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 HomeOfPurdue.com.

Fabulously Fun Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Call me crazy, but I love the cold weather. The chilly weather means the holidays are coming, and one of my favorite parts of the holidays is shopping for little stocking stuffers.

Thankfully, Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to several local shops full of unique stocking stuffers for every type of person.

For the Fashionista

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Just a few of the bold socks you can pick up from Juniper.

Juniper is a great place to shop for those who’d love a little fashion in their stocking. Located in the Wabash Landing Shopping Center, the boutique offers trendy pieces for an affordable price. I recommend checking out their patterned scrunchies. Scrunchies are super popular this year, and Juniper’s are covered in pretty patterns and colors. I also really love their fun socks. They have a ton of options to choose from, so you are sure to find a pair that matches everyone’s personality. What’s the best part? Both of these items will fit perfectly into your budget and a trendsetter’s stocking.

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Scrunchies at Juniper.
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Von’s has a wide selection of comic books!

For the Bookworm

Von’s Book Shop is so much more than a book shop. Their shelves are full of small gifts like beaded necklaces, mix-and-match stick incense, fun-shaped sunglasses, and tie dye headbands.  They also have a huge comic book section. You could check out the first edition of “Stranger Things” or something more classic like “Wonder Woman.” Comic books are great stocking stuffers for those who love superheroes (and villains), action-packed graphics, and adventure.

Main Street Books is another local shop that offers a wide selection of titles, both new and used, to choose from. Their selection is mainly made up of fiction, but they do have a small selection of non-fiction as well. The staff is friendly and always willing to help pick out that perfect book.

For the Sweet Tooth

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Assortment of chocolate at Kathy’s Kandies.

Kathy’s Kandies is locally owned and full of fresh, homemade sweets located right on Main Street. Chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate-covered cherries, truffles, peanut butter cups, and Oreo bark are just a few of the chocolate confections available at Kathy’s Kandies. Kathy’s Kandies also offers gummies, licorice, and gourmet popcorn that comes in a variety of different flavors. I recommend buying a different kind of popcorn for each stocking. This gives you the perfect excuse to snag a little popcorn from everyone on Christmas morning.

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Just a few popcorn options at Kathy’s Kandies.

McCord Candies is another candy store located on Main Street. Each year, McCord Candies produces handmade candy canes to sell during the holiday season (they also offer candy cane tours for visitors to see the candy cane making process). Since the candy canes don’t contain any preservatives, their texture is unique and completely different than the candy canes you would buy at a grocery store.

For the Purdue Fanatic

These decals can be used on several surfaces.

Follett’s Purdue Bookstore is generally regarded as a textbook store, but it is also great place to shop for Purdue apparel and accessories. They have a number of small gifts ranging from coasters to Purdue golf balls. Follett’s also carries decals for moms, dads, alumni, and current students. They are both movable and reusable, so you won’t have to worry about sticking it on straight in one try.

The Purdue Team Store has several categories to choose from like tailgate accessories, car accessories, and kitchenware. You can find bottle opener keychains, wine glasses, and license plate frames with the Purdue logo. There are also two shopping locations, Purdue Memorial Union and Ross-Ade Stadium, to choose from.

The Purdue Team Store in the Union.

No matter who you are shopping for, the local shops have you covered. For more information on these local shops or other shops in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area, visit HomeofPurdue.com

This blog was written by Kirsten Rhine, Purdue University Student.

Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2018″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Christy from West Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, “Thank  you so much!l! I am thrilled to have won this contest. Being new to the greater Lafayette area, I have tried to get out and try as many local spots as possible, but have not yet made it to all of the businesses who participated in this contest, so winning the contest means that I will be able to experience even more of what the greater Lafayette area has to offer! I am looking forward to using my contest winnings to discover more about the greater Lafayette area.”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in December!

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.

3 New Boutiques Hit Lafayette 2018

There are three new boutiques in Lafayette that everyone absolutely must know about! Shop-a-holics, watch out! You’re in serious danger here. From trendy clothes to vintage furniture, you’ll discover a must-buy at any of these new shops! Support our community and #shoplocal at any of these cool places below!

Scout

                

Located in the heart of Downtown Lafayette is a new shop that you’re sure to love! Filled with a rotating stock of unique vintage furniture and decor is Scout! Couches, bedding, pillows, art, and everything else you need to make your house a home is here! You’ll definitely find something unique that no one else around has. If you or someone you know loves vintage styles, stop in to visit Scout and meet owner April Cochran-Smith. She curates this amazing collection of unique home furnishings with skill and flair. Not to mention – the storefront itself is total #goals! You can learn more about the store and its hours on Scout’s social media!

