The holiday season is in full swing so it’s time to start checking off your list. Check out 6 unique places to make it a well crafted Christmas.

 Most area stores and shops are open with coronavirus precautions in place to keep you safe. So, love where you live. Support the local businesses who support the area where you live, work and play.

There are lots of local shops and boutiques throughout Elkhart County. All of them are worth your support. Here are just a few of our favs.

Won’t fit under the tree, still really awesome

When you choose quality, handmade gifts, you end up with something that will last a lifetime. Amish woodworkers are famed for making quality furnishings. The workmanship really takes your breath away. Nappanee is famed for Amish craftsmanship - why not check out Homestyle Furniture?

Homestyle Furniture



Something for the home

“That would look great in the living room!” You’ll be saying that over and over again at the Village Shops at Das Dutchman Essenhaus. Browse five different shops for everything from home decor, quilts and the latest handy gadgets for the kitchen. (Or, you know, you could just follow your nose to the bakery..)

Das Dutchman Essenhaus Village Shops


Hand Crafted

Hand-crafted isn’t just a buzzword in Elkhart County. Discover art for your everyday at Goertzen Pottery. Mark Goertzen specializes in functional ceramics, one-of-a-kind wood fired pottery and internationally recognized kitchenware. Stop in his showroom at the Old Bag Factory in Goshen and you might find him at his pottery wheel. Or shop online from the comfort and safety of your home.

Goertzen Pottery


Start with the candy

For hand-dipped chocolates, there’s no place like Olympia Candy Kitchen in Goshen for a box of turtles and a phosphate from their old-fashioned soda fountain. Want to find a childhood favorite from the candy jar, you can probably find it at the Wakarusa Dime Store.



Now this is cool

The Soapy Gnome is the perfect place for things that will leave everyone on your shopping list feeling pampered. Choose from dozens of fragrant handmade soaps and luxurious bath products made right in Goshen. Complement it with the perfect selection of grooming supplies and you’re done!



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