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

Hot House Market

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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Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2016 Details

dtartfamilyfarm-sculpturedaveschmidt2014_30283479794_o2016 has been a fabulous year! To celebrate we are hosting our annual Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest. Enter today to win great prizes from all of these Lafayette-West Lafayette restaurants, shops, attractions and an overnight stay.

Details about all the local places that donated:

  • Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts: 5 artists have joined together their one-of-a-kind art and fine hand-crafted gifts in one gallery for visitors to admire and purchase.
  • To prepare for all of the holiday parties coming up, head to Design Nook for the latest trends in exterior and interior design.
  • Looking for high-fashion women’s clothing store without the high price? Then look no further than Juniper.
  • Featuring many different mediums and media for art lovers to enjoy, Artists’ Own is a hotpot of creative output.
  • Wolf Park: This park offers guests an opportunity to see and visit not only wolves and see how they live, but bison, coyotes, and foxes!
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Arrowhead Bowl: Bowlers will find great bowling and family fun in a smoke free environment.
  • Imagine a place covered in ice and surrounded by trees glistening with a light layer of frost. Enjoy an afternoon of skating fun at Riverside Skating Center.
  • Arni’s: This local restaurant is a staple in the Lafayette area.  This restaurant which offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and more has been serving the community since 1965.
  • One of Lafayette’s newest restaurants located directly across from our courthouse is Digby’s Pub & Patio, serving beef and pork locally sourced and seasonal produce bought locally at the Lafayette Farmers Market.
  • Bruno’s features great food, atmosphere, and fun! This local favorite celebrated their 60th Anniversary last year and is known for their infamous Bruno Dough and homemade, hand-tossed pizzas!
  • Jane’s Gourmet: This little deli restaurant is serving up homemade soups, sandwiches, sides and more.  Recommend the Farmhouse Ham and Brie with Stonewall Farmhouse Chutney…delicious!
  • This year, Triple XXX Family Restaurant welcomes Ashley Burkhardt as their first female athlete to have a menu item: the Ashley Burkhardt Chicken and Biscuits.
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    Kathy’s Kandies

    Give your taste buds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!

  • Where can you find traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting in Lafayette-West Lafayette? Nine Irish Brothers
  • Looking for great burgers, drinks, onion rings and more?  Head to Spurlock’s, located downtown Lafayette
  • Hampton Inn – Lafayette offers 63 rooms including whirlpool suites, an indoor pool, complimentary continental breakfast, and children under 18 stay free.

Enter to win this fabulous contest at http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=8520!  Good luck!

It’s Farmers Market Time in Lafayette-West Lafayette

WL Markers Market2015Dave SchmidtFrom the months of May to October, the Lafayette-West Lafayette Farmers Markets make their return. From farm fresh products to handmade gifts the markets offer something unique. These markets run one day per week at the different locations. The locations include downtown Lafayette, Purdue University campus and Cumberland Park in West Lafayette.

IMG_4445The Lafayette Farmer Market has been around for over 165 years! That makes it the oldest farmers market in the state of Indiana. Every Saturday morning from 8:00 am until 12:30pm the market is buzzing. You can find it on 5th street between Main and Columbia streets in historic downtown. If you are looking for parking, spots are available on the streets as well as in the public parking garage with the entrance off 5th street. You will find a beautiful mural backdrop celebrating the long running tradition of the farmers market in downtown Lafayette. Typically there is some sort of live entertainment going on. This market showcases fresh flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies.

IMG_4441The Purdue Farmers Market it slightly different. This market is held on Memorial Mall on campus. This market occurs every Thursday from 11:00am until 2:00pm. At this market you can find a lot more ready to eat food. This is a popular lunch spot for students both in summer school and in the fall semester. I purchase my bread from the market each week on my walk back home from classes!

West Lafayette Farmers Market2014Finally, the third market is held in West Lafayette. This market is held on Wednesdays at Cumberland Park in West Lafayette from 3:30pm-7pm. This market features additional goods available for purchase including children’s clothing, handmade glass jewelry and soaps. Additionally, musicians will perform, wine tasting is available and restaurants provide take out meals. Seating is also provided for a relaxing evening in the sunset.

Just a friendly reminder that pets are not allowed at any of these markets due to health and safety concerns!

Shopping locally supports the local economy and business owners. Head to the markets this week to find some delicious and in seasons fruits and vegetables!

Rachel, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog!

Purdue Graduate Gifts

IMG_0184Purdue Commencement is almost upon us! May 13-15, Purdue Grads will make their graduation walk with pride and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment for all of their hard work to successfully graduate from one of the top schools of our nation. A Purdue Graduate can proudly boast this wonderful success as a Purdue degree will lead to so many bright opportunities in his or her future.

