Yes Indianapolis, Yelp's Totally Bazaar. 1,100+ guests at the holiday shopping party of the year proved that Indianapolis has taken The Yelp Shops Local Pledge, and had a yelped out time while doing so. The host — The City Market — lead by Homespun: Modern Handmade & Sun King Brewing, welcomed 60 local businesses coming together under one roof for one night, for one goal: To shop local and Yelp on.
We here at Yelp believe that if we must shop, then we must first relax. Thus, Sun King Brewing's gift to the guests: an early release of their Cowbell Porter (yes… More Cowbell was called for). The City Market's all-Indiana beer bar — Tomlinson Tap Room — tapped keg after keg. Beer flowed like Santa down chimneys… all night long. Between beers and gift buying… guests were treated to massages by Specific Kneads and Blue Wren Studio. Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary's, New Day Meadery and Mass Ave Wine Shoppe provided complimentary sips while offering up their perfect concoctions as perfect gift options.
Yelpers filled their Totally Bazaar totes with gifts from local stores to handcrafters and non-profits: Bad Ass Glass, Bets & Mags, The Binding Bee, Bjava Coffee, Bobaloo!, Bookmama's, TheBrickShirtHouse, Busty's Fun Bags, Chatham Home, Chef JJ's Back Yard, Cordial Kitten, Crimson Tate: Modern Quilter, Curly Pigtails, Get Lathered, Green Illuminations, Hayes & Taylor (with Pattern Indy), Homespun: Modern Handmade, Iha Clothing, IndySwank, Jackie J Jewelry, Little Green Boutique, Liz Alig Clothing, Luna Music, Minx Vintage Fashion & Furniture, Nurpu River & Mountain Supply, Nurture, Oberweis Dairy, Opposite Of Far, People For Urban Progress, Pogue's Run Grocers, Project Endure, ReFind Originals, Sara B Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Staci DeBolt Pottery, Studio AMF, Tina Lynch Wilson Art, TreeHouse Herbs and Vouched Books: An Independent Press.
Hey yelpers, get off your feet and eat! A crepe from Three Days in Paris? A po' boy from Papa Roux? A Bistro Box from Chef JJ's Big Green Bistro perhaps? Or The Flying Cupcake's treats? How about… Circle City Soups, Circle City Sweets, U Relish Farm's savories, Smoking Goose truffle bologna, 240Sweet's Artisan roasted marshmallows, Just Pop In's craft popcorn, Natural Born Juicers, Bjava coffee or, as beer is food, a Sun King beer? No yelper went home hungry, or thirsty.
The Naptown Roller Girls rolled through the party with Winter essentials: yelpsticks, Yelp ponchos and gloves. Speaking of essentials… what's a party without prime music? A-Squared Industries very own Andy & Annie Skinner were on hand for the entire four hour party making sure ears & hearts were full & pumping. Solar Flare Photo was running the Yelp photo booth while Kelley Jordan Photography was taking snaps of the action.
An epic-epic-epic evening for all involved. Five Stars to you Indy yelpers for taking the pledge to shop local, following through with it & partying while doing so. The Five Star party is celebrated with five star reviews here.
Didn't make it? You have a handful of hours left to finish your holiday shopping and every one of these local businesses are ready & waiting for you.
Until next time, Yelp On!
-Yelp Indy Community Manager