Business briefs – November 17

Boutique to open in former New Palestine hardware store

NEW PALESTINE – A new business will celebrate its grand opening during the New Palestine Christmas Walk on Dec. 2.

Small Town Shoppes, at 50 W. Main St., New Palestine, the previous location of New Palestine Hardware, will open its doors 10 a.m. Dec. 2 and is offering refreshments and door prizes for those who attend.

The boutique will sell gifts, decor and furniture, jewelry, baby items, handmade lotions and balms and more, according to a news release.

Dental office offers free services to veterans

GREENFIELD – Veterans in the Greenfield community and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive free dental services Saturday at Creative Smiles.

Dr. Zarrar Duraiz and team at Creative Smiles will be honoring and supporting local veterans as part of Veteran’s Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of veterans without dental insurance.

“We understand that many veterans in our community and across the nation haven’t been to the dentist for a long period of time. Some veterans don’t have the financial means,” said Dr. Duraiz. “This event is a great opportunity for us to share our time and resources with the men and women who have dedicated their lives to our country.”

During Veteran’s Free Dentistry Day, a choice of one free cleaning, filling or extraction will be provided per patient from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 168 E. New Road. Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Veterans are asked to please bring a valid form of veteran’s identification. For more information, please call 317-462-7700 or visit

Insurance company donates $100,000 to Hoosier food banks

CareSource, an insurance company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, and the CareSource Foundation have awarded ten grants to 10 food banks across Indiana for $10,000 each as a part of its Days of Caring in Indiana.

The foundation gave these grants to community food bank organizations throughout the state as part of a larger effort to help combat hunger and food insecurity in Indiana during the holiday season. The food banks that received a surprise check for $10,000 on Nov. 9 or Nov. 10 are as follows:

  • Gleaners Food Bank – Indianapolis
  • Muncie Mission Ministries – Muncie
  • Hoosiers Hills Food Bank – Bloomington
  • Food Bank of Northern Indiana – South Bend
  • Community Food Pantry – Richmond
  • Community Harvest Food Bank – Fort Wayne
  • Food Finders Food Bank – Lafayette
  • Second Harvest Food Bank – Muncie
  • Food Bank of Northwest Indiana – Gary
  • Tri-State Food Bank – Evansville

“In Indiana, 1 in 7 people face food insecurity every day,” said Steve Smitherman, executive director of CareSource Indiana. “With the holidays quickly approaching, we are partnering with food banks across the state to ensure that all Hoosiers have food on their tables.”

The organizations will use the grants to fund vital parts of their operations and provide fresh, nutritious food to families facing food insecurity across the state.

Since 2006, the CareSource Foundation has awarded nearly 1,200 grants to nonprofits who are working to eliminate poverty, provide much-needed services to low-and moderate-income families, encourage healthy communities, develop innovative approaches to address critical health issues and enhance the lives of a diverse array of children, adults and families.

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or