McKee’s Indoor Flea Mart, a new business venture from McKee’s Party Zone, is set for a grand opening weekend starting May 5.

The flea mart will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday from then through September, rain or shine.

The business is in 3,000 square feet of renovated space at 7547 Route 119 North, beside the Party Zone.

Vendors will be listed on the McKee’s Indoor Flea Mart Facebook page.

Owner Renee McKee describes the new business as “kind of like an indoor Hazen,” referring to the popular Hazen Flea Market near Brookville.

“My husband Kirby and I wanted to utilize the building in a way to bring the community together,” McKee said about starting the business. “We wanted to let people sell their unwanted items at a reasonable cost, make some extra cash, promote their businesses, enjoy some good food, make new friends and run into people we haven’t seen in awhile along with just plain having fun.”

McKee is seeking nonprofit organizations to come in and sell food, as well as vendors.

For more information, give her a call at (724) 397-2760 or stop in at McKee’s Party Zone.


If you’re at the Indiana Mall this weekend, be sure to check out the Youth Arts Celebration 2017, a free festival to celebrate the works of area students in kindergarten to 12th grade.

Hundreds of area youths participated.

This is the 10th annual show, and it’s presented by the Indiana Arts Council.

The art will be on display through Sunday.


The Fabrizio Pirrone memorial blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 13 at the Indiana Fire Association fire hall, 1555 Indian Springs Road, White Township.

To schedule an appointment, call (866) 366-6771 or visit and enter group code Z0021002.

The drive serves in memory of Pirrone, who passed away May 23, 2016, after a battle with leukemia.

He was well known in the Indiana area for his love of life, family and friends, and for “scootin’” on his motorcycles, especially bringing a smile to all over the Christmas season, when he would ride dressed as Santa Claus.


A community flea market is set for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at IUP. More than 50 vendors will attend.

Organizers say there’s something for everyone, ranging from children’s items to antiques.

Admission is free.

Look ahead, organizers are readying for the 16th annual Dawg Gone Flea Market, which this year will be two flea markets under one roof, set for May 6 and 7 at the Mack Park fairgrounds.

The League of Women Voters and the Indiana County Humane Society will each hold a separate flea market. Hours on the first day are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. the second day. May 7 is “box day.”

If you have items to donate to the flea market, you may drop them off Tuesday through April 28 and May 1-4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., plus May 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call Kathie at (724) 349-7847 or Sherry at (724) 465-0255.


The Faith Hope & Love Twirlers will sponsor a dinner, basket raffle and vendor show from noon to 5 p.m. May 7 at Clymer Fire Hall.

Enjoy spaghetti, meatballs, salad, a roll, drink and dessert while raising money for the twirler group.

Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5 to 12 and free for those 4 and younger.

The basket raffle starts at 4:45 p.m.


The Indiana Rotary Club is preparing for its annual Luxury Raffle to be held Oct. 28 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. The proceeds assist various charities and nonprofit organizations serving the greater Indiana area. Applications for funding are available at

Applications for funding may support a specific new project or seed money to design new ways to assist or support citizens of the greater Indiana area. All projects should benefit the citizens of the greater Indiana area.

Applications will not be considered for general operating expenses, funds to support an ongoing program or for salaries for the requesting organization’s employees.

Applications are due no later than June 30. More information is available on the Indiana Rotary website.


Gas prices at most service stations in Indiana today were running at $2.75 a gallon, compared to $2.64 statewide and $2.36 nationwide ( … Willie, our ex-shoeshine boy, says the renewal brought on by spring has turned his thoughts to the words of author C.S. Lewis: “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”


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Two months back, Sheri Winter of Second Street Salon was approached by Tom Buckwalter of the Chamber of Commerce to spearhead an idea of hers. The idea was to start a flea market in downtown Wellman to take place during the May 6 Garage Sale. 

“We knew there wasn’t going to be a lot of time, so, Brenda (Reasor) mainly, made up a Facebook event just to get the word out to as many people as quickly as possible,” Winter said. 

“It’s been totally word of mouth and Facebook, social media advertised,” Reasor said, operations manager at Freeman’s Food.


Apart from creating the initial event Winter and Reasor have been using word of mouth and the Freeman Food’s Facebook page to get the word out about the event. They do plan to disseminate a flier promoting the event as its date approaches. 

The initial post about the flea market got over 4,000 views. 

In all, more than 30 vendors have said they will be participating in the event. 

“Mostly it was just people contacting us through the post. I put out locally that we were looking for vendors so that the local community could have the opportunity to sign up, and then I waited three weeks or so in the surrounding communities so other people could join in as well,” Reasor said. 

A lot of home-based vendors will be participating in the event, with products ranging from home décor rafters, repurposed items, and whole sale vendors.

They are encouraging local businesses to get involved, which is why they say they did not ask for the road to be blocked off for the event. 

“That’s one of the reasons we’re not having outside food vendors, like food trucks, because we want the people that are here in town eating downtown from 9 to 3, eating at our restaurants and Freeman’s on the grill. Going into the businesses that are open and buying things. 


“Basically it’s just a big push to get people into downtown Wellman to see that we do have things down here that maybe they don’t know we have here,” Winter said. 

Freeman’s will be holding drawings for prizes like a TV, a $100 meat bundle, gift cards, and being providing samples throughout the store, and will be grilling outside from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Reasor said, apart from Freeman’s, most of the businesses on the downtown strip are participating. 

