Monday, January 30, 2012

Things to do...even in the Winter.

 Tonight the Indianapolis Chamber Players are at ISU. The 18th there is an all day Jazz Festival. Plus, many musical things to attend in the future both before and after the Jazz Festival. For more information on times and locations check out the master calendar at

 This Friday will be FIRST FRIDAY Downtown. Book Nation is have a LAST DAYS BLOW OUT SALE. The shop will be open on Friday, February 3 from 11:00 until at least 9:00 (for First Friday). They will be having a Beer Box Sale on our last two days, customers will also have the option to fill an empty beer case with books for just $20 (see photo). We have the boxes ready to go; it should be a lot of fun! You can get more information on the last days on facebook at!/events/241322209276431/ 

 The next sporting event for the Sycamores will be a mens basketball game on February 1st at 8pm. Check out the master sports calender for sporting event dates and times.

 Rose Hulman has an excellent Performing arts series at their Hatfield Hall. The next performance is Ladysmith on February 7th at 7:30pm. For more information check out the website.

 You could help out at the Community Theater for the upcoming Meet Me in St. Louis. Just ask on facebook what time the people are meeting (for whatever you think you'd enjoy helping with).!/groups/ctterrehaute/  They also have a website, if you aren't on facebook. If you want to be in a play visit the website for tryout dates for the next play. Or maybe you just want to come and enjoy the show, they have the dates, times and prices for the shows, as well, on the website.

On a day like today, take a ride, walk or jog on the National Road Heritage Trail. Be sure to "LIKE" the facebook group.!/groups/99661572096/

If you have little ones, stop by the Children's Museum. Want to see what is going on at the museum?!/terrehautechildrensmuseum or

Volunteer at the Humane Society. They are always looking for helpers. For more information on what you can do and how to go about it, check their website at

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Red's Wagon Rides.

Red's Wagon Rides is (as far as I know) Terre Haute's first pedicab service. Above is a picture of Red's Wagon (topless). I figured I would do this interview with the owner (who happens to be my wife) at the beginning and see what she hopes for the business. Also, that way you'd know what to expect from the pedicab service. Then after the first season I hope to do a second interview to see how it went and if it lived up to her expectations.

I will first ask some general questions about the pedicab business and then some about what she hopes for the business.

What is a pedicab?
A pedicab is a green and alternative way of transportation by bicycle, where you don't have to do any work, just sit back & enjoy the ride.

How many people can ride in it?
My pedicab can hold up to 3 passengers with a weight limit of 500 lbs.  I haven't tried to pull that much yet, so I'll let you know how that works for me.

Where can I use it's services?
We are planning on having a presence at various downtown events, Earth Day at SMWC (if they will let me). We will also be available for special engagements. 

When will it be in operation?
We are planning on running when the weather is decent and we have free time. We have no set schedule at this time. We were out yesterday in the cold & wind for test rides.  You will just have to look for us in the downtown area, we are kind of hard to miss!

Is there a fee?
No, there is not going to be a fee at the current time but tips will be appreciated. We are just starting & we don't feel it would be fair to charge people at this time. Weddings & special occasion rides can be discussed if someone would like this service. 

Is there anything else you'd like people to know about your pedicab business?
This is a ride that takes life at a slower pace, please don't be in a hurry if you want a ride. We hope to shape the business to meet the needs of downtown Terre Haute.

I am hoping to do blogs on more Terre Haute Businesses, the Downtown Farmer's Market, The Community Theater, the Children's Museum and more. Be sure to let me know if you have ideas, suggestions or questions.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Coffee Grounds

I am sorry this is a day or so late. I just got busy and lost track of time. Better late than never, someone once said.
This week is yet another business I really enjoy visiting. I have been visiting this business for many years (close to 10 or so). Oh, I don't even think their awesome desserts are mentioned. Mmmmm...chocolate chip cookies and coffee, need I say more? 

What is your name and how are you involved in or with Coffee Grounds?
My name is Pete Wilson and I bought the Grounds six years ago 

Where is your business located?
421 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, Indiana

What are your hours?
6:30 to midnight mon thru fri and Sat and Sun 8:00 to midnight

If I have a question about your business, how can I contact someone? (ie. Phone, Facebook, Website or email)

How long hasCoffee Grounds been in business and how long have you been involved with it?
Been involved for 6 years and been in business for 17 years

What should people who have never heard of your business know?
Very eclectic, bohemian style coffee shop

Why should the people of Terre Haute and surrounding areas come to or support your business?
Because we are locally owned, great products and service.

How can people support your business?
By purchasing our products.

