Residence Inn & Home2 Offer Respite in Lafayette

There are two new hotels here in Lafayette that allow for visitors to have an at-home experience while traveling. At Residence Inn and Home2 Suites, travelers will enjoy the spacious rooms, beautiful décor and large cozy beds. The feeling that you’re at home will be all too surreal.

Residence Inn

Your Stay: Lafayette’s newest hotel is conveniently located just a short drive from Interstate 65. With 108 rooms, visitors can choose from studio king room, double queen room with sofa bed, and one bedroom suite with sofa bed.

This “new generation” layout is one of the first Residence Inns to have a bar inside the hotel. To celebrate, the Residence Inn Lafayette hosts a social gathering better known as the “Residence Inn Mix.” On Monday and Wednesday evenings, guests are provided with complimentary appetizers and two complimentary beverages (beer or wine).

Rose Galante from Illinois stayed at the Residence Inn and said that the, “Front desk upon checking in was friendly, efficient, and accommodating. A virtually perfect stay. We only stayed one night, but we wanted to stay longer.”

Residence Inn

Home2 Suites

Your Stay: This beautiful and modern hotel offers all the necessities and more to be comfortable in a home away from home. It has 93 rooms with room types consisting of a studio king room, a one bedroom king suite, and a double queen room. With a target for extended stay guests specifically, all guests are welcomed for any period of time. It offers customers a wide variety of amenities in an effort to replicate the comforts of home,  including a gym with access to televisions, laundry services, complimentary breakfast, a business center, and much more. All employees go the extra mile for guests, and front desk service is 24 hour.

Robert Sabatino from Illinois said, “It was perfect, thanks for a great stay. Our dogs say thanks too. Beautiful and clean hotel. Everyone from check in to housekeeping to any staff we ran into was great!”

Home2 Lobby

Check out these fabulous hotels on your visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette. For more information, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

This blog was shared by Nicole Pleader, Purdue University Student.

10 Years to Celebrate Wine at Wildcat Creek Winery

http://www.wildcatcreekwinery.com/

Rain or shine, Wildcat Creek Winery is the place to go for a glass of wine or afternoon out with friends. The family-run winery proves perfect for a quick stop on your way through Lafayette or long day off.

A few minutes off Interstate 65 in Lafayette, this hidden gem is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. Its advertisements mentioning a “friendly and welcoming Hoosier farmhouse appeal” couldn’t be more true as you are instantly greeted and invited in to sample wine with names like “Prophet’s Rock” or “Aunt Millie’s” (named after owner Kathy Black’s own grandmother).

Wildcat Creek art

History

Ten years ago, the owners, Kathy and Rick Black, retired and opened the winery out of their beautiful 1900s home. Every day, with the exception of Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving, they offer tastings, winery tours, and a beautiful area to relax and enjoy a glass of award-winning wine. Over the years, the owners have seen and facilitated numerous occasions including marriage proposals, bachelorette parties, and seasonal wine releases.

As a growing attraction for locals and tourists, Wildcat Creek Winery uses its influence to support the community in everything they do.  They utilize Midwestern grapes and juices and support the area by selling locally produced goods in its gift shop, located inside with the tasting room.  They also partner with nearby organizations such as Lafayette Transitional Housing for fundraisers and giving back to the area.

Wine

Because it is such a small operation it is easy to imagine a quaint family run farm, but the quality of the wine is as spectacular as the location. They’ve won many awards (including 2012 Indiana Wine of the Year) and accolades from all over.  With a list of 13 wine varieties, it may be hard to pick, but they are well known for their semi-sweet Steuben and semi-dry Chambourcin.

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Tours and Tastings

Fortunately, for us non-wine experts, they are happy to explain and show how the wine is made and walk you through its history and quality.  If you’re lucky, they’ll even recommend a few of their personal favorites out of the dozen or so varietals they create with a food pairing.

Inside features an extensive gift shop and tasting room where they hold wine tastings and sell their wine along with local products. Each tasting is done with one of Wildcat Creek Winery’s trained employees, who are able to make recommendations and add snack pairings with the wines you chose.