“We’re hoping for a great turnout,” Reasor said.

“We’d like it to become an annual thing. We’d like it to grow and next year, if this year’s successful, we will be in the planning stages much earlier and do more marketing for it,” Winter added. 

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Concept store owners and designers share their travel inspirations, and some unusual finds that you can spot at their boutiques now

Summer is upon us, asking for trips to cooler climes and popular beach destinations. But since not all of us have the luxury to hit the road, we bring you some vicarious action instead. We speak with people for whom travel is a constant inspiration. From taking us on a virtual tour of their stores — which is almost like travelling the world, as they showcase unusual finds from their journeys — to giving us tips on where to go (when we do find the time), designers and boutique store owners offer us something to take our minds off the heat.

Kuldeep Kaur, Serendipity

For Kaur, her work and her hobby are one and the same — visiting art fairs, museums and local bazaars. “A good pair of shoes, a change of clothes and an ATM Card are all I need,” laughs the 47-year-old founder of Serendipity, the concept store housed in a restored haveli in Chattarpur, Delhi. Her love of a global eclectic and a strong inclination towards art deco is seen in her curation and design of textiles, furniture and lighting.

“While every place has something unique to offer, countries with a rich craft history, such as Mexico, Peru, Morocco and Uzbekistan, are true treasure troves,” she says, adding, “But I think India beats all in terms of the sheer variety of curatorial finds.” One of her most recent finds: vintage veena moulds. “I came across them on a trip to Pushkar. They were in the backyard of a jeweller’s shop. I also picked up parts of a weaving loom from a kabadiwala, and they now sit restored as a decorative ceiling,” says Kaur, who wants to travel to Iran this year.

Krsnaa Mehta, India Circus

When many India-inspired designers are playing the kitschy game, Krsnaa Mehta says he’s moved on — to selling exotica, with a contemporary twist, through his brand India Circus. Having just launched his flagship store in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, the designer says his aesthetics as an interior designer are inspired by his travels. “For me, the whole world revolves around colour. Our conference room at the store, called The Blue Room, has a table that is actually a vintage teak door that I picked up from a friend. It has been personalised with gold leaf and looks super modern,” says the 38-year-old, who is working on a new collection inspired by the countries in the Indian Ocean.

Though he is not a big shopper while travelling — he prefers to visit museums and design districts where young designers show their wares — he does recall a favourite that he picked up in Zimbabwe. “I met a family there who does beautiful animal prints for Hermes and other bespoke brands. Their mother used to do the prints on ceramics. I bought a teapot with leopards and it’s stunning,” he says.

Divya Kapoor, Nicobar


When you work for a brand that is inspired by the tropical way of life, a love of travel is a given. “As a traveller, I am a collector. I love going into small markets and shops, to discover unusual things,” says Kapoor, Nicobar’s head of design for travel. On a recent trip to Hong Kong, she recalls tracking down the China she had seen at a tea shop called Tea Kha, all the way to a small Japanese shop down an alleyway. At the Nicobar store, too, there are discoveries around every bend. Like the Travel Cupboard at the new Bengaluru outlet.

“The idea is to showcase little pieces from different parts of the world. A few months ago, when we had Safari as our inspiration, we had products from Africa. (Nicobar’s creative director) Simran’s sister, Tara, a wildlife conservationist, curated it for us, with bowls, spoons and bracelets from different tribes.” Currently, you will find indigo bowls from Japan and, going forward, even travel lists from the team. “Our next collection is China-inspired, and Simran has brought back some jewellery and flea market finds that will go into the cupboard,” she says.

Rajiv Biyani, Sidewalks of the World

An avid traveller and serial collector of souvenirs, Biyani opened Sidewalks of the World in Bandra, Mumbai, in 2013, to give people a slice of the world. “When I started out, I didn’t know anything. We went to flea markets and artisans, mostly in Europe, to curate,” he explains, elaborating, “France and Italy are fantastic, and you meet the most amazing people in the small towns. A painter I met in Florence introduced me to two others and my network grew.”

While he visits trade fairs like Salone del Mobile in Milan and Maison&Objet in Paris, a favourite is the Saint-Ouen flea market. “It’s like Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar, where you can find antique wristwatches to vintage furniture. It’s like a fair, with live bands and cafés.” A recent discovery was Christian Paix, an artist whose 3D wall panels he currently retails. “Made of mixed media — with plaster, wood, lighting, paper, paint, etc — he creates scenes like a wine cellar with people working in it. The work is amazing,” concludes the 45-year-old.

Maithili Ahluwalia, Bungalow 8

If there is anything that the 39-year-old owner of style destination, Bungalow 8, in Mumbai, hates, it is the sameness of experience. “There is a homogenisation now, so when I travel, I like to look for the local, authentic and special,” begins Ahluwalia, adding, “Even in a city like London, which has the world to offer, I try not to buy non-British things. I would rather look for the old Savile Row tailor, who is a dying breed.” On a recent visit to Chettinad, she picked up Burmese lacquer (harking back to relations between the Chettiars and Burma) and says, “We’ve used them in the shop with contemporary ceramics, creating a dialogue that feels of today.”

Another way her curatorial eye has made the familiar unfamiliar: using brooms from Japan, “which looked like sculptural objects”, to do up a console. As she walks around the store, telling me over the phone about plans to explore Latin America and Africa this year, yet another favourite catches her eye — intricately-worked carpets of unknown origin she picked up from the Anjuna flea market in Goa.

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