was launched. With a few years under our belt, we’ve toned down our celebrations, perhaps just a bit, choosing to focus this issue on our favorite food — Pizza! — instead

Check It Out

Run for Research

After losing their son Sean to medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, Craig and Katie Witsoe of Evansville started the St. Jude Give Hope Run in their son’s memory. The run is in its fifth year and people of all ages

Evansville philharmonic guild homes of note tour

Evansville’s architectural past is put on display as individuals explore the historic homes along Wabash Avenue during the Homes of Note House Tour. Hosted by the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Guild for the 17th year, the tour takes place from 9


Walk Along Main Street

When Mayor Lloyd Winnecke addressed Signature School’s 2014 graduating class last May, he told them to take pictures of Evansville’s Main Street. “When they come back for their five- or 10-year reunions, I don’t think they’ll recognize it,” says Winnecke.

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

A Tale of Two City Elections

Evansville politics have always been interesting, but in two city elections — 1951 and 1955 — the course of history forever changed. Never before, or since, have so many voters been called to the polls to participate in the process

Digging In

Enhancing Elements

During my time as a student at Purdue University, I took the opportunity to do a study abroad in Hannover, Germany. For my final project, I gave a presentation on Fassadenbegrünung or façade greening. At first this seemed like a

For the Love of Nature

As James A. McCarty Jr., or “J.T.” as he’s more commonly called, sits in the backyard of his Newburgh, Indiana, home on a late summer day, flowers, trees, and shrubs surround him. McCarty points out each describing the perfect recipe


A Trip for Birds

At the front door to Old Mexico in the “Texas Tropics,” McAllen, Texas, is a spicy blend of two cultures and two languages. My trip, in December, was tourism focused — and what brings tourism to Hidalgo County, and the


Dance Lessons

Yvette Walts is the kind of person who greets a new acquaintance with a hug instead of a handshake. So imagine the petite, peppy blonde’s surprise when she found herself depicted as the villain of “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” a

In With The New

Forty thousand historic photographs, racks of blueprints, and acid-free boxes containing documents dating back to the 1800s now sit safely — stacked floor to ceiling — in a new storage room in Willard Library. While the public showed its appreciation

Night on the Town

Gone are the days where plodding cover bands ruled the nightlife scene in Evansville. Today, on any given night, guests can come across a neighborhood bar with an edgy folk singer, or a packed sweaty venue grooving to a touring


Seeing the Light

A year ago, brothers Kyle and Kory Miller, who both live in Evansville, would go months without talking. To them, that level of interaction was completely normal — they both were busy with their own jobs and lives — what

Online Exclusives

Link Up

To show how stories in the March/April issue of Evansville Living fit into the broader context of world events, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you. No Google search required. If you’re wild about bird watching, then