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Picture Perfect

ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_24_Image_0001By Laura Ross

Photos by Christian Watson

When tinkering turns terrific, magic happens – and a business is born.

That’s the lesson Lori Unruh discovered when she took her hobby and turned it into Cadella’s, a thriving jewelry design business.

“I started tinkering around making handmade jewelry gifts for friends and family, and once I saw the joy the jewelry brought them, I realized I needed to take this hobby to a larger scale,” said Unruh, a Southern Indiana native and mom of two wildly talented kids – Ella, 15, and Cade, 14 – who lives in Floyds Knobs with her husband, Chad, CEO of MAC Construction.

Cadella’s, which is a compilation of the names of Unruh’s teens, offers handcrafted jewelry, including bangles, cuffs and necklaces, with interchangeable photo tiles chosen by customers that often feature families, friends, and furry loved ones. It’s a unique design that Unruh created and, recently, patented, too.

A successful hairdresser for 18 years, Unruh decided to take time off about five years ago and focus solely on raising her children. To keep her creative juices flowing, the avid photographer designed bangle bracelets for fun, using photos of her children and friends placed in tiny frames. She later developed the concept of the interchangeable photo tiles and tried out the designs on her friends and family.

“I would host parties at first where friends would customize their bracelets,” she explained. “As the jewelry got out there, boutiques reached out, but there was just no way to customize the bangles without coming up with a design to make interchangeable photos. I worked for a year on the design with some amazing people, trying out molds until we found the design, which allows people to interchange their blessings and memories into different pieces of jewelry.”


Unruh started with bangles and then added leather and fur cuffs, necklaces and even cuff bands that fit the Apple Watch. The photo tiles, which are designed and personalized online, fit into tiny picture frames crafted onto the jewelry. Once created, boutiques lined up with more than 40 shops in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan selling the Cadella’s line. Unruh and her team also designed an online shop (www. cadellas.com) and sales skyrocketed.

“It makes for such a unique piece of jewelry ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_23_Image_0004because you can constantly change the photos to fit your memories,” said Unruh. “If you have a child in sports, you can wear a sports photo. If you’re a grandparent, you can change out different grandchildren, or if you are going out with your girlfriends, you can wear pictures reflecting your friendship.”

Customers select their jewelry, either in boutiques or online, then edit and upload their photos to Cadella’s website. Unruh’s team creates the photo tiles in-house and ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_25_Image_0002ships them to customers within three to five business days. “That’s the beauty of this,” she said, “If you have a special event coming up, you can always add new uploaded photos, and we’ll send them to you quickly.”

An entrepreneur at heart, Unruh has shared Cadella’s success with the Southern Indiana community. She launched the Cadella’s Favorite Things fundraiser in November, where she partnered with several local businesses to give away 100 items per business to 100 guests who paid $100 each to attend the fundraiser held at Joe Huber’s Family Farm. “It’s a spin on Oprah’s Favorite Things, where guests take home unique gifts,” said Unruh. “All proceeds went toward Miles for Merry Miracles in support of the Southern Indiana Angel Tree program.”

ExtolMag_30_FINAL_Page_26_Image_0002As 2020 dawns, Unruh is looking forward to a busy year with her jewelry, which she calls “inside-out love lockets.”


“Your blessings are on the outside for all to see,” she said. “Photo albums get stored away, but with Cadella’s, you have a fashionable way to wear the memories. You can take photo memories that otherwise might fade away, wear them as jewelry and be reminded of the blessings every day.”


It’s not raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but Lori Unruh has much to be thankful for this year. She leapt at the chance to share some of her favorite things.

My absolute favorite thing of all: Being a mom and wife, and snuggling with my children, Cade and Ella.

My favorite guilty pleasure: A cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer and a peanut butter bagel dipped in Nutella each morning.

My favorite way to find quiet time: A daily dose of hot yoga.

My favorite reason for laughing: Listening to my two witty teenagers figure out life challenges (I learn from them daily).

My favorite kind of evening: I adore my girlfriends and cherish laughing over dinner with them.

My favorite charitable cause: Of course, it’s my Cadella’s Favorite Things event! It’s an amazing event that spoils everyone who attends with gifts donated by some of the most generous professional and business owners in our community. Most importantly, 100% of the ticket sales go to a chosen charity in our community.

My favorite poem:

Time Tested Beauty Tips

By Sam Levenson

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.


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Business 101

Local leaders share secrets to success, advice and goals for our region

Photos by Christian Watson, Tony Bennett & Danny Alexander

This is an exciting time for Southern Indiana, a region that is filled with business professionals striving to make our community better in myriad ways, from economic development and job creation to philanthropic endeavors that assist those of us who need it most. For this, Extol’s inaugural Business Issue, we asked local industry leaders and business owners to share their insight, advice, accolades, secrets to success and their hopes for our collective future.