Upon request, tours of the area explore the tasting area, outdoor gardens, winemaking, and bottling areas, as you learn how each area contributes to the winemaking process and makes the winery great. After a brief half hour tour to get a better understanding of what Wildcat Creek Winery is, guests relax at tables lining the backyard with a glass of Wildcat Creek wine.

While we might not think of Indiana as a top spot for wineries, Wildcat Creek proves us wrong with a warm atmosphere, beautiful location, and delicious wines. A visit to Wildcat Creek is more than a stop of the interstate with wine tastings, gift shop, sitting areas, and tours.

For more information about this or other events in our area, visit HomeofPurdue.com

This blog was written by Purdue University Student, Margaret Cooper.

Purdue Football Fun: A Game Weekend Checklist

With Purdue football season underway, we’ve compiled a list of must-do game weekend activities. This checklist is full of traditions and experiences that are sure to get everyone from campus newcomers to Purdue football regulars in the Boilermaker spirit!

1. Go to The Den

Photo of a red, white and blue donut atop a Den Pop in front of the Discount Den store

Den Pops and donuts – what a delicious combination! Photo courtesy of @discountden

The Discount Den is a popular convenience store located in Chauncey Mall. It’s a great spot to pick up affordable Purdue attire, snacks, soda and more. Home of the iconic “Den Pop,” The Den is most known for its soft drink bar where you can create your own soda concoction. Also, be sure to grab some delicious Hammer Donuts! The Den is open from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.

2. Walk Around Campus

Photo of The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower in spring

The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower

Walking around campus during football weekends is a fun way to see many iconic Purdue landmarks. Additionally, it’s a great chance to take pictures with friends and family to remember the experience. Listed below are a few of the must-see spots:

  • John Purdue – Memorial Mall
  • Unfinished P – Next to Stewart Center
  • Campus Fountains – We recommend Loeb Fountain by Beering Hall and The Engineering Fountain on Engineering Mall
  • Bell Tower – Across from WALC
  • Neil Armstrong – Outside of Armstrong Hall

A campus walk also allows campus newcomers and alumni to see new changes and recent additions to Purdue. The most notable addition to campus currently is the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, located across from the Bell Tower.

3. Eat at Popular Purdue Restaurants

Photo of Basil Thai's curry pineapple fried rice in a to-go box next to a menu

Curry Pineapple Fried Rice from Basil Thai

Stopping in for a bite to eat at the most beloved Purdue restaurants will get you in the Boilermaker spirit.

One of the most known joints is Triple XXX, a diner known for its burgers and milkshakes. It opens at 5:30 a.m. daily for breakfast and closes at 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:00 p.m on Sunday. A crowd favorite is the Duane Purvis All American Burger, a classic cheeseburger with a sweet twist – peanut butter. The Drew Brees First Choice breakfast special is also an early-morning hit among the locals. 

Another classic restaurant is Bruno’s, a family-run pizza joint. First-timers can’t go wrong with the famous Bruno Dough and the Boilermaker Pizza. Bruno’s opens at 4:00 p.m. daily, so be sure to save this location for dinner.

Another hidden gem is Basil Thai, which is located in Chauncey Mall. The small Thai shop offers many delicious vegetarian and vegan options. The red curry and rice dish is one of the best items on the menu.

4. Ride on the Boilermaker Special

Photo of Purdue's Boilermaker Special, a black and gold locomotive, driving by a statue of John Purdue on Memorial Mall

The Boilermaker Special driving by John Purdue statue on Memorial Mall. Photo courtesy of @BoilermakerSpecial

Catching a ride on the Boilermaker Special, Purdue’s notable mascot, is an experience every Purdue fan should have. You can spot the locomotive driving around campus on game weekends. The Reamer Club offers free rides in front of Stewart Center from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Fridays before home football games. This is a great activity for kids!

5. Tailgate

Tailgating near the stadium on game day is a great way to catch up with old friends and get excited about the game. For details about purchasing tailgate spaces, check out the official Purdue Tailgating Page.

