New businesses, development opening May 1 in District

Ersal Rendering
Rendering of Sophia Square

Orange construction barriers around the newest building in the Carmel Arts & Design District will be going away in the next few months as businesses and residents move into the new Sophia Square. 


Located on Main Street and 1st Avenue, Sophia Square is a mixed-use building with luxury apartments upstairs and a variety of retail options on the first floor. Construction started in October 2009, and in time for summer, Sophia Square will officially open for residents and some businesses May 1. 

There are several new restaurants coming to the Sophia Square retail space, but also other amenities and businesses unique to the District.

“We were very careful to get complementary businesses,” said Ersal Ozdemir, CEO of Keystone Group. “We want to help other businesses in the District to be successful also.”


Café St. Tropez and Huddles Frozen Yogurt will be opening at Sophia Square. Taste of Sensu, a smaller version of the new downtown Indianapolis restaurant Sensu, will feature Asian fusion dining, including sushi and other unique flavors. Detour An American Grille is a casual, family-friendly sports bar and grill that will be opening this spring. Both Detour and Taste of Sensu are owned by Jeremiah Hamman, who also owns Mo’s A Place or Steaks in Indianapolis.

The Adara Day Spa and Anytime Fitness will also open in Sophia Square. Ozdemir said other businesses are considering Sophia Square also, including a bike shop and art gallery.

The 200 apartments in Sophia Square are all designed with high-end finishes, such as granite countertops throughout and stainless steel and black appliances, and spacious floor plans with large windows and balconies overlooking the District, in-apartment laundry and other amenities make the new space at Sophia Square a fit for those looking to make the move into the growing area. Sophia Square is also a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) registered project, meaning the building is energy efficient and green.

While Sophia Square does include apartments, the central courtyard of the building is designed specifically for public access. Green space with fountains and art, a public parking garage underneath, public restrooms with Monon Trail access and patios for restaurants to serve customers outside are all features of the central portion of the building.

For more information on leasing and the opening of Sophia Square visit or call 317-815-0110.