Wendy Dant Chesser

John E. Jones

Jim Epperson

Brent Rogers

Dana Huber

Alan Muncy

Linda Speed

Scott Neumann

Stefanie Griffith

Eileen Yanoviak, Ph.D

Cheryl “Cricket” Koetter

Case Belcher


Celebrating Harvest Homecoming’s 50th Anniversary | Harvest of Gold

3Compiled by Angie Fenton 

Historical photos courtesy Stuart B. Wrege Indiana History Room | New Albany-Floyd County Public Library 

Photo of Harvest Homecoming mural created by Wilfred Sieg III was taken by Tony Bennett 

Photo of the Harvest Homecoming queens provided by Tyler Zoller Photography 

ON THE NIGHT of Oct. 10, 1967, the community of New Albany debuted its inaugural Pumpkin Festival with a parade. The following weekend, folks gathered downtown to enjoy a farmers market, the sale of pumpkin pie, cider and barbecued chicken, a public square dance, and a battle of the bands. Downtown merchants held a Harvest of Values Square, and the festival culminated with pumpkin growing and decorating and costume contests.

While the initial festival was the creation of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee – founding members included Cora Jacobs, Henry Ramsier and Paul Lipps – today the annual event beckons hundreds of thousands of visitors to what is now known as Harvest Homecoming.

7In its 50th year, Harvest Homecoming is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and is managed by an all-volunteer board of directors and officers. Bradley Needham is the acting president; David White serves as the board chairman.

In the 1980s, the organization added a souvenir pin program, which helps to support the festival and charitable endeavors. Earlier this year, several officers and longtime volunteers traveled to the Indiana State House for a proclamation celebrating the golden anniversary of Harvest Homecoming.

4This year’s theme – Harvest of Gold – kicks off Oct. 7 with opening ceremonies followed by the parade, which has drawn a number of celebrities as Grand Marshal over the decades, including The Monkees Davy Jones, James Drury of the television western The Virginian, country singer Louise Mandrel and golf champion Fuzzy Zoeller.

Events – many of which are free – vary from the 50-year-old pumpkin decorating and costume contests to the annual Business Luncheon to a dog show and a baby photo contest. And then, of course, there are the booth days, which are Oct. 12 through Oct. 15.


8Harvest Homecoming has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships through the “Who Wants to be a College Student” contest.

The festival is a staple for many nonprofits who depend on proceeds from booth sales to ensure they continue to operate.

Crusade for Children is one of several beneficiaries of the festival, which has given thousands of dollars to charity.

Volunteers of all ages are always needed; anyone is welcome to give back and join the Harvest family. Contact Haley Matheny at 812.786.6779 or hmatheny@harvesthomecoming. com for more information.acr472720019896322309296

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-24-26-pmWin A 1967 Ford Mustang!

Want the opportunity to win a vermillion red 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe? Purchase one of only 300 chances to win this 50-year-old car in honor of Harvest Homecoming’s 50th anniversary for $100 per chance by Oct. 15. Proceeds will benefit various Kentuckiana charities. Call Rosie Bryant 502.541.4056 for more information.




2017 Miss Harvest Homecoming

Tiarra Taylor is honored and grateful to be representing her hometown of New Albany as Miss Harvest Homecoming 2017. Tiarra attends Indiana State University as a sophomore majoring in English Teaching. She is excited to advocate for her platform, the YMCA, as more than just a provider of swim and gym services. Along with the goal of encouraging citizens across our great Hoosier state to get involved with their local YMCA, Tiarra is grateful for the opportunity to reach into the heart of her community with the Harvest Homecoming Festival.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-23-30-pmMEG EDWARDS 

2017 Miss HHC’s Outstanding Teen

Meg is both honored and excited to be your 2017 Miss Harvest Homecoming’s Outstanding Teen. She is a 15-year-old sophomore at Floyd Central High School, where she is an athlete and honors student. Meg resides in Indiana’s first capital city, Corydon, with her parents and two younger siblings. She is the founder of her platform, Meg’s Mirror Message. Her mission is for every girl to look in the mirror and love who she sees. She works with her peers in our community, shares her story of having self-confidence issues and introduces journaling as a method of self-help. Meg’s goal is to become the Miss Harvest Homecoming’s Outstanding Teen she always looked up to when she was younger, while also promoting her platform and the Harvest Homecoming Festival during her year of service.


*This is only a small sampling of events. For a complete list, go to www.harvesthomecoming.com.


Opening Ceremonies: 11:30 a.m., Seventh and Spring streets

Kick off the 2017 Harvest Homecoming festival at opening ceremonies. Musical entertainment TBA and will begin at 10:30 am. Stay and watch the annual parade!

