Find the Perfect Read from Robots and Rogues New and Used Bookstore

interiorAre you an avid reader? Every reader needs a bookstore in which they can get lost among the shelves. The Greater Lafayette Downtown area has Robots and Rogues new and used bookstore. It is a specialty fiction bookstore where they feature science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery.

They are located at 531 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. The store is right on the corner with fantastic display windows. As soon as you walk in, your breath is taken away by the many bookshelves stuffed with fantastic stories. The high ceilings and large windows give the store a cozy feel that will make you want to browse for hours.

If science fiction isn’t your thing or if you aren’t sure what you want to read, stop in and take a look around. Owners Tricia and Kevin can give you recommendations and can perhaps suggest something that might help you find your next great read.

Browse their inventory online from home. Check out their website for the link. If they don’t have something in stock, you can always ask them and they can see about getting it for you.

Gaming - FullRobots and Rogues has more than just books, they also have comic books and they sell awesome T-shirts that have book cover art from Out of Print Clothing. They have author signings where you can chat with the authors, purchase their books, and have them sign a copy or two! Stop by on the last Tuesday of the month for their Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club. Ask them about their role-playing and gaming groups. Check their website calendar or Facebook page for details about upcoming events.

If you have some used books that are still in fantastic shape, contact or stop in and chat with them about their trade-in policy.

If you’re in the downtown Lafayette area, take a few minutes to stuff your nose into a book at the best corner book store Lafayette has to offer, Robots & Rogues!

Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist, shared this blog.

Fun Fall Getaway Contest 2014 Details!

Feast of the Hunters' Moon

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our Fun Fall Getaway Contest 2014 to our 2 great cities.  The competition started on Monday, September 15, and we want to share why each business who has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $500!

  • Guests will receive top-notch service at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Lafayette where you can make yourself at home in one of their spacious suites offering a fully equipped kitchen and indulge in a hot full breakfast.
  • Enjoy history, culture and wood smoked, authentic food at the annual “Feast of the Hunters’ Moon“!
  • Have you ever heard the saying “Meet you at Arni’s!” This saying can be heard at least once a week at Social Media Specialist, Sara’s home, where she and her family enjoy thin crust pizza, Arni’s salad, garlic bread and more!
  •  Bruno’s is famous for its “Bruno Dough” but even better yet is the friendly wait staff who make your visit fun and relaxing.  They have every kind of pizza pie from pepperon, deluxe to peanut butter and jelly!
  •  Triple XXX or Route 66 offers some of the best burgers (The Duane Purvis All American is a fave!) in the nation in a retro style diner atmosphere. Don’t miss all the fun jewelry, handbags, specialty candy and more at Route 66!
  • World famous coney dogs, homemade root beer in specialty frosted mugs and a special pledge to always offer the quality, service and cleanliness to every customer from the staff can be found at Dog N’ Suds.
  • What is better than a box of homemade decadent chocolates?  NOTHING!  Kathy’s Kandies is making a specialty box just for you.
  • Fiber / fabric wall art, fine porcelain & stoneware pottery, hand-made ‘Green Gifts’ and much, much more can be purchased a Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts where 5 area residents present their craft.
  • An exceptional laser tag, awesome arcade games, good food and great experiences can all be found at Skate America.
  • Two Tulips offers shoppers everything from darling children’s clothes and piggy banks, specialty stationary, to fun decorative gifts for the home.
  • One Earth Gallery & Gifts is rich in jewelry that is handmade with natural materials by Native American jewelers.  Also note, this shop offers baskets, pottery, coffee, etc.
  • Prophetstown State Park is hosting this fall the 5th Annual Trail of Scarecrows so make sure you visit to vote for your favorite scarecrow!
  • Howl with the wolves at Wolf Park and see all the different animals; coyotes, foxes, & bison.
  • Enjoy exploring our beautiful outdoors on a bike from Virtuous Cycles and take in the beauty of fall colors!

