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

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

Buying Local: Weathered Plow, D&R Market & Beutler Meats

I’m a huge farmers market fan, but sometimes I just need some fresh produce or meat on a day or time when the farmers market isn’t operating, or it is out of season. We’ve got you covered with three great local markets in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area!

The newest one is The Weathered Plow. Located on Schuyler Ave., just west of Sagamore Parkway, you will find a little shop with a big front porch. We really encourage you to stop! They always have seasonal flowers out on the porch, and inside, you are sure to find something delicious! More than anything, I love stopping here for their ham salad and potato salad! I think their ham salad is the best in town! It is made fresh every day, and you can buy it by the pound or buy it as a sandwich and side. It’s a great place to grab a quick dinner to take home. They also have a variety of pre-packaged dry goods, and of course produce, eggs, meat, and a few breads. Try the cinnamon rolls if they have them! Oh my! They are delicious! Many items in the store are local and a lot of it comes from the owner’s own farm. The Weathered Plow is a great addition to our community!



The second local market is D & R.  They are located at the corner of South Street and Creasy Lane just across the street from Lowe’s, in a little strip mall with Dollar General and Pizza King. If you are looking for great meats, especially pork products, this is the place to go! They have awesome bacon, sausages and pork chops. We also love their tilapia; they have one that is pre-seasoned that is a quick and easy meal! We just pop it in the oven and serve with some asparagus or some other vegetable, and we are done. It’s so delicious too! D&R also carries produce, eggs, cheese and some jams, jellies, BBQ sauces, etc. It’s a great place to just hop in, get what you need and get out quickly. If you have a chance, be sure to walk a couple doors down to the D&R II, the restaurant! Oh, my! If you love BBQ, you will love this place. Huge pork chops, fall off the bone ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken, not to mention all the wonderful sides! The smells alone are worth popping in!

The third location is a long time favorite of the Lafayette area, Beutler Meats! They are pro’s! Beutler’s has been serving the Lafayette-West Lafayette area since 1953! It is located off of Wabash Avenue in Lafayette, not too far from St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Beutler Meats is known mainly as a butcher and processing facility; some may not know that the general public can purchase meat here as well. People from all over the region bring their meat here to be processed. I have a farmer friend in Anderson, Indiana that drives his meat here to be processed,so it’s not just a Lafayette area thing.  All the beef they sell is dry aged for 14 days, and they grade their beef following USDA guidelines and sell only choice grade or better beef. They also do custom butchering and smoke meats. They have a great retail store where they sell all of their meat, and let me tell you, you will not get it any fresher than this! The selection changes a bit, but they have a fantastic variety of beef and pork. For those of you who bake out there, they also carry lard. I know my Grandma was always wondering where to buy lard for her pies.  They also have had a limited number of frozen vegetables and fruit, local cheese and Triple XXX Root Beer.  Our favorite is always the pork burgers! They are great on the grill throughout the year. We love their steaks and bacon too! For a listing of their current meats, you can visit their website. You walk right into the cooler to get the fresh meats, while it’s not super cold, you might want to have an idea of what you would like before walking in there. They also carry their own blends of spices! A great pairing with the meat! Stop by some time and try some of their meat; you really can taste the difference!

The Weathered Plow, D&R and Beutler’s are all open year round, so in the middle of winter, when you are dying to go to the Farmers Market and can’t or on that weekday when a market isn’t available… check these places out and support the local businesses!

Group Tours & Meeting Manager, Ashley Gregory, shares this blog.

Find the Perfect Read from Robots and Rogues New and Used Bookstore

interiorAre you an avid reader? Every reader needs a bookstore in which they can get lost among the shelves. The Greater Lafayette Downtown area has Robots and Rogues new and used bookstore. It is a specialty fiction bookstore where they feature science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery.

They are located at 531 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. The store is right on the corner with fantastic display windows. As soon as you walk in, your breath is taken away by the many bookshelves stuffed with fantastic stories. The high ceilings and large windows give the store a cozy feel that will make you want to browse for hours.

If science fiction isn’t your thing or if you aren’t sure what you want to read, stop in and take a look around. Owners Tricia and Kevin can give you recommendations and can perhaps suggest something that might help you find your next great read.

Browse their inventory online from home. Check out their website for the link. If they don’t have something in stock, you can always ask them and they can see about getting it for you.

Gaming - FullRobots and Rogues has more than just books, they also have comic books and they sell awesome T-shirts that have book cover art from Out of Print Clothing. They have author signings where you can chat with the authors, purchase their books, and have them sign a copy or two! Stop by on the last Tuesday of the month for their Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club. Ask them about their role-playing and gaming groups. Check their website calendar or Facebook page for details about upcoming events.

If you have some used books that are still in fantastic shape, contact or stop in and chat with them about their trade-in policy.

If you’re in the downtown Lafayette area, take a few minutes to stuff your nose into a book at the best corner book store Lafayette has to offer, Robots & Rogues!

Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist, shared this blog.

Gaby Couture: High Fashion, Couture, Alterations & Tailoring

IMG_36272 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “Midwest Hospitality”.  To experience “Midwest Hospitality” at its finest visit Gaby Couture, located downtown Lafayette, Indiana, at 529 Main Street. Gabriela Frezza, owner and tailor, has over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry. Her expertise on high fashion shows in her own signature collection called Gaby Couture, which was launched in early 2006.

I visited Gaby Couture recently and was very surprised at what I found! When I heard part of the name “Alterations and Tailoring”, I was picturing a walk-up counter where one drops off their clothing for repair. Instead, I found an eclectic boutique full of beautiful, custom made clothing, jewelry and accessories. The moment I walked in both Gabriela and her husband greeted me and they were so welcoming and friendly. The passion they share for fashion is exhilarating! I went in to check it out expecting to be out the door in a few minutes, and found myself talking and asking fashion questions for the next 30 minutes! Another surprise was the cost. A one of a kind outfit, in my opinion, was very reasonably priced.  IMG_3631Gabriella and her husband shared a bit of their story of creating fashion in New York City, and then moving to the Lafayette area in 1988. Each “Gaby” creation is created from her experiences as a child in Argentina and travels around South America, and stands out for its personality as well as its elegance. Check out the photos of all of her amazing designs.

IMG_3618  IMG_3623 IMG_3628IMG_3621Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, one thing we value is customer service and appreciating the times we receive great customer care.  Midwest Hospitality is Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.  We are proud of our local businesses, including Gaby Couture, who provides gracious and friendly service. For more information about this shop and other fun activities in the area, visit our website at