Creativity Blooms at Flourish Studio and Classroom

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Happening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area? Whether 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. Right now the locals are talking about Flourish Studio and Classroom, offering fun and unique art classes for your little ones!

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My husband and I have 2 children, a 5-year old daughter and a 1-year old son. Our daughter, Charlize, loves doing art projects and our son is just starting to enjoy them (although he does try to eat the crayons, but we are working it!). We literally have art taped to door knobs all over our house. When we heard about this new kids’ art studio, my husband and I were so excited.

We signed Charlize and Channing up for the “Create with Me” class. “Create with Me” is an hour-long class in the studio designed for little artists to explore and engage their creative senses! It is for ages 1 to 4 but they welcome younger and older siblings as well.  Plus, they offer a sibling discount which is really nice!

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When we entered the Flourish Art Studio, Charlize and Channing, lit up. There were 3 art stations set up to create different projects as well as a play area with toys and a sensory station. Charlize ran to the first station and started creating fun heart shaped paper letters. Channing just laughed and laughed and was delighted he had access to markers! He was a little crazy and truthfully most of the markers and paints ended up on his face or hands but he had a blast! Both kids also enjoyed pulling out toys in their play area and at the end of the class they ran through a bubble machine. We took home a bag full of art projects they created and now have more artwork on our walls!

Love getting messy!

Charlize also wondered into “Bloom” their kids clothing store attached to the studio. (Wow, this store has the CUTEST kids’ clothes! The clothes are so stylish and fun!) She actually tried to negotiate with the owner into buying a few toys they offer. My plan is to go back soon and surprise her with one of the toys she had picked out for Easter!

Bubble fun!

The customer service at Flourish ROCKED! Amanda Kennedy, the owner and licensed art educator was wonderful. She was friendly and helpful to all the students. There were 5 kids in the class, and she knew all of their names. She shared they will be doing summer camps this year as well. We are so excited to learn about those for Charlize.

We made friends!

We highly recommend Flourish for a fun filled class. They offer different art classes for all kids ages as well as an adult night! If you are traveling and just notice this studio as you are traversing our downtown, they also offer an open studio, where there is no real instruction, just various art supplies, guidance where requested, & lots of encouragement!

Explore this art studio! For more information about Flourish and other art class related businesses in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

Weekend Update: Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration & Sherlock Holmes

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.

Are you ready?! It’s one of our favorite times of the year! Join in the Nine Irish Brothers Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 16 & March 17! They will have some fun food specials, plenty of giveaways and great live music all weekend long. Greater Lafayette’s annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to begin at 11 am on Saturday, March 16 at Rubia Flower Market in West Lafayette. Participants and spectators can warm up beforehand with an Irish coffee at Tippecanoe County’s oldest Irish pub, Nine Irish Brothers in West Lafayette, which opens at 10 am and will be featuring the best in Irish entertainment all day long.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Looking for other entertainment this weekend? Running this weekend at the Long Center for the Performing Arts is Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars. Can a group of street urchins – orphans, pickpockets, inventors and artists – unmask the criminal mastermind behind Sherlock Holmes’ disappearance? Join us for an entertaining, kid-friendly comedy performed by the Christus Homines Drama Troupe. Showtimes are Friday, March 15th at 7 pm and Saturday, March 16th, at 2 pm and 7 pm. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $6 for children 3-12. Well-behaved children under 3 are invited to attend free. Come and see everyone’s favorite detective this weekend!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Taste a Great Slice of Pizza

In the mood for local pizza but not sure where to go? West Lafayette and Lafayette have a plethora of great pizza places, each with its own specialty and dining room atmosphere. Purdue University Student, Katherine Roth, shares a few of her favorites!

Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room

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At the bottom of the hill leading up to campus is the small family owned and operated restaurant and pizzeria. Bruno’s Pizza is a campus favorite that opened in 1955, and is best known for its Bruno Dough and hand-tossed pizza. Bruno Dough is their famous pizza dough that is deep-fried, brushed with garlic butter, sprinkled with Parmesan and served with your choice of dipping sauce. Not in the mood for pizza? The menu also features Swiss, German and Italian dishes, as well as a variety of salads and sandwiches with gluten-free options available. There’s something for everyone on the menu.

