4 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Wabash Riverfront

All Fired Up

One great place to get unique gifts for your friends and family this year would definitely be at All Fired Up. At All Fired Up, they make the experience really simple so that even little kids or novice artists are able to create their own masterpieces. When you first walk in, you are greeted and the process is clearly explained to you. You then pick out the pre-made pottery piece that you want to paint. The great thing about All Fired Up is that they have so many options of pottery pieces to choose from. You have the opportunity to chose from mugs, bowls, plates, and so much more. Your special someone will love seeing the time you put into making something that is meant just for them.

Dawson and Daisy

If you know someone trendy and stylish, you’ll want to pop into Dawson & Daisy for the perfect holiday gift! They have candles, clothes, accessories, adorable home wares, and much more! Among the racks, they even have some of the cutest children’s clothes in their “Little Buds” section!

Chances are, when you are shopping for holiday gifts here, you will be tempted to purchase all kinds of things for yourself! The shop itself is located at the Wabash Landing, and one of my favorite parts about it is the great smell inside! It makes for a very positive shopping experience. Your stylish friends will absolutely love a present from Dawson & Daisy!


Design Nook Interiors

Design Nook can help create your space into a masterpiece of beauty! This shop is full of  home good items that will make your space lovely and one of a kind. Shop for a perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season from a plethora of holiday decorations and/or accessories.  Or if you are looking to remodel your home, Design Nook has interior and exterior decorators, that have years of experience to assist. Help make your loved one’s house a home with beautiful home decor that will match their style!


Did you know that you can shop local and still get high-fashion looks? Treat yourself or those you care about to a new outfit, accessories, and more that you’re sure to love! Juniper is a boutique with a large selection of junior, contemporary and women’s fashions. The shop sells everything from clothing, to jewelry, accessories, and shoes. Juniper has all the newest in-demand styles right now! Grab the perfect holiday outfit for your favorite fashionista here!


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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.

3 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Chauncey Village

Amused Clothing

Amused Clothing offers true vintage items that you won’t find anywhere else. They have everything from vintage flannels, crew neck sweatshirts, Purdue wear, costumes, fun throwback items and much more. This thrift/vintage shopping feel is right on Purdue’s campus. The inventory is always changing so you can make a habit out of going. Amused is perfect for Halloween and costume parties. If you want the most original costume, you’ll find it here. Head down the stairs and visit Amused Clothing to give you or loved one’s wardrobe a little bit of a cool vintage vibe.


University Book Store

The University Book Store is one of the main places around that you can get your Purdue staples. There’s not just textbooks here! Sweatshirts, jerseys, t-shirts, pajamas, home decor, accessories and beyond! Located right on Purdue’s campus, the UBS is a great place to go shopping for your favorite Boilermaker or sports fan. Check out how soft that jacket above looks… Who could resist something so cozy – and with our favorite letter on it! We all know that Purdue fans proudly wear the school’s merchandise everywhere we go. Build up your friends’ closet with more black and gold!


Von’s Shops

One of Purdue’s most iconic locations is Von’s Shops. It has been a Chauncey Village favorite since 1968! There are so many awesome things in Von’s to chose from when on the lookout for a perfect present. Comics, jewelry, books, accessories, beads, music and clothes– these are just some of the great finds at this store! If there is someone in your life that loves books or comics, you will find one suited for them at Von’s. You can explore the rows of books and vinyl music. Grab your loved one’s favorite album and surprise them this holiday season!


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

Weekend Update: Turkey Toss and Small Business Saturday

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.

Wolf Park is wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! That includes all of the animals that live there. What are these beautiful animals there thankful for this year? How about an ENTIRE turkey a piece! At this event, every wolf receives their favorite ‘fowl’ treat! Are you strong enough to throw a turkey over the fence? Do you want to see the wolves tear into their Thanksgiving dinner? Stop in to Turkey Toss this Saturday, November 24th from 1-5PM. Find out more information about this fun holiday event on their website here.

It can’t be overstated how important shopping local is to a community! Not only will you find the most unique items, but it supports the local economy. Support the shops in downtown Lafayette by coming out for Small Business Saturday. Did you know that when you spend $100 at a local small business, $68 stays in the local community? Mark your calendars for this Saturday, the 24th – the day after Black Friday. Continue your holiday shopping and support downtown Lafayette businesses, which offer so many great choices for your loved ones! Join the fun for special promotions, giveaways, and live entertainment throughout the day. Also, enjoy the FREE Hay Wagon Rides between 11th Street and Riehle Plaza with frequent stops! Shop small and give back to our great city!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Libraries; the wonder of books and adventure!

This blog is shared by my mother who is an avid reader and a weekly visitor to the Tippecanoe County Library, downtown Lafayette.

One of my clear and enjoyable memories as a little one is of my first visit to the library with my brother Tom. Our mother said we were going on the biggest adventure of our lives! I can still remember my brother and I walking into this big building holding hands and seeing all the books. My hometown librarian, Ms. Velma, explained to my brother and I that a man named Andrew Carnegie wanted to share his books with the entire world.