Personally, from living in this area and also working with many Purdue students, I always enjoy giving a nice, personalized gift to those who accomplish this amazing achievement. There are so many wonderful local stores that have Purdue gifts that are perfect for making lasting memories.

DSC00824One unique shop is Interior Objects. They have an area that is all Purdue that includes glassware, serving dishes and really neat photo frames. When my brother in-law achieved his Masters from Purdue a few years ago, we bought him a photo frame that had a vintage look. On graduation day, we took his photo and added it to the frame.  He now lives in Washington D.C. and the frame is in on his fireplace mantel!

Looking for a one of a kind gift? Linda Elmore from Something Special creates hand blown glass necklaces. She can make them in pretty much any color, and add braille to them so they can say any message one wants. Last year, one of my dearest friends graduated from Purdue, and I asked Linda to create a gold and black necklace that said “Purdue Pride” on it. My girlfriend was thrilled and shares she wears it all the time!

Gretel’s Fine Gifts is another specialty shop that offers Purdue items. When my husband and I were first married, my in-laws bought us a bunch of Purdue designed dishes (see photo above) from Gretel’s and they have been perfect for hosting big parties. Or even small dinner nights when there is a basketball game on, I will grab the plates to use to cheer on our Boilers!

Vintage! Main Street Mercantile is home to vintage Purdue clothes including dance outfits, baseball uniforms, band outfits, sweatshirts, etc. They have a huge space dedicated to Purdue and is a great shop to find a gift that will make a lasting memory!

IMG_4567If you are looking for a smaller gift item that is sweet and delicious visit Kathy’s Kandies.  She has Purdue themed candy items. One I recommend is the Black and Gold popcorn. It is a small bag of fresh popped popcorn and is a perfect item to add to a graduation bag!

Find the perfect gift this year for your Purdue Graduate!  To visit these shops and other great shopping locations in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

The Season of Giving is Here: Shop Local!

Interior Objects

Interior Objects

The season of giving is here! The older I get, the more I come to find that I much rather give to others versus receive.  Shopping for others with their happiness in mind and then seeing their surprised reaction to their presents is so very rewarding. This year, don’t travel far for the perfect presents! There are many options right here in Tippecanoe County.

Two Tulips

Two Tulips

For the young cuties in your life, head to Two Tulips for fun gifts. They have recently increased their product line to feature more young children’s clothes and accessories than ever before. Furthermore, they feature the Midwest’s largest collection of piggy banks! Head in and order a custom-made bank to add a personal flair to your gifts. Two Tulips also supplies customers with unique children’s products such as: blankets, backpacks, hooded towels, wooden furniture, and growth charts. Ask about ways you can personalize these items!

Hot House Market

Hot House Market

For the teenagers and young adults in your life, there is a perfect store for gifts of all sorts: Hot House Market! This local gem offers various vintage items for all. Vintage is the latest fad in all aspects of life. This shop offers clothing for men and women, classic shoes, lovely furniture, handmade home décor, bath accessories, record players with vinyl, and so much more! It is always a surprise going in, even on a weekly basis, as the owners are constantly turning over their supply in the store with fun, new items. Their products may be vintage, but they are at excellently priced and have big name brands such as: Coach, Levi’s, Gap, and more.

When shopping for mothers, grandmothers, and the lovely women in your life, there are two stores that stand out to me: Something Special and Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts. Both of these locally owned art galleries and shops feature some of the most unique items in the area. From handcrafted home décor and art pieces to homemade jewelry, there is always something that is sure to overjoy your loved ones for the holidays. With so many options to pick from, the exquisite local women that manage and create artwork for these stores will be delighted to help you find the perfect gift for your friends and family!

Past Visit Contest Winner, Kim, shops at Grateful Heart!

Past Visit Contest Winner, Kim, shops at Grateful Heart!

Last but not least, you must shop for the men in your life. Personally, I think men are the hardest to shop for; however, they probably think the same about women. No worries though! I have a store I plan to shop at for all the men’s gifts this season: Interior Objects. When I say that this store has it all, it is no exaggeration. I could very well spend many hours in this store looking at all of the fun and unique products the store has to offer. Christmas time is my favorite season to go to Interior Objects due to their over-the-top seasonal decorations; it is extremely beautiful and enhances the festive spirit. For men, you will be able to find some of the most unique collegiate décor, which is excellent for those passionate Boilermaker fans out there! There is also a large supply of excellent kitchen accessories, home décor, local art, and much more. Are there too many great options to choose from? That’s OK, an indecisive shopper like myself runs into this situation often.

Something Special Custom Necklaces

Something Special Custom Necklaces

Purchase a gift certificate to allow your recipients to return and decide on the perfect gift themself! While you’re here, I suggest looking at the various stationary and cards. From funny to sentimental, come discover the numerous ways to send out Christmas cheer.

