Amazing Shops Around Lafayette-West Lafayette

Outside of our Downtown districts, there are so many amazing places to shop in the Greater Lafayette area! Remember to #shoplocal to support the business owners in our community. Here are just a few of the places you need to check out when doing your shopping this holiday season:

Gretel’s Fine Gifts

Stop into Gretel’s for something you won’t find anywhere else! This is a delightful gift store with a bent for the eccentric, quirky, and creative. Gretel’s offers something for everyone from handmade jewelry to beautiful ceramic pottery to holiday decorations. When shoppers walk in, they are eclipsed in bright colors and a whirlwind of fun gift ideas. Explore their website to see all of the amazing offerings. There are great gifts and holiday decor available there – you won’t want to miss all of the cutest snowmen and holiday-scene lanterns.

Interior Objects

Interior Objects is a boutique filled to the brim with good ole’ 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. 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 shop specializing in beautiful homewares, lifestyle items and one of kind decorations. Continue your hunt for holiday gifts here at Interior Objects! Jewelry for the fashionistas in your life, kitchenware for your favorite chef, blankets for lounging during holiday breaks – all this and more! And, sadly Interior Objects will be closing in the coming months due to retirement so make sure not to miss out on your last opportunity here!

Hot House Market

Hot House Market is a vintage shop located right here in Lafayette! If you struggle every year to buy presents for someone in your life that is cool and hip – this is the place for you. Hot House Market is full of vintage and ethically sourced products ranging from candles and jewelry to clothes for everyone. This shop is a favorite of one of our Visitor Information Specialists here at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. You can always be sure to find the cutest pieces there. They also have a fantastic selection of vinyl records! Their second location in the Keystone Fashion Mall may be familiar to some. Gifts for your loved ones are abound here, but you probably won’t be able to leave without something for yourself as well…

Leaping Leopard Antiques

You’ll be leaping for joy when you walk into Leaping Leopard Antiques! It is located in the Valley Plaza in Lafayette. This is a huge space with rows of antique goods. Primitives, mid-century modern, junky to funky, vintage collectibles, antique toys, repurposed furniture and lighting, artwork, vintage clothing, pottery, tools, cast iron, books, coins, and jewelry. Any antique hunter will be thrilled to visit Leaping Leopard Antiques! You can find unique home goods and decor, which make a perfect present. Browsing the shop is an exciting experience and you can be sure to find something to add to or begin a collection here.

Samantha, VLWL Intern, shares this blog.  For more information about these stores and others in our area, visit

Weekend Update: Northern Vintage & Arts Market and Wolf Park After Dark

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.

Each weekend in our community, there are tons of events that you can join. This Saturday there are two special events to participate in – the Northern Vintage & Arts Market and Wolf Park After Dark. The Northern Vintage & Arts Market runs from 8AM to 3PM at Carnahan Hall. It has things to do and see both inside and outdoors. Enjoy the Hot Summer Nights Car Show & Sidewalk Sales brought yo you by the Lafayette Kroozers! If you’re an artist, vintage collector, antiquer… you’ll love this!

Late that Saturday evening is Wolf Park After Dark. Once a month, Wolf Park opens its doors to the public after Howl Night. Visitors have the chance to see the park after the sun sinks low. Visitors can walk the tour trail, listen to the wolves howl, and see the animals at a time of day they are frequently active. Watch out for fireflies and shooting stars! Listen to the frogs and insects sing and maybe spot a bat or other nightlife. Wolf Park After Dark runs from 7:30PM to 11PM. You can stop by the campfire, roast marshmallows and chat with the highly knowledgeable staff about these remarkable animals.

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

Summer Marketing and Antiquing

Purdue Student, Julia, shares her summer experience shopping and antiquing in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Summer time in Lafayette-West Lafayette is by far the most nostalgic and peaceful time I can think of.  Growing up in the area provided a wonderful education and a perfect place to be a family, and now as a graduate student I can enjoy Lafayette-West Lafayette for the entertainment possibilities and community festivals!  To start off the summer right and take a break from an intensive summer course, I took part in one of the best weekly summer activities, the downtown Saturday morning farmer’s market!

I woke up early on Saturday and met some friends at the farmers market downtown.  Buying local produce during the lush produce season is a fun variation from every day grocery shopping and opens a door to what others in the community are able to produce!

