Weekend Update: Northern Vintage & Arts Market and Wolf Park After Dark

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.

Each weekend in our community, there are tons of events that you can join. This Saturday there are two special events to participate in – the Northern Vintage & Arts Market and Wolf Park After Dark. The Northern Vintage & Arts Market runs from 8AM to 3PM at Carnahan Hall. It has things to do and see both inside and outdoors. Enjoy the Hot Summer Nights Car Show & Sidewalk Sales brought yo you by the Lafayette Kroozers! If you’re an artist, vintage collector, antiquer… you’ll love this!

Late that Saturday evening is Wolf Park After Dark. Once a month, Wolf Park opens its doors to the public after Howl Night. Visitors have the chance to see the park after the sun sinks low. Visitors can walk the tour trail, listen to the wolves howl, and see the animals at a time of day they are frequently active. Watch out for fireflies and shooting stars! Listen to the frogs and insects sing and maybe spot a bat or other nightlife. Wolf Park After Dark runs from 7:30PM to 11PM. You can stop by the campfire, roast marshmallows and chat with the highly knowledgeable staff about these remarkable animals.

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

Shop til you Drop at Interior Objects


Interior Objects is a wonderful shop located in the Market Square Shopping Center. Pottery, jewelry, knick·knacks, art, gifts for everyone & so much more!

Interior Objects View from AboveStep into Interior Objects, and you will immediately be tempted to buy everything in sight! 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 boutique specializing in beautiful homewares, lifestyle items and one of kind decorations. This is also another one of our community’s local businesses that offers good old 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.

Interior Objects Cooking ItemsVisitors and local residents alike can find great pieces to add to their homeware collection! There are dishes, serving platters, utensils, aprons, tools, decorations, and so much more to pick from. There is also an exclusive collection of Scott Frankenberger pottery. He is a local artist who creates beautiful items such as mugs, vases and plates.

Interior Objects.Shopping Sam

Every time I visit I want to purchase about everything at Interior Objects! My personal favorite items are pillows, place-mats and glasses with beautiful designs – Indiana-themed, and Purdue-themed in particular! It is definitely a challenge to escape without finding something you love and purchasing it.

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist Intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.


Please Your Senses & Closet at Dawson & Daisy Boutique

IMG_9704If you’re looking for a new and unique addition to your closet, Dawson and Daisy Boutique is just what you need. The boutique is an aesthetically pleasing dream and unlike any other shop in West Lafayette. From the perfect decor, to the open layout, to the wonderful smells, this shop is sure to please your senses and your closet.

Dawson & DaiDawson and Daisy carries a variety of unique clothing, jewelry, beauty products, and home wares. The location is extremely close to campus, so it’s a great spot for that last minute formal dress or birthday gift you may need. The store also offers small succulent plants that are perfect for your dorm or apartment. You are sure to find something unlike anything else inside this boutique.


Dawson and Daisy is owned by Purdue student Gabby Gary. The boutique began online and quickly grew into something bigger. In May of 2017 Gabby moved her boutique to Wabash Landing right next door to All Fired Up in West Lafayette. This prominent location is perfect for any girls day. Grab a bite to eat at Scotty’s Brewhouse, get creative at All Fired Up, stop in at Dawson and Daisy to treat yourself (or maybe someone else), hit the movie theater, and then Bruno’s for dinner. Dawson and Daisy is a great addition to the perfect mom and daughter day.


This is the place to be if you want something unique, but close to home. Dawson and Daisy offers a variety of styles of clothing from dresses, sweaters, swim-wear, and much more.

For more information about this shop and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.  Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.



Shop Til’ You Drop! Lafayette-West Lafayette

Hot House Market

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!


Searching for the Perfect Holiday Gift – Shop Your Own Backyard!

brochurediscussion2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard! There are so many fun specialty shops right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette and this holiday season we recommend heading downtown for a day of shopping to purchase one of a kind, unique items for your loved ones.