Bruno’s has 3 dining rooms including the Bar, the Swiss Room and Big O’s Sports Room. The sports room is covered in old and new Purdue memorabilia, allowing patrons to not only get a good meal but a visual tour of Purdue’s history. There is plenty of room to sit and enjoy a meal with friends and family. When Bruno’s Pizza opened in 1955, it was the only pizzeria in West Lafayette

When we went to the restaurant we ordered a large Bruno’s Meat, covered in sausage, ham, pepperoni, and bacon. There was enough pizza to go around for our group, and with an order of Bruno Dough, no one left hungry!

Professor Joe’s Sports Pub and Pizzeria

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In the heart of Lafayette, against the surrounding buildings, Professor Joe’s bright red exterior stands out. If specialty pizza, sandwiches and beer served in a cozy eatery with balcony seating and sports on TV is what you are looking for, then try this pizzeria.

When the restaurant opened in 2013 it was a 21+ bar, but was recently renovated to accommodate all ages. While eating you can enjoy a round or two of pub darts, live trivia, music, and sports on 12 TV’s — a sports fan’s dream location. Professor Joe’s was built on the belief that pizza should be special, and it is something that shows in every pizza they make.

Dining in the interior is cozy with wood booths and tables lining the walls, giving the option for larger groups to put together tables. With plenty of specialty pizzas to choose from, everyone can find something they want on the menu, with gluten-free options available as well.

When we went to Professor Joe’s, our table ordered the “Hoosier,” their take on the all meat pizza. The pizza itself is covered in pepperoni, ham, salami, sausage, ground beef, bacon and extra cheese. The salami and ground beef were two toppings I hadn’t seen on a pizza before and I was intrigued. It turned out to be one of the best pizzas I have ever had.

Midtowne Oven

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Midtowne Oven offers fresh and inspired flavors centered around Greater Lafayette’s only real wood-fired oven.  The restaurant has large windows, perfect to watch the sunset, or to people watch while you eat. Midtowne Oven also offers many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

The night we went to Midtowne we decided to go with a different style of pizza, the Margherita pizza. With hand squeezed tomatoes and fresh mozzarella on top, and then finished with fresh chiffonade basil and garlic oil drizzle, this pizza was amazing. The wood oven adds a nice smoky taste to the crust and you could taste the freshness of the ingredients. The fresh ingredients are something that Midtowne prides itself in, and it shows.

All in all, each pizzeria had it’s own special qualities, and are excellent places to eat while visiting West Lafayette and Lafayette. For more local eateries check out HomeOfPurdue.com.

Create a Masterpiece – Art Classes at 7 Art Studios

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Sometimes, there is nothing better than exploring your artistic side. Luckily for those of us nearby or visiting the Greater Lafayette area, there are many opportunities for you to do so. You can do so much more than view works of art here – learn to create your own masterpieces! Check out some of the fantastic classes offered around our two great cities.

All Fired Up In the heart of the Wabash Landing is All Fired Up! There are four important steps to the process here. First, select what piece you will make. A bowl, vase, cute critter, etc. Second, paint and decorate it to your heart’s content! Third, let the experts glaze and fire up your work of art. You can collect it in just one week!

Flourish Studio and Classroom – New to downtown Lafayette is the Flourish Studio and Classroom. There are classes for kids of all ages, and their grown-ups… sensory play, art education, create-with-me and many more fun classes for you and your little ones! Reserve your spot on their website here. Learn more about art and bond with your favorite kiddos in your life!

Flourish Studio and Classroom

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette – Part of this amazing art museum is the Manya Fan Art Education Center! The Center is dedicated to instructing and educating artists in our community. There are studio art classes, art workshops, exhibitions and more! Learn more about their classes here.

The Creative Clayground – If you know someone that loves art and has a special event coming up (birthday, wedding shower, baby shower)…The Creative Clayground is a paint-your-own pottery studio that offers unique pieces like teapots and chess pieces! Stop in for their special Muggy Mondays for 10% off mug creations!

Inspired Fire Glass Studio and Gallery – Ever tried glass blowing? If you haven’t, you are really missing out. Owner Sharon Owens and her staff are absolute experts, waiting to show you the ropes! Along with open studio hours, there is a wide selection of classes available at Inspired Fire. Beginners classes, fire-less classes, and more – there is something for everyone. What a treat!

LaLa Gallery Studio – Pop into Lala, Greater Lafayette’s premiere artist studio specializing in art & pottery lessons. Angela Taylor (LaLa) teaches lessons, classes, parties, groups, and students with special needs starting with children (3+) to adults in her private studio located in the Bindery Artist Studios. Make your appointment here.