Bloom

  

Parents – there is a new boutique that is simply perfect for you located on Main Street, downtown Lafayette! Bloom Kids Collection offers clothes and accessories from some of your favorite kids brands. Some examples include… Babyface, Burt’s Bees Baby, Milk Snob, Slumberkins, and Under Armour! Fall in love with all of the cutest outfits for your precious one. There’s even a great selection of fun and inclusive kids books! For the most stylish of kids, Bloom is your new favorite shop.

Boutique Lori Ann

    

Boutique Lori Ann is a new local clothing boutique offering everything from business wear to jumpsuits and maxi dresses. In addition to clothing, they have jewelry and accessories of all kinds. Boutique Lori Ann is perfect for women looking for a fashionable and sophisticated style. Lori Ann is great and so accommodating with finding the best look for you. There are so many options to choose from and the shop itself is adorable. Boutique Lori Ann is a wonderful addition to downtown Lafayette.

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

This blog is shared by Visitor Information Specialist, Sam Martin!

 

Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2018 Details

It’s our annual Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest to Home of Purdue! This year’s contest is worth over $550! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • 122 rooms, luxury bedding, indoor pool/whirlpool, complimentary wired/wireless internet in every guest room and public areas, The Bistro serving breakfast and dinner with a full bar; this list can go on and on! Where? Courtyard by Marriott- Lafayette!
  • From vintage books to best sellers, Main Street Books has what you love to read! This book store offers a wide array of fiction, from science fiction and fantasy to mystery and classic literature.
  •  Susie Gibbs Framing and Art Gallery can assist in returning the painting to all its glory by creating a frame that magnifies its beauty.
  • Learn, create, inspire at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. This museum has offers special exhibits, fun and engaging special events, and a museum shop!
  • Looking for a high-fashion women’s clothing store without the high price? Then look no further than Juniper. You’ll love Juniper’s eclectic style and chic accessories as you shop at this local, specialty boutique.
  • CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. And this play is coming to Elliott Hall of Music on January 12, 2019!
  • Did you know there is a local wine tour bus that takes you to wineries in our area? Beyond the Vine Wine Tour specializes in custom and pre-created tours to enjoy an afternoon of delicious wine tasting!
  • Christmas is near and the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art will be decked out! You’ll find Christmas trees in almost every room. Kids can play in the gingerbread-style house or ride in a sleigh behind two (stationary) reindeer. Santas, garland, wreaths, nativity sets and interactive musical characters that sing and dance add to the Christmas spirit.
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Painting, beer, wine and fun is to be had at Painting with a Twist. You may be a novice artist, but this art studio will make you feel like you are a world acclaimed art star!
  • Nine Irish Brothers Traditional Irish Pub serves up traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting. We are proud to be home to 2 great locations!
  • What’s your favorite pizza topping?  Ours is pepperoni and there is nothing like a fresh Arni’s Pizza right after it comes out the oven, served along side a famous Arni’s Junior salad and garlic bread.
  • Bruno’s Pizza: Established in 1955, this restaurant is famous for its Bruno Dough; Bruno’s pizza dough deep fried, brushed with garlic butter and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and served with a dipping sauce of your choice.
  • Share a bag of flavored popcorn, a slice of licorice and artisian chocolates at Kathy’s Kandies, serving the community since 2000.
  • Digby’s Pub & Patio offers an informal tavern serving appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and amazing burgers along with handcrafted cocktails.
  • Triple XXX is known for its root beer and chopped steak burgers, but we love their breakfasts, which offer homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgium waffles, corned beef hash and much, much more.
  • Looking for some of the best Homemade corned beef hash around? Look no further than Town and Gown Bistro, that is minutes from Purdue University!
  • Did you know the Igloo Frozen Custard’s recipe for frozen custard dates back to 1932? It is sure to satisfy your next frozen treat craving!

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com. Good luck!

Home of Purdue Contest Winner’s Thrilling Exploration

Dining at East End Grill

Dining at East End Grill

I like to enter contests! Just the thrill of thinking I might win a free copy of a newly released book gives me the chills! I entered the Home of Purdue Holiday Shopping and Entertainment contest, imagining how much fun it would be to win just ONE item from the extensive list of gift cards and tickets for attractions around the area! However, imagine my surprise when I received the email from Sara Erickson telling me I had won! My husband said, “that’s nice.” Neither of us realized the scope of the prize package…until we started to take out item after item (after item) from the package we picked up. What generous businesses in Lafayette and West Lafayette! We were awestruck and appreciative of the variety and abundance of donations.

