Inspired Fire

IMG_4461Inspired Fire is a glass studio and gallery located right here in Lafayette! When you enter Inspired Fire, it’s hard not to be “blown” away by the gallery of handmade glass items. Flowers, vases, jewelry, and so much more! The art here is made in shop and by over 30 different local artists. So many of these beautiful pieces of art would make great gifts for a loved one, or a special treat for yourself!

My fellow intern, Emily, and I had the opportunity to visit earlier last year and were absolutely spoiled by owner Sharon Owens and the rest of the staff. As soon as you enter, you’re greeted by the smiling faces of people who absolutely love what they do. I learned more Inspired Fire Glass Fish Demoabout glass blowing that day than I ever expected when Emily and I were led to the studio and given demonstrations. First, we were able to see a typical beginners’ piece (a little glass fish!) made. It is amazing to see how within just a few minutes something so unique and exciting can be made! A little fish like this would make an adorable gift and booking a class to create something like this would definitely be a worthwhile experience that you and your friends or family would remember forever!

Sharon Owens even took the time to give us a personal tour of the building. Besides the gallery, there is a group studio that seats up to 8 with the ability to add 4 additional torches, as well as the new addition, the Hot Shop, which is over 1,000 square feet and has a Inspired Fire Sharon Making FLower200 pound glass furnace. She showed us how glass is melted and shaped into their beautiful glass flowers in the furnace.  Sharon also gave us a demonstration of how Inspired Fire’s famous glass Christmas ornaments are made. Overall, we had so much fun visiting the shop. If you’re looking for somewhere truly unique to visit in Lafayette, this is the place! Visit their website for more information about their gallery pieces, as well as their class times. Be sure to book your spot in advance because you don’t want to miss the chance to learn more about your new hobby, glass blowing!

Below you can watch a clip from our trip to Inspired Fire. Emily got to blow her own Christmas ornament, with the help of Sharon, of course!

 

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist, Sam Martin!

A Day of Holiday Shopping in Lafayette-West Lafayette

IMG_3282Local shops offer holiday cheer and the perfect gift or compliment to a holiday party!  Yesterday I  spent the day out with some friends shopping for the perfect gifts while also picking up some much needed items for our holiday party my husband and I are hosting this weekend. I got all our Christmas shopping done at local shops and I feel so thankful I got everyone crossed off my family’s list.  I would like to share my great buys, and maybe it will inspire you to head out and finish your shopping at our great local businesses.

These are the awesome purchases:

IMG_4567Oh, I love the holidays!  I love shopping and picking the perfect gifts for loved ones, while also hosting fun holiday parties.  The holidays are a time to be merry!  For more information about these great locations visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Shop til you Drop at Interior Objects

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Interior Objects is a wonderful shop located in the Market Square Shopping Center. Pottery, jewelry, knick·knacks, art, gifts for everyone & so much more!

Interior Objects View from AboveStep into Interior Objects, and you will immediately be tempted to buy everything in sight! There is a wide variety of objects just waiting to take their place in your, or a loved one’s, home.  It is a specialty boutique specializing in beautiful homewares, lifestyle items and one of kind decorations. This is also another one of our community’s local businesses that offers good old Hoosier hospitality! You can be sure that as soon as you enter, someone will greet you with a smile and direct you towards whatever interests you.

Interior Objects Cooking ItemsVisitors and local residents alike can find great pieces to add to their homeware collection! There are dishes, serving platters, utensils, aprons, tools, decorations, and so much more to pick from. There is also an exclusive collection of Scott Frankenberger pottery. He is a local artist who creates beautiful items such as mugs, vases and plates.

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Every time I visit I want to purchase about everything at Interior Objects! My personal favorite items are pillows, place-mats and glasses with beautiful designs – Indiana-themed, and Purdue-themed in particular! It is definitely a challenge to escape without finding something you love and purchasing it.

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist Intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Weekend Update: Thanksgiving Market & “We Love the 80’s”

WL Thanksgiving MarketLafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Thanksgiving is a week away! Visit the Thanksgiving Downtown Lafayette Market on Saturday, November 18, to stock up everything you need for your Thanksgiving feast! From 8am to noon, you can shop for bake goods, hostess presents, and seasonal vegetables. Get out and enjoy the cool air of fall and have fun envisioning your Thanksgiving feast!

In the evening, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra presents “We Love the 80’s” at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. When they say “we love the 80’s”, they mean they love ALL the 80’s. With the greatest hits from the biggest artists of the 1680’s, 1780’s, 1880’s, & 1980’s, this night will be, like, totally rad. Featuring music by Pachelbel, Mozart, Haydn, Grieg, Sousa, Leonard Cohen, Prince, and more!

Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 3.23.02 PMFor more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Please Your Senses & Closet at Dawson & Daisy Boutique

IMG_9704If you’re looking for a new and unique addition to your closet, Dawson and Daisy Boutique is just what you need. The boutique is an aesthetically pleasing dream and unlike any other shop in West Lafayette. From the perfect decor, to the open layout, to the wonderful smells, this shop is sure to please your senses and your closet.

Dawson & DaiDawson and Daisy carries a variety of unique clothing, jewelry, beauty products, and home wares. The location is extremely close to campus, so it’s a great spot for that last minute formal dress or birthday gift you may need. The store also offers small succulent plants that are perfect for your dorm or apartment. You are sure to find something unlike anything else inside this boutique.

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Dawson and Daisy is owned by Purdue student Gabby Gary. The boutique began online and quickly grew into something bigger. In May of 2017 Gabby moved her boutique to Wabash Landing right next door to All Fired Up in West Lafayette. This prominent location is perfect for any girls day. Grab a bite to eat at Scotty’s Brewhouse, get creative at All Fired Up, stop in at Dawson and Daisy to treat yourself (or maybe someone else), hit the movie theater, and then Bruno’s for dinner. Dawson and Daisy is a great addition to the perfect mom and daughter day.

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This is the place to be if you want something unique, but close to home. Dawson and Daisy offers a variety of styles of clothing from dresses, sweaters, swim-wear, and much more.

For more information about this shop and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.  Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

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“Boiler Up” on a Den Pop and “Hammer Down” on a Hammer Donut

IMG_0361Just when you thought being a Boilermaker couldn’t get any better, it does! We now have a place to get FRESH donuts on campus for a reasonable price! Hammer Donuts is a small, but mighty donut shop inside the famous Discount Den in Chauncey Hill.

As soon as you walk into The Den you will see a beautifully painted mural painted by Lafayette’s own Elaine Nygren. The mural displays colorful donuts and sprinkles with a Purdue hammer hitting the wall. It’s the perfect back drop for a donut shop. It gives Hammer Donuts an artsy and colorful feel.

Hammer Donuts has teamed up with local businesses such as the Neon Cactus. On Thursday nights you can bring in your cactus cup and fill it up with donut holes for only $4.99. The Hammer Donuts Instagram is sure to make you hungry for a fresh hammer donut.

Hammer donuts can also fulfill your catering needs. The bright pink donut boxes are a great addition to your early morning meeting or staff breakfast. Hammer donuts does it all.

Purdue’s campus has had fro-yo options, Chinese food, AJ’s Burgers, Brothers Bar, and everything in-between that a hungry college student needs, except donuts! Now our campus is officially complete and just in time with State street opening and students returning for the semester.

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These donuts aren’t just your average donuts. Owner, Tate Schienbein, a 2017 Purdue Grad, makes the donuts from scratch using his own family recipe. The donuts are freshly made right there inside the Den every morning! The donuts look and more importantly, taste amazing. In addition to the amazing donuts, Hammer Donuts serves coffee from Lafayette’s own Copper Moon. This business is already on its way to being a Purdue tradition.

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The menu includes classic donuts, specialty donuts, and donut holes! My personal favorite is the specialty Lucky Charm covered donut. Hammer Donuts is the perfect compliment for the legendary Discount Den. How exciting is it that we can now “Boiler up” on a den pop and “hammer down” on a hammer donut! As Tate says, “Boiler Raised, Hammer Made!”. Head to 135 S Chauncey Ave Suite 1J in West Lafayette to give these delicious donuts a try for yourself.

Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, Emily, shares this blog.

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Explore Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette

IMG_4266Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to a fabulous downtown full of shops, public art, attractions, restaurants and hotels. Recently, downtown Main Street in Lafayette has undergone a major revitalization project and the beautifully manicured streets lined with specialty shops await the enthusiastic visitor. In West Lafayette, look beyond the construction to the delicious dining establishments and one of a kind shops. Our downtown is divided into 3 fun districts, Chauncey Village, Wabash Riverfront and Arts & Market. Each offering its own distinct charm and flair.

Public art!

Public art!

Local artist Linda Elmore creating masterpieces at LE Originals

Local artist Linda Elmore creating masterpieces at LE Originals

SHOPUpscale to vintage clothing, designer home accessories, gourmet goodies, original art in all media formats, music, games and even diamonds and gold await you.

DINE Enjoy an extraordinary assortment of cuisine—from elegant fine dining to casual bistros, corner pubs to cocktail lounges. It’s all here in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Fun at Harry's

Fun at Harry’s

PLAYReady. Set. Go Downtown to find art galleries, nightlife, community parks and even a bowling alley, Downtown has it all. With plenty of activities, there’s always something to do.