6. Go to Harry’s

Photo of rum and Coke drink and a purple suede purse with fringe sitting on the bar at Harry's

Grabbing a drink at Harry’s after the game is a must

With great drinks and free popcorn, Harry’s Chocolate Shop is the place to be on game weekends. It opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 3:00 a.m. daily. It tends to stay fairly packed all weekend, so expect a crowd. The Green Dragon is a go-to drink for frequent Harry’s customers. Filled with students and alumni, it’s hard to find a place with more school spirit in one location than this iconic bar.

7. Go to the Game

Photo of Ross-Ade stadium filled with fans during a game timeout at sunset

A packed Ross-Ade Stadium, full of fans ready to cheer on the Boilermakers to victory.

The most important thing to do on a game weekend is (obviously) go to the game. For more information about ticket prices and purchasing details, visit the Purdue Sports football ticket information page. While at the game, be sure to cheer on the Boilers and watch the “All American” Marching Band perform during halftime with the World’s Largest Drum!

Make sure to check out the Home of Purdue’s website for more information about upcoming Purdue athletic activities.

Alexis Murrell, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

The Best Pumpkin Patches Near Purdue

The temperature is dropping, leaves are changing, and combines are in the field. It’s fall in Indiana, and with that comes a plethora of fun outdoor activities.

The season brings something for everyone — from football and tailgating to haunted houses and hay rides. For a lot of people, however, it wouldn’t be fall without a pumpkin on the doorstep.

If you’re one of these people (or you just enjoy fun fall activities), the pumpkin patches in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area have your back. Before going to the grocery store to buy your pumpkins this fall, check out this list of a few pumpkin patches in the area.

Wea Creek Orchard

Located just off of U.S. 231, Wea Creek is a family-owned orchard, market, and event venue in Lafayette, Indiana. The main pumpkin patch is about 6 acres and grows 70,000 pounds of pumpkins each year. There is also a smaller patch (1.5 acres) dedicated to growing pumpkins for children on school field trips. If you want to pick your pumpkin straight from the field, this is a good option. Prices are determined by pumpkin weight.

In addition to picking out your own pumpkins, you can find a variety of items, such as honey, apple cider, jelly, and candles, in the Orchard's market.

The Orchard’s market also has a variety of goods for sale.

Tractor rides to and from the patch are available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tractor rides are offered on Saturdays and Sundays.

Kent’s Cucurbits

With a 17-acre pumpkin field, Kent’s Cucurbits has one of the largest selections in the area. In addition to traditional pumpkins, the patch also sell gourds, decorative squash, and white pumpkins. They are all pre-picked and cleaned for visitors. Prices range from $1-$8. If a nontraditional pumpkin is more your style, there is a great selection here in Brookston, Indiana.

Traditional pumpkins are grouped in rows according to size.

Traditional pumpkins are grouped in rows according to size.

While these may not be the best carving pumpkins, they make great decorations or centerpieces.

These pumpkins make great decorations or centerpieces.

In addition to the pumpkins, there is also a 4 acre corn maze.

There is also a 4-acre corn maze here.

Exploration Acres

Like Wea Creek, Exploration Acres visitors go into the patch to pick their pumpkins. Be aware that there is a fee to enter the patch, and pumpkin prices are determined by weight. Located between U.S. 52 and I-65, this was the busiest of the patches — but there was still plenty of room to search for the perfect pumpkin.

Wagons are available to bring back the pumpkins

In addition to the pumpkin patch, there are different games and food options.

There is a section of the 11 acre patch dedicated to giant pumpkins.

There is a section of the 11-acre patch dedicated to giant pumpkins.

The Great Pumpkin Patch at Congress Street Church

Visitors can shop for pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more! The Patch is handicap-accessible, pets are welcome, and picture-taking is encouraged. There is a fabulous area filled with hay bales, pumpkins and fall decorations that is great for selfies and family photos. Do not miss the bake sale, as they have the best pumpkin bread around!

Each patch offers something for everyone. Be sure to visit your favorite before the season ends.

