Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 24, 2013

A new keeper of the inn

By Matt Werner
Staff Writer

Zionsville — Most people have a plan for what they want to do when they retire, but Sheila Kavanaugh gets to do that before she retires.

The new general manager of the Brick Street Inn, 175 S. Main St., is getting the opportunity to run a bed and breakfast before hitting retirement.

“My heart is in bed and breakfasts,” she said. “This is something that I wanted to do when I retired, and I’m lucky enough to do it before I retire.”

Kavanaugh traces her love for bed and breakfasts back to a time she and her husband stayed at the Blowing Rock Inn in Blowing Rock, N.C., for a murder-mystery weekend. She came away hooked.

“I had been working in the hotel industry, but nothing sings like it does at (the bed and breakfast) level,” she said. “I was always in a big city, downtown hotels where you don’t get as close to your guests. I love talking to people, making them feel welcome, and making sure they get a good meal and a good night of sleep.”

Kavanaugh brings with her more than 30 years of hospitality service, most recently five years at Chateau Thomas Winery.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.