Bowl at Purdue Memorial Union!

Bowl at Purdue Memorial Union!

STAYChoose from a historic hotel, located right on Purdue’s campus, to a hotel just steps from the Wabash River. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll be in the heart of it all—Downtown.

West Lafayette's newest hotel, Hampton Inn

West Lafayette’s newest hotel, Hampton Inn

For more information about our lovely downtown, visit http://www.homeofpurdue.com/attractions/downtown.html.

Re-Awakening of Spring- Bennett’s & Koehler Brothers Nursery

Bennett's

Bennett’s

Every spring is like a re-awakening of beauty! Flowers are blooming, the grass is turning green and people are getting outdoors to embrace the warmth after a cold winter.  This spring we are celebrating by visiting two lovely nurseries that have beautiful fresh flowers and expert botanists to help answer any questions you have. Whether you have a green thumb or not, a visit to these businesses, is like walking in a spring flower wonderland!

Shopping at Bennett's

Shopping at Bennett’s

  • Bennett’s has operated as a family horticultural business in the Greater Lafayette Area for over 100 years. The company was founded between 1870 and 1880 by William Bennett and his son and is currently operated by the sixth Bennett’s generation. An active nursery on 17 acres at the corner of McCarty and Creasy Lanes in Lafayette, Bennett’s can provide you with quality and selection in its large retail nursery, unparalleled garden center or in its full-service greenhouse and floral areas. Have any landscaping questions? All Bennett’s employees have been fully trained and can assist with questions about growing, design, etc. (Bennett’s is open 7 days a week.)

    Springtime at Bennett's

    Springtime at Bennett’s

  • Koehler Brothers Nursery is located in Dayton, Indiana, and offers a complete garden center and nursery. Professional landscape and design services are provided. Koehler Bros. is a landscape business that also is eccentric as they have a museum of art and purchasable antiques on their grounds. A general store, called Delphine’s, is located on the grounds and is owned by a local couple who sell antiques, rare finds and nostalgia. (Koehler Brothers and Delphine’s is open 7 days a week.)

    An alligator is alive at Koehler Brothers!

    An alligator is alive at Koehler Brothers!

This spring, get out and brighten your life with flowers!  For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette businesses, please visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Create Masterpiece of Beauty from Design Nook

image1Furniture, decorations, design assistance and more; Design Nook can help create your space into a masterpiece of beauty! This shop is full of lovely home good items that will make your space  a lovely one of a kind home. Shop for a perfect present for your loved one this holiday season from a plethora of holiday decorations and/or accessories.  Or if you are looking to remodel your home, Design Nook has interior and exterior decorators, that have years of experience to assist.

Check out these lovely photos from Design Nook. This holiday season, stop in and buy that perfect gift for your loved one!

Shopping fun!

Shopping fun!

Fun holiday decor

Fun holiday decor

Lovely design ideas

Lovely design ideas

The beauty of the holidays!

The beauty of the holidays!

For more information about this shop, and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

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Shop Til’ You Drop! Lafayette-West Lafayette

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Hot House Market at Tippecanoe Mall

Shopping, shopping, shopping!  This weekend is the time for awesome holiday shopping and we are heading out to embark on the retail journey. Are you? If you are out and about share with us any great deals and/or crazy holiday shopping stories!

Today marks Black Friday, known to many as the biggest shopping day of the year.  Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 9 plazas/shopping centers, major super stores, and one mall, the Tippecanoe Mall. Specials on everything from clothing, electronics, appliances and more can be purchased at stores like Target, Chico’s, Sears, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, and more.

Get a special doggie bowl for your pet! at Artists' Own!

Get a special doggie bowl for your pet! at Artists’ Own!

Glass artist, Linda, creating hand crafted beads at Le Originals

Glass artist, Linda, creating hand crafted beads at Le Originals

Not in the mood to embark on the Black Friday shopping madness of fun? Go local and shop this Saturday during Small Business Saturday. Lafayette-West Lafayette has so many unique, specialty shops that make this day full of shopping glamour. This day is one of my favorite days of the year because our local shop owners have their hand crafted items (many are one of a kind) on sale. My sister, mom, and mother in-law have been recipients of some lovely gifts that I can happily say I purchased at a great price! Plus, with the discounts, I usually purchase a little something for my own household!  For a complete list of shops that are participating, visit the Shop Small Saturday Facebook page.

Have a fabulous weekend of shopping!  And don’t forget to share with us your shopping news.  For a complete list of shops and other fun weekend events, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Grateful Heart

Grateful Heart

Doll accessories at Peace, Love and Daisies!

Doll accessories at Peace, Love and Daisies!

Books, books, books from Main Street books!

Books, books, books from Main Street books!

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