Not only is the season full of giving, but it is also packed with quality time spent with friends and family. One of my absolute favorite aspects about this time of year is decorating my place with festive décor to set the mood just right for special gatherings. To prepare for all of the holiday parties coming up, head to Design Nook for the latest trends in exterior and interior design. Design Nook employees go above and beyond and are available for assistance in your next home design project. Speak with professionals to discuss how to design your home like never before!

Design Nook

Design Nook

Don’t make Christmas shopping stressful this season… Enjoy your time as you search for the picture-perfect gifts right here in Greater Lafayette. With so many fantastic local options for all types of people, shopping can be made easy this year (even for those procrastinating shoppers)! Happy holidays, and enjoy the season of giving!

Kaley, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

Buying Local: Weathered Plow, D&R Market & Beutler Meats

I’m a huge farmers market fan, but sometimes I just need some fresh produce or meat on a day or time when the farmers market isn’t operating, or it is out of season. We’ve got you covered with three great local markets in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area!

The newest one is The Weathered Plow. Located on Schuyler Ave., just west of Sagamore Parkway, you will find a little shop with a big front porch. We really encourage you to stop! They always have seasonal flowers out on the porch, and inside, you are sure to find something delicious! More than anything, I love stopping here for their ham salad and potato salad! I think their ham salad is the best in town! It is made fresh every day, and you can buy it by the pound or buy it as a sandwich and side. It’s a great place to grab a quick dinner to take home. They also have a variety of pre-packaged dry goods, and of course produce, eggs, meat, and a few breads. Try the cinnamon rolls if they have them! Oh my! They are delicious! Many items in the store are local and a lot of it comes from the owner’s own farm. The Weathered Plow is a great addition to our community!

D&R BBQ

D&R BBQ

The second local market is D & R.  They are located at the corner of South Street and Creasy Lane just across the street from Lowe’s, in a little strip mall with Dollar General and Pizza King. If you are looking for great meats, especially pork products, this is the place to go! They have awesome bacon, sausages and pork chops. We also love their tilapia; they have one that is pre-seasoned that is a quick and easy meal! We just pop it in the oven and serve with some asparagus or some other vegetable, and we are done. It’s so delicious too! D&R also carries produce, eggs, cheese and some jams, jellies, BBQ sauces, etc. It’s a great place to just hop in, get what you need and get out quickly. If you have a chance, be sure to walk a couple doors down to the D&R II, the restaurant! Oh, my! If you love BBQ, you will love this place. Huge pork chops, fall off the bone ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken, not to mention all the wonderful sides! The smells alone are worth popping in!

The third location is a long time favorite of the Lafayette area, Beutler Meats! They are pro’s! Beutler’s has been serving the Lafayette-West Lafayette area since 1953! It is located off of Wabash Avenue in Lafayette, not too far from St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Beutler Meats is known mainly as a butcher and processing facility; some may not know that the general public can purchase meat here as well. People from all over the region bring their meat here to be processed. I have a farmer friend in Anderson, Indiana that drives his meat here to be processed,so it’s not just a Lafayette area thing.  All the beef they sell is dry aged for 14 days, and they grade their beef following USDA guidelines and sell only choice grade or better beef. They also do custom butchering and smoke meats. They have a great retail store where they sell all of their meat, and let me tell you, you will not get it any fresher than this! The selection changes a bit, but they have a fantastic variety of beef and pork. For those of you who bake out there, they also carry lard. I know my Grandma was always wondering where to buy lard for her pies.  They also have had a limited number of frozen vegetables and fruit, local cheese and Triple XXX Root Beer.  Our favorite is always the pork burgers! They are great on the grill throughout the year. We love their steaks and bacon too! For a listing of their current meats, you can visit their website. You walk right into the cooler to get the fresh meats, while it’s not super cold, you might want to have an idea of what you would like before walking in there. They also carry their own blends of spices! A great pairing with the meat! Stop by some time and try some of their meat; you really can taste the difference!

The Weathered Plow, D&R and Beutler’s are all open year round, so in the middle of winter, when you are dying to go to the Farmers Market and can’t or on that weekday when a market isn’t available… check these places out and support the local businesses!

Group Tours & Meeting Manager, Ashley Gregory, shares this blog.

Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest 2015 Details

Enter to win one of these beautiful necklaces from Something Special!

Enter to win one of these beautiful necklaces from Something Special!

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest 2015 to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, November 9, 2015 and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

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

  • Enjoy the comfortable accommodations, a refreshing leisure pool and complimentary workout facility at the Hilton Garden Inn
  • 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.
  • Interior Objects offers products that are fun. They should bring a smile to your face when you use them and they should be interesting to look at when not in use.
  • New items!  Something Special is now featuring wearable art; jewelry, purses jackets, vests, hats, and scarves all handmade.
  • Amazing art from Grateful Heart!