Shop Small Saturday – did you get out and shop during this special event last month? I did and I had a blast going door to door searching and finding the perfect holiday gifts. I headed downtown and spent the day shopping with my 16 month old daughter (who loved to run everywhere and touch and see everything..she kept me on my toes!) and my sister, Jen. At every location, I took photos of holiday decor, original pieces of art, lovely, handmade jewelry and more. I am sending my husband a photo every day with a little hint (ha!) of my holiday shopping wish list! I want to share with you a few items that are wonderful holiday gift ideas.

Two Tulips – specializes in wedding invitations, wedding shower invitations, baby announcements, shower invitations, personalized baby gifts, baptism gifts and piggy banks too!

Piggy Banks at Two Tulips

Piggy Banks at Two Tulips – which one should I buy for my daughter this holiday season??

Grateful Heart – One-of-a-kind art and fine hand-crafted gifts created by 5 local artists.

If you know my husband please share I LOVE this from Grateful Heart Gallery! Created by Diane Gee!

If you know my husband please share I LOVE this from Grateful Heart Gallery! Created by Diane Gee!


One Earth Gallery – Shop for authentic handmade American Indian art. Each piece is hand-picked by American Treasures founder David Kurtz on frequent trips around the U.S.

My sister loves Native American Art - She will love this one of a kind lamp!

My sister loves Native American Art – She will love this one of a kind piece!

Randy Ross Framing – Custom Framing and artwork.

My Mother-In-Law has a family photo from the early 1900s she wants to frame - Definitely heading back to Randy Ross Framing!

My Mother-In-Law has a family photo from the early 1900s she wants to frame – Definitely heading back to Randy Ross Framing!

JF & Company – Children’s boutique for your little rock star!

We have a family divided - my sister's family is pro IU and my family are true Boilermakers! JF & Company is perfect because they offer both!!

We have a family divided – my sister’s family is pro IU and my family is true Boilermakers! JF & Company is perfect because they offer both!! (Although please note the abundance of Gold & Black – BOILER UP!)

Camera Outfitters – Can “OUTFIT” you and your camera so you are ready for every photo opportunity.

My husband loves photography - Camera Outfitters has professionals to help find the perfect camera and accessories!

My husband loves photography – Camera Outfitters has professionals to help find the perfect camera and accessories!

Something Special -11 local artists create art and unique gifts that flourish inside the walls of their quaint gallery.

My parents have been married for almost 40 years - I am keeping this in mind for their 40th wedding anniversary next year! Linda Elmore creates these one of a kind pieces at Something Special

My parents have been married for almost 40 years – I am keeping this in mind for their 40th wedding anniversary next year! Linda Elmore creates these one of a kind pieces at Something Special


For more information about these shops and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Congrats to our 2014 Holiday Shopping Giveaway Winner!

We have the winner of our 2014 Holiday Shopping Giveaway Contest worth over $575! Congratulations to Mary Claxton from Lafayette, Indiana.

What is your favorite gift you have given or received during the holiday season? Feel free to share with us the story that goes along with the gift.

Mary shared, “I received the very best gift anyone could possibly get just two days before Thanksgiving. I gave birth to our first child, a beautiful baby girl. My husband was stationed in Viet Nam at the time. My parents, his in-laws, had to telephone the Red Cross, who in turn would inform my husband of the birth of his little daughter. We were both so very happy and excited but were thousands of miles apart for such a wonderful occasion. We wrote to each other every single day for a year. That is how we had to correspond in those days.

Then on Christmas morning of that same year (1968), on a morning television show called The Today Show, was my husband! There he stood in his Army uniform, all the way from Viet Nam, and with a smile on his face, he wished me and his new baby daughter, Sherry Lynn, a “Very Merry Christmas” WOW! what a gift that was! Although he couldn’t be with us that year for Christmas. He certainly “was with us.” and I thanked God for that blessed gift.”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting early 2015.

Holiday Shopping Getaway Contest 2014 Details!

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Holiday Shopping” Contest 2014 to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, November 10, and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $575!

Grateful Heart

Grateful Heart

  • Walking distance to Purdue University, the Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette offers top of the line service, accommodations and amenities (complimentary fitness center, a full-service restaurant and indoor pool.) This hotel is lovely and will offer the perfect night’s rest!
  •  If you haven’t been to Grateful Heart Gallery you are missing out! This shop features the most eclectic, one of a kind and beautiful pottery around at wonderful prices.
  • Two Tulips Stockings!

