In the heart of Elkhart County is Goshen, a magnet for creative young entrepreneurs where innovation meets craftsmanship. A trip here challenges you to explore and discover. From handcrafted soaps to authentic old fashioned candy and everything in between, Goshen is a living, breathing, thriving example of Americana you’ve been searching for. There’s always a warm welcome and never a goodbye, just ‘until next time.’
Shop ‘til You Drop
A knick-knack you never knew you needed, a specially scented soap crafted by a local designer, a piece of pottery created right in front of your eyes—shopping in Goshen is one discovery after another.
The Old Bag Factory is the beating heart of creative commerce. Goertzen Pottery has been around for decades and specializes in creating one of a kind pieces. Rekindle the long lost musician inside you by picking up an instrument at Second Song Musical Instruments. Have a sweet treat at JC Cheesecake or Sweet Em’s Cake Shoppe. And before you leave, try to escape! Escape Down Under gives you an hour to work through clues and puzzles to find your way out.
You’ll look forward to washing your hands and face as often as possible after a stop at Soapy Gnome. This independent business makes each batch by hand, and dozens of varieties include charcoal, lavender lemongrass, and honeycomb. Gnomes are central to their success, bringing a sense of warmth and coziness to the shop.
Wander aimlessly among the treasures on display at the Goshen Antique Mall. With 25,000 square feet of space, you can browse for hours and then something across the way catches your eye, you meet the local proprietor of the booth, and minutes later, the deal is done. You have a memory to take home and share with family and friends for years to come.
You can feed your stomach and your soul with a stop by Goshen Farmers Market. From fresh fruits and veggies to flowers that will bring an outdoor feel to any room, our local growers bring the freshest food. You won’t only enjoy the fruits of their labor, by meeting the growers, you’ll feel connected to the food and the land it comes from. At Kercher’s Orchard, you get to do the work! Explore the rows of trees and pick your snack. Once you're back at the main store, see if any of their house-made ciders are ready and take a couple of jugs for the ride home.
Eat & Drink It In
Whether you need a sweet snack, a local brew, or an avant-garde meal, you can find it in Goshen. Olympia Candy Kitchen is in its original, 1912 location and from the soda fountain to the wooden booths and old fashioned treats, you go back in time the moment you step inside. Grab some lunch at the counter and a gift box for the ride home.
Venturi’s pizza has been called “life-changing” by Esquire magazine, one taste and you’ll know why. The place has a cool vibe and backs it up with craft cocktails and unique desserts made in house.
When you’re ready for a well-crafted drink, try a handcrafted brew at Goshen Brewing Co. They offer a dozen beers you won’t find anywhere else, and a menu that lets you find the perfect food to pair with your beverage.
Imbibing doesn’t get more authentic than at Common Spirits. Started by a local couple in 2013, they use fresh juices and seasonal ingredients to make craft cocktails made by hand. Common Spirits is located in an old bank, but you won’t want to put these memories in a vault, you’ll be talking about them for years.