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Logansport is a community of doers. It shows right away.

Look across Cass County and you will find a lack of national name recognition. It changes to some extent, but most of the time Logansport had to do it themselves for a very long time.

This has led to an eclectic mix of old and new businesses.

And while the community waits for Harbor Freight Tools, Culver’s and Wendy’s, local businesses are springing up in the area, giving life to a downtown ready to blossom.

“Communities our size, the backbone are entrepreneurs, small businesses, non-franchise names,” said Bill Cuppy, president of the Logansport Cass County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Organization of Cass Logansport. “What we’ve seen gravitating around the mall and in some eastern neighborhoods are franchises. It’s because of the number of traffic, the demographics, where our entrepreneurs and our family operations can take more of the grassroots approach. Logansport needs X and they can build it. They don’t need company approval. They can see how it goes. See how it works.”

There have been a lot of new ideas coming to Logansport in 2022.

And it works well.

Mr. Happy Burger Retires

Before jumping into the new, we must recognize the past.

A longtime fixture in the Logansport community, Bob Shanks, sold his Mr. Happy Burger restaurant, 1050 W. Market St., on Jan. 27 to Pat Hilton of Penguin Point Restaurants.

Shanks has been delighting the city for decades and is known for his compassion, caring for his customers and handing out free coke tickets to young children.

He previously sold his Westside location, 900 W. Market St., to Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse in October 2021. That business officially opened this spring.

Shanks’ legacy influenced a generation of Cass County entrepreneurs.

New Kids On The Block

Downtown Logansport has been bursting with new businesses, making good neighbors for the colorful murals that dot the tired buildings. Together, business and art revitalize the neighborhood.

Rosie & Clive’s beauty boutique, 29 S. Third St., has brought more diversity to downtown retail, offering hair care products for black women and other beauty and style products .

Alyssa Irvin turned her love of plants into a business by opening Plant Therapy LLC, 608 North St., in April.

“In the six months I’ve been open, we’ve evolved so much as a store,” she said. “I was able to broaden my horizons and offer more options to customers. I built this business over many years of hard work and learning. I haven’t used any business loans or grants and I continue to work hard doing what I love.

One of Logansport’s most anticipated venues finally opened in August. The Science Project, 611 North St., is a brewery and restaurant and provides Logansport with another option to hang out and have a meal.

Sienna Urbina, a local artist, helped design the mural outside the Science Project. She credited local entrepreneurs, especially Scott Johnson, who opened Black Dog Legacy and Matt and Katya Swisher, owners of Bonus Pints, for sparking the local arts movement.

“The art that started to happen, I feel like it started to happen when these new businesses opened up – these awesome, quirky new people started believing in themselves and saying ‘ hey im gonna go ahead and do this thing cause why not,” she said.

Johnson recently sold Black Dog Legacy to his former barista and manager Marissa Bergstedt.

Bonus Pints ​​continued to operate as a local bar and restaurant while also housing The Record Farm. The Swishers opened the second floor and hosted Fulcrum Barbershop as well as The Lantern, one of Logansport’s most unique businesses.

Spooky and crazy

The lantern, alongside Spooky Grandma’s Halloween Shop, arrived just weeks apart in June. Both focus on the weird but operate on opposite ends of the supernatural spectrum.

La Lanterne opened after a successful trial run as a pop-up shop during the 2021 holiday season. Run by artist Brett Manning and her husband, Frank Rouch, the shop sells art, clothing, cards tarot cards and other unique items, some focusing on pop culture such as “Stranger Things” and “Twin Peaks”.

Spooky Grandma’s, 6342 W. County Road 100 North is where horror icons Jason, Michael and Freddy hang out on cloudy, starless nights.

Located just outside Logansport, tucked away in the woods like a place every horror movie told you not to visit, Melissa Lyttle’s business encompasses the manic fun and thrills of a horror movie. horror.

One wonders if Logansport needs two spooky stores. Based on the early success of both companies, the answer is yes.

“Honestly, we didn’t expect things to take off so fast to the point of launching a website,” said Alyssa Lyttle, Spooky Grandma’s store manager. “We had so much interest that we wanted to make a market accessible to everyone.”

The company’s website was launched on September 9.

Spooky Grandma’s is committed to being entirely community-based, offering events such as spell casting sessions, movie nights, and spooky parties.

One can only anticipate what they have planned for October.

“We love meeting all of our clients and forming personal friendships with them,” Lyttle said. “These people have become our creepy family.”

The old school

New blood can only benefit all established local businesses.

There is a sense of hope in the ownership community. We are talking about collaborations. There is support, the desire to see yourself succeed.

The Nest, 510 E. Broadway, has been part of downtown Logansport for 48 years. Owner Nikki Reed is as dynamic as ever, her shop brimming with decorative trinkets.

“I think downtown is growing,” Reed said. “I think there’s a lot going on and a lot going on and I think it’s increasing the number of people downtown. There are more people walking around. »

The Gray Mill, 500 E. Broadway St., is still a centerpiece in the area. Judy’s GoodLife Emporium, LLC, 325. E. Market St., continues to sell natural health and nutritional supplements and Sage N’ Tonic, 220 South 6th St. entered its second year of business.

“I feel so excited about it because I also live here,” said Natasha Walters, owner of Bodyworks Studio + Empower Wellness Café, a yoga studio in its 11th year of operation. “I love being in this area and being able to walk downtown. I’m really excited to be working with these new business owners in the months ahead. »

International delights

Take a stroll through downtown Logansport and you’ll sometimes feel like you’re walking down a side street in New York City. With less people, of course.

International markets dot the landscape, offering the tastes of the diverse populations that call the city home. There is something authentic around every corner.

Dona Conchita, 801 N. 3rd St., a bakery that opened this summer, brought tasty treats and fluffy loaves of bread to Logansport.

Food trucks have also grown in popularity. El Rancho Street Tacos had customers lined up on the street in Walton. The Palencia family took a risk opening El Taquito Feliz, but it paid off.

There is more to come. Tropico Grocery Store and El Rinconcito Del Saber will open soon.

Destination Logansport

Scour The Lantern and Spooky Grandma’s social media pages and you’ll find potential customers asking to take long drives to visit businesses.

Recently, someone asked the owners of The Lantern what else she could visit if she made the five-hour trip to Logansport.

Slowly, Logansport is becoming a place where people want to be again.

The past has not been kind to Logansport. The struggle is on every building downtown, their windows closed like locks of gray hair and worry wrinkles after hard times

But young entrepreneurs and locals who love their community are working hard to rebuild it.

They would like others to join them. Logansport and Cass County truly have the potential to be an Indiana gem.

“You love creating and seeing things happen that keep people here because they want to be here,” Cuppy said. “We not only see that, but we see people wanting to come here.”

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