Are you on the present Downtown discount card or would you be interested in being on one in the future?Yes we are on it

Do you have any events plants for 2012?
They will be listed on the events schedule on our web page.

Is your business a member of the Downtown Terre Haute?

Do you support other Downtown Businesses (directly, indirectly or personally)?
Yes both

Do you have bicycle parking at or near your business?
IDK...about the bike racks
(I can tell you, there is one across the street in front of J-Gumbos)

Do you participate in any downtown events?
 Do you support it when Downtown streets are blocked for events (such as Blues at the Crossroads, Downtown Block Party, the Altrusa Chili Cook-off or other similar events)?


Next week I hope to do a piece on Terre Haute's first pedicab.
That's right Terre Haute is getting a pedicab business!
And yes, there will be a few pictures.
Feel free to send me questions for the pedicab owner.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Element

I am so excited! This is my first local business interview (via email) for the blog. I have sent out a few and hope to eventually talk to all the businesses I can. This one is especially exciting for me because I have been going to this store since it opened and I love it. I love the outdoors and this store helps me go out in it. Even on days like today. In fact, I have seen the sign out in front of this store read, "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing".

So, here are the answers to some questions from the co-owner of The Element Outdoor Outfitters:

What is your name and how are you involved in or with The Element Outdoor Outfitters?
Chad McKay and I am the co-owner

Where is your business located?
We are located on the corner of 11th St. and Wabash Ave. in beautiful downtown Terre Haute Indiana.

What are your hours?
We are open 9AM – 6 PM Monday thru Friday and 10 AM -6 PM Saturday, closed on Sunday

If I have a question about your business, how can I contact someone? (ie. Phone, Facebook, Website or email)
We are available phone calls in the store during regular hours. We have a facebook page and we answer email directed to

How long has The Element Outdoor Outfitters been in business and how long have you been involved with it?
The Element has been open for over 6 years now and I have been here since the beginning.

What should people who have never heard of your business know?
Well,  I would like them to know that we are the premier outdoor outfitter in the Wabash Valley. We offer apparel and equipment for all your outdoor activities. We pride ourselves on great customer service and outstanding product knowledge.

What should people who have heard of your business know about it?
We are constantly working to update and improve our product mix to better fit what our customers area looking for. Our store changes with every season. We also work very hard on employee training and product knowledge. We are here to help whenever you need outdoor equipment, apparel or advice.

Why should the people of Terre Haute and surrounding areas come to or support your business?
We have great products at reasonable prices and outstanding customer service. On top of that, we do our best to support local groups  involved in our outdoor environment and the downtown area.

How can people support your business?
They can come in and buy our products and enjoy our community of outdoor enthusiasts.

Are you on the present Downtown discount card or would you be interested in being on one in the future?
We are not currently. We may be interested.

Do you have any events planned for 2012?
We do have several events in the early, early stages of planning. Possibilities include: Cornhole Tourney, Tent sale,  Disc Golf Tourney, Paddling trip, Camping trip, and Several Climbing trips. 

Are you hoping or planning on business growth for 2012 (in size, what you offer or number of employees)?
We are hoping to increase sales through new and exciting product offerings.

Is your business a member of the Downtown Terre Haute?

Do you support other Downtown Businesses (directly, indirectly or personally)?
My wife and I personally support several downtown businesses.

Do you have bicycle parking at or near your business?

If so, is it in a good location?
We have a bike rack in front of our building and we offer loaner locking  cables if you need a bike lock.

If not, would you be willing to put in a bike rack?
We did.

How many local people do you employee?

Do you participate in any downtown events?

Do you support it when Downtown streets are blocked for events (such as Blues at the Crossroads, Downtown Block Party, the Altrusa Chili Cook-off or other similar events)?
Yes. In fact we block off 11th street for our events sometimes. (we do keep both entrances to Jimmy Johns open for them – because we are good neighbors!)

What are your hopes for Downtown Terre Haute?
I like the recent reinvestment and improvements going on Downtown. I hope to see more quality businesses move to the downtown area. I am also encouraged by the work ISU is doing to improve relations and help with redevelopment.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
We have a climbing club.


Next week: The Coffee Grounds.
Two weeks: Red's Wagon Rides.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Need something to do on a cold Saturday?


Here is a last minute idea for today.

Feb 24 - LugeOn Saturday, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Terre Haute Children’s Museum guests will have the opportunity to build and decorate a small-scale single luge and learn about the science of luging.

With the help of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Homework Hotline tutors, guests will build a luge and then test their luge on simulated luge tracks. Guests will make predictions about how surface type, shape of their luge, wind resistance and angle of the slope of their track will impact the speed of their luge. They will then test their predictions by conducting several simulated luge runs and draw conclusions about the effects of physical forces on the sport of luging. While participating in this activity, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about scientific terms, such as acceleration, deceleration, friction, gravity and velocity.