The wonder and excitement of that moment in time is still felt when I walk into the downtown Tippecanoe County Public Library. The books pull at me to open them with their promises of stories and secrets untold. The staff, with its gentle smiles and quiet whispers, creates an almost tranquil silence inviting each and everyone to tiptoe to the treasures of books on the shelves. A visit to the downtown library is one experience just waiting for you to enjoy the treasure of written words catching you with their magic spell and charms. I invite you to the downtown library to enjoy a gentle day filled with contentment of reading as it casts it fragile spell over you.

The Tippecanoe Public Library hosts a collection of over 301,000 materials available for checkout including books, movies, nonfiction, materials in Spanish, CD-ROMs, audiobooks, music, magazines, and online resources.  There are 50 computers also available for diverse uses such as Internet, word processing, and youth educational games.  The newest addition to the library is the Portal; a realization of a vision to build a flexible, technology-rich center for learning, research, training, collaboration and content production. The Portal includes the digital arts suite, audio/video-conference suite, language learning suite, family technology suite. There is something for everyone!

For more information about this library and others in the area visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Holiday Lights – 9th Street Hill Luminaria & Christmas on Greenview Drive

Weekend Update; Holiday Lights!  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.

The fantastic lights are back this year during the “9th Street Hill Luminaria“.  Take the family out for a drive along Historic Ninth Street Hill to find over 500 candles lining the streets of historic homes. We recommend taking in this sight of majestic wonder and then heading out to a wonderful dinner at one of our many restaurants downtown Lafayette.  The Luminaria takes place December 22 through December 24.

Looking for another holiday lighting spectacular event?  Do not miss Christmas on Greenview Drive in Battle Ground, Indiana.  What should you expect?  103,854 lights displayed that dance in time to music!  To hear the music while you watch the lights, please tune your car radio to 88.9 FM.  The display will run nightly from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  On Christmas Eve and Christmas night, the show will run until 11:30 p.m.  This is a family-friendly event, and we advise you to get there early as in the evening it gets very busy!

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

Dancing in the Streets & Tippecanoe County Fair

Dancing in the Streets Car Show

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.

In Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, this Saturday, July 21, get your dancing shoes on for Dancing in the Streets!  This event has it all; three stages of live music, classic car show, cruise-in and more.  Kids can enjoy the Kids Corner at Tapawingo Park that will feature games, rides, moonwalks, an obstacle course, and best of all, karaoke.  The Car and Motorcycle Cruise is a favorite of many as classic cars and motorcycles are driven downtown for everyone to admire.  Our family always takes a vote to choose our own family favorite!  The best part of the evening, is the dancing!  With over ten bands playing on three different stages, there is something for everyone!

It’s that time of year again; county fair time!  This Saturday, July 21, is the first day of the Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair.  This eight day event offers visitors a chance at the following; enjoy 4-H displays/projects created by our local children and young adults, check out animal competitions where kids showcase their livestock, scream and laugh on carnival rides and eat delicious, (usually deep-fried) fair food.  My favorite part of the fair is the Queen Contest, which takes place the first night of the fair, Saturday, July 21, where young ladies compete to represent Tippecanoe County as their queen.

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

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 www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Round the Fountain Art Fair & Memorial Day Parade

Weekend Update!  Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway?  Or are you a local looking for entertainment close by?  Check out the endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Memorial Day weekend equals festival time and this weekend is the first festival of the summer season, Round the Fountain Art Fair!  This fair is one of the best one-day outdoor art shows in the Midwest featuring paintings, sculptures, pottery, photography, prints, jewelry and other media.  The art fair takes place downtown Lafayette, Indiana, on Saturday, May 26.  It is the perfect day to enjoy our beautiful downtown, while browsing one of a kind artwork.  And to top it off, there is usually a strawberry shortbread stand that serves a bowl full of strawberries and shortbread topped with a heap of whipped cream.  The thought has my stomach growling as I type!

Come out and celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, during the Memorial Day Parade.  The parade will start at 16th Street and Alabama Street in Lafayette and end in Columbian Park.  A Memorial Day Ceremony, led by featured speaker, Captain Eugene Jones, will follow the parade on Memorial Island in Columbian Park. This special ceremony will include music, recognition of veterans and Gold Star Mothers, and conclude with taps and memorial volleys.

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

Trolley Tour & Run for Justice 5K Run/Walk

"Tour the Town" Trolly Tours

Weekend Update!  Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway?  Or are you a local looking for entertainment close by?  Check out the endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This Saturday, May 5, burn some calories while running or walking for a cause at the “Run for Justice 5K Run/Walk”  This event will be taking place in West Lafayette at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater. The proceeds will benefit the Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County.  This run/walk will get you energized for a fun afternoon in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

If you are looking for a more laid-back, relaxing morning in Lafayette, Indiana, jump aboard the “Trolley Tour of Lafayette” on the CityBus trolley. The tour departs from Fifth and Main Streets in downtown Lafayette at 9:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. The volunteer guide will narrate a 50 minute fact-filled tour of Lafayette and West Lafayette.  This tour is a fun, inexpensive way to not only see the sites, but learn the history of our great  cities.

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