Go to to sign up!  Entries will be accepted through Monday, September 22, 2014 at noon. A Winner will be announced the week of September 29, 2014.

Fun Fall Getaway Contest 2014!

Fun Fall Getaway Contest 2014! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a weekend with your friends and family to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $500 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special person. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

Share with us your favorite fall activity in Lafayette-West Lafayette? OR if you have never visited our 2 great cities, what fall activity would you love to experience here?

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of the replies and pick the most intriguing!

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm. A winner will be announced the week of September 29, 2014! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

If you select “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” you will receive an email for every contest entry. We will be approving and posting ALL of the entries (with your name and answer) at the END of the contest (if you have selected to receive follow-up comments and we receive a lot of entries, make note you will receive an EMAIL for EVERY ENTRY when we approve the answers). By entering, participants release their emails to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette will not share or sell your information.

Fall equals Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Fun!

canoe at feast. dan hesterThe Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Festival drew a crowd of about 40,000 people last year into and from our Lafayette/West Lafayette community. You are probably wondering what kind of event brings a crowd that is comparable to the latest pop sensation? A historical reenactment with food and festivities, of course!

The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Festival is a reenactment of the annual fall gathering during the mid 1700’s at Fort Ouiatenon. The Fort was a fur trading post between the French and Wea Tribe of Native Americans along the Wabash River in West Lafayette, Indiana. Control of the Fort shifted between the French, Native Americans and the British during its almost 100 years of use. In 1970, the Fort was placed on the National Registry of Historical Places.

feast drummers. steve robinsonTo celebrate this time in our local history, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association presents the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Festival. It takes place along the banks of the Wabash River at Fort Ouiatenon in West Lafayette, Indiana. The reenactment helps to recapture 18th century life at Fort Ouiatenon.

This festival has created lasting memories for myself and my family. As soon as I step out of my vehicle, I can smell the wood burning in the air. I am greeted by traditional artisans demonstrating crafts in the style of the 18th century using only materials and methods available at that time. I hear drums beating as men and women in costume march by saluting that time in history. I learn how baskets are made, how blacksmiths created tools and taste the delicious food of that time. Merchants sell different French, English and Native American foods adapted from original recipes and prepared over open fires.

Apple Dumpling 2My favorite dishes are the warm apple dumplings, fry bread, apple cider and root beer. The root beer has a very flavorful vanilla taste to it. One year, I bought a jug of root beer and it came in a beautiful blue jug. I reused the blue jug as a decoration around my apartment. For meat eaters, there are herbed pork chops, buffalo burgers, rabbit stew, buffalo stew, turkey legs, among other delicious foods to sample. One really can’t help but eat his or her way through the festival.

Over the course of 2 days, there are many programs scheduled to keep everyone entertained and to learn about life in the 1700’s.  Some of my favorites are the voyager landing, soap making and candle making.

feast dancer. steve robinsonThe Feast of the Hunters’ Moon festival is one event that cannot be missed if you are new to the area or if you have been in Lafayette/West Lafayette most of your life.  People travel from all over to jump into clothes from the 1700’s and reenact this event in our history.

The Feast is taking place October 4 and 5, 2014.  Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist, shared these thoughts.  For more information about this festival and others in our area, check out our website at

Weekend Update: Archaeology Day & Love & Death at LSO

Archaeology Day

Archaeology Day

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

It’s Archaeology Day in Tippecanoe County! On Saturday, September 13th from noon to 4:00 at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and the Department of Anthropology, Purdue University will host archaeology activities for children and families in celebration of Indiana Archaeology Month. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) annually coordinates Indiana Archaeology Month to celebrate and recognize the work and discoveries of archaeologists around the state with special presentations and activities for kids and adults. This year’s event will include an artifact ID session, where visitors can bring in artifacts for assistance in identification; a chance to look at artifacts from digs at Fort Ouiatenon; and activities that give visitors an opportunity to experience archaeology first-hand including a simulated dig and laboratory. Bonus: Archaeology Day activities are free and open to the public!