Harvest Homecoming Parade: 12 p.m., starts at New Albany High School and ends at Bank and Elm streets

Come experience over-the-top floats, vintage cars, and loud bands with the Harvest of Gold Parade. The parade kicks off at 12 p.m. from New Albany High School, marches down Vincennes Street, takes a right on Spring Street and ends on Bank Street. You can have a front row seat to all the action along any street! The Harvest Homecoming Festival is also a proud supporter of Hope Southern Indiana, so please bring your canned goods to be collected during the parade.


Pumpkin Decorating Contest: 2 p.m., New Albany Farmers Market on corner of Bank and Market streets

This is Harvest Homecoming’s oldest event! Group- or individually-prepared pumpkins may be painted or decorated with any material. Craft entries may be ceramic, fiber or maché. No previous year craft entries accepted. There will be two Grand Champion Awards (one from the Individual category and one from the Group category) for the entry most closely related to this year’s theme, “Harvest of Gold.” All entrants receive participation award. This event is free. All pumpkins must be picked up and taken from event. Any leftover pumpkins will be thrown away.


Kids’ Dog Show: 5 p.m. registration; 5:30 p.m. start time, at New Albany Amphitheater

Open to kids ages 3-13 years old. Dogs must be at least six months old, have all shots and be on a leash or contained. Awards for Best Costume, Best Trick, A Face Only A Mother Could Love, Best Groomed, Best Overall and Most Interesting Pet (this can be any legal, domestic animal; same vaccination and leash/containment rules apply). Entrants can enter maximum of three categories.


Pumpkin Chunking Competition: 6 p.m., Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, 3000 Technology Ave.

Watch teams of all ages fire pumpkins from a gravity-powered trebuchet in this high-flying competition. Awards for accuracy, originality and efficiency will be presented. 


Senior Bingo: 2:30 p.m., Providence Diversicare Transitional Community, 4915 Charlestown Road

BINGO games for the Senior Living Community of Providence Retirement Home. Prizes awarded to winners. Refreshment will be served and lots of fun will be had by all. 


Craft & Food Booth Days Begin: Booths are open 12 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 14 and 12 to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 on Market, Pearl and Bank streets.


Harvest Homecoming Business Luncheon: Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sounds Unlimited Productions Party Tent on the New Albany Riverfront

The show will immediately follow lunch and feature a “Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock & Roll” theme. 


Harvest Homecoming Care & Bike Show: Registration 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; awards at 3:30 p.m., New Albany Riverfront

Admission for entrants is $15. Open to any type of stock, classic, show or race car, antique vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, any model any year. Please enter at West 10th and Main Street and proceed toward the large Yellow Pavilion. DJ Service by Terry Langford. Dash Plaques for first 200 Entries; $100 given away every hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


Closing Ceremonies: 4:15 p.m. at the Harvest Homecoming MainSource Stage, State and Market streets

It’s saying goodbye. Head to the Harvest Homecoming Stage for Closing Ceremonies, prizes drawings, awards and announcements. 


Fiesta Rides open at 1 p.m. at end of Pearl St. and will have daily hours through Oct. 15.

Harvest Homecoming MainSource Stage is located at State and Market Streets and features entertainment Oct. 12 through Oct, 15

Check www.harvesthomecoming.com for complete hours. 

Harvest Homecoming Festival 2017 

Oct. 7-15 in New Albany


Harvest Homecoming Mission Statement 

Harvest Homecoming is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing a family-oriented festival. It unites the community in a spirit of fellowship and is committed to continuous improvement.

Harvest Homecoming Office 

431 Pearl St. New Albany

Open 12 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday



Business Spotlight | German American’s Clay W. Ewing Elected 2018 Chairman of Indiana Bankers Association


Clay W. Ewing, German American Bancorp Inc., Jasper, accepts the Indiana Bankers Association leadership gavel for 2018 from Annette M. Russell, Security Federal Savings Bank, Logansport, at the 2017 IBA Annual Convention.

German American’s Clay W. Ewing Elected 2018 Chairman of Indiana Bankers Association

Clay W. Ewing, president, chief banking officer and secretary to the board of directors of German American Bancorp Inc., Jasper, has been elected 2018 chairman of the board of directors of the Indiana Bankers Association (IBA). He currently serves the IBA as first vice chairman and was elected to his new position at the Association’s annual business meeting on Sept. 11 in French Lick.

Ewing has more than 35 years of banking experience, and he joined German American in 1994 as president and CEO of a subsidiary bank of the company. Active in regional economic development, he currently serves as chairman of the Perry County Development Corp. and as a board member of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, in addition to service on various other civic and community boards. A past southwest region director of the IBA, Ewing is a graduate of Lockyear College and of The School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin.