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Good Friday morning. This is Fishers Digest. The local newsletter that tastes better than all your Thanksgiving leftovers thrown on some bread. (P.S. if you haven’t tried this before it’s awesome).

☀️ Today's weather: Sunny, with a high near 41°.

In today’s digest:

  • Community Center update

  • Local Black Friday

  • Weekend preview

This issue is 1,283 words, a 4.5-minute read.

The Digest

Community Center moving forward

One big thing: The $60m community center at 121st and Hoosier Road is full steam ahead.

Last Monday, City Council approved an annexation for the land the future community center will be built on. This is a key step towards the 2025 opening date.

Here are just a few of the facilities the community center will have:

  • 5,300-square-foot indoor playground

  • Aquatics facility

  • 18,600-square-foot gymnasium (with basketball/pickleball courts)

  • Clinical rooms and offices for the Fishers Health Department

  • Childcare facility

  • Multipurpose rooms

  • Public gathering spaces

  • Café

Are you excited for this project?

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Fishers Tigers Santa Band

The Fishers Tiger Band knocked it out of the park at the 2023 Macy’s Day Parade. They were given the most desirable spot for all the bands — the Santa Band. Meaning they were the last to play before Santa’s appearance.

Check out the video here to see their full performance in the parade. Congratulations!

Trash 🚮 

One big thing: City managed trash conversations for Fishers will start in January 2024.

This conversation happened almost 10 years ago. Back when Fishers was a town, the idea of town-managed trash was explored. That clearly never happened. It was shot down almost immediately.

Today, the pendulum has flipped almost entirely the other way. Based on our small (but important!) sample size of 220 responses to a poll. This is what the votes came out to:

  • 89% voted yes to city managed trash

  • 11% voted no

It’s interesting to think had we run this poll before WM acquired Ray’s if the results would have been the same, or completely different. It’s hard to say.

If you want to hear my full convo with the mayor and city, here’s the vid 💯 

Brought to you by Wild Eggs

There’s nothing worse than having to make a ton of food for an event. To all the loved ones out there who did yesterday. Thank you.

But now that Thanksgivings over, check out Wild Eggs catering! You can have your birthday, reception, corporate event, celebration, and more catered with fire entrees and sides. From small to large gatherings, they can do it all. Which means all you have to worry about is partying 🕺

Fishers Digest readers get free delivery for any order $350 or more through December 31st. And for every catering order you place online you will get an entry to win a $100 Wild Eggs gift card. 

Ordering is wildly easy 😂 Just visit www.wildeggs.com/catering to get started.

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Local Business - The BFE

Black Friday doesn’t have to be about finding the cheapest PS5 with Spiderman 2 bundle. (but if you do find a deal lmk). Here’s a list of local Fishers businesses who would love your support!

🌼 Florists & Garden Centers

  • McNamara Florist: Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off Ornaments. Celebrated US florist with fresh floral arrangements and unique decor since 1954.

  • Wasson Nursery: BOGO Free Christmas Ornaments (limit 4); $10 Plant Voucher with every $50 Gift Cards.

💄 Beauty & Wellness

  • Exotika Beauty: 25% off all products with code "FISHERS". Trendsetting makeup and skincare brand.

  • Honor Yoga Fishers: 2 Weeks Unlimited Yoga for $22. Beginner-friendly, eco-conscious yoga and meditation studio.

  • The Hot Room: 25% off with mention of Shop Fishers. Hot yoga, heated fitness, and athleisure boutique.

🎨 Arts & Entertainment

  • High Frequency Arts: 10% off $50+ purchases with code SHOPFISHERS. Art gallery and artisan gift haven.

  • Gray Gauntlet Games: 10-15% Off various merchandise Black Friday weekend. Hub for games and collectibles.

📚 Education & Services

  • Mathnasium of Fishers: Free Trial Lesson. Specialized math learning center for grades 1-12.

  • Eyemart Express: BOGO Free on Eyeglasses. Professional optical services.

  • The Anxiety Relief Center: $50 sound therapy session for first-timers. Alternative mental health services.

🍴 Food & Beverage

  • Peterson's Restaurant: $20 Bonus Card per $100 Gift Card Purchase. Upscale dining experience.

  • Play It Again Sports Fishers: 20% OFF transaction. New/used sports and fitness equipment retailer.

  • Sun King Fishers: 20% off Merchandise. Brewery with a diverse beer selection and unique food options.

  • Ohanalulu: $25 gift for half dozen donuts + $5 card. Custom donuts, premium ice cream, coffee bar.

  • Bruster's Real Ice Cream: Buy 1 Pint, Get 2nd half off. Freshly made premium ice cream.

🛒 Retail & Fashion

  • Roman & Leo: Special deals on Small Business Saturday. Midwest’s exclusive boys' apparel and accessory boutique.

  • ACo: Special Financing with Approved Credit. Flooring, cabinets, kitchen, and bath remodeling.

  • Cynthia's Hallmark: 25% off bagged items + 1 extra (restrictions apply). Renowned Hallmark store chain.

  • Gather and Graze: Refer a friend for $10 off. Artisan charcuterie board creations for every occasion.

🐶 Animals

  • Fill your heart, not your cart: Special priceless adoption event going on at the Humane Society today. From 12-5 there are no fees.

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

Sponsored by the Grinch

AHHHHHHHH It’s the… the.. the… THE GRINCH   

Just kidding. Or am I?

Every Saturday to Tuesday, the entire second floor of the HC Tavern patio will be transformed into a magical Whoville Hideaway. You’ll find Grinch-themed appetizers and drinks, larger than life decor, festive photo ops, and signature moments from the fictional town.

This is exclusively for the 21 and over crowd. And it’s on a first-come first-served basis – so don’t be late! Learn more.

The Happenings

Fishers Letters to Santa: Spread the holiday cheer by sending your letters to Santa! From 11/24 to 12/15, drop off your letters at Nickel Plate Trail or Ambassador House at Heritage Park. Santa swears he will reply. You can also email him by 12/22 at [email protected] ✉️ 

Weekend Sports

Watch on CBS

Speaking of the Colts. Owner Jim Irsay is on a show out now on HBO Max called “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”. At one point in an interview, he mentions being profiled by Carmel Police 10 years ago for being “a Rich White Billionaire”

Holiday events to kick-off the season

Christkindlmarkt | Friday - Sunday | Weekend schedule

Circle of Lights | Friday | Lights at 6 pm | Festivities from 5-8:30 | More info

Bicentennial Unity Plaza Ice Skating | More info

Christmas Nights of Lights | Indiana Fairgrounds | More info

Snowfall Express | Indiana State Museum | More info

BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley | Broad Ripple | More info

🎶 Live Music

The DOO | Britton Tavern | 10 pm
Joe Hess | Parks Place Pub | 8 pm
E-Chord | Ale Emporium | 8 pm

Country Summer | Britton Tavern | 10 pm
The DOO | Ale Emporium | 8:30 pm

The 78s | Daniel’s Vineyard | 1 pm

➡️ Have an event, live music, or similar coming up? Email us to get featured here. ⬅️ 

Quick Hits

Wait to fill up your combustion sleigh with gas for cheaper prices. Starting Dec. 1, Indiana’s sales tax on gasoline will drop to 18.6 cents per gallon. That’s 3 cents cheaper than October, and 5 cents cheaper than last December!

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