Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2017 Details

2017 Holiday Shopping Contest FB Cover2017 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:

  • Homewood Suites by HIlton – Lafayette has undergone a complete renovation including a sophisticated new lodge/lobby area, front desk and business center. Guest room renovations include new TVs, kitchenette appliances and case goods along with new carpet and wall coverings.
  • 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!
  • The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra offers visitors a glimpse into magical evenings of music and entertainment. Enjoy listening to the beautiful tunes of uplifting music in a performance you will never forget.
  • A warm gallery creating one-of-a-kind beautiful jewelry.  From fun to whimsical, functional to fashionable, Linda from LE Originals is creating art with love and imagination.
  • Having trouble creating your space? Let Design Nook guide you through their design process to create a beautiful new space.
  • Think of Artists’ Own as a “headquarters” for artists working in Lafayette. It’s a well-known gallery where local artists can showcase some of his or her favorite pieces for anyone to purchase.
  • 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.
  • Have you ever heard the saying “Meet you at Arni’s!” Have you heard this saying before? It is something that 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 salads, garlic bread and more!
  • 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.
  • Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Peanut Butter Burger besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • 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!
  • East End Grill: One of Lafayette’s newest restaurant serving modern with a twist fare ranging from chopped salads, to burgers & sandwiches and the best steaks and seafood available.
  • Decadent frozen custard served in a very retro/old timey diner feel with vintage art that decorates the interior walls and bright, neon lights outside proclaiming its name. This is the Igloo Frozen Custard!
  • Nine Irish Brothers serves up traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting! Every dish at Nine Irish has a unique flavor combination that artfully combines the recipes of old with some modern inspiration.
  • Light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails. Where? Town & Gown Bistro

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com.   Good luck!

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Holiday 2016 Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update

img_9005-1Holiday 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 plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • On December 3 & 4, enjoy dance, glitz and toe-tapping holiday tunes, plus traditional Christmas hymns with the cathedral-like reverence of the season at the Purdue Christmas Show.
  • A Holiday Tour (December 3 & 4) at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.
  • The largest holiday parade in Indiana starts the holiday season…area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds on December 3. This is the first Saturday night holiday parade so don’t miss it!chrismtas-parade-pu-band-hester
  • Polar Express is coming to the Long Center on December 3! See this magical Holiday film starring Tom Hanks at Long Center for the Performing Arts with a special appearance by Santa himself!
  • The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette hosts Elf the Musical, Jr. on December 2-4, 2016.  Buddy the elf is raised at the North Pole, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. He embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Farmers Market Fun

    Farmers Market Fun

    Downtown Lafayette, enjoy Window Wonderland Students will create a festive storefront for a downtown business designed around this year’s holiday weekend theme: A Very Merry Main Street!

  • Shop for your holiday treats on Saturday, December 3 at the Holiday Downtown Farmers Market.
  • Come join the merriment at the Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, on Saturday, December 3rd beginning at 11am at Carnahan Hall, 800 Main Street.  The Dickens Players will perform 8 acts up and down the Main Street area with the Dickens Carolers singing between sets of certain acts.
  • Celebrate the season at Wildcat Creek Winery on December 3 and 4! Drop in for wine tasting featuring their Mulled Harvest Cranberry Wine and new Cherry Ginger Fizz. Enjoy holiday treats from Fair Oaks Dairy and Mama Inez Bakery. Shop for locally made gifts and wine to make your holiday gatherings special. DIY gift basket stations will be available to assist you in building beautiful gifts for your friends and family.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on December 2,  3 and 4.  On Friday, December 2, Wea Creek is giving away swag bags full of goodies to the first 50 shoppers, door prizes, desserts & cider. Food trucks, desserts, beer, and live music on Saturday.  And free activities for kids of all ages, wagon rides, games, and giveaways for parents on Sunday.

  • December 4 marks the Carnahan Hall Christmas Gift & Craft Show.  Vendors will be at the hall for all of your Christmas needs!

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

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!

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.

Congrats to our “Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest 2015″ Winner!

We have the winner of our “Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest 2015″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Ken from Lafayette, Indiana.

Ken answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was:

QUESTION: Go to http://www.readysetgodowntown.com/ ***QUESTION: Which page can you find the image below?***  Please either share the direct web site link (example: www.readysetgodowntown.com) AND/OR the Page Name (example: Home Page).

He answered “Shop”, which is correct. The image was on the shopping page.