After an afternoon of digging for artifacts, enjoy an evening of romance at the performance of Love & Death, produced by the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Partnering with students from Purdue Theatre, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra features pieces conveying the tragic romance of the renowned Shakespearian couple, Romeo and Juliet. . The dazzling Purdue Theatre students accompany this unique unveiling of the famous love story with readings from Shakespeare’s play, as the orchestra presents Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Also featuring: Mozart-Don Giovanni Overture, Bernstein-Symphonic Dances from Westside Story, and Tchaikovsky-Romeo and Juliet.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at

Weekend Update: Gallery Walk & Tour Haan Mansion

Artists' Own

Artists’ Own

It’s an Artsy Weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Do not miss the last Gallery Walk of the season this Friday, September 19! In historic downtown Lafayette, the local arts community collaborates with downtown businesses to highlight the arts and culture in the region. A Friday evening may be filled with a night out for dinner at your favorite restaurant, a leisurely stroll from one Gallery Walk location to the next, where artwork, music, and occasional complimentary beverages or hors d’oeuvres may be sampled. Special exhibitions taking place are the following: Tippecanoe Arts Federation Gallery Reception for A Quilted Narration of Gaelic Folklore and Beyond, Quilted Art by Leanne McGiveron and Heather Vanderkleed, I Arrange My World, Prints, Painting, Mixed Media by Lisa Parish Parker & Ahead of the Curve, Mixed Media and Wood by Anita and Bill Krug. Artisits’ Own Reception for Landscapes in Paint and Pixels By: Glenn Chang and Sandy Daniel exhibit.

Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, 21 mark the last guided tours of the year at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art. Visit each room with Bob and Ellie Haan to share stories about the mansion and its contents. You’ll find massive, museum-quality antiques and major paintings by historic Indiana artists including TC Steele, Wm Forsythe, George Winter, EK Williams, Ada Shulz and many others. Also get a sneak peek at part of the ceramics collection. Tours are at 10 am and 1:30 pm on Saturday and 1:30 pm on Sunday. (October tours that focus on ceramics and November Holiday tours will be walk-through tours with docents in each room.)

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at

Frozen Custard – A Must Stop When You Visit Columbian Park

SONY DSCFew areas in Lafayette – West Lafayette are as iconic as Columbian Park and the neighborhood surrounding it. For years, places like Tom’s Parkside Deli, Arni’s pizza and the Frozen Custard anchored the neighborhood that is home to a dense population of Sears & Roebuck and Montgomery Ward “kit” homes dating from the early 20th century.

While upgrades have naturally occurred over the years to the various attractions and restaurants – a massive zoo and park renovation, the Parkside Deli converting to an Oyster Bar – and new additions have been added such as Tropicanoe Cove Water Park, not much has changed on Wallace Ave, where the Frozen Custard and Arni’s call themselves home.

Columbian Park

Columbian Park

I’m entering my 9th season as the varsity boys tennis coach at Lafayette Jeff, and I make it a tradition to go to the Frozen Custard with my team at least once during the year. It’s a perfect spot to snag an ice cream cone, sundae, fruit drink or flavored drink after a tough practice. It’s always a highlight for me to get a chance to interact with my players outside the pressures of high school tennis.

Personally, I love sticking with a flavored coke, but I go the extra mile with cherry, vanilla and marshmallow in mine. It’s amazing. My players seem to stick with the basics, ice cream cones or a fruit drink. Regardless of the choice, though, you can’t go wrong.


Making a custard cone!

Making a custard cone!

ring the Colt World Series, a 15-16 year old baseball tournament held annually at Columbian Park’s Loeb Stadium, baseball fans of all ages flock to the Frozen Custard on those warm August evenings.