The Great Pumpkin Patch

To keep up with more seasonal events, be sure to check out HomeofPurdue.com

This blog was written by Cheyenne Dunn, Purdue University Student.

Painting With a Twist – A Blast of Fun with Friends

Let me start this by saying: my art skills are sub-par, to say the least. I was a little worried when my coworker Emily and I decided to spend an evening at Painting with a Twist. But – spoiler alert – it was such a blast!

When you enter Painting with a Twist, you’re greeted by the most friendly and knowledgeable staff! We were given our canvases and aprons and led to our easels. The group of people with us was a pleasant and lively group, consisting of some newcomers and quite a few of experienced veterans. They welcomed me and Emily and encouraged us on what was sure to be an exciting journey!

The painting that we chose was a field of lavender. The class was led by Kara Hampton, who had actually designed the painting herself. Before we started we grabbed a glass of wine. The drink menu consists of beer, wine, and more! The prices were super affordable and the options were right up our alley. Pink Moscato, hello!

As the class began, I was still apprehensive that I would not be able to keep up with the rest of the painters. My fears were quickly put to an end when I realized how simple the step-by-step instructions would be. I really believe that anyone could follow each step which eventually creates the beautiful end result! Seriously, if I could, anyone can! There’s also staff available around the room to come and help you if you have any questions at all. It was a very comfortable and accepting environment, and I felt so welcomed.

To spice up the class, Painting with a Twist also has little games for everyone to play. We played a fun round of their very own version of “Hot Potato” with the other painters, though sadly neither Emily nor I won! While we were laughing at the antics of the game, I was thinking how fun a trip to Painting with a Twist would be for all kinds of different people. Date night, birthday parties, team building exercises, bachelorette parties, staff retreats; this place would be perfect for so many occasions. If you want to have fun time and bond with your fellow classmates, friends or family, Painting with a Twist is a fabulous option.

Our final products turned out so much better than expected. I even want to have mine framed and hang it up in my apartment! I’m so proud of my work and it didn’t feel like two hours had passed at all. Painting with a Twist made us enjoy an activity that we usually find very challenging. If fear is what is holding you back from visiting PWAT like it was for us, don’t let that stop you any longer! You are sure to love your experience and the masterpiece you create!

Here’s another cool thing about this place -they do private parties! If you want to throw a party for you and your loved ones, have a specific painting you’d like to do, or just want some privacy, they have a party room specially for these occasions! See their website for more information about their private party room. You can also check out all of the public classes on their online calendar here. There’s sure to be a fabulous choice for every group! After you take your class be sure to check in on their social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and @pwatlafayettein on Snapchat! They’ll posts awesome and hilarious photos from your class and the group photo of everyone’s masterpiece.

Samantha, VLWL Intern, shares this blog. For more information about this fun attraction and others in our area visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Taste the Hype at Azzip Pizza

When Lafayette and West Lafayette received word that Azzip Pizza would be coming to the area, no one could contain their excitement. After finally trying it for myself, I realized what all the hype was about. Everything from the name of the restaurant to the pizza itself is unique and wonderful.

The story behind Azzip Pizza is a very special one. Purdue’s own alumni Brad Niemeier is the founder of this new and amazing establishment. He graduated from Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism program in 2012. Azzip started when Brad won the Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition at Purdue University. In 2013 Brad opened his first store in Evansville. There are currently 7 Azzip pizza locations and we are proud to have one right here in Lafayette.

What does the word “Azzip” even mean? Try looking at the word backwards. This simple yet fun name has a wholesome story behind it. You can get the details behind the name inspiration and more background information about Azzip here: https://azzippizza.com/2017/06/the-start-up/

You can order a specialty pizza full of your favorite flavors or keep it simple with a traditional cheese pizza. Whatever your taste desires, Azzip has it. Azzip has 2 sizes of pizzas called the “Little Zip” and “Big Zip”. The big zip is 11 inches and the little zip is 8 inches. The Azzip experience is laid back, quick, and gives you all the choices you need to create a great meal in a timely fashion. You choose your dough size and walk through the line selecting your sauce, meats, and veggies you want on your pizza. You can always choose one of the specialty pizzas referred to as “Azzip Picks” as well. The E’vil Pig is full of flavor and is unlike any pizza you’ve had before.  This pizza is loaded with sweet ‘n sassy BBQ sauce, mozzarella, slow smoked pork, red onion, and Grippos in a Ski reduction. What is Grippos and a Ski reduction, you ask? It is barbecue Grippos potato chips and a sweet reduction sauce made from local Ski citrus soda.

