Indiana Originals Leading Local Living

Indiana Originals was born out of Mel and Lance’s own frustration with trying to identify local, Indiana-based businesses they could easily patron.  What started as a personal list of favorites has become a growing, statewide directory of locally owned and operated businesses headquartered in Indiana. Our team is made up of Indiana natives with a passion for supporting local businesses.



Mel McMahon Stone, Founder

Mel was born and raised in Irvington on the east side of Indianapolis and spent her high school years with the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, IN. Her career has spanned radio and television broadcasting and non-profit development (where she was honored to be a member of the 2013 IBJ Forty Under 40 class) and now includes entrepreneurship.  Mel has a Master of Public Administration, a BA, and several certifications.

Mel’s unique background and networking skills help her create businesses partnerships to solve business challenges for all sizes of enterprises.  Mel is the soul of Indiana Originals and she makes sure we stay true to our commitment to do everything we can to help locally owned, Indiana based businesses become prosperous and positively impact our community.

Lance Stone, CFO

Lance’s encouragement to his wife Mel to figure out how to get these great local businesses to stand out is really why Indiana Originals exists. Growing up on a farm in Warren County, Indiana, Lance worked with small business owners daily and understands the perseverance it takes to keep a business up and running.  

With a BA in Economics, a Master of Business Administration, and a certification in Project Management, Lance not only keeps Indiana Originals running, he also helps Indiana Originals members with their invoicing needs, quick books set ups, project management needs, and more. If you need assistance on the back-end of your business management, contact Lance for help.


Roy McMahon, The Techy Guy

Roy has been with Indiana Originals from the very beginning.  A graphic designer by trade, Roy helped develop the very first Indiana Originals logo, and now designs all the Indiana Originals promotional material used online and at events. He also helps Mel figure out the technical side of the website and the Indiana Originals app. In his spare time, he travels the midwest doing stand up comedy.  He’s actually pretty funny.


Courtney, Member and Event Coordinator | Intern

Courtney is studying Experience Design at UIndy and joined Indiana Originals as an intern in December of 2015. An Indianapolis native, Courtney has worked as a hostess for a local pizza shop for more than three years and sees what it takes to run a small business daily. As an intern for Indiana Originals, Courtney assists with event planning and helps develop member engagement opportunities. She hopes to be a full-time event planner after graduation.


Lydia, Communications Coordinator | Intern

Lydia is a recent graduate from Butler University, where she received degrees in both English and Philosophy. She has been with Indiana Originals since January of 2016, after being introduced to Mel through mutual connections. As the Communications Coordinator, she is involved with all social media outlets, event promotions, and membership acquisition. Lydia is excited to be a part of Indiana Originals, and is passionate about shopping local. In her spare time, Lydia enjoys traveling, hiking, and volunteering for local nonprofits.


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