    Two Tulips Stockings!

    Two Tulips is awaiting your visit to pick out the perfect piggy bank, baby’s first year calendar, toys and more for your next loved one’s pregnancy!

  • Want to dress your baby in style? JF & Company offers adorable rompers, dresses, onsies, and more for your little one. (This is where Social Media Specialist, Sara, bought her newborn baby’s outfit for her one-month photos!)
  • Owner, David Kurtz makes frequent trips throughout the country searching for authentic, handmade, American Indian art. You can find his treasures at One Earth Gallery & Gifts.
  • We all have photos and artwork stored in our attic that just needs a little sprucing up with a lovely frame to make it truly shine. Get yours out and head to Randy Ross Custom Framing and Fine Art to make your piece pop!
  • This week is the one year anniversary of Camera Outfitters. They are celebrating on November 15 with door prizes, sales and treats!
  • Bruno Dough!

    Bruno Dough!

    Words don’t do Bruno’s pizza and food justice! All we can say is a visit to Bruno’s is fun, the service is exemplary and the food is simply fabulous. Make sure to order the Bruno Dough with multiple dipping sauces!

  • Have you ever craved a burger so bad your taste buds are literally salivating? After trying a Triple XXX burger you will be feeling this way all the time! Add in fries, chili and root beer and you may never leave the restaurant!
  • Homemade candies made with decadent and rich chocolate can be found at Kathy’s Kandies. After you go once you will be addicted to her specialty delights like the Oreo cake ball dipped in dark chocolate!
  • Want to create memories that will last a lifetime? Head to Arni’s where there are three rooms (Toy Room, Loading Dock and Dining Room). Parents MUST take their children to the Toy Room to enjoy the Purdue train, dollhouses, toys and more. Not only is the ambiance wonderful, but the food is even better!



  • Local businessman, Scotty Wise, opened the original Scotty’s Brewhouse in Muncie, Indiana in 1996 and in less than ten years nine brewhouses have flourished. This brewhouse is unique with its specialty menu that offers something for everyone, including gluten free options, low calorie and their own exclusive brews!
  • YOgurt reTREAT is serving some delicious soft serve frozen yumminess! Choose from about 10 flavors of yogurt and then smother the treat with almost any topping you can imagine!
  • Did you know Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park, offers a wide variety of fun workshops all year long, including bird watching, seed collecting, food preservation, bat abound, and more!?
  • Howl with the wolves all night at Wolf Park! Watch interactions between man and wolf, see bison up close, and learn how coyotes interact. Also, don’t miss a visit to see the cute little foxes!
  • Do you want to become a talented artist for the day? Head to All Fired Up where you can let your artistic side come out. It’s easy; select a piece of unfinished pottery, choose your favorite colors from over 100 beautiful paints and glazes, and start creating your masterpiece!
  • The holiday show of the season is back to rock our world! The Purdue Christmas Show 2014 features elaborate sets, intricate and specially-tailored musical arrangements of sacred and secular holiday favorites, the introduction of new and soon-to-be Christmas classics, and dramatic and comedic skits and dialogues.

    Purdue Christmas Show

    Purdue Christmas Show

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=5646 to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12pm. A winner will be announced the week of November 24, 2014.

Weekend Update: Two Tulips 15th Annual Holiday Open House & Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration

Two Tulips

Two Tulips

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Let’s kick off this holiday season on November 7 & 8 with store specials, sales, drawings, treats and lots of holiday excitement! Where? Two Tulips 15th Annual Holiday Open House! Two Tulips offers a wide variety of services from invitations to home decorations to a huge selection of baby gifts.  When you walk into the store, it is bright, cheerful and puts a person in a really positive, happy mood. There is a whole wall of every different kind of piggy bank created! Also, if you are looking for a creative gift this is the place to shop. Not only can you purchase a nice gift, but you can personalize most items in-store, and you can custom order personalized jewelry such as Lucy Ann and Heartstrings.

