Good morning Columbus. What you need to know — readers soundoff on Carson’s closing; where’s the most beautiful place of worship in Indiana?

Good morning Columbus —

Reaction on our Facebook page to the closing of Carson’s department store in Columbus ranged from expected to darn it.

Some had suggestions for what should be done with FairOaks Mall if it ever ceases to be a mall, including:
  • Time to demolish, Rezone, and redevelop. Housing would work well here along with some other functions mixed in. 
  • Would love to see the mall torn down and a Meijer store put in.
  • I say put in another theater and a food court.
  • Performing arts center.
  • Dirt track for racing cars.
  • Build a Costco.
Others are rooting for the remaining tenants.
One post said: I do hope that Riviera Maya (Mexican restaurant) will just move instead of going out of business. Another said the same for Creative Eyes, an eyebrow threading business.
Some lamented the changes to the brick and mortar retail landscape and the decline in choices —
  • We don’t have very many places to choose from/
  • I buy all my Clinique there. Now I will have to go to Greenwood mall.

Columbus is not alone in its mall dilemma.

Carson’s is the only anchor store in Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis, and that store is closing too. Click here to read the latest on Carson’s.

Here’s what else you need to know —

The most beautiful place of worship in Indiana? Right here in Columbus.

It’s North Christian Church, according to Architectural Digest. “Finnish architect Eero Saarinen is more widely known for his industrial designs, including the Womb chair, than places of worship but that’s what makes North Christian Church so intriguing,” according to the magazine that lists the most beautiful places of worship in every state. Scrolling through this list is definitely worth your time. I have been in just two on the list (North Christian and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City) but two churches that really caught my eye — one in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and one in Moose, Wyoming. Road trip anyone?

Do not try this: Suspect accused of concealing meth by eating it.
A man was taking to the hospital after swallowing methamphetamine while fleeing police.
Story here.

Cindy Brady! We’re liking this tweet from Columbus police.

Odds and ends.
Plan your weekend: Here’s a long list of area activities for you and your family  … panel advances bill creating official Indiana insectproposal on guns in churches OK’d by state legislative committee.

Instapic from Richard McCoy, a founder of Exhibit Columbus. Look familiar?

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