Handmade Mugs from Lala

Painting with a Twist – You’ve probably heard of this super-fun group painting studio,

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Painting with a Twist. Whether you reserve a private room for your group or join in on a public class, you will not be disappointed in your masterpiece. Select the class that fits  your style best, and don’t be scared! The staff and teachers will walk you step-by-step through painting your piece.

There is no excuse for you to not become a master artist with classes like these right in Lafayette-West Lafayette. Let us know which classes you’ve enjoyed! This blog is shared by VLWL Visitor Information Specialist, Samantha Martin.

Weekend Update: Elegant Bridal Expo & The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!

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.

This Saturday, March 2, the Long Center presents: The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!. This performance is a grand-scale theatrical touring production that includes rock concert style lighting, incredible stage sets, and mind-blowing magic! Back by popular demand, Blagg returns to the Long Center stage with his off-the-cuff personality and astounding magic. See Blagg instantly teleport across the Long Center theater, squish his body from 6 feet to 6 inches tall or bring ordinary objects to life with a simple wave of his hands! The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! is more than a magic show, it’s an interactive magic experience! You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! Blagg is changing reality one city at a time and Greater Lafayette is next! Tickets start at $22 .

Brides and Grooms to be, check this out! This Sunday, March 3, the Elegant Bridal Expo is taking place in the Purdue Memorial Union. This community event is expected to host 50 wedding related vendors from the Greater Lafayette area to benefit the Student Chapter of Professional Convention Management Organization, local businesses, and future brides. In addition to vendors, a fashion show displaying the latest wedding gowns, tuxes, and bridesmaid dresses will take place in the north ballroom featuring partnered vendors. Brides to be will get in for free, and all guests are $5/person at the door.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

An Irish Visit to Nine Irish Brothers

Four Irish men and women walked into a pub. No, that is not the beginning of a joke, but the beginning of an evening at Nine Irish Brothers pub.

Four University College Dublin students — Penny Gavin, Tommy Meade, Niall Diffley, and Celine Kiernan — tried traditional Irish foods at the local Irish pub near Purdue’s campus.  The group had already tried a pub in Chicago but were sorely disappointed after finding that one featured an Italian flag above the counter rather than an Irish one.

However, the group was able to find a piece of home right near Purdue’s campus at Nine Irish Brothers pub. It did not take long for the group to feel the true Irish spirit after they entered the doors. They agreed that the atmosphere matched that of a typical Irish pub, with live music and décor. Similar to many pubs in Ireland, Nine Irish Brothers has dark wood paneling with lots of signs and flags. Many of the signs referenced many locations all over Ireland. The group was happy to see that there was even a photo of Michael Collins, who is a famous revolutionary leader in Irish history and a symbol of Irish patriotism.

Penny is from Westmeath, Ireland, and is studying crop production. She tried a half order of Tiger Mike’s Fish and Chips. She was worried about the fish not being fresh; as Ireland is a small island country, fresh fish is common, accessible and a key ingredient for fish and chips. She was happy to find that the haddock was fantastic. The half order comes with “chips,” or non-traditional fries, and one large haddock filet battered with lager. We also tried shamrock sauce, which is a delicious fry sauce. It is much better than it sounds and worth a try. The half order comes with plenty of food.

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Tommy is from Meath, Ireland, and is studying agricultural sales and marketing. He had a full order of Baby Jer’s Guinness Stew. Tommy grew up raising Limousine cattle and had high expectations for the stew. Even so, he thought it was quite delicious. As the name implies, the beef stew features a Guinness Stout that gives it the delicious, hearty flavor. Like any Irish meal, it would not be complete without potatoes. In the case of the Guinness stew, it came with two large scoops of mashed potatoes. The half order is available as well.

He also noticed that many of the recipes were American variations from typical Irish recipes. For example, corn beef and cabbage typically is ham and cabbage. The soda bread was also much sweeter as many Irish recipes do not use nearly as much sugar as American ones.

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Niall is from Roscommon, Ireland, and is studying agricultural sales and marketing at Purdue. He tried Irish John’s Prime Rib, which is a Friday & Saturday night special served from 5-10 p.m. In addition to the prime rib, the meal was served with steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, and whiskey sauce. It is one of the best steaks Niall has had since coming to the States. It was very tender and cooked perfectly. While the vegetables were underwhelming, the mashed potatoes were exactly like how they are at home in Roscommon, he said. Niall was the only member of the group over 21 and was excited to order Magners, an Irish cider not commonly found in the States.