The environment at Azzip is very modern and exciting. Your Azzip experience doesn’t end when you reach the end of the order line. The Azzip staff takes care of you during your entire visit. Azzip is the perfect dining option for a easy and tasty lunch or a quick but relaxing dinner.

This isn’t your normal pizza place. Your experience will be full of color, speed, quality, and satisfaction from beginning to end. Don’t just take my word for it, go check it out! Azzip Pizza is located at 105 Farabee Dr S suite B in Lafayette. Check out this new addition to the area.

Emily, VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Ultimate Summer Things To Do at Purdue

If you’re remaining on campus for the summer, or living in the Lafayette area, you may be searching for things to do this summer. Luckily, there are always things waiting to be discovered here in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

If you are a student, or a parent/loved one of a student, you may be interested in attending Purdue Summer Residential Classes. The classes offered, dates and the prices can be found here. These classes are created by the GERI, the Gifted Education Resource Institute. Students from 5th Grade to 12th Grade can participate in these summer camps that cover a wide variety of topics ranging from Criminology to Leadership 101.

A classic Purdue summer activity is doing a fountain run! It is a tradition for students and campus visitors to run through the water fountains on campus. Not only that, it’s a great way to cool off on hot summer days! The two main fountains to visit are the Engineering Fountain and Loeb Fountain. Have a blast running through though the water with your friends – also great for kids!

Another Lafayette must-do in the summer heat is Igloo Frozen Custard. This frozen custard stand has been around since 1932. Enjoy all of the great flavors of custard, sandwiches, burgers, and more! Explore their menu on their website. There’s no better way to spend a hot day than seeing just how many scoops you can eat!
 Igloo Employees
If you are a current Purdue student, there’s always the productive way to spend your summers: taking classes! Catch up on your curriculum, get a hard class out of the way, or take a fun elective. There are so many summer courses offered through Purdue, online and in person. Take a look through all of the courses on the Think Summer website. I’ve taken classes every summer while I’ve been studying at Purdue and it’s really paid off!
There are also two must-see’s in the Indiana heat. Waterparks! The first is Castaway Bay, which is located in Armstrong Park. Beach-like entry, water basketball, and a bubble bench are just a few of the features there. More on the hours, admission prices, etc., here. The second waterpark, Tropicanoe Cove, is located at Colombian Park and Zoo Make a day of it – stop by and see the animals, explore the park and jump in the pool. There are water slides, a lazy river and other great aquatic activities. Either of these are perfect choices for a day in the sun.
 
As you can tell, there are so many things to do and see in Lafayette-West Lafayette in the summertime. Don’t spend your free time bored, staring at a screen – get out there and do something! Educate yourself or your kids, enjoy some delicious frozen custard, and cool down in the water – this and so much more to explore. For more information about these attractions and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit HomeOfPurdue.com.  This blog is shared by Samantha Martin, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern.

Reasons to Love & Visit Legacy Pub

Legacy pub is one of my very favorite places to eat in Lafayette for many reasons. The main reason being the menu. The menu at Legacy Pub is huge and has so many options to choose from. Their menu is big enough to give you choices, but small enough to make sure you don’t get too overwhelmed. It’s the perfect happy medium! They have sandwiches, burgers, salads, wraps, and everything else in between. Their appetizers are always delicious. My favorite appetizer is the breaded zucchini with marinara sauce. I can’t go to Legacy Pub and not get the breaded zucchini to start off my dining experience.

