The Ultimate Shop Local Michiana Guide

by Jane

I HATE BLACK FRIDAY! There is nothing worse I could imagine than going to Best Buy at 5:00 a.m. to run through the aisles trying to grab the best deals before someone else gets it first. Especially the day after Thanksgiving, when you spend time with family and friends, doing the awesome simple things, like eating too much pie and drinking wine while you play Pass the Pigs (awesome, little-known 80’s kids game. Check it out!)

So, I religously stick to two plans of action for my Christmas shopping: online and LOCAL!!!

This is my list of must-stop places in Michiana for the perfect holiday gifts:

We’re starting our shopping journey in downtown South Bend.

For the Foodie Who Hates to Cook
Get this person a Tapastrie Gift Card, we’ll be talking in more detail about this place soon! It’s a brand new, super fancy, fantastically delicious wine and tapas bar that just opened on the corner of Colfax and next to the Morris Performing Arts Center. If you have any theater-loving friends, stop by and get them tickets to an upcoming show.

For the Bookworm
Idle Hours Bookshop has really unique finds. Spend some time in this cozy little shop, browse the books, get one for a friend…and let’s be honest, three for yourself! šŸ˜‰

For the Foodie
For that amazing home chef you know, South Bend’s Purple Porch Co-op has amazing variety of local items. Be sure to consider the national award-winning Honey from the Unity Gardens.

For the Antiques Lover
Browse through the treasures at Junk Evolution to find that perfect little gem, maybe a set of cocktail glasses from the 1950’s, or an art deco vase?

Are you ready to stop shopping for a minute and grab a bite to eat? Stop by Eddy Street Commons next, and make timeĀ for lunch at Yats on Eddy St. Commons. I’m a long-time fan of this amazingly inexpensive New Orleans style diner, since I’m originally from Indianapolis where Yats first opened. I used to be a Yats on Mass Ave. girl! My favorite options are spinach and mushroom etouffee and the maque choux!

For the Diva
Stop by my absolute favorite salon in South Bend, The Beehive SalonĀ is on Jefferson Boulevard. Grab a gift card for this retro-mod, cozy little salon with a staff that does wonders with beautiful cuts and colors. Practically all the girls we know go here.

OR, head down the street to Allie Oesch Jewelry for a unique, delicately beautiful piece of Ali’s hand-made jewelry, or a fancy boutique outfit or home item. The candles are awesome!

For theĀ Art Fan
There’s yet another shop on Jefferson that I LOVE. Go to Just GoodsĀ for really creative items from South Bend and around the world. Everything from alpaca wool socks, to beautifully rendered greeting cards by local artist, Heron’s Heart Studio.


Go to the Small Business Saturday event at Make South Bend this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and sip a hot cocoa from their free hot cocoa bar while you shop for jewelry, pottery, handmade lotions and lip balms, and clothingā€”all made by local artisans!

Have fun shopping! Post your awesome finds on Getting Bent’s Facebook page!


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