Indy Style

Mama P. Bakery helps Indy Style celebrate 6th Anniversary

Sweet potato pie, scones, lemon cookies… need we say more?! Valerie and Darnell Perkins of Mama P’s Bakery stopped by the Indy Style kitchen today to bake us up some goodies! Together with Mary Clark, of the International Marketplace Coalition, we learn their story, their history and why they say their treats hold a deeper meaning than most!THE STORY OF MAMA P. (directly from Valerie and Darnell)

Mama P. has been in the dessert business for 30 years. She has worked for some of the best bakeries in Michigan and Indiana. Drawing from this experience, we had a need to raise money to celebrate Michael Perkins Sr.’s 60th birthday party. So Mama P began selling cookies to family and friends. Things went extremely well, so we decided to approach a local restaurant about providing our desserts to them. One store turned into multiple stores around the Indianapolis area. In September of 2018, we proudly opened Mama P’s Bakery and Cafe’ at 3990 Georgetown Rd inside the International Marketplace. We are now serving a food, as well as desserts.

In addition to our store, Indy residents can enjoy our desserts at a number of restaurants around the city: Big City Grill and Lemonade 38th and Meridian, Captain Jay’s 38th St. and Kenwood or 38th and Keystone, Donny’s – 46th and Arlington, Chicago Grill – 20th St. and Arlington, Famous Tomato – 5002 W. 10th St.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.