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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Made in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Attention all art lovers! You may be surprised to know how many talented artists are located right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette. I explored our area to see what great finds are being crafted by our local artists. From jewelry to paintings, check out below five of the coolest things made here:

 

Inspired Fire

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Beads, vases, jewelry, and other art pieces – Inspired Fire’s master artistry is primarily done by owner and operator, Sharon Owens! Not only can you purchase these items, you can also learn to make some yourself. Inspired Fire offers group and individual courses that teach you how to make glass creations yourself! This studio is such a unique experience you really can’t miss out on!

Photo Beads at LE Originals

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LE Originals is located right downtown Lafayette on Main Street! Filled with handmade pieces of jewelry and art, LE Originals is a must-see for Lafayette creations! Amongst all of the lovely necklaces, bracelets (and more!) is the patented Wearable Art Jewelry! Create a piece of jewelry accented with a bead that bears a photo of your choosing. This is something you LITERALLY can’t get anywhere else!

 Scott Frankenberger Porcelain

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Scott Frankenberger has been part of the Lafayette-West Lafayette artist community since 1974. He makes his gorgeous (and functional!) pottery pieces in his studio, Crossroad Pottery Studio. Dinnerware, teapots, platters, bowls… Scott creates one-of-a-kind items that are sure to amaze your guests and make them ask “Where in the world did you get that?!” – And you can proudly say right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Dennis Wischmeier Paintings

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“Blue Lake Shore” depicts the views of Lake Michigan located just hours from Lafayette. This beautiful landscape painting is hung in the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette! It was painted by local artist, Dennis Wischmeier. This gallery room in the museum is home to several of his wonderful landscapes! It is a striking showcase of the four seasons, each one a beautiful perspective of our state!

Artists like Cherry Delaney at Artists’ Own

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Artists’ Own showcases stunning works from artists both local and not! There is always an interesting and engaging new exhibit to visit there. Cherry Delaney is just one of so many local artists which house their art in Artists’ Own. She shows and sells handmade jewelry there! In fact, Cherry has been creating these pieces for over 20 years! This talented artist uses the Japanese-style Kumihimo braiding, and clay, to craft these unique items!

So, art lovers… What are you waiting for?

This blog was shared by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist, Samantha Martin!

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La Scala – “Fresh Farm Food From Our Farm and Other Local Farms. Taste the Difference.”

LaScala three“Fresh Farm Food From Our Farm and Other Local Farms. Taste the Difference.” – is what you will see when you visit the La Scala website. And boy, is that accurate! I was absolutely impressed with how flavorful the salad I ordered at lunch was! The Fontina Fruit Salad was probably the best salad I have ever had! It was a massive portion for a lunch salad. It was a mound of greens piled high with apples, walnuts, grapes and Fontina cheese. The dressing was raspberry vinaigrette that was so refreshing! Oh, and I added grilled chicken to the salad which could not have been grilled more perfectly. Don’t even ask me how I finished that entire thing all by myself!

When you walk into La Scala you are greeted with a calm and relaxed environment. The servers are so sweet and fully knowledgeable of the menu. They have an answer for every question you could possibly have about the dishes. All of the main entrees come with a salad or soup to start with. I have to admit that I was very jealous watching my friend across the table eating her Tomato and Basil soup. The happiness on her face could not be recreated!

IMG_0439I have heard owner Kirsten talk to a group about her passion for her restaurant before. The love and care that her and her husband, Chef Francisco “Paco” Serrano, have for what they do is incredible. They started from the bottom and with their combined energy and devotion, the current La Scala is now what we have to enjoy. Lafayette is so lucky to have so many family businesses to enjoy, and La Scala is up there on the top of that list.

IMG_0431La Scala is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00am until 2:00pm. Dinner on the weekdays, Monday through Thursday, is served from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. On Friday and Saturday nights La Scala serves dinner a little bit later from 5:00pm until 9:30pm. If you call or visit La Scala’s website, you can easily make a reservation. This is a simple way to ensure you can snag a table on a Friday night without having to wait. Sometimes La Scala is just too busy to be able to take all the walk ins on a weekend night!

