It’s a great time to visit and live in Southern Indiana! Here’s the low-down on the upswing of new places to eat, shop, and have fun in Clark and Floyd counties.

New Restaurants to Feed Your Inner Foodie

Big Four Burgers + Beer’s owner Matt McMahan will open his newest restaurant, District 22 Pizzeria, late June or early July in downtown New Albany.  The dine-in, carryout pizzeria also offers pizza and beer delivery. With 25 seats in the 500-square-foot dining room, District 22 shares the kitchen, kitchen staff, and general manager of adjacent Big Four Burgers. Seems kitchen space is not all the two eateries will share! Beginning June 19, Big Four Burgers + Beer will offer District 22 pizza until the pizzeria is open.
District 22
110 E. Main St., New Albany
(502) 438-8628
https://www.facebook.com/District22NA


New Albany’s Main Street gains another restaurant, Hull & Highwater, late July. Gospel Bird’s owner, Eric Morris, wanted New Albany to have a fresh seafood restaurant. The restaurant’s menu will include peel and eat shrimp, a raw oyster bar, fried or blackened fish sandwiches or baskets, and signature dishes such as lobster pot pie. Morris’s goal for Hull & Highwater: to make it a fun, casual place where friends can gather for great seafood.
Hull & Highwater
324 E. Main St., New Albany
(812) 725-1054
https://www.facebook.com/Hullandhighwater

For a unique dining experience, foodies will enjoy MESA, a Collaborative Kitchen. This new concept for SoIN will feature cooking demonstrations by established and aspiring Southern Indiana and Louisville chefs. Owner Bobby Bass hopes MESA becomes the culinary hub for SoIN "where chefs and people can come to share their love for food with the public and each other.” In addition to cooking classes, the space will also house a bookstore, ready to cook to-go meals, and essentials for the kitchen.
Mesa, a Collaborative Kitchen
216 Pearl St., New Albany
(502) 552-1296
http://www.mesachefs.com

Adults who enjoy a great cigar and a glass of bourbon will enjoy Match Cigar Bar, which opened in New Albany early June. The downtown location is an expansion of the original Spring Street location in downtown Jeffersonville. Owner Jeff Mouttet’s goal is to serve top of the line bourbons, craft cocktails, beer and wine, and a curated selection of hard-to-find cigars. Match New Albany will also serve menu items from nearby Urban Bread Company, Tuesday through Saturday.
Match Cigar Bar
147 East Main St., New Albany
(502) 643-0093
http://www.matchcigarbar.com

New Spots to Shop 'til You Drop

Formerly “Choices,” Blessings on Spring remains a classy womens’ boutique. Owner Sharon Bowen aspires to have perfect gifts and great bargains.  In addition to clothing, jewelry, accessories, and decorations for the home, Blessings is also a consignment shop. Regardless if you shop for yourself or others, Blessings on Spring has many treasures and bargains waiting.
Blessings on Spring
437 Spring St., Jeffersonville
(502) 541-6848
https://www.facebook.com/Blessings-on-Spring-258524874597353

Downtown Jeffersonville’s Sapphire on Spring Boutique expanded to downtown New Albany. Shoppers can expect the same trendy and chic apparel, accessories, and gifts for the home. The boutique also has clothing and unique items for men and baby. 
Sapphire on Spring
154 Main St., New Albany
(812) 920-0017
https://www.facebook.com/sapphireonspring

New Entertainment in SoIN

SoIN’s newest family fun attraction opened in June: Clarksville Strike and Spare.  But it’s more than a bowling center. Open seven days a week, it has laser tag, roller skating, a “lazer maze,” arcade games, and glow bowling.  Adults 21 and over will enjoy its full-service bar and restaurant, too.
Clarksville Strike & Spare
511 Little League Blvd., Clarksville
(812) 945-6625
http://www.strikeandspare.com 

TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana opened its doors in June with the production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors.”  In August, enjoy “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” based on the Mark Twain’s timeless classic, with music and lyrics by Roger Miller. With five more productions for 2017-2018, season tickets are still available. Get yours before the sale ends July 14.
TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana
203 East Main St., New Albany
(812) 725-7601
http://www.theatreworksofsoin.com

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