Battlefield Memorial

Battlefield Memorial

After shopping your heart away, on Sunday, November 9, take part in the Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration. On November 7th, 1811, William Henry Harrison’s troops and the warriors of Prophetstown engaged in the famous Battle of Tippecanoe. This event, significant in the history of Indiana and the United States, is remembered each year by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association with special programs to help tell the story of the battle and to honor those who fought. This year, on Sunday November 9th from 10:00 to 5:00, to commemorate the battle, the special theme will be honoring American Veterans. A living history military encampment will be set up on the grounds of the park to showcase veterans from American conflicts throughout time. At 1:00 pm, a flag ceremony and wreath laying will be held at the monument. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Happening Today! Little Bird Lane, Children’s Consignment Event

LBL10Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about a local event that is taking place today, Thursday, March 13 through Saturday, March 15 at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds. It is “Little Bird Lane, Children’s Consignment Event“. It is a one of its kind event in our area! It is a seasonal event that happens every spring and fall and thousands of shoppers participate.

Looking for something special for your little one! They have everything you could need–clothing, toys, equipment, furniture, books…you name it! It’s all at incredible prices and they individually inspect each and every item for staining, wear and tear, and proper functionality, as well as for recalls.

As a little background, the owner and entrepreneur of this event is Christina Wright.  She shares, “I was driving to Indy and Noblesville at least 3 times every spring and every fall to go to events like this. I was shopping and consigning in Indianapolis and I finally decided that our community deserved an event of this sort and we have been welcomed with such an incredible excitement and enthusiasm. I believe we are offering a service to our community–we’re giving families a platform for getting rid of their unused and unwanted kids items while making money (our average consignor earns over $320 in just 4 days!) and we’re offering the ability for shoppers to get incredible, name brand items at deeply discounted prices. Its making families money, saving families money, and it’s green!”

1781117_468838609882369_1052511304_oWhether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this event and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Spring Break StayCation – Lafayette-West Lafayette #2


Inspired Fire

Inspired Fire

Spring Break 2014! This week we are featuring why you should visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, for spring break this year. If you missed it on Monday, March 3, we shared fun, family friendly activities. Today we are going to feature unique area attractions that make Lafayette-West Lafayette the best choice for your spring break vacation!

The Arts – Did you know Lafayette-West Lafayette is rich in the arts? There are over 17 art galleries all within our two cities! I personally think we have an art mecca that is undiscovered by many. Fine art, from oil paintings and fine art prints to glass art, sculpture and contemporary pieces; there is something unique for everyone. Visitors could spend a whole weekend exploring our art galleries. There are also over 45 pieces of outdoor art ranging from sculptures, community fountains, and more. (Note: don’t miss visiting our 70 specialty shops located downtown Lafayette- many of them feature local artwork!)

Wolf Park – Have you ever howled with the wolves? You can! Wolf Park, a one of a kind research facility that studies wildlife behavior, welcomes visitors to come and howl with the wolves on Saturday nights. (Friday and Saturday nights May to November). It is a pretty amazing experience that can only be truly felt by being on Wolf Park’s grounds. There are also coyotes, foxes and bison that visitors can meet and/or see roaming around. (Note: the animals are all within a fenced area!).  Wolf Park also has a visitors’ center that allows for year-round viewing. This park is internally acclaimed and a must see on your visit to our area!Now a Horizontal Portrait of Dharma

History – My family are huge history buffs and I have grown up exploring areas all over the United States that have historical significance. Did you know that a great battle was fought here that lead to the Battle of 1812? The Battle of Tippecanoe between the United States’ forces, led by William Henry Harrison and representatives of Tecumseh’s Native American confederation took place on November 7, 1811. A National Historic Landmark, located in a 96-acre park setting in Battle Ground, Indiana, along with a museum and nature center are open for visitors to explore.

Nearby, visitors can explore Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park. Take a walk around the Native American village and attend one of the many public programs about nature or history. Discover the Farmstead within the park, where valuable lessons are uncovered. Special programs, horse-drawn trolley rides, interesting interpretations and demonstrations are available.

Do not miss visiting Lafayette-West Lafayette this spring break season! For more information about these attractions and other fun things to do in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.