A luge is a small one- or two-person sled, and lugers sled face up and feet-first. Luge is also the name of an Olympic sport. Of the three Olympic sliding sports, which include bobsleigh and skeleton, luge is the fastest and most dangerous. Lugers can reach speeds of 87 mph.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Homework Hotline is a free math and science tutoring service for Indiana students. A free community service since 1991, the program provides tutoring via a toll-free phone call (1-877-Ask-Rose). Tutors are Rose-Hulman college students who are recommended by faculty and selected for their technical knowledge and their ability to communicate clearly. The Homework Hotline reinforces math and science concepts and helps students develop better problem-solving skills.

The luge activity at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum is free for members of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum and free with paid museum admission for non-members. Admission to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum is $7 for adults and children 2 and older. Admission for children up to 24 months is free. For more information about the activity, and other activities coming up at the Museum, call 812-235-5548, email, or visit

Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Year

As I am sitting here thinking of all the things I want to do to promote Terre Haute for the new year, I decided to list some of the local places I have been. All of the places I am listing are places, I see the owner and/or talk to them. My wife and I have really started trying to support local. We really like to talk to the owners and see them around town.

Baeslers Market.

Coffee Grounds.
Java Haute.
The Corner Grind. (See Crossroads Cafe below)

Chava’s Mexican Grill. (between 6th and 7th on Wabash Ave.)
J. Gumbo's Cajun Joint .
7th & Elm Bar and Grill.
The Saratoga.
Crossroads Cafe.
Wise Pies.
The Speak Easy.

The Roxy Studio
J's Bikes.
Fat Bikes. (11th and Wabash Ave.)
The Element Outdoor Outfitters.
Graphic FX.
River Wools.
Asian Market.
Coaches Corner.
Coaches Pro Shop. (7th and Hulman St.)

Places that I am listing below, I believe to be local, but I don't know the owners.
Charlie's Pub and Grub.
Black Angus.

Now, there are many other locally owned business' in Terre Haute. If you have one that you know the owners and think we should all know about them, let us know. Put it in a comment on this post.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Terre Haute Attractions

I have posted on things going on for the weekend to give people stuff to do, websites to visit for ideas, local gift ideas (x2) and local events for the upcoming days. Now I have decided to list a few local attractions.

On those odd warm days of winter, check out Wabashiki.
  • Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area provides fishing for bluegill, crappie, bass and catfish from two ponds on the property.
  • A 14-inch size limit on largemouth bass is in effect
  • Electric motors only are permitted on the ponds
  • Shore line fishing is available at the ponds and the river.
  • Turkey, rabbit, deer, woodcock, duck and goose hunting is available at the property. Night hunting is available for raccoon and fox.
  • Non Toxic shot is required
NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.
Please Read and Obey All Signs.

Also for a warm day, go for a walk or ride on the Heritage Trail.
Most of this trail follows the former Terre Haute, Brazil & Eastern (also Vandalia) RR, an abandoned east-west line which connected to Indianapolis.  The Twigg rest area serves as an historically remarkable trailhead.  The trail continues as a bike lane west of 13th Street, then picks up as an interesting urban pathway along 4th Street beside the ISU campus.
There is a trail (from ISU at Tippecanoe) on 5th street that runs North. At Maple Avenue you can turn and ride or walk up to Collett Park on the Maple Ave. Trail.
Also, the 4th street trail (also from ISU at Tippecanoe) you  can travel South to Hulman and then head East on the Hulman Street Trail to about 31st street (this next to Bunches Nursery by the Thompson ditch).

Nothing to do on a raining (or sunny) day? Check out the Vigo County Historical Society.

Rumor has it, Stiffy Green is living there. The Vigo County Historical Society is located at 1411 S. 6th St..
Feel free to call for hours and information: (812) 235-9717

One of my favorite places to go is Dobbs Park.

You can observe the wildlife, or hike through this 105 acre wooded setting. Wander through the wild prairie and watch the beauty unfold in the butterfly gardens. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.; Closed on Sundays, Mondays, Election days and holidays

Also at Dobbs Park you can visit the Native American Museum.

One more place to go on a winter day or any other day during the year might be the CANDLES Holocaust Museum.

These are a few of my favorite things. Anyone else break into song from the Sound of Music? I know I did.

There are many other attractions in Terre Haute. Feel free to check out Terre Haute's webpage for

Welcome to 2012  and GET OUT THERE TERRE HAUTE!