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.

It’s National Candy Cane Day! McCord Candies!

McCord Candy Canes

McCord Candy Canes

Today, we celebrate delicious candy canes! In Lafayette, the go to place for candy canes (and other candy) since 1912 is McCord Candies. They make each candy cane by hand just like they did 100 years ago.

The most popular draw to McCord’s is their homemade candy canes, which they make on average 34,000 canes during the month and a half holiday season time. They sell them locally in the store, ship them globally, and always keep people coming back for more. What’s so unique about these canes?! McCord’s candy canes are like nothing you have ever tasted before. They look like normal canes but are soft once you start eating them, like a butter mint. There are NO preservatives in the canes & that is why they are made daily. The process of making these canes is very unique also. They are the only place in Indiana that still goes through the process completely by hand!! No machines are used! That is why each and every cane is so special and it’s also why two canes never look the same. Just like snowflakes! It’s also the same process and recipe Ivy McCord, the original owner, used himself.

christmasshoppingmccordsbydaveschmidt2016During the month of December, McCord’s has public tours on Friday, Saturday & Sundays for the customers to see how this unique process is done; also gaining an appreciation for all the hard work that goes into a single cane. Most importantly you get to make your own candy cane yourself & see how difficult & special it is! During the winter season candy canes will be made into every shape and form possible. This candy shop has its candy cane milkshakes if you want a cold treat or homemade candy cane hot chocolate if you crave a warm treat. The candy cane hot chocolate mix can also be purchased in mason jars for gifts or individual sealed packets to pour in your mug and go! McCord’s has candy cane peppermint bark, candy cane Oreos, candy cane pretzel sticks, candy cane stir sticks for hot chocolate, and other candy cane creations!

christmasshoppingmccordsbydaveschmidt2016-2Enjoy candy canes this holiday season at McCord Candies.  For more information about this shop/restaurant and more in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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.