Society Column: ‘Love Local’ event showcases 15 Carmel businesses


On June 26, Rebecca Hanson, Eva Harris and Soori Ardalan co-hosted a party themed event in downtown Carmel to showcase local merchants.

“This is our way of bringing more people to the Arts and Design District and introducing them to different merchants,” Ardalan said.

The festive event was catered by two local restaurants, Crust Pizzeria and Amalfie’s. Rascia’s Creative Cakes provided delicious desserts and drinks were provided by two local bartenders. Lily Berman, a Carmel resident and IU pre-law student assisted her friend, Eva Harris, owner of the Beauty Lounge, in serving hors d’oeuvres.

The event also celebrated the opening of The Aesthetics Center, a medical spa owned by doctors Soori and A.M. Ardalan. The new spa will be located in the Beauty Lounge and will be supervised by A.M. Ardalan, a former vascular surgeon and wound care specialist. Soori Ardalan, who is also owner of the Soori Gallery, will act as administrator.

Fashion and body care were the primary themes of the showcased merchants. 14 Districts, owned by Rebecca Hanson, J. Nicole, owned by Jen Cuniffe and House of Fifth, represented by creative director Truen Jaimes, were among the fashion displays. Bath Junkie, owned by Melissa Farmer, InCycle, owned by Cathy Miller, and The Beauty Lounge, owned by Harris, offered body care and fitness services.

The event was well attended and supported by local vendors either with booth displays or raffle donations. Other participating vendors included: Harrison and Company Jewelers, Pillow Talk, Body Mind and Core, Jack and Jill’s Children’s Boutique and J. Benzal Menswear.

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