Did you know Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany is locally-owned and -operated – and has been for decades? The Smith family moved from Milan, Indiana, to the area in 1990 and opened up the independent shop, which is located at 420 New Albany Plaza in New Albany. Unlike big box stores, there is no…Read More

SoIN Style

An invitation to explore with Extol There’s so much to love about Southern Indiana, including the places we call home. Whether you own, rent, lease or are selling your abode, we want to see your SoIN style and what makes your pad the preferred place to be. We’re looking for residences that are old, new,…Read More


Wedded Bliss

On the fence about hiring a wedding planner? Here’s what you need to know. PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN WATSON Thanks to Google, Pinterest and all things DIY, it’s easy to convince yourself that you’re up for the task of taking on nearly any craft, project or event. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider calling in…Read More


Dress for Your Success

Photography by Gretchen Bell Creative Direction & Styling by Miranda McDonald Surely, clothes don’t make the man or woman – or do they? A number of recent studies have found donning more formal work attire can lead to increased productivity, heightened attention of how you treat others and more favorable first impressions. The findings only…Read More


Everyone Loves A Parade – of Homes, That Is

2018 BDASI Parade of Homes to include multiple developments and homes BY CHARLIE SMITH, BUILDING & DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Home touring events have been a tradition in Southern Indiana for more than 50 years, showcasing the best in new home construction. And this year is no exception to that tradition….Read More

Rob “Mr. Details” Osborne with Joe Kirchgessner.

Details Design Center Showroom Opens

Details Consulting Group Founder Rob “Mr. Details” Osborne and his team have announced the opening of their new Details Design Center, 768 Highlander Point Drive in Floyds Knobs. The showroom is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. At the grand opening, Osborne – who also is president of RPO Custom Homes –…Read More

Amie Bradford, owner of Amie & Co. Hair Studio

Life-Changing Locks

Amie & Co. Hair Studio offers ‘revolutionary’ hair extensions BY ANGIE FENTON | PHOTO OF AMIE BRADFORD BY PAPER CRANE CINEMA CO | COURTESY BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS “This hair has literally changed my life,” says Amanda Brooke Jones, a beautiful brunette with locks that flow nearly to her waist. Jones isn’t being flippant as…Read More


The Color of Love

Angie and Mark Maxwell open the doors to their unique, eclectic Jeffersonville home BY ALLISON JONES | PHOTOS BY TONY BENNETT Some creative people are so flexible in their talents, it seems they can do anything. To me, that describes Mark and Angie Maxwell to a T. The couple’s love of art and music floods…Read More


Local Love

Southern Indiana has no shortage of locally-owned businesses, and shopping at them can benefit our community as a whole. Spending money at an independent business versus a big box retailer means more cash in our local economy. And there are several environmental benefits too. Local shop owners are more likely to reuse materials and contribute…Read More


A Dream Do-Over

BY LAURIE HAAG | PHOTOS BY NATALIE SPAULDING PHOTOGRAPHY AND ASHLEY WALTS PHOTOGRAPHY Wedding planner Laurie Haag and her husband experience the wedding of their dreams May 7, 1988, is one of my favorite days ever. It’s the day I married my husband. Fast-forward to May 2018, and I can’t believe 30 years have gone…Read More