I have never been so glad to have entered a contest. Have to confess my husband was impressed…and I did a little dance, before I got down to seriously planning my visits to the various businesses!

Thursday I took my friend for a lunch at East End Grill. We were welcomed by Scott Trzaskus and enjoyed a wonderful lunch of smoked salmon sandwich with yummy pesto!

Kathy's Kandies! Next we walked to Kathies Kandies (the scent of homemade sugar cookies in the background) where Kathie welcomed us, congratulated me (yes, lucky me!) and promptly filled a box with her delicious chocolates!

My next stop was The Design Nook. There is so much to see there! I wandered around the beautiful displays and to say they are eye-opening is an understatement! I purchased unique ornaments for my three grandchildren. The staff was so helpful!

Shopping at Design NookJust around the corner at Artists’ Own, I browsed through all the hand-crafted art from our own local artists, meeting Mary Firestone and purchasing one of her leaf-pressed holiday ornaments, and a hand-made ice cream scoop for my daughter.

On Friday,  I stopped in to visit Linda Elmore, and from her beautiful collection at L.E. Originals and found two pairs of earrings and a bracelet for a friend. This is a store I had never visited before, but will visit again soon for something for me! Beautiful hand made glass beads! (Thanks, Linda!)

Lafayette Symphony OrchestraWhew! Can you believe I am not done yet? Saturday’s offering was tickets from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for its presentation of We ❤️ the 80’s which was so enjoyable with pieces from Pachelbel, Mozart, Haydn, Leonard Cohen, Prince, and Thriller!
Thanks to Andrea Hatch for reserving our tickets, and to Sara Mummy and Nick Palmer. An unforgettable evening!

My husband and I followed that with a trip to Nine Irish Brothers for a tasty dinner: shrimp cocktail and smoked salmon. We sat by the fireplace (lucky us!), and we visited with owners and friends, Jan and Jerry O’Bryan.

Nine Irish Brother with Jerry & JanOur final excursion was Sunday morning–brunch at Town and Gown. We were greeted by owner Matt O’Neill. I ate the most delicious eggs Benedict with smoked salmon ( by now you know I love salmon any way I can get it) served on an open-face fresh croissant.

Town and Gown

Town and Gown

Wow! You’ve really got to try it. Trust me!

 

I am saving the Riverside Center skating tickets, the Triple XXX restaurant, Monster Mini Golf, and Bruno’s for when my grandkids will be here for Thanksgiving! They will be so excited to visit those new places! You will be hearing from me again about how it all goes.
In the next few months I will use the gift cards to the Igloo (when it’s warmer!), a night away at Homewood Suites when there is not a Purdue Football game! Thanks Karen Hirsh-Cooper for being so flexible! And perhaps, last but not least…I’ll meet you at Arnis!

Tomorrow it will be back to the gym and the real life of a retired school librarian, but this week of being a special guest in so many welcoming establishments let me have the thrill of feeling like a Very Important Person. I am thankful to the team at the Home of Purdue for all the work to procure those gift packages! I am lucky I got to see Lafayette, Home of Purdue, my home for 48 years, in a whole new light!

West Lafayette Native and our 2017 Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest Winner, Lauralee, shared this blog.

A Day of Holiday Shopping in Lafayette-West Lafayette

IMG_3282Local shops offer holiday cheer and the perfect gift or compliment to a holiday party!  Yesterday I  spent the day out with some friends shopping for the perfect gifts while also picking up some much needed items for our holiday party my husband and I are hosting this weekend. I got all our Christmas shopping done at local shops and I feel so thankful I got everyone crossed off my family’s list.  I would like to share my great buys, and maybe it will inspire you to head out and finish your shopping at our great local businesses.

These are the awesome purchases:

IMG_4567Oh, I love the holidays!  I love shopping and picking the perfect gifts for loved ones, while also hosting fun holiday parties.  The holidays are a time to be merry!  For more information about these great locations visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2017 Winner

LauraleeWe have the winner of our “Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2017″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Lauralee from West Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, ”We just got back from helping out with hurricane relief and I got the message that I won.  What a nice surprise!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in January themed around romance.