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.

Find the Perfect Read from Robots and Rogues New and Used Bookstore

interiorAre you an avid reader? Every reader needs a bookstore in which they can get lost among the shelves. The Greater Lafayette Downtown area has Robots and Rogues new and used bookstore. It is a specialty fiction bookstore where they feature science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery.

They are located at 531 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. The store is right on the corner with fantastic display windows. As soon as you walk in, your breath is taken away by the many bookshelves stuffed with fantastic stories. The high ceilings and large windows give the store a cozy feel that will make you want to browse for hours.

If science fiction isn’t your thing or if you aren’t sure what you want to read, stop in and take a look around. Owners Tricia and Kevin can give you recommendations and can perhaps suggest something that might help you find your next great read.

Browse their inventory online from home. Check out their website for the link. If they don’t have something in stock, you can always ask them and they can see about getting it for you.

Gaming - FullRobots and Rogues has more than just books, they also have comic books and they sell awesome T-shirts that have book cover art from Out of Print Clothing. They have author signings where you can chat with the authors, purchase their books, and have them sign a copy or two! Stop by on the last Tuesday of the month for their Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club. Ask them about their role-playing and gaming groups. Check their website calendar or Facebook page for details about upcoming events.

If you have some used books that are still in fantastic shape, contact or stop in and chat with them about their trade-in policy.

If you’re in the downtown Lafayette area, take a few minutes to stuff your nose into a book at the best corner book store Lafayette has to offer, Robots & Rogues!

Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist, shared this blog.

JF & Company has Moved! Check out it’s New Fabulous Downtown Location!

IMG_2421Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the new, fabulous location of JF & Company!  This unique children’s clothing store has made the move to Main Street, downtown Lafayette, providing shoppers the perfect opportunity to find and explore everything they offer.  Looking for a cute, holiday dress for your little girl or a warm, winter jacket for your baby boy?  JF & Company offers adorable baby and children clothes!

IMG_2416As many of you know from my recent blogs, I had a little baby in July.  My husband and I have been blessed to have a healthy, happy little girl.  We were so excited (well, me more than my husband!) for her one-month photos.  We had a pink, frilly dress all picked out, but when one month came around, we realized it was too large.  I called my mom and we set out for a day of shopping to find the perfect outfit for Charlize to wear.  We searched high and low at different shops throughout the area but could not find anything her size that was unique and special!  My mom said she had seen a small shop in West Lafayette (JF & Company’s old location) and with it being our last stop of the day, we prayed we found something.


Upon entering JF & Company, we were astounded by the beautiful clothes.  We were so excited, yet almost despaired because now we had so many choices to choose from!  (A good issue to have!)  My eye caught a little dress that had a striped orange and off-white top and flowered orange, blue and green, frilly skirt.  It was gorgeous!  I instantly knew it was the dress!  The sales lady was really helpful and found an orange headband (made locally) and blue bow.  We left so happy to have not only found the dress, but a new boutique to shop (to my husband’s despair!).

Check out Charlize's adorable outfit!

Check out Charlize’s adorable outfit!

JF & Company specializes in one of a kind clothing, in my opinion.  If you want a special outfit that is pretty and unique, this is the place to go.  The new location is perfect because it is located close to many wonderful shops downtown, including Two Tulips, Grateful Heart and Something Special.  This Saturday, November 30 is Small Business Saturday.  Make sure you add JF & Company to your places to shop!

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 gallery and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

The Black Crow – Collectibles, Antiques, & So Much More!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Many Amazing Antique Stores! Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is happy to announce a new antique store that opened in 2012 called the Black Crow, located downtown Lafayette.  This shop specializes in fine antiques, collectibles and unique decorating items for the home.

My newest addiction is shopping downtown Lafayette (to my husband’s great concern!).  This past year I have seen an influx of new businesses taking up residence in empty storefronts and it makes my heart happy to see this area flourish.  It also makes me excited because with the addition of new shops equals more places to find the perfect decorating piece for my home or for a present for a loved one.

The Black Crow is one of Lafayette’s newest antique stores and I have been excited to shop here.  First impressions mean a lot to me, and not only was I happily greeted by the store owner, but the rich smells from the candles they sell was so beautifully aromatic it made my senses come alive.  The shop space is small, but it is filled with beautiful painted cabinets full of unique decorating items for the home.  They also sell dips and salsas that are the perfect complement to a party or for just an afternoon snack.

This little guy caught my eye! So cute!

I have visited The Black Crow many times, and I have received the same friendly greeting every time.  I have been excited to see new items on display to purchase and it has been hard to keep my spending in check!  I would recommend checking out The Black Crow on your next visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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