It’s been a signature stop of mine for years, from trips with my tennis team back to the time when I was teenager myself and couldn’t get enough of their delicious custard or flavored Cokes.

The line “I’ve been coming here since I was a kid” is quite common when talking about the Original Frozen Custard. Hopefully I’ve helped establish that tradition with some of players if they didn’t already have it instilled in them by their parents. Visitors and locals alike have a hard time passing up the goodness that is the Frozen Custard.

Stephen Smith, Visitor Information Specialist & Lafayette Jeff Boys Tennis Coach, shared this blog!

Gaby Couture: High Fashion, Couture, Alterations & Tailoring

IMG_36272 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “Midwest Hospitality”.  To experience “Midwest Hospitality” at its finest visit Gaby Couture, located downtown Lafayette, Indiana, at 529 Main Street. Gabriela Frezza, owner and tailor, has over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry. Her expertise on high fashion shows in her own signature collection called Gaby Couture, which was launched in early 2006.

I visited Gaby Couture recently and was very surprised at what I found! When I heard part of the name “Alterations and Tailoring”, I was picturing a walk-up counter where one drops off their clothing for repair. Instead, I found an eclectic boutique full of beautiful, custom made clothing, jewelry and accessories. The moment I walked in both Gabriela and her husband greeted me and they were so welcoming and friendly. The passion they share for fashion is exhilarating! I went in to check it out expecting to be out the door in a few minutes, and found myself talking and asking fashion questions for the next 30 minutes! Another surprise was the cost. A one of a kind outfit, in my opinion, was very reasonably priced.  IMG_3631Gabriella and her husband shared a bit of their story of creating fashion in New York City, and then moving to the Lafayette area in 1988. Each “Gaby” creation is created from her experiences as a child in Argentina and travels around South America, and stands out for its personality as well as its elegance. Check out the photos of all of her amazing designs.

IMG_3618  IMG_3623 IMG_3628IMG_3621Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, one thing we value is customer service and appreciating the times we receive great customer care.  Midwest Hospitality is Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.  We are proud of our local businesses, including Gaby Couture, who provides gracious and friendly service. For more information about this shop and other fun activities in the area, visit our website at

Weekend Update: Germanfest & Friends and Family Day at Purdue Black Cultural Center



Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Schnitzel beef sandwiches, rollbraten pork sandwiches, beef goulach with buttered noodles, potato pancakes, homemade lentil soup, brats and more! Where can all of this be found along with a performance by the Polka Boys, a beer stein holding contest, casino games and more? St. Boniface Germanfest! This Saturday, September 6, join the German revelers as we dance, eat and make merry downtown Lafayette! Please note you may not be German in ethnicity, but you can be one in spirit as the celebration rocks and rolls!

More music can be found during the “Friends and Family Day” at the Purdue Black Cultural Center on Saturday, September 6. Bacchanal Steel Band will bring the sounds of the Caribbean to the Purdue Black Cultural Center. Participate in “hands on” exploration of traditional carnival dance, mask making, music and storytelling. The only requirement for guests; make sure you bring your creativity and imagination to participate!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at

It’s Labor Day! Check Out Our App!

What is Labor Day? The U.S. Department of Labor states it is the following, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” To me, this day means we work hard all year long, and our country is thanking us with a vacation day to get out and have fun!


How can you learn about all the fun, exciting events and happenings taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette? It’s easy! On your smart phone, download the “Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette” App. Attractions, dining, maps and events are all available at your fingertips. Recently, all of the Lafayette-West Lafayette outdoor art was added to the app. Photos, GPS mapping and information about each special piece of art including murals, statues and sculptures allows an easy way to get out and follow the art trail.

Looking for a special event taking place today or next month or even next year! Our App features a calendar of events that is very user friendly and helpful. From major festivals to art gallery exhibits to farmers markets, this calendar showcases the abundance of activities taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Today, download the App and check out everything our community has to offer!

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