UPDATED 6/24/20: Not that Indianapolis will ever be mistaken for a city with good bookstores, but now the options are even more limited, as Indy Reads Books and Irvington Vinyl & Books make the list. And the credit-card-only shit is starting to piss me off, too. You are legally obligated to accept cash for payment, you candy-ass pieces of shit. (I have no doubt that Monkey Joe and Monkey Eric probably suspended that rule for the time being. Why not? They probably get a sweet thumb up the ass from the credit card companies. Fuck those two knuckle-dragging simians.)
UPDATED 6/20/20: Lick Ice Cream reopened their tasting room in the Circle City Industrial Complex today, but they are requiring masks, so I will continue to get my ice cream at Wyliepalooza here in Irvington - which, by the way, has remained open throughout the last three months, while most of the world was shitting the bed. They have not, to my knowledge, ever required that customers wear masks - and yet they seem not to have all died agonizing, respiratory-related deaths. I don't even know how that's possible, given that the whole fucking internet apparently thinks that masks can walk on water, part the Red Sea, and sing in perfect, three-part harmony.
UPDATED 6/13/20: The Indianapolis Public Library has posted its plan for re-opening for "in-branch services," and they are, unfortunately, including the fascist dictum that everyone over two years of age is required to wear a face mask. I have not actively pursused information from any of the other businesses on this list as to when they plan to drop their incorrect policy errors; but the library, more than
UPDATED 6/11/20: "Wear a mask when ordering" sounds like a dictate to me, so Percolate Irvington gets added to the list. This used to be the second outpost of a Fountain Square spot called The Wine Market, but the Irvington shop closed for remodeling right around the time the world shit the bed. I drag Amy to breweries all the time, where there usually isn't much for her to drink - so having this place right here in Irvington was a nice alternative for her. Not a big loss for me, since the tiny beer selection they have isn't very good.
UPDATED 6/8/20: The Facebook pages for the three Barnes & Noble stores in the metro area have inconsistent messaging with respect to face masks, but all three stores have used the word required in at least one post. The two stores outside Marion County send a somewhat mixed message by also using the words strongly encourage. Both indicate that this company does not value my business.
UPDATED 6/4/20: Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company is obnoxiously pimping face masks at every opportunity on their social media posts, but I haven't actually seen the word required yet. I guess there's a fine line between paranoia and discrimination. I don't go there very much because they're closed on Sundays, but even with all of the time off that I currently have, this sort of behavior will discourage me from patronizing their establishment.
UPDATED 6/2/20: We went downtown this afternoon to ogle broken glass and boarded windows, and I discovered two more places that are discriminating against unmasked people—Global Gifts and Silver in the City.
Following is a list of places that require* face masks for entry to the premises. It is not acceptable to require people to wear face masks anywhere, for any reason, at any time. Until these businesses permanently exterminate their incorrect policies, they will not receive my business.
Barnes & Noble
Black Circle Brewing Co.
Book Corner - NEW
Indianapolis City Market
The Indianapolis Public Library
Indy Reads Books
Irvington Farmers Market
Irvington Vinyl & Books
Lick Ice Cream
Silver in the City
Tattered Cover Book Store - NEW
* These places, to the best of my knowledge, require face masks as of the date and time of the most recent version of this post. I will update the list as I receive new information, but removing the incorrect face mask requirement will not absolve any business of guilt. They will be moved to a separate list of businesses that did wrong, but have since learned from their mistakes. (And if I sound angry, it's because I fucking am.)