Money Magazine - Welcome to the Roundabout Capital of America, where drivers can find 140 of the accident-reducing intersections tucked amid corporate buildings for firms like Geico and CNO Financial Group. Not on the road? Look to the pool, where you’ll find Carmel High School’s girls’ swim team training hard in hopes of extending its streak of 35 consecutive state championships — the most of any team in any sport at any high school in the nation.

Located near Indianapolis, Carmel is packed with both serious economic opportunity — at $125,811, it has one of the higher median household incomes on our list — and fun activities for families.

In the summer, residents and visitors alike can check out the parade, fireworks and beer at CarmelFest, an Independence Day celebration that draws an impressive crowd of 50,000. In the winter, they can shop, ice skate and sip Glühwein mulled wine at the German-themed Christkindlmarkt. Year-round, there’s the Monon Greenway, an asphalt trail that spans five miles in Carmel and is perfect for running, biking and dog-spotting (it’s pet friendly).

Workers will also appreciate Carmel’s low unemployment rate, which sat at 3.1% as of June. The city recently revitalized its former industrial area into Midtown Plaza, an urban park and green space that now features ping pong tables, live music and movie screenings. Before you catch a show at the nearby 1,600-seat Palladium, grab dinner at Bub’s Burgers, known for its Big Ugly challenge. The food quest starts with a one-pound burger and, if you’re really hungry, just might end with your photo hanging in the restaurant. — Julia Glum

Watch art created before your very eyes at the Carmel on Canvas Plein Air event – an open-air painting exhibition and competition on the sidewalks throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District, Midtown, Carmel City Center and the City Hall Japanese Gardens. More than three dozen artists from the Midwest, Maryland, South Carolina and other states will be at the event, which is free to spectators, runs Friday to Sunday, September 17-19.

The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is excited to reveal the 2021 design of the iconic, annual collectible mug used to serve Glühwein, hot chocolate or another favorite warm beverage. This year the light blue color was carefully chosen to pay honor to the healthcare and essential workers who have been tirelessly working to get us through the pandemic, which forced the cancellation of our event in 2020. The design also features a white dove with an olive branch in its beak placed on the handle of the mug.

This new addition to Carmel’s growing inventory of public art began to take shape in June thanks to a collaboration between current and former local high school students who approached the City and brought in the Indianapolis-based artist Israel Solomon. The large-scale mural features Black heroes and heroines who hail from or have had an impact in the state of Indiana.

Indiana Artisans Gallery has generously agreed to host the Carmel International Arts Festival Student Art Exhibit & Scholarship Contest for 2021. The Carmel International Arts Festival (CIAF) will take place in the Arts & Design District in Carmel, IN September 25 and 26, 2021.

Indiana Artisans Gallery Executive Director, Rosalyn Demaree, offered space in the gallery for High School Student Artists from Carmel High School and University High School to display their works for the CIAF on both September 25 and 26. All of the students participating and the High School Art Directors are thrilled to have a professional setting and an operational gallery for the 2021 event.

Rain on Main, a popular painted rain barrel contest and auction presented by Carmel Utilities, Carmel Department of Storm Water Management and the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, kicks off this Friday, August 13, with a display of twenty decorated barrels in the Carmel Arts & Design District. The barrels will remain along Main Street through the following week until they are relocated to the Carmel Farmers Market.

The barrel designs will be judged opening weekend by an independent panel and the first, second and third place artists will receive cash prizes. There will also be a “People’s Choice” award based on individual barrel “likes” on the Rain on Main Facebook pagebeginning noon, Friday, August 13 until noon, Friday, August 20.

Hey Little Diddle

Carmel City Center is excited to welcome baby and child boutique, Hey Little Diddle, to its mix of offerings this summer. Hey Little Diddle is located at 730 S. Rangeline Road, Suite 170 on the plaza level of Carmel City Center.

Hey Little Diddle offers newborn baby gifts, children’s books, nursery décor and designer clothing in a neutral color palette from sustainable, ethical brands in preemie size up to 4 years. Customers enjoy shopping featured brands such as Rylee + Cru, Fin & Vince, Quincy Mae, Jamie Kay, Noralee, Cuddle + Kind and more.

Flowing Well Park

Flowing Well Park, located just off of 116th Street on the east side of Carmel opened in 1994 as CCPR’s very first public park. Park-goers from far and wide frequent this 15-acre park for its national park-feel and to collect water from it's artesian well, "Old Faithful."  An artesian well means that the water flows out freely; it doesn’t need to be pumped out of the ground.

Before Flowing Well Park was a park — and before it was even part of Carmel — it was a piece of land along Cool Creek in Mattsville, Ind. In 1904, the well was discovered when drillers looking for natural gas accidentally found water instead! In the early years of the well, travelers from the dusty dirt road crossed the mud on a rough boardwalk on the farm of Charles L. Williamson to collect the cool, clean water that came out of a pipe sticking out of the ground.

It was the balmiest night of the 4th weekend. The sun was slow to set over Carter Green during the grand finale of Carmel Fest 2021. It was a 4th of July weekend that just kept coming. It was Monday and I had been painting it red, white and blue since Friday. But here we were sweating eagerly in those pop-up chairs.

As a photographer, I am always on the hunt for perfect light but when I think about it, it is not a hunt at all; it just shows up. But you have to recognize it just as you recognize an old friend who you hope is coming to the party and YESS - there they are. And that’s what happened.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) and the City of Carmel have joined together on a research project that uses existing city cameras and Volkswagen machine-vision software to help optimize traffic flows, analyze street usage patterns and support emergency response. This joint project is the first of its kind for Volkswagen globally. The company believes that its software could have applications in various multi-modal transportation solutions in cities worldwide.

Woodstock Custom Homes

The Beginnings

The year was 2012, and Realtor, Bob Slawson was assisting potential custom home buyers identify appropriate homesites and choose from a collection of pre-designed models available in Zionsville’s Stonegate neighborhood. One model had the right style, but not the right layout. Another model had the right layout, but not the right size. It was only after listening to client after client become frustrated with not being able to find just the right combination of features that Bob had an epiphany. Enter Nick Winings.

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