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An image showing the upcoming development on 106th Street in Fishers Indiana

Good Tuesday Morning. This is Fishers Digest. The Fishers newsletter that wants you to know it’s ok to be midwestern. Despite what those New Yorkers tell us.

🌧️ Today’s weather: Showers, with a high near 64°.

In today’s digest:

  • First-time champs
  • Drive-thru Java House
  • Hotel reservations open

This issue is 1,532 words, a 5-minute read.

The Digest

🏀 First time ever sectional champs

An image showing the Fishers High School Basketball team sectional 8 victory bracket
MaxPreps Tournament Bracket Data

Fishers High School Basketball team are your Sectional 8 Champs — their first in school history.

After beating HSE on Friday night, they moved on to Saturday’s game to a sold-out crowd vs Noblesville. The game was very close, but Fishers held on and won out with a final score of 49-47.

The win puts them at #1 in the state, division, and Indianapolis area. As well as #30 in the nation. Congrats Fishers, and good luck getting that state championship!

Indy Ignite

An image of seat details available for the Indy Ignite
Seating chart for the new Indy Ignite

Indiana’s got a new sports star: the Indy Ignite! Starting January 2025, they’re setting up camp at the new Fishers Event Center. They’re the first pro women’s volleyball team in Indiana and will play in North America’s top league.

With the announcement came the ability to buy season tickets – and a map of what seating at the stadium will look like. This is the first look for the public I could find showing how the stadium will be laid out.

Cool fact: The Indy Ignite is the second “Indy” team to call Fishers home. It’s a bit like how the NFL’s 49ers, Cowboys, and Giants don’t play in their namesake cities. Only the Fishers Freight uses the Fishers name.

Fishers now have pro volleyball, hockey, and football. Noblesville has basketball with the Mad Ants moving there. With plans for our high school teams to play their biggest games at the event center, 2025 looks like a very sports-filled year for Fishers.

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The Happenings

Here are a few curated events to look forward to this week.

> The latest LUME experience at Newfields is Salvador Dalí. He’s known for his surreal dreamscapes of melting clocks and fascinating creatures. Tickets are now available for the experience through May 30th.

> There are a few spots left to make your own solar eclipse viewer for 9-11 year olds. Thursday (03/07) at the Noblesville library. (link)

> Second Friday hosted by the Fishers Art Council will have a special Disability Awareness exhibit. Sneak peek video. Friday (3/8) at 6 pm at the FAC Hub Gallery, 11810 Technology Dr, Fishers, IN 46038, USA

> Another weekend, another home show. This time it’s the Indiana Flower + Patio show. Beyond inspo for your home, they’ll have make-your-own terrarium classes, deck wars, and more. Tickets here.

> This month’s Storywalk is at Brooks School Park. Walk the park while reading the book “Just Ask” by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Learn more.

🎭️ Theatre

It’s Theatre Tuesday! A reader suggested this upcoming local pick by the HSEHS drama club :

Guys and Dolls is a musical performance. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, it’s an oddball romantic comedy. Tickets here and support school students.

> The Folks at Home at the Indianapolis Repertory Theatre. Tickets here

> Spamilton, a side-splitting parody of Hamilton, will play for a limited time at the Butler Schrott Center of Arts. Tickets here.

Civil Meetings

The Plat Committee meets Wednesday at Launch Fishers (12175 Visionary Way) at 4 pm. The only agenda item is a replat for the Villas at Fishers District.

Replat is an outrageous word 🤣 Even searching it on Google made no sense. ChatGPT tells me it’s just redrawing property lines.

The Planned Unit Development Commission meets Wednesday at Launch Fishers (12175 Visionary Way) at 5 pm. The only item on the agenda is approving an upcoming development on 106th Street near Lantern Road. The development includes mixed-use space and apartments. The following are confirmed:

  • A drive-thru Java House
  • An indoor/outdoor biergarten
An image showing the upcoming development on 106th Street in Fishers Indiana
Rendering of the new development on 106th Street

🎶 Live Music

Hunter Wainscotte | Tin Roof | 9pm
Dead Souls Underground | Melody Inn | 8pm
Serenade Jazz Orchestra | The Jazz Kitchen | 7pm

