October/November 2022

Evansville Business

On Track

Ohio Street notwithstanding, when was the last time you were stopped in Evansville by a train? River City commuters traverse dozens of railroad crossings every day, but only a few see train traffic. That first question got us thinking: How

Reflections From the Shallow End

Of all the strange things that drive me crazy (and there are many), one that I fail to understand is the reluctance of Downtown Main Street business owners to remove the rusted, deteriorated, bird-nested metal awnings that cut the facades of

76 Years Young

"Our family’s nature is to keep our heads down and focus on the future,” Chris Traylor, co-president of Traylor Construction Group, Inc., told Evansville Business magazine during the company’s 75th anniversary in 2021. One year later, the Traylors continue to

State of the Union

There’s a new name in town. Well, not quite new. Some people may not immediately recognize the newly minted Liberty Federal Credit Union’s connection to Evansville, but it has nearly a century worth of history in the River City. Evansville

Building Evansville

‘A Dream Come True’

Venue 812, a new event space in the former location of Western Ribeye steakhouse at 1401 N. Boeke Road, fulfills the culinary dreams of owners Ellada and Doros Hadjisavva. “We have been catering since 2008,” says Ellada. “Catering grew from

Back Talk

Beth Sweney standing in front of an American Red Cross building

Beth Sweeney

Education: Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, University of Kentucky Resume: Reporter, KTLA, Los Angeles, California; reporter, anchor, and assistant news director, WFIE-TV; executive director, Southwest Indiana chapter of the American Red Cross, January 2022-present Hometown: Liberty, Kentucky Family: Husband Reed

Business Front

Blended Family

Shepherd Insurance has been a fixture on Evansville’s Eagle Crest Boulevard since it purchased the former Volkman Agency in 2003.  When talks began on partnering with the nearly 90-year-old Heston Insurance, office constraints quickly came to light.  “We always had designs

Down to the Stitch

For Katelyn Watson, every stitch sewn into a dress that leaves Katelyn’s Alterations & Design must be flawless. First, Watson and her team must carefully remove each bead, lace, and piece of fabric. Then, they correct the dress and hand-stitch
Mission Grounds Barista Zac Seif

Coffee for a Cause

Opened on July 11, Mission Grounds Cafe is the latest coffee shop to grind out a location in Evansville. The cafe, owned and operated by the Evansville Rescue Mission, found a home in a space adjacent to the ERM’s new

Birds of a Feather

At Rare Bird Uncommon Gifts, rows of jewelry sit near leather goods and wind chimes sourced from women-owned businesses, fair trade vendors, and independent makers. Customers can shop for unique gifts and Evansville-themed items, browse for something special, pick up
Valiant family behind the counter at Signarama


When Casey Valiant walks into work each day, he follows in the footsteps of two generations of sign makers. Known as Signarama since 1997 but in business since 1957, this sign company runs on family. Arthur and Benita Valiant opened