I bought two types of cheese from a small stand before making my way over to First Class Clutter, an antique store a few blocks from the farmers market.  I have quite the weak spot for our local antique stores because they offer a variety of odds and ends. Today’s trip was unique because I found some bright blue beaded costume jewelry that will look perfect with a new outfit I recently purchased.

One of the newest additions to downtown that I visited for the first time on our Saturday morning stroll was a bookstore called Robots and Rogues.  This is a must-see place for those with a taste for science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels or delightfully nerdy shows.  I loved this store because they had a Dr. Who book series out and a graphic novel of Serenity.  This book store has a very different and quirky character that is rare downtown.

Being downtown makes it irresistible from stopping at a wonderful wine and cheese restaurant called Main Street Cheese and Wine.  Fun fact, my friends and I did the website for this shop when we were seniors!  The owner, Ivan, is a kind and knowledgeable man who graciously worked with Purdue hospitality students on a business media project.  Stopping by to support his business by sampling local, delicious cheeses and refreshing, creative wine is the least we could do!

Spiced Apple Wine


The last stop on our morning trip was a coffee shop I had never seen before.  K.Dee’s coffee is a place to bookmark if you are a coffee-lover!  The prices were startlingly low for the good quality product and inviting atmosphere.  From the outside, the coffee shop does not look like much, but the inside has a look and feel that makes you wish you were an author.  I ordered a simple iced Americano, and it was a perfect end to a warm, sunny Saturday perusing new places around my hometown!

Holiday Shopping at the Shoup House

Beauty in white!

Looking for a unique holiday gift for a loved one this holiday season?  My mother, Della, is an avid shopper and one of her favorite shops is the Shoup House Antiques in Battle Ground, Indiana.  She shares her thoughts about this wonderful antique store in the following blog.  Della writes:

I would like to introduce the Shoup House Antiques to you in Battle Ground, Indiana. The owner, Michelle Fields has the most wonderful shop full of antiques, gifts, and the hidden surprise of a small upholstery shop. Her Christmas room and outdoor enclosed porch will provide you with many hours of browsing and treasures not found anywhere else in our area. Another fun room is the kitchen filled with memories of our mother’s era that welcomes you with her most eclectic taste in dishes and other household items.

Michelle has an exciting collection of vintage clothing including hats, jewelry and ladies hankies. Her Christmas room will take you back to a bygone time of old toys, precious boxed ornaments, and surprises for everyone. Michelle also has spring, fall and holiday open houses for visitors to experience and reminisce traditions of days gone by. Please plan your visit soon for a fun day of shopping for secret treasures.

For more information about this specialty antique store and more within Lafayette-West Lafayette visit our website at

Antique Trail, Holiday Bazaars & Shopping

Interior Objects—Look at that beautiful tree!

Happening now!  It’s November!  Do you know what that means?  Holiday shopping, antiquing and decorating for the holidays!

This week marks the official “holiday shopping” season for my family.  Every year, my mother, mother-in-law, a good friend, and I spend a weekend in November out and about shopping at all the local antique stores, boutiques and holiday bazaars.  We start in Battle Ground and work our way over to Lafayette, enjoying all the holiday decorations and unique gift ideas.  The best part is many of the local shops not only are decorated for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but have food tastings and hot cider.

Main Street Mercantile

Did you know Lafayette has 70 unique, locally owned shops which include over 15 antique stores?  One of our favorite parts of our “ladies day out” is antiquing.  As soon as we enter an antique store the smell of lemon pledge greets our senses as we admire items created years ago.  The key to antiquing is to browse and think creatively.  Some people may scoff and think of antiques as old and used, but if shoppers can use their sense of imagination, they can take an ancient piece like a dresser and refurbish it until it becomes something modern and stylish.  I personally love to mix old and new in my home.  I call it “eclectic mod”, because I like to think of my decorating as eccentric with a touch of modern flair.

There is also a host of holiday bazaars taking place the months of November and December.  Check out the local newspaper, Journal and Courier, for up to date information on local bazaars.

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 the wonderful shopping in the area, visit our website at

Children’s Box Parade & Antique and Classic Bicycle Exposition

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 and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Join in the fun and excitement downtown in the Ninth Street Historic District this Saturday, June 30, for the Children’s Box Parade! All kids are invited to decorate a box (or boxes) to wear, push or pull. (No wheels please!) Children and parents are all welcome to march while singing the Star Spangle Banner.  To top it off, there will be free ice cream, an animal petting zoo, face painting, balloons and more!

