This morning "Your Town Friday" is returning to Westfield! You'll find the Hamilton County community 21 miles north of downtown Indy. Westfield may be a small city but it's growing with charm!
"We're trying to do authentic Italian cuisine with a little bit of a twist on some items," said General Manager of newly opened "The Italian House on Park," Jim Nethercott.
Inside of a beautiful house off Park Street in Westfield is "The Italian House on Park."
"The house right now has a real welcoming warm homey kind of feel," said Jim.
The restaurant opened their doors just a month ago!
"Westfield needs more restaurant experiences for the community. The community is growing and with Grand Park opening there’s a lot more traffic," said Jim.
"The Italian House on Park" offers a variety of items on their menu and some special unique dishes as well.
"For appetizers we have fried olives which are unique, mussels and a caprese salad. For entrees we have chicken and veal marsala and piccata, we have a great rib eye steak, a filet and everything is pan seared. We did a calamari special which was fried calamari with a balsamic glaze and feta cheese which is unique but very popular," said Jim.
The house has been fully renovated, the kitchen moved and bedrooms removed but it hasn't lost that charming cozy feel.
"Our service is relaxed and friendly, very attentive but not stuffy. I think people would be comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt or dressed up for a special occasion, birthday, anniversary, family night out or girl’s night out," said Jim.
And right now the backyard garage is being turned into a bar and event space. The "Backside Bar" opens in 2 weeks!
Closer to downtown Westfield, off South Union Street, is "The Wandering Peacock."
"There's something magical when you get to play with clay. You can feel everything, your senses start jiving," said shop owner Erin O'Rear.
Erin opened The Wandering Peacock Art Gallery three years ago.
"I want people to come in and see this little Bohemian art shop filled with good energy, good artwork and beautiful colors," said Erin.
Erin is a pottery pro! She started taking classes in high school, got a ceramics degree at Ball State and now she creates and sells her own artwork and teaches others!
"I have my energy flower mugs over here. I carve an energy flower on them because I want everyone to start their day off right. Over here I have my nebula mugs, which is my ode to the universe, they have a rainbow moonstone attached. I have platters and bowls. I do commissions as well so if you say I'd like a bowl this color, this size, with this color on it, you are the creator, I'm the conduit, so I'll make that happen for you. My kid’s classes are $20 an hour and they come back and glaze for free. I also do date night and adult classes as well," said Erin.
Erin also features other local artists' work in her shop.
"I've got wood cuts, goats milk soap and soy candles...I have low price points too. I want everyone to be able to come in here and say, I have found something handmade by a local artist that I'm not able to find in the Corporate America world. There are places where you can glaze and create but this is from start to finish and everything is dishwasher safe so a child can bring home a Christmas present and say mom use my bowl for salsa!" said Erin.