5 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Arts & Market District

Artists’ Own

If your loved ones are interested in art, Artists’ Own is the place to visit this holiday season. 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. Featuring many different mediums and media for art lovers to enjoy, Artists’ Own is a hotpot of creative output. You’ll definitely have fun browsing all the different unique gift options here!


Two Tulips

Personalized gifts always make the occasion special. Two Tulips is an adorable boutique shop located in downtown Lafayette. Two Tulips offers a wide variety of services from invitations to home decorations to a huge selection of baby gifts.  When you walk into the store, it is bright, cheerful and puts a person in a really positive, happy mood. You can have stationary personalized for your friends who love sending letters or taking notes.  There are tons of cute gifts for every member of the family – from babies and beyond!


L.E. Originals

Lampwork Artist and L.E. Originals owner, Linda Elmore, uses her sense of design and masterful artistry to create jewelry and gifts out of different forms of glass such as empty wine bottles.  Not only is she creating pieces of art to be worn, but she is going “green” by using recyclable products. One very special gift available here for your loved ones is their photo beads. These one-of-a-kind beads can be printed with a photo of your choice, maybe even one of you and your loved one together! These make for a truly beautiful and heartfelt gift.


River Knits Fine Yarns

Do you know someone who loves doing crafts? River Knits is ideal shopping grounds for all things yarn, knitting, and crafts. There are rows and rows of awesome yarn skeins to choose from. Any color or pattern you’re interested in, you’re sure to find here. You can even sign your loved one up for some of the classes that are offered! You can check out which classes are currently running here.



Scout is a fabulous new location for this downtown district! This adorable and trendy shop is full of a rotating stock of vintage furniture, home decor and other items! You can view their website for their hours and more information here. If you are hunting for a gift for someone who loves making their home unique and cozy, this is definitely a great place to end your search! There are one of a kind items here that will win the hearts of many! Follow Scout on Instagram for updated photos of their stock and what the owner is up to!

For more information about these shops and other in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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

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

Inspired Fire Sharon using furnace

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


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


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


“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


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!



Weekend Update: Gallery Walk & Dancing and Cruising in the Streets

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.

1June 26 - July 31 Gallery Walk FrontEnjoy a Gallery Walk; in historic downtown Lafayette, the local arts community collaborates with downtown businesses to highlight the arts and culture in the region. This Friday, July 17, head downtown for a night out for dinner at your favorite restaurant, a leisurely stroll from one Gallery Walk location to the next, where artwork, music, and occasional complimentary beverages or hors d’oeuvres may be sampled.

Artists Own Exhibit - In her element

Artists Own Exhibit – In her element

The Gallery Walk includes an exhibition reception for the following galleries at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation: Smoke and Mirrors: Ceramics, Wabash Valley Potters Passions & Pursuits Continued: Various Media, Athens of Indiana Clear to Partly Cloudy: Pastel, Sonya Thomas. In addition, Artists’ Own is also hosting an opening night reception for the following exhibit: In Her Element, Sara Vanderkleed and Guest Artist, Heidi Harner.

Cruise In!

Cruise In!

The fun doesn’t end on Friday! On Saturday, July 18, put on your dancing shoes for the annual Dancing and Cruising in the Streets!  This event has it all; two stages of continuous live music, the annual Classic Car Cruise and a fun and entertaining KidZone for the little ones. Come downtown Lafayette and dance the night away!

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

Weekend Update: Artists’ Own Re:Open for the Re:Veal & Macaroni Kid Fest & Expo

Artists' Own Remodel

Artists’ Own Remodel

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.


Artists Own artists have been hard at work creating a new, beautiful space!

Artists Own artists have been hard at work creating a new, beautiful space!

Artists’ Own has been creatively working to bring you their brand new renovated space and this weekend we can celebrate during their Re:Open for the Re:Veal! The RE:NEW: 15 Year Anniversary Exhibit will include artwork from founding, past and current members. Check out this brand new decorated space and exhibit on Saturday, March 7 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The celebration will include refreshments, music, artwork giveaways every half hour and a special ribbon cutting at 4:15 p.m.  Don’t miss the fun and special reveal! (Here are some sneak peek photos!!)

rsz_macaroni_kid_fest_&_expoThis Saturday, March 7, bring the whole family to the Macaroni Kid Fest & Expo! This FREE Family Event will have games, pony rides, tractor rides (weather permitting), crafts, goodies, coupons & helpful information for families. Please join the fun from 2-5 PM at Wea Creek Orchard for a great time and bring some friends! They will be having over 20 giveaways, which include a FREE month at My Gym, Buccaneer Bay passes, and a Birthday Party at Chick-fil-A. Other giveaways are from LEGO Bricks, Monster Mini Golf, Little Bird Lane, Kona Ice, Ponies & Kids, Malones Gym, Devlin Baked Goods, Mary Kay & many MORE!

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