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.

Decorate Your Home with Special Items from Hot House Market & Interior Objects

Interior Objects

Interior Objects

As a second-year student at Purdue University, my time as a Boilermaker still feels young and fresh. I’ve experienced so much, yet there is still much more waiting for me. However, these few short years are becoming even shorter for me as I am graduating an entire year and a half early. Next year is my senior year, and I can’t even fathom it. Although I am moving on to bigger and better things after my time here at Purdue, I need to ensure I head out with a bang! An important part in making my senior year unforgettable is to find the perfect place to call home. I am venturing out from Purdue’s campus and have decided to immerse myself in the community’s culture by living in downtown Lafayette. Getting a new place means purchasing all new decorations and furniture. However, you can’t just by any ole assets for your new home; they express who you are, and it is a way to establish coziness and comfort. I know others are in my same situation, and the first question is, “Where do I even begin?!” Don’t fret! I have found the perfect stores to supply your new pad with unique, exquisite décor.

Hot House Market

Hot House Market

First, you must start with the basics: furniture. You need a place to sit, sleep, and fill up all the space! You definitely need to head to Hot House Market for all of your furniture needs. They have recently moved to their new and improved location in the Tippecanoe Mall. With their store including two stories of merchandise, you will have a huge variety of items to choose from. They are constantly receiving new inventory and keep you up-to-date on their new arrivals through their social media. Another question you may ask is, “How am I going to afford this?” However, that’s another easy answer because Hot House Market is very reasonably priced for quality pieces. Not only are they good quality but also extremely unique. They purposely bring in vintage pieces that add great flare to your home. They feature a variety of prints and patterns such as floral, plaid, and vibrant colors. I have previously seen couches, love seats, cushioned chairs, and an assortment of tables in their store. Buying a large furniture item? No worries! They ship furniture pieces directly to your place in the Lafayette area for no extra charge. They also sell adorable trinkets to add even more character to your abode. In the past, they have had fun shaped salt and pepper shakers, rugs, a record player, candles, quilts, silverware, dish sets, lamps, and even a fondue set! You never know what astounding things you’ll find with every trip you make, but you surely won’t be leaving empty-handed or disappointed.

Hot House Market

Hot House Market

Wall decor from Interior Objects

Wall decor from Interior Objects

Now that you have your main assets, it’s time to spruce the place up with some odds-and-ends. The perfect store for that is Interior Objects. The store includes merchandise to fit every type of theme and color scheme that you can imagine and more! This store also features two stories of goods to ensure there is a decoration for every house type. I could easily spend a lot of my time in there looking at everything they have to offer. You’ll be able to find pieces to add to your new dwelling that pull everything together and make your home complete. My favorite way of decorating is filling up all the empty wall spaces. You can find large signs, artwork, and clocks to hang around the place. It is also comforting for me to be surrounded by all the ones that I love; therefore, I have a large variety of photos to display of my friends, family, and passions of mine. Interior Objects has the picture frames that I need. They feature frames that create a beautiful display of my photos. This store has bundles of frames to make an exquisite collaboration of photos as well as single frames to place on shelves, tables, etc. They even bring out their Boiler pride with a good selection of Purdue University frames. Interior Objects also makes decorating for the holidays quite simple. With each passing season, they bring in décor that adds lovely holiday spirit to your home.

Moving into a new place is exciting but can be overwhelming when having to start from scratch. At least when you get to start from new, you can turn your new home into anything you want it to be! Lafayette includes the perfect stores to find all of your decorative necessities as well as things you don’t necessarily need but help add so much personality. It’s never too early to make a Christmas list either; head to theses stores and see what you like, then add them to your list! You hardly ever get the chance to start fresh, so have fun and make the best of it!

Kaley, Visitor Information Specialist, shared this blog.