Quaint, carefully curated, lovingly maintained and locally owned, the boutiques of Elkhart County, Indiana offer some of the best shopping you can imagine. From stunning shoes to buttermilk-infused soaps, you will find authentic, well-crafted products to take home. But the fun doesn’t have to end there. Once you’re home, you can visit their websites and shop online!
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages has a simple but impactful look on life: Shop with intention, share in the joy. This maker to market boutique works to empower the people who supply their goods. By supporting individual makers, Ten Thousand Villages looks to empower them to rise out of generational poverty and create real social change.
Here you will find something for the minimalist, the foodie, and the cat person in your life. From a simple but stylish ankle bracelet to the perfect throw pillow, this place connects you to yourself while connecting you to the world.
Annie Oakley Perfumery
A little goes a long way when it comes to scents and perfumes. And finding that right scent to last you through the day is what Annie Oakley Perfumery specializes in. From cologne to spritz on as you walk out the door, to bath oils you can soak in to release the stress of the day, this is more like a relaxation store than a mere scent shop. You can also find aroma necklaces and bracelets to help keep the stress of the real world at bay.
A whipped body cream. Distressed denim. A stylish jacket to keep the chilly autumn air at bay. Bella’s Boutique in Elkhart was created by two local people who wanted to work for themselves and work in their community. Founded on friendship, the owners at Bella’s will take time to get you the right piece with the right fit and right style.
Gnomes aren’t exactly known for their sweet smells. But like so many things in Elkhart County, they are the exception, not the rule! The Soapy Gnome in Goshen makes handcrafted soaps and body care products. Imagine bathing in shea and cocoa butter, coconut oil, even avocado oils! They use essential oils to scent their products and toss in buttermilk for a creamy lather.
Woldruff’s Footwear & Apparel
Looking for a loafer? Searching for the perfect open-toed wedge to walk the streets in style? Then Woldruff’s Footwear & Apparel in Goshen is worth a stop. Known by locals and visitors alike for their exceptional personal service, you’ll find the right fit as well as the right pair.
In addition to well-known brands, Woldruff’s also fills its store with cool clothes. From light and airy tops to accessories, you won’t find in big chain stores.
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Make a scavenger hunt out of your trip and see all the shopping Elkhart County has to offer. There are plenty of small, locally owned boutiques in unique venues you won’t want to miss. Places like The Davis Mercantile, The Old Bag Factory, and Coppes Commons are filled with local shops that offer unique hand selected or hand made products. Every shop is different. Every shopkeeper has a story to tell. As always, the reward isn’t just in the purchase, it’s in the connection.