Indianapolis just debuted BlueIndy, the country’s largest car-sharing program using electric vehicles (a valid U.S. driver’s license and a credit card gets you wheels). The small, silent cars are pure fun to drive so where to, then? Make a beeline for Midtown, five miles north of downtown, for the city’s best independent boutiques. Start at PRINTtEXT for a well-curated selection of printed publications from all over the world. The design-minded owners, Benjamin and Janneane, also host poetry readings, launch parties, art openings and editorial meetings in their light-filled storefront. Walk to Haus Love for chic Scandinavian-style interiors and modern clothing (chunky knit sweaters and silky wrap dresses), then to Eva Maison beauty emporium, the only place to buy skin-saving Aruba Aloe off the island of Aruba. Be sure to hit 8 Fifteen to stock up on basics from Isabel, Golden Goose, Raquel Allegra and Isabel Marant collection. By this point, you’ll have earned a slice of millionaire chocolate layer cake at The Cake Bake Shop, an eat-in bakery with an Indy address but a Parisian heart. Grab another Blue Indy car from a nearby docking station for the return trip, and load up the backseat with your spoils.
BlueIndy’s closest station to the hotel is at the corner of Washington and Meridian streets, one block away. To reach Midtown (also known as SoBro), take Meridian Street or College Avenue north for about 6 miles. Park at the station in front of PrintText at 685 E. 52nd St. For the return trip, find a car at 6222 N. College Ave. or 945 E. Westfield Blvd.
BLUEINDY: blue-indy.com; $8 per 20 minutes and .40 per minute thereafter
PRINTtEXT: 652 E. 52nd St.; 317-910-8203; printtext.co
HAUS LOVE: 5901 N. College Ave.; 317-6021-6521; ilovehaus.com
EVA MAISON: 912 E. Westfield Blvd.; 800-272-1659; evamaison.com
8 FIFTEEN: 815 E. 65th St.; 317-253-1234; 8fifteen.com
THE CAKE BAKE SHOP: 515 Carrollton Ave; 317-257-2253; thecakebakeshop.com