A Guide to Ever-Changing Fountain Square – Indianapolis Monthly

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A Guide to Ever-Changing Fountain Square - Indianapolis Monthly

CAFFEINATE: Bovaconti coffee, A jewelry box in a café nods to the former Italian owners of the building with a “Ciao Bella!” Characters and an Italian menu. This connoisseur’s cafe turns small roasters and allows dogs. Bottles of water are also sold, recreating the exterior mural designed and painted by color-blind local artist Nick Smith. 1042 Virginia Ave., 317-222-1855, bovaconticoffee.com

TO TREAT: Square shovel rotates more than two dozen flavors of ice cream, including vegan birthday cake and gluten-free sticky chewy chocolate. (Be careful with the LemOreo – it’s addicting.) The purple-walled shop also serves specialty milkshakes and sundaes. No time for a cone? Get a beer to go. 1028 Virginia Ave., 317-426-3320, sqrscoop.com

SEARCH: Three quarters of the inventory Tuggles Gifts & Merchandise is Hoosier-made. Shop for leather magazines, pottery, eco-friendly takeaway mugs, crocheted succulents, knitted hats – and art from the owners. Brooke Tuggle makes earrings out of polymer clay, and Ross uses salvaged wooden boards to create geometric wood art. 1016 Virginia Ave., 317-672-5023, tugglesgiftsandgoods.com

BUSINESS: Athena’s fashion boutique wears dinosaur-print dresses, cheetah leggings and camouflage Loungewear and lots of batik up to size 3X. A modest men’s department also has jackets and accessories. Women might consider a $ 10 Stabby Cat accessory, a resin cat-shaped keychain whose sharp ears can be used for self-defense. 1048 Virginia Ave., 317-432-2888, athenasfashionboutique.com

Square Scoop Ice Cream.

TO GROW: Turn your black thumb into a green one at Snakeroot Botanicals, a brand new garden and herb shop brought to you by the owners of Square Cat Vinyl next door. The store, which opened online in the winter and plans to open its store in the spring, stocks planters, garden tools, seeds, self-watering herbs and tiny succulents. Order online and collect it in person. 1052 Virginia Ave., 317-604-7562, snakerootbotanicals.com

LISTEN: Two years after the Virginia Avenue Music Festival began, Patrick Burtch and Mike Angel opened Square cat vinyl, a record store that is also a music venue, bar, and coffee shop – basically anything you could want in Fountain Square within four walls. It’s a good place to order a beer, crouch for heads down work, and listen to top notch talent. Browse new and used vinyl and visit the local artist department. An extension will upgrade the coffee and alcohol bar and include a kitchen serving breakfast items and sandwiches. 1054 Virginia Ave., 317-875-1314, squarecatvinyl.com

EAT: Gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Brown Butter Blondies so good you don’t care that gluttony is a sin. Find these and more below 4 birds bakeryMonthly pop-ups and retail purchases take place here by appointment. Order online for pickup and keep an eye on the Charity Cookie range – every month, some winnings from a new flavor go to a nonprofit. 1058 Virginia Ave., 4birdsbakery.com

Athena’s fashion boutique.

TO BUY: Zodiac vintage has a little bit of everything, but just one of everything. Think of 1970s skirts in earth tones, Gunne Sax dresses, vintage sweatshirts, and Burberry trench coats. The time capsule goes from the 30s to the 90s, and there are even some kids’ clothes. Keep up to date with the ever changing inventory on Instagram where pieces are styled as outfits. 1060 Virginia Ave., 317-306-9600, instagram.com/zodiac.vintage

READ: Indy is reading is working to move from Mass Ave to the former library room of Fountain Square and bring the Drag Queen Story Hour with it. The store’s bestseller list consists almost entirely of books about races, including The Vanishing Half and Such a Fun Age. 1066 Virginia Ave., 317-384-1496, indyreads.org.