On Sunday, July 1, celebrate the restoration and return of our 1890s Victorian Bicycle at the Antique and Classic Bicycle Exposition taking place at the Moses Fowler House.  The Tippecanoe County Historical Association is hosting this special exposition of antique and classic bicycles. The public is invited to join in the merriment and learn a bit about the history of the bicycle including how the bicycle changed women’s place in society.  The Hoosier Antique and Classic Bicycle Club will also be showcasing their own gems for visitors to admire.

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

Three Blind Mice Antiques- Indiana Shopping

Three Blind Mice Antiques

Happening Now!  Right now the locals are talking about Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, shopping and one antique store you cannot miss visiting; Three Blind Mice.

Did you know downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette has over 70 storefronts, ranging from antique stores, art galleries, home furnishing stores, and eclectic boutiques that feature one of a kind clothing, accessories, etc.?  Downtown Lafayette is the perfect place to visit to get your shopping needs fulfilled.  It is so nice because you can park your car and walk from store to store purchasing fun and unique items and when you get hungry or thirsty, restaurants and soda shops are literally at your finger tips!

Three Blind Mice is located right near the heart of our downtown area.  This specialty antique store carries antique dolls, vintage clothing, clocks, lamps, Hoosier cabinets and other fine furniture, pottery and original antique oil paintings.  I love shopping here, because every visit feels like a new experience.  They have an ever rotating inventory so every time I step into the store I see something special I want to purchase that was not here the time before.

Every Saturday, my parents and I go to the Historic Lafayette Farmers Market.  We start our journey from the north end of 5th Street and wander down to the end of the market where Three Blind Mice is located.  We check out all their antiques that line the outside of their business and always find something that is one of a kind and we add it to our “wish list”, or if we are in the purchasing mood, we add it to our home collection of antiques!

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 shop and others in the area, visit our website at

Main Street Mercantile

Happening Now!  Right now the locals are talking about Main Street Mercantile, where visitors can browse and purchase one of the largest collections of Purdue memorabilia.

Do you enjoy eclectic furnishings and antiques?  Or are you looking for an item to feature in your home that will be a major conversation piece?  If so, Main Street Mercantile is the place to visit.  I remember the first time I visited the shop.  I was only a child, and I felt like my family had taken me to a museum of sorts filled with animalistic wood carvings, bright, alternative paintings, and fun Purdue collector items.  This shop showcases such diverse items.  The moment guests walk in the door, the raw power of many of the custom pieces makes the senses come alive.  There are three floors of treasures to stroll through, which makes it almost impossible to leave without purchasing at least one thing!

Please enjoy these photos which I feel depicts this store better than words can do justice.

Wood Carved Seat


A great conversation piece, don’t you think?








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 antique store and others in the area, visit our website at

Leaping Leopard Antiques

A beautiful antique cabinet found at Leaping Leapord Antiques!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard! Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to over 18 stores that feature antiques, collectibles and more!  One antique shop that is sure to satisfy antique collectors is Leaping Leopard Antiques.

Antiques.  In my family if you do not have an interest in collecting antiques, then shopping with the family will not be a fun expedition!  My Grandmother was the oldest of 13 children.  Every year the sisters and sister-in-laws would take a week long trip somewhere in the United States or Europe to site-see and shop.  They would search for collectibles to add to their vast array of antiques decorating their homes.  Or they would shop for the perfect wedding present for nieces and nephews.  Over the years and 3 generations of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the family has collected beautiful pieces of art, furniture and jewelry.

I, myself, am an avid collector and have been blessed to have family pieces passed down to me and also purchased a few.  But instead of traveling all over the country and beyond for the perfect antique, I have found the piece right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana!

Leaping Leopard Antiques is home to a wide array of antique furniture, architectural items, artwork, clocks, jewelry, silver and pewter, lamps and more.  There are hundreds of booths ready for exploration.  Shoppers can get lost in the inventory of items, but will find themselves at the check-out with a handful of unique merchandise to purchase!  To quote my mother, “The diversity of their antiques will keep visitors browsing for hours!”

Vacation, Relaxation, Fun; one image that comes into our heads is sand, sun and water.  Locals travel south to find their peace and quiet, while adventure, history, shopping, the arts and entertainment, and more, can be found in our own backyard.  For more information about Leaping Leopard Antiques and other wonderful antique shops in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit us at