A Valentine for Indy

Posted by Whitney Shelley in blog | February 14, 2015

February is the month of love, but it’s also the month many Hoosiers begin cursing Mother Nature and wondering if we will ever see the sunlight again. It’s a rough time, so we thought everyone could use a reminder of what makes living in this city worth slogging through another humdrum winter. Why we love this place through the longest, dreariest of winters. Think of it as a little Valentine to good ol’ Naptown.

The Eats

It’s a fact- Indianapolis has restaurants that will blow the taste buds out of your mouth. Name a cuisine, we’ve got it. Name any combination of cuisines and there is probably some hip fusion joint serving it in Fountain Square or another city gem like:

Siam Square

Scratch Truck

Mimi Blue Meatballs

Long’s Bakery

Papa Roux

Arby’s (Matchbook is always thinking Arby’s)

The Locals

Ah, the people. If there is anything that can battle the cold of winter, it’s the warmth of our Hoosier hospitality. No, really, ask anyone. In fact, many of us at Matchbook dedicate time volunteering for organizations that benefit the people and animals of Indianapolis. Some of our favorite volunteer opportunities are:


Forever Friends Great Dane rescue

Habitat for Humanity

The Indianapolis Zoo

Ovar’coming Together

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

The Activities

Did you know Indy has it’s own skywalk system? The Monon and Cultural Trails are not the only thing connecting our favorite Indianapolis landmarks. This makes walking less gruesome for winter travels if you don’t feel like warming up the engine to check out the Indy Winter Farmers Market or the Circle Centre Mall. Let’s also not forget:

Veal’s Ice Tree

Cracker’s Comedy Club

First Friday Art Tour

Indoor concerts

Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace

Midland Antiques

The Scene

Here in Indy, hunger for authenticity is fierce. Not just at Matchbook, but also along the city streets. Downtown is bursting with creative energy and showcases Historical monuments and urban art in almost every nook and cranny making it that much easier for locals to keep on keepin’ on through these wintery days. Don’t forget to venture to:


World War I monument

The Eiteljorg

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument

Let’s face it. It feels like we are inching toward summertime. Our boots are stained from snow and salt and we are challenged with mounds of snow along roadways and constant winter advisory warnings. But, let’s not forget that longer days and warmer weather are ahead of us. Take advantage of the occasional snow day while we still have them and warm up in a brewery with your pals. Among all, embrace it. Enjoy the Circle City even in the coldest of times.