Cheerful Finds at Boutique & Gifts by Michele

It’s spring! And it’s time to get out and treat ourselves to some super cute, new clothes.  What is better than shopping for a bright and lovely outfit to make one feel cheerful and happy! Boutique and Gifts by Michele is the perfect place to shop this year to freshen up your wardrobe and/or to give a lovely gift.

Women’s apparel, jewelry, handbags, candles, children’s clothing, gifts and home decor; Boutique and Gifts by Michele offers this and more. Not only will you find unique items, you will get amazing customer service by owner, Michelle, herself. Walking into this boutique, you will be enclosed in a shop full of items you will just love buying! Check out this sneak peak of just a few of the wonderful items at this specialty boutique! Enjoy!

Pick a style and add fun accessories to every piece!

Stay up with the style trends and try this on!

 

Purses galore!

Within is the cutest room full of the most adorable baby clothes and gifts!

We fell in love with this!! Too cute!

Great gift ideas!

For more information about this boutique 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.

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!

Juniper

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!

 

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

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!

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 Details

2017 Holiday Shopping Contest FB Cover2017 has been a fabulous year! To celebrate we are hosting our annual Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest. Enter today to win great prizes from all of these Lafayette-West Lafayette restaurants, shops, attractions and an overnight stay.

Details about all the local places that donated:

  • Homewood Suites by HIlton – Lafayette has undergone a complete renovation including a sophisticated new lodge/lobby area, front desk and business center. Guest room renovations include new TVs, kitchenette appliances and case goods along with new carpet and wall coverings.
  • Imagine a place covered in ice and surrounded by trees glistening with a light layer of frost. Bring the family out for an afternoon of skating fun at Riverside Skating Center!
  • The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra offers visitors a glimpse into magical evenings of music and entertainment. Enjoy listening to the beautiful tunes of uplifting music in a performance you will never forget.
  • A warm gallery creating one-of-a-kind beautiful jewelry.  From fun to whimsical, functional to fashionable, Linda from LE Originals is creating art with love and imagination.
  • Having trouble creating your space? Let Design Nook guide you through their design process to create a beautiful new space.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy a little recreation and competition at Monster Mini Golf, an indoor glow in the dark monster themed 18 hole mini golf course and arcade.
  • Have you ever heard the saying “Meet you at Arni’s!” Have you heard this saying before? It is something that can be heard at least once a week at Social Media Specialist, Sara’s home, where she and her family enjoy thin crust pizza, Arni’s salads, garlic bread and more!
  • Bruno’s not only has delicious pizza, but order their fried shrimp and/or catfish entrees and you will leave completely satisfied. In addition, their Swiss menu and decor will make your dinner very memorable.
  • Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Peanut Butter Burger besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Give your taste buds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • East End Grill: One of Lafayette’s newest restaurant serving modern with a twist fare ranging from chopped salads, to burgers & sandwiches and the best steaks and seafood available.
  • Decadent frozen custard served in a very retro/old timey diner feel with vintage art that decorates the interior walls and bright, neon lights outside proclaiming its name. This is the Igloo Frozen Custard!
  • Nine Irish Brothers serves up traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting! Every dish at Nine Irish has a unique flavor combination that artfully combines the recipes of old with some modern inspiration.
  • Light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails. Where? Town & Gown Bistro

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

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Weekend Update: Fall Craft Show & Mozart Et Al

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.

Shop til’ you drop! On Saturday, October 7, Carnahan Hall presents: Fall Harvest Artisan Crafts & Antiques Show. Nearly 40+ artisans and antique vendors will showcase and sell their handmade crafts. The first 100 visitors will receive a mystery bag containing “spendable cash” (up to $25.00). Free parking and free admission. Support your local artists as they share their handmade items. Pottery, wood, jewelry, knit items, paintings, dog food, ornaments, antiques, baby and doll items, sign art, and home decor will all be available for purchase.

Detail of the trumpet closeup in golden tones

Musical entertainment takes place on Sunday, October 8. The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents: Mozart Et Al at Purdue Eliza Fowler Hall. Mozart’s grand Horn Quintet K. 407 will feature ISO’s assistant principal horn Rick Graef. On the flip side will be Rick Sowash’s Sir Gawain and the Green Knight for trumpet, violin, cello and Greg Kostraba on piano. Performers are Rick Graef, horn; Bruce Knepper, trumpet; Patrick Dalton-Holmes & Regan Eckstein, violin; Amy Brandfonbrener & Kathy Hershberger, viola; Eric Edberg & Josh Aerie, cello; Greg Kostraba, piano.

