Residents and visitors encouraged to support local businesses during week-long campaign • Current Edition

Fisherman’s Town encourages residents and visitors to show their support for local businesses this month.

Shop Fishermen short of July 16 for 23 and characteristics approximately 60 companies offer offers. Participating businesses range from restaurants to family amusement parks to farmer’s market vendors.

“As our community continues to lead the state with one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates, I encourage our residents to take advantage of the summer and get outside to shop, dine, play and explore.Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness said in a news release. “Support local businesses that help make a smart, vibrant and entrepreneurial fishing community.”

This is the second time that Shop Fishers has been presented this summer. The campaign ran for nearly a decade in the fall to coincide with Small Business Saturday in late November.

“These (small) business owners are part of our community. They are part of the fabric that makes Fishers so unique and vibrant,” said Stephanie Perry, assistant director of community and public relations at Fishers.. “They are our neighbors and friends. MMaybe even though it’s a franchise, they still own a local business. We want our residents to see how important these businesses are to anglers and to come out and support them.

Each participating company offer offers or discounts during the week. At Blush Salon Boutique, 8800 North St., Suite 181, customers will draw tokens for 10, 20 or 30% off their purchase. The Fishers Arts Council, 1 Municipal Dr., is offering 10% off all artwork displayed in its gallery inside City Hall. Fishers Cryotherapy, 11789 Commercial Dr., is offering one cryotherapy session with buy one session get one free.

Some of the participating companies have deep roots in the region. Taylor’s Bakery, 8395 E. 116th St., east now operated by Drew and Matt Allen, great-grandsons of Dennis O. Taylor, who founded the original location in 1913.

“Fishers is experiencing explosive growth, and that will drive change. I moved here in 1982 with my parents and Fishers was less than 5,000 people. There were just small private family businesses,” Drew Allen said. “I want to see these businesses prosper. We support all businesses at Fishers, but it’s nice to see the focus on smaller players. »

Taylor’s Bakery offer a buy one get one free sale on all cookies.

“What we really want to highlight are the 4-inch decorated cookies,” Allen said. “We have cookies for everyone.”

Some of the companies are newer, like Vietnamese Chao Street Food, 7854 E. 96th St., owned by Carlos Villagran Arias and Victoria Huong Vu. It has been open since 2015.

“We try to keep (the food) really, really classic Vietnamese, but we also have a lot of different specialties where we try to accentuate some of the other kinds of food from other cultures like Mexican or French and mix it up with the Vietnamese,” said Villagran Arias.

For Shop Fishers, Chao will be to offer 10% off any purchase with a mention of the campaign.

“I love that we’re trying to do a big community effort to keep people in Fishers and shopping at the small businesses in Fishers“said Villagran Arias. “I think it’s cool that they’re focusing on small business owners to promote a very respondent very modern city.”

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Carlos Villagran Arias, left, and Victoria Huong Vu inside the Chao Chinese Street Food restaurant they partnered to found six years ago.

From refugee to restaurateur

Victoria Huong Vu, co-owner of Chao Vietnam Street Food never imagined that she would open a restaurant.

She grew up in a restaurantfamily owner in his native Vietnam, corn she found the amount of work and hours spent managing the restaurant daunting. But life quickly took an unexpected turn.

The Vietnam War led her family to become refugees and they settled temporarily in Hong Kong. In the 1970s, Huong Vuit’s grandmother moved to Saint-Louis and arranged for his family to join her. Huong Vu moved to St. Louis when he was 11 years old and moved to Indiana in 1999.

Huong Vu’s daughter fell in love with banh mis, Vietnamese chopsticks, during a visit to Vietnam, but Huong Vu said “it’s really hard to make just one”. So she made them for othersand they became popular.

Friends frequently encouraged Huong Vu to open a restaurant, which happened in 2015 after she was introduced to restaurant co-owner Carlos Villagran Arias.