Monday Business Briefing: NuLu getting climbing gym; Déjà vu all over again in economic development?


Not really. It appears Warby Parker is Louisville's to lose to Nashville.

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Welcome to the Aug. 4 Monday Business Briefing.

As always, this is your private business intelligence briefing with Insider Louisville staff and contributors vetting tips collected during the past few days, hours and minutes before we post.

It’s summertime, and the living is easy. The kids are still out of school. Everyone is in a good mood. So, this is another “good news before the angst” edition of MBB.

NuLu about to attain Hoosier Heights

IMG_0844A very cool business is coming to NuLu. The Indiana University-educated entrepreneur behind Hoosier Heights climbing gyms in Carmel, Ind., just north of downtown Indianapolis, and Bloomington, Ind., plans to open Climb NuLu on East Market Street this winter.

We talked with Joe Anderson Friday, and we’ll have a longer story later. But as a teaser: Climb NuLu will be a creative reuse of the former Hunt Tractor property on the far east side of East Market Street’s restaurant, retail and business corridor.

From the Climb NuLu website:

Climb NuLu will be a state-of-the-art bouldering facility for all ages with over 9,000 square feet of incredible Walltopia climbing walls. At Hoosier Heights, my goal is to put climbing and the climbing community first. That will continue with Climb NuLu.

Walltopia was founded in Bulgaria in 1996 and is a world leader in the climbing wall manufacturing industry.

Monthly memberships at the Indy gym start at $69, and most evenings are members-only. Both locations (Bloomington is considerably smaller) offer classes and day passes and are available for groups to rent.

More later …..