Sam Barber | HI-FI Indianapolis | 8pm
Charlie JOhn | Tin Roof | 9pm
Ward Davis & Addison Johnson | Duke’s Indy | 7pm
Ronin Ghost, The Cravings | Melody Inn | 7pm
Wes Montgomery Tribute featuring Tucker, Weakley + Helft | The Jazz Kitchen | 7pm
International Guitar Night | Schrott Center for the Arts | 7:30pm

Kendall Street Company | LO-FI Lounge | 7pm
Lilly Hiatt | HI-FI Indianapolis | 9pm
Pom Teddy | Tin Roof | 10pm
Sound Weasel | Melody Inn | 7pm
Latin Dance Party | The Jazz Kitchen | 6pm
Papadosio w/ Evanoff | | The Vogue Theatre | 9pm
Brown Maple, Echo, Later Gator, Someone Familiar | Hoosier Dome | 6:30pm
The Music of Schubert & Marsalis | Hilbert Circle Theatre | 11am
First Thursday | Hilbert Circle Theatre | 7pm
Open Mic Night | Brockway Pub | 8pm

📱Check out our Instagram for more live music.

🎰 Trivia

General Trivia | Mashcraft | 7 PM
Trivia Night w/ Party Play Indy | Parks Place Pub | 7 PM

Live Trivia | Daniel’s Vineyard | 6 PM
Disney Trivia | Parks Place Pub | 7 PM
Live Trivia | Books & Brews | 7:30 PM
Live Trivia | Pinheads | 7 PM

Hambone Trivia | Memento Zero Proof
Trivia Night | CR Heroes | 7:30 PM
Trivia Night | Pearl Street | 7 PM

Local business

🫖 Return of the Tilly

max and tillys logo

In the pre-First Internet Bank ages (known to Fishers Futurists as the Dark Ages), there was a little tea shop called Tilly’s Tea Room. They shut down then, but are now re-opening in the new bank building as a tea shop and fish and chips eatery.

📍 You can use this old Google Maps view to see what 116th Street looked like before. It’s amazing to see how different Fishers is in such a short time.

Hotel Nickel Plate

An image rendering of the Fishers luxury hotel the Hotel Nickel Plate
Rendering from the Hotel Nickel Plate website

Hotel Nickel Plate’s opening is soon. Reservations starting June 2nd, 2024 are available here. In line with a luxury hotel, it’s opening a new bar and restaurant – the Iron Horse Social.

What makes this hotel special? It’s one of 70 in the Tapestry Collection by Hilton high-end hotels. A first of its kind in Fishers.

15 year old staffing agency sold

Top Talent, LLC is a recruiting and staffing agency specializing in logistics and supply chain. They recently announced that a Columbus, Indiana-based PE firm purchased them. Congratulations and good luck!

Nothing in this section is sponsored. It’s just things you should know.

Rapid Fire Hits

Quick headlines and things to know from all around 🌐

Here’s a 1 minute guide on how to speak midwestern. How to ask for a favor, make small talk, and more. Watch here if it’s not too much of an inconvenience to ya (link)

A bill that put the future of IndyGo’s Blue Line in question is now dead. (link)

The IBJ interviewed Megan Vukisch, the previous Fishers city planner, on her new role in Indy. (link)

The City of Fishers has plans to have over 250 cameras installed throughout the city by the end of 2024. (link)

Mark Your Calendars for April 8: The partial eclipse starts at 1:50:33 pm. Totality is at 3:06:03 pm. It will last three minutes or more, depending on location. Plan your day!

Construction This Week

Fishers Construction Logo

Here’s what you should know this week. Deeper insights are found on the Fishers Digest website.

  • 146th Street and Allisonville Road construction has started. It should open up sometime in June
  • Concrete work will start on Municipal Drive. This is in preparation for the new city hall and art center opening in April/May 2024
  • The city will close part of Allisonville Road for sanitary sewer cleaning today
  • Windermere is the next neighborhood to get their sidewalks repaired
  • Heritage Park Bridge construction is starting soon. The bridge will connect Carmel and Fishers over the White River. August 2025 is the ETA

WTHR has reported that 96th Street/Allisonville Road construction will start this month. How much of the intersection they will shut down remains TBD. Deciding to do so now with the upcoming eclipse would be very curious. The expectation for April is between 600,000 and 2 million people.

🔥 Go deeper for each report here.


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