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in January, 2016. The theme will be “Romance” in excitement for Valentine’s Day!

Thanksgiving Fun Weekend Update: Turkey Toss at Wolf Park & Small Business Saturday

Kathy's Kandies Sweet Treats!

Kathy’s Kandies Sweet Treats!

Thanksgiving Fun 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.

News alert – it’s Thanksgiving time special celebrations at Wolf Park! This Saturday, November 28 make a trip to Wolf Park to participate in the Turkey Toss! As part of Wolf Park’s environmental enrichment program, designed to make their wolves’ lives in captivity the best they can possibly be, they celebrate each season by distributing seasonally-themed munchies to their four-footed friends. Thanksgiving is no exception as we give thanks that we have wolves in the United States and the wolves at Wolf Park for being an educational ambassador for their wild counter parts.  Each animal receives their very own turkey and the guests at Wolf Park get to help!  Special helpers are chosen to throw a thanksgiving treat, turkeys to the wolves, small turkeys to the coyotes and Cornish game hens to the foxes!

Tri-N-Run

Tri-N-Run

Thanksgiving also for many means the biggest shopping weekend of the year! This Saturday, head to downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette to support and shop at small businesses during Small Business Saturday. Our specialty stores have special discounts on one of a kind gifts that are perfect to make a loved one smile on Christmas.  For a list of all the stores taking place this year, visit www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com.  Shop, shop, shop!!

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

Searching for the Perfect Holiday Gift – Shop Your Own Backyard!

brochurediscussion2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard! There are so many fun specialty shops right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette and this holiday season we recommend heading downtown for a day of shopping to purchase one of a kind, unique items for your loved ones.

Shop Small Saturday – did you get out and shop during this special event last month? I did and I had a blast going door to door searching and finding the perfect holiday gifts. I headed downtown and spent the day shopping with my 16 month old daughter (who loved to run everywhere and touch and see everything..she kept me on my toes!) and my sister, Jen. At every location, I took photos of holiday decor, original pieces of art, lovely, handmade jewelry and more. I am sending my husband a photo every day with a little hint (ha!) of my holiday shopping wish list! I want to share with you a few items that are wonderful holiday gift ideas.

Two Tulips – specializes in wedding invitations, wedding shower invitations, baby announcements, shower invitations, personalized baby gifts, baptism gifts and piggy banks too!

Piggy Banks at Two Tulips

Piggy Banks at Two Tulips – which one should I buy for my daughter this holiday season??

Grateful Heart – One-of-a-kind art and fine hand-crafted gifts created by 5 local artists.

If you know my husband please share I LOVE this from Grateful Heart Gallery! Created by Diane Gee!

If you know my husband please share I LOVE this from Grateful Heart Gallery! Created by Diane Gee!

 

One Earth Gallery – Shop for authentic handmade American Indian art. Each piece is hand-picked by American Treasures founder David Kurtz on frequent trips around the U.S.

My sister loves Native American Art - She will love this one of a kind lamp!

My sister loves Native American Art – She will love this one of a kind piece!

Randy Ross Framing – Custom Framing and artwork.

My Mother-In-Law has a family photo from the early 1900s she wants to frame - Definitely heading back to Randy Ross Framing!

My Mother-In-Law has a family photo from the early 1900s she wants to frame – Definitely heading back to Randy Ross Framing!

JF & Company – Children’s boutique for your little rock star!

We have a family divided - my sister's family is pro IU and my family are true Boilermakers! JF & Company is perfect because they offer both!!

We have a family divided – my sister’s family is pro IU and my family is true Boilermakers! JF & Company is perfect because they offer both!! (Although please note the abundance of Gold & Black – BOILER UP!)

Camera Outfitters – Can “OUTFIT” you and your camera so you are ready for every photo opportunity.

My husband loves photography - Camera Outfitters has professionals to help find the perfect camera and accessories!

My husband loves photography – Camera Outfitters has professionals to help find the perfect camera and accessories!

Something Special -11 local artists create art and unique gifts that flourish inside the walls of their quaint gallery.

My parents have been married for almost 40 years - I am keeping this in mind for their 40th wedding anniversary next year! Linda Elmore creates these one of a kind pieces at Something Special

My parents have been married for almost 40 years – I am keeping this in mind for their 40th wedding anniversary next year! Linda Elmore creates these one of a kind pieces at Something Special

 

For more information about these shops and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com