Breaded Zucchini

Another reason I love Legacy Pub is the atmosphere. There are TV’s to watch your favorite game in the bar and also throughout the restaurant. It is an ideal place for parties with their multiple private party rooms. The servers are bubbly and energetic all the time and that makes your experience at Legacy Pub even more memorable. Gatherings at Legacy Pub are the best.

Inside Legacy Pub

Legacy Pub has a full bar which is another reason to love it! They currently have 18 types of beer on tap including local beer from People’s Brewing Company! And of course they offer your favorite domestic beers like Bud Light and Coors Lite on tap. If you’re not a beer fan, don’t worry, their full bar offers much more.

Jacob enjoying his steak and onion rings!

As if I haven’t given you enough reasons to love Legacy Pub, their weekday specials are the bomb. Some of their special items include veggie wraps, chicken pepperoni hoagies, reubens, catfish and more! They have something on their menu for everyone. With everything from chicken tenders to California tilapia, everyone will be happy. You can eat some amazing and affordable food at Legacy Pub.

Chicken and Fries

Chicken and Fries

If you’re looking for somewhere new or an ideal place for your next gathering or date night, check out this south side spot! Legacy Pub is located at 3230 Daugherty Drive, Suite 200 in Lafayette.

For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Emily, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Exciting Weekend at Wolf Park

Lafayette-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.

This weekend, there are two big events happening at Wolf Park! The wolf and other wildlife sanctuary is home to some of the most interesting and beautiful animals to be found in Lafayette! First on Friday, April 20th at 6:00 PM is the Cookout Howl Night! Admission for adults is just $10 to this special anniversary event. Celebrate with a hotdog cookout – arrive at 6 PM to roast hotdogs (and veggie dogs) over a campfire. Those over 21 can enjoy a brew, and desserts will be available for purchase. Listen to the staff tell stories about Wolf Park through the years then join in the Howl Night at 7:30 PM.


The next day, Saturday, April 21st, is another day of celebration at Wolf Park!  All wolves, foxes, and coyotes are born in the spring. The animals’ birthdays are all within a couple of weeks of each other around late April/early May, so get ready for one big celebration! Each animal gets their own tasty, wolf-safe birthday treat to enjoy. Previous birthdays have included cakes, frittatas and piñatas! Join everyone this year to see what treats they will be surprised with! Guests will have the chance to watch as the cakes are presented to the wolves. Each animal approaches this environmentally enriched activity with his or her own special flair. Come say “happy birthday” to Lafayette’s beloved animals! For more information about either of these great events, please visit their website.

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

Sweet Renovations at Greyhouse Coffee

Greyhouse Coffee is a spot loved by many Purdue students and visitors. Being one of the only local coffee shops around Purdue campus, this restaurant attracts long crowds and hungry students. After being closed for a short couple of months for major renovations, Greyhouse re-opened its doors in March of 2018.

I was able to check out the inside of Greyhouse for myself and it is truly stunning. They added more setting options, a brand new ordering station with a central location and a welcoming design. They still offer their classic lattes, teas and crepes but make sure to check then out in the coming weeks for the addition of gourmet donuts. My go-to drink at Greyhouse is the Masala Chai latte with almond milk. The caffeinated drink is a good alternative to drinking coffee, with spices like clove and cardamom that isn’t too sweet!

Greyhouse Coffee is conveniently located at 100 Northwestern Avenue, right on the corner of a multitude of restaurants in the West Lafayette area. Although they are known for their amazing coffee and lattes, they also offer a variety of tea options and smoothies. For food, they offer crepes, cakes, macaroons and gelato. They are known around campus for their variety of sweet and savory crepes, offering both regular and vegetarian options like the rooster crepe which is a local favorite!

During the warmer months, Greyhouse has outdoor seating. The renovation introduced some new indoor setting space as well to accommodate the students and guests who wish to study or sit and enjoy a drink on a chilly day. They are conveniently open from 7 AM and close at 12 AM; during some holidays, hours may change.

Make sure to stop on over and check out the new renovation for yourself! Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, Natalie, shares this blog.  For more information about Greyhouse Coffee and other coffee shops in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.