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TikTok can’t get over huge Indiana school with fashion room, auto shop and natatorium

The size and amenities of an Indiana public high school were shown off in viral TikTok videos, and the internet is amazed.

The Carmel High School DECA club took TikTok viewers on a tour of the school, which offers plenty more than a typical high school.

Their gyms and cafeterias — plural — only touch the surface of what the Indianapolis-area school provides students. If the gyms weren’t enough, they also have their own wrestling room and natatorium, an indoor swimming center.

Carmel High School features a spacious auditorium and modern library, along with a cafe, planetarium and its own TV studio and live radio room.

The tour continued, as viewers got a peek into the school’s auto shop, wood shop and one of their many cooking rooms.

tiktok.com/@carmeldeca/video/7197937009938156842″ data-ylk=”slk:A second video;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link rapid-noclick-resp”A second video showed multiple symphony rooms and rooms dedicated to fashion, e-sports and jewelry.

“Might as well be its own city,” one TikTok commenter said.

“This is where movies are filmed,” another said.

The videos captured the attention of TikTok, where they were viewed more than 6 million times. They’ve also circulated on Twitter, with one being watched more than 24 million times as of Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Carmel High School has an high-schools/indiana/districts/carmel-clay-schools/carmel-high-school-7151″ data-ylk=”slk:enrollment of 5,414;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link rapid-noclick-resp”enrollment of 5,414 and is ranked among the top high schools in Indiana, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Carmel is also one of the wealthiest cities in Indiana, with a median household income of $115,109.

The tour was getting some commentators the itch to re-enroll in school.

“I’m 25 and I wanna go here,” one person said.

“Can I attend Carmel High School as a 20-year-old,” one commenter asked.

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Jim Shulman: The Paris shop was the go-to place in Pittsfield for ladies’ fashions | History


The Paris shop was opened in Pittsfield in 1921 by Abraham Schwartz and his stepfather, Isadore Koblinsky, on North Street. It operated 58 years, becoming one of the city’s most popular local apparel shops. 

In the 1950s and 1960s downtown Pittsfield had over 100 retail businesses, with the bulk of them apparel stores.

One of these that always puzzled me, at least for its name, was The Paris shop. The store was a small family-run operation that stocked the latest in women’s outfits, dresses, skirts, blouses, sweaters and more.

My mother and sisters were frequent customers for the latest fashions. Many of my classmates got their high school prom gowns there and eventually their wedding dresses as well.

The store was popular and the salespeople were helpful people. One of my friends recently shared when shopping for her wedding gown in the 1970s, she picked out a beautiful dress and the clerk quoted her a very reasonable price.

My friend gave a deposit and when she returned, she learned the wrong price was given. The correct price was nearly four times the amount she was quoted. Despite the error, the store owner made good on the original offer.

This owner was Abraham “Abe” Schwartz, who was not only a nice guy but a hard-working and honest businessman and the uncle of my close friend, Rhoda Pomerantz. Abe was originally from Tarnow, Poland, and came to this country in 1910 at the age of 10.

His mother, Pauline, a young divorcee, wanted to find a better life and place to raise her son. They settled in Chicago where she met and married a skilled tailor named Isadore Koblinsky. He and Pauline had three more children including my friend Rhoda’s mother, Ann.


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A look at this Milwaukee fashion designer

Laura Bavlnka, owner of Bavlnka Atelier at 5209 W. North Ave. in Milwaukee on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Bavlnka specializes in naturally dyeing textiles, elaborate alterations, creating jewelry and is starting a new clothing collections.

Laura Bavlnka, owner of Bavlnka Atelier at 5209 W. North Ave. in Milwaukee on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Bavlnka specializes in naturally dyeing textiles, elaborate alterations, creating jewelry and is starting a new clothing collections.

After learning in high school that fashion design could be a career, Laura Bavlnka worked backstage at Paris fashion shows, landed a corporate job in the industry — and then took a “leap of faith” and launched her own brand.

And in a world full of fast fashion, Bavlnka said she is trying to run Bavlnka Brand as ethically and responsibly as possible.

From her North Avenue atelier, Bavlnka works on a new clothing collection, makes jewelry, does elaborate alternation work — including on the most important dress a person will ever wear — and naturally dyes accessories. She also hosts workshops to teach others how to natural dye.

“I’m really creating something that is unique and that feels really good to me, and that suits the needs of people,” she said. “I want people to feel good about the clothes they’re wearing. And if I can help them to do that, that makes me so happy.”

High school art teachers fostered her passion for fashion

Bavlnka always had an interest in fashion and an entrepreneurial spirit. In high school at Wauwatosa West, she made her own tote bags from upholstery fabric, then started selling them to other students. She also made and sold custom garters for prom.

Selena Marris, who’s been an art instructor at West for two decades, was the first person who told Bavlnka that fashion design could be a profession.

Marris said Bavlnka stood out for how she always asked a lot of questions, appreciated feedback and went the extra mile on projects. Marris still remembers a cocktail dress

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