    Amazing art from Grateful Heart!

    Having trouble creating your space? Let Design Nook guide you through their design process to create a beautiful new space.

  • Bruno’s not only has delicious pizza, but order their fried shrimp and/or catfish entrees and you will leave completely satisfied. In addition, their Swiss menu and decor will make your dinner very memorable.
  • Triple XXX or Route 66 are known for their root beer and chopped steak burgers, but we love their breakfasts, which offer homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgium waffles, corned beef hash and much, much more.
  • Craft beer, unique sandwiches and great customer service equals Lafayette Brewing Company, where the tap is brewed right in house.
  • 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!
  • Kathy’s Kandies: Satisfy your sweet tooth with truffles, gourmet popcorn, cakes, toffee, shakes and smoothies, licorice, artisan chocolates; need we say more!
  • Purdue Christmas Show equals holiday spectacular event full of music, laughter and fun!
  • Wolves, foxes, coyote and bison inhabit Wolf Park and visitors can watch and learn how they behave and interact.
  • Art aficionados and history buffs -make sure you make a visit to Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art to enjoy a collection of over 100 artists in the original State of Connecticut building that was at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
  • Enjoy a little recreation and competition at Monster Mini Golf, an indoor glow in the dark monster themed 18 hole mini golf course and arcade.
  • Imagine a place covered in ice and surrounded by trees glistening with a light layer of frost. Bring the family out for an afternoon of skating fun at Riverside Skating Center!

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=7062 to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, November 16 at 9am. The winner will be announced via social media after they have been notified. And stay tuned to our next social media contest coming in January – the theme is romance!

Shop Dayton, Indiana!

Walnut Street Traditions Candles

Walnut Street Traditions Candles

Shop local this holiday season in nearby Dayton, Indiana! We recommend taking a few hours and heading to Dayton’s specialty stores to shop for one of a kind, unique items for your loved ones.

It’s November! It is really hard to believe that the holiday season is almost upon us.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s; they are so close! This means its shopping season, a time of year some of us love and others dread. I am a little bit in the middle.  I love to find the perfect gift, but sometimes I stress about finding it. Recently, I made a trip to Dayton, Indiana, with a co-worker and was surprised to find three specialty stores in this small town.

Walnut Street Traditions

Walnut Street Traditions

Our first stop was Walnut Street Traditions. Upon entering the shop, the aroma of the Hoosier candles the shop owner, Traci, creates and sells made my senses soar in happiness. I immediately made a beeline to the soy candles to smell the scents and decide which lucky candle would soon be making its way to my home! Layered cranberry was the winner. I loved the fresh scent of cranberry and thought it would be the perfect aroma to fill my house over the holidays. The store also offers a beautiful collection of home decor that includes holiday decorations, welcome signage, pottery, and antiques. My husband and I have some wonderful friends who visit a few times a year from Illinois, and every time we get together, we surprise each other with a gift (well, the gift is a surprise, not that giving! ha!)  This store is perfect because Karlie decorates her home in what I would call this style, country living decor. I walked away with not only a candle, but a red painted wood star, that will look perfect in her home.

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Delphine'sOur next visit was only a few blocks away (I love small towns!) to Koehler Bros. Koehler Bros. is a landscape business that also is eccentric as they have a museum of art and purchasable antiques on their grounds.  The first thing I noticed when driving up to this business is an old general store with the words Koehler Bros. on the side.  A sign that reads “Antiques” showcases what this store is all about. The store is called Delphine’s and is owned by a local couple who sell antiques, rare finds and nostalgia. Antique cupboards, chests, pottery, lamps, signs, etc. encompass the space. If you are looking to find a one of a kind gift this holiday season, this shop is the place to go!

Delphine's

Delphine’s

Koehler Bros.

Koehler Bros.

Also on the grounds, a short walking distance away, is the Koehler Bros. museum of art and antique store that is within a reconstructed 1880’s Pennsylvania/Indiana big red barn. Folk art and Americana, civil war & political, country store advertising, early furniture – original paint, Victorian furniture, toys, etc. are available for visitors to admire and purchase. A cat greeted us at the door and followed us around as we admired the huge pieces of antique furniture, clothing, and more. We didn’t walk away with any purchases, but great gift ideas for the holidays for our antique loving families.

 

Koehler Bros.

Koehler Bros.

Koehler Bros. also has an amazing collection of landscaping items from trees, shrubs, flowers, and more. Looking for a Christmas tree this holiday season? This is the place to shop!

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to the Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area is sure to satisfy. For more information about these shops and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com