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

Create Masterpiece of Beauty from Design Nook

image1Furniture, decorations, design assistance and more; Design Nook can help create your space into a masterpiece of beauty! This shop is full of lovely home good items that will make your space  a lovely one of a kind home. Shop for a perfect present 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.

Check out these lovely photos from Design Nook. This holiday season, stop in and buy that perfect gift for your loved one!

Shopping fun!

Shopping fun!

Fun holiday decor

Fun holiday decor

Lovely design ideas

Lovely design ideas

The beauty of the holidays!

The beauty of the holidays!

For more information about this shop, and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

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Shop Til’ You Drop! Lafayette-West Lafayette

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Hot House Market at Tippecanoe Mall

Shopping, shopping, shopping!  This weekend is the time for awesome holiday shopping and we are heading out to embark on the retail journey. Are you? If you are out and about share with us any great deals and/or crazy holiday shopping stories!

Today marks Black Friday, known to many as the biggest shopping day of the year.  Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 9 plazas/shopping centers, major super stores, and one mall, the Tippecanoe Mall. Specials on everything from clothing, electronics, appliances and more can be purchased at stores like Target, Chico’s, Sears, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, and more.

Get a special doggie bowl for your pet! at Artists' Own!

Get a special doggie bowl for your pet! at Artists’ Own!

Glass artist, Linda, creating hand crafted beads at Le Originals

Glass artist, Linda, creating hand crafted beads at Le Originals

Not in the mood to embark on the Black Friday shopping madness of fun? Go local and shop this Saturday during Small Business Saturday. Lafayette-West Lafayette has so many unique, specialty shops that make this day full of shopping glamour. This day is one of my favorite days of the year because our local shop owners have their hand crafted items (many are one of a kind) on sale. My sister, mom, and mother in-law have been recipients of some lovely gifts that I can happily say I purchased at a great price! Plus, with the discounts, I usually purchase a little something for my own household!  For a complete list of shops that are participating, visit the Shop Small Saturday Facebook page.

Have a fabulous weekend of shopping!  And don’t forget to share with us your shopping news.  For a complete list of shops and other fun weekend events, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Grateful Heart

Grateful Heart

Doll accessories at Peace, Love and Daisies!

Doll accessories at Peace, Love and Daisies!

Books, books, books from Main Street books!

Books, books, books from Main Street books!

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Purdue Graduate Gifts

IMG_0184Purdue Commencement is almost upon us! May 13-15, Purdue Grads will make their graduation walk with pride and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment for all of their hard work to successfully graduate from one of the top schools of our nation. A Purdue Graduate can proudly boast this wonderful success as a Purdue degree will lead to so many bright opportunities in his or her future.

Personally, from living in this area and also working with many Purdue students, I always enjoy giving a nice, personalized gift to those who accomplish this amazing achievement. There are so many wonderful local stores that have Purdue gifts that are perfect for making lasting memories.

DSC00824One unique shop is Interior Objects. They have an area that is all Purdue that includes glassware, serving dishes and really neat photo frames. When my brother in-law achieved his Masters from Purdue a few years ago, we bought him a photo frame that had a vintage look. On graduation day, we took his photo and added it to the frame.  He now lives in Washington D.C. and the frame is in on his fireplace mantel!

Looking for a one of a kind gift? Linda Elmore from Something Special creates hand blown glass necklaces. She can make them in pretty much any color, and add braille to them so they can say any message one wants. Last year, one of my dearest friends graduated from Purdue, and I asked Linda to create a gold and black necklace that said “Purdue Pride” on it. My girlfriend was thrilled and shares she wears it all the time!

Gretel’s Fine Gifts is another specialty shop that offers Purdue items. When my husband and I were first married, my in-laws bought us a bunch of Purdue designed dishes (see photo above) from Gretel’s and they have been perfect for hosting big parties. Or even small dinner nights when there is a basketball game on, I will grab the plates to use to cheer on our Boilers!

Vintage! Main Street Mercantile is home to vintage Purdue clothes including dance outfits, baseball uniforms, band outfits, sweatshirts, etc. They have a huge space dedicated to Purdue and is a great shop to find a gift that will make a lasting memory!

IMG_4567If you are looking for a smaller gift item that is sweet and delicious visit Kathy’s Kandies.  She has Purdue themed candy items. One I recommend is the Black and Gold popcorn. It is a small bag of fresh popped popcorn and is a perfect item to add to a graduation bag!

Find the perfect gift this year for your Purdue Graduate!  To visit these shops and other great shopping locations in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.