In the shells of old factories, an Indianapolis neighborhood is manufacturing something altogether new—buzz.

By Amy Lynch
December 23, 2020
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Just Ride Cycling
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Coolness has a way of seeping through a city’s neighborhoods by osmosis. Take Indianapolis. For years, the southwest end of Massachusetts Avenue has been the short answer to, “Where should I shop or get a drink?” But that energy has hopped northeast over a tangle of interstates to creep farther up Mass Ave. into Windsor Park, one of the city’s earliest streetcar suburbs.

The Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC), a hulking auto parts factory that now houses an eclectic family of artists and small businesses, jump-started the metamorphosis five years ago. Major bike and pedestrian thoroughfares like the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the Monon Trail and Pogue’s Run offer direct access. Soon, Bottleworks District, a mixed-use development with a food hall and boutique hotel, will open in an old Coca-Cola plant, promising to lure even more traffic to this emerging area. (Food trucks already park outside.)

Shayna Sangster has had a front row (bike) seat to the revival. She’s been leading spin classes at Just Ride Cycling, a studio on the CCIC campus, for several years and took over ownership in 2018. “It’s definitely an up-and-coming neighborhood,” she says. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve seen lots of investment in housing and some really cool, unique spots popping up. It’s a more mature continuation of Mass Ave.—more settled with more families, but still young and fresh.”

Bottleworks District
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Batch Art Space, Circle City Industrial Complex
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Meet the Neighbors

Here’s how Sangster recommends exploring the Windsor Park area:

GET CULTURED

There are so many galleries and individual artists worth checking out during a CCIC First Friday open house. Full Circle Nine is probably the largest. Also Katrina J. Murray Studio and Gallery. I’m also really excited for the new Kan-Kan Cinema and Brasserie indie movie house to open when it’s safe, with a restaurant by star local chef Abbi Merriss.

GRAB A DRINK

Centerpoint Brewing hosts trivia nights on Thursdays, and dogs are always welcome. 8th Day Distillery is another great place to hang out with friends. I also love the golden milk at Provider coffee shop.

8th Day Distillery
| Credit: Cliff Ritchey

EAT WELL

All our Just Ride members go to the Growing Places Indy Winter Farmers Market after Saturday morning classes. It’s like a big weekly block party. Beholder is good for dinner and drinks. Lick Ice Cream offers super-creative flavors like Gorgonzola candied pecan and chocolate cherry amaretto. Or just give me a croissant or some great bread with lots of butter at Leviathan Bakehouse, and I’m all in.

Beholder
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Lick Ice Cream
Leviathan Bakehouse
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TRY SOMETHING NEW

I haven’t been to Fowling Warehouse Indy yet, but it looks like so much fun; it’s a combination of football and bowling. And Indy Fused Glass hosts group classes where you can make your own art items.

GET TO KNOW: SHAYNA SANGSTER

Shayna Sangster
| Credit: Courtesy of Just Ride

Spin instructor and marketing director for the Indiana Fever, Indy’s WNBA team. Lansing, Michigan, native. Unabashed lover of carbs.