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Celine is from Cavan, Ireland, and is studying food science. She loved how homey the pub felt as it featured traditional Irish music and decor. She loved how some decor incorporated the Gaelic language. She had a half order of Brother Jim’s Shepherd’s Pie. Featuring ground beef, carrots, and peas, the shepherd’s pie was hearty and delicious. The half order was the perfect size for smaller appetites and the full order provides the perfect opportunity to take home leftovers.

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Overall, Penny, Tommy, Niall, and Celine loved their experience at the Nine Irish Brothers pub, noting its authenticity and atmosphere. Tommy was happy to see that the flag was the correct one.

Be sure to make a point to stop at one of Nine Irish Brothers pub’s three locations in West Lafayette, Lafayette or Indianapolis and try a traditional Irish meal, or check out their events page to see upcoming events like whiskey tasting or live bands. For more information about Nine Irish Brothers and other restaurants, visit HomeOfPurdue.com

Purdue University Student, Hayley DeHaan, shares this blog.

Digby’s Offers Classic Burgers

Burgers, burgers, burgers! In the fall of 2018 we created the Lafayette-West Lafayette Burger Trail. This trail features the best of the best burgers in the area. Recently, we visited Digby’s Pub and Patio and after tasting their burgers, we all agreed they MUST be added to the trail! Here is why:

Their hand spanked burgers are ground from Angus Beef, dry aged, NEVER FROZEN & sourced from Buetler Meats here in Lafayette. They offer specialty burgers or you can build your own. Try their classic 1/2lb., go big & bite into a 1lb. or take on the legendary 1 1/2lb POUNDER!

Corey’s review: The Veggie Burger at Digby’s is a classic black bean patty filled with flavor! Create your own masterpiece with toppings such as Jalapenos, Wisconsin White Cheddar cheese, Zesty Beer Mustard, and if you dare…. Digby’s own Hell Sauce. Bite in and enjoy!

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Lisa’s review: The classic burger comes with cherrywood bacon (you can never go wrong with bacon on a burger) and white cheddar cheese, which is a personal favorite! It was served on one of the best burger buns I’ve had in a long time – really soft.  I opted for the garlic aioli as my topping and enjoyed every bite of this burger!

Samm’s review: The classic burger.  My burger was generously seasoned and the patty was thick. The white cheddar cheese slightly melted brought an enormous flavor and blended perfectly with the crunchy applewood bacon, topped with an olive for visual appeal. I would definitely get this burger again. It’s the kind of burger you crave but no one else ever gets it quite right. 11/10 is my rating!

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Not feeling a burger? Check out Emily’s review of their BBQ Pulled Pork Mac: Mac and cheese and pulled pork seems like it could be a strange combination, but it turns out it’s amazing. The bbq sauce smothered on top of the pork mixes so well with the manchego and velvetta cheese and spiral noodles. This dish was full of flavor. If you’re looking for a twist on your typical comfort food, you should try this. I will be ordering this again next time! I give it a 10/10!

What is your favorite burger restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette? We love to expand our trail!  For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Theater Weekend Update: Two Gentlemen of Verona & Still Life with Iris

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by Purdue Theatre

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.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (February 15, 16, & 17) Purdue Theatre showcases one of Shakespeare’s early comedies, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. This play raises questions about the loyalty between two friends who are smitten with the same young woman. Sent to court in Milan to learn to be “perfect gentlemen,” Valentine and Proteus are derailed by their mutual attraction to Sylvia, the ruler’s daughter. Complicating matters, Proteus’ has already sworn his love to Julia, who disguises herself as a boy and follows them to court. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a coming of age story set in Shakespeare’s world of frantic, love-crazed youth. Shakespeare presents a perilous yet comic journey from youth to adulthood, exploring the transformations all must make along the way.

More fun theater events are taking place this weekend! The Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette Youth present Still Life with Iris on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (February 15, 16, & 17). All that remains of Iris’ past is a single button from her coat. She lives in the land of Nocturno, a magical place in which memories do not reside in people’s minds but instead are kept in their ‘Past Coats’. Using the button as a clue, Iris joins with friends she meets on her journey to search for the simplest of things, home.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.