I highly recommend eating your next meal out with La Scala. Don’t forget to bring your friends and family, along. Everyone will walk away with a smile on their face and a round full tummy!

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

Star City Coffee & Ale House

Star City Turkey Panini

Happening Now!  Ale and coffee; combined makes a powerful connection. Right now, the talk around town is about a new hip and fresh restaurant, Star City Coffee and Ale House, that just opened this past December serving fresh brewed coffee and local brews.  Visitors pick up a cup of java, as well as fresh muffins, cupcakes, panini pressed sandwiches and more.

What is better than starting the day off with a cup of coffee?  The answer could possibly be ending the day with a glass of espresso coffee beans ale.  Star City Coffee and Ale serves an “Agent Oats Coffee Stout” from People’s Brewing Company that is infused with their own espresso coffee beans.  I personally am not a big beer drinker, but add a little espresso, and it makes me happy!  I get more excited about their “Pourover“, which is a coffee brewed in their regular French press.  French pressed coffee is a savory in my life.  It is so smooth, refreshing, and awakening.

Lunchtime is the perfect time to head to Star City Coffee and Ale to order one of their five panini pressed grilled sandwiches with fresh fruit, and pita or sun chips.  The “Star City Turkey” is already one of my favorite sandwiches; it is filled with garden herb turkey, cream cheese, basil, tomato, smoked mozzarella and chives.  The panini grill toasts the bread to the perfect crispness, and the cheeses all melt and blend together with the turkey and herbs to create a delicious sandwich.  It is one of best panini’s I have ever eaten!

If you are in the mood for a sweet treat their cupcakes are amazing.  The hardest choice is choosing which flavor between chocolate buttercream, strawberry with strawberry icing and white chocolate, Italian cream with cherry and dark chocolate or strawberry cream cheese. (Please note these were the flavors they had on the day of my visit.)  A chocolate lover at heart, I could not pass up choosing the chocolate buttercream cupcake, which was moist, light and airy and had a decadent icing.  I was happily surprised to find extra icing in the middle of the cupcake!  The owner shared that a local lady from Battle Ground, Indiana, bakes these delicious treats and will soon be opening her own shop in Battle Ground.

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

Main Street Cheese & Wine

Happening Now! Right now everyone is talking about Main Street Cheese & Wine, a local restaurant serving soups and sandwiches made from home grown Indiana products.

I am a Hoosier!  I am proud to say I live in Indiana and the Midwest where people not only work hard, but are friendly and welcoming.  I love to support local attractions, restaurants and festivals.  Main Street Cheese & Wine not only is a local dining place, but most of their food products are made in Indiana.  I am a big fan of Fair Oaks Dairy cheeses, and the majority of their sandwiches have a slice or two.  The “heart” of main street sandwich can only be described as “grilled goodness”.  Cracked pepper turkey breast, Fair Oaks pepper havarti cheese, tomato and artichoke hearts are grilled and melted together.  The combination of all of these ingredients makes for a mouth watering experience.  Add in a cup of homemade soup that is made fresh every day, and the lunch is perfection.

The atmosphere in Main Street Cheese & Wine is so inviting.  The room is light and airy.  There are cupboards full of food items ranging from homemade noodles, cookies, jams and jellies, and more for sale.   As soon as I walk through the door I instantly feel comfortable.  It feels like going back in time with the stained glass windows, hardwood floors, and cafe chairs.  Also, the waitresses are always cheerful and greet you as soon as you walk in the door, which is refreshing.

(Note: Check out their wine slushies.  They are the perfect thing to drink to cool off during this hot, humid summer!)

What is your favorite sandwich at Main Street Cheese & Wine?  Do you enjoy their cold sandwiches such as their chicken walnut or garden turkey?  Or perhaps you are like me and crave their hot sandwiches from their Cuban to their BLT pita?

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