This holiday season, we decided to give you a different perspective. And just in time for Small Business Saturday! We asked another local Indy mama, the lovely Megan Noel of the Indy with Kids team, to tell us all about her top #fabFortville picks for the holiday season. Thanks, Megan for tackling this year's picks. Without further adieu, here's Megan!
Being an Indianapolis native my entire life I’ve seen so many great local businesses open and flourish. It’s been exciting to explore the city and discover new areas, eateries, and storefronts with my family, so when I explored Fortville for the first time, I knew I’d stumbled on something special. A short drive outside of Indianapolis proper leads to Fortville, a town that many Indy residents may not have had the pleasure of discovering yet, but one visit promises they’ll return.
This Saturday, November 28th is Small Business Saturday. If you’re looking to explore a new neighborhood, with a wealth of unique small businesses, I encourage you to visit Fortville. Here are a few of my favorite spots.
But First Coffee
When you first pull into town, run into Java Junction for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat before heading out on your adventures. Three words – Snow Angel Latte. The butterscotch and caramel flavored latte will be sure to start your Fortville adventure out right.
Something for Them, Something for Me
If you’re looking to knock out some shopping, and have a variety of people to buy for, I highly recommend stopping in Best of What’s Around. The fact that the store name references a song from my favorite band was the first indicator that this stop would be a winner, and as soon as I stepped foot through the door I was sold. Every wall, every corner, every display in this vintage store meets furniture store meets boutique is filled with interesting items. You’ll walk the perimeter of the store and be sure to utter, “Oh, I want that!” at least five times. There are hand painted signs, products from a number of local artisans, and of course, one of a kind furniture pieces. I challenge you to walk into Best of What’s Around and not buy something. I truly don’t think it’s possible.
Another great spot for unique finds is The Vagabond Girls. From home décor to gifts you’re bound to find a reason to buy something in this newcomer to Fortville’s Main Street shops.
By this point you may be ready for a break and need to sit down a bit before continuing on your adventures. Head over to Studio 309 to sit down and get those creative juices flowing. On Small Business Saturday you can stop in anytime between 10:00-5:00 and for $20 create an awesome, one of a kind “Drink Local” wooden sign complete with bottle opener. You may not feel you’re the most creative, but never fear, as the owner is quite patient and will walk your through the creation of your masterpiece to ensure you have something wall-worthy.
I’m always on the hunt for new clothes, and when they’re stylish and affordable I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot. Enter The Gypsy Chicks. This cute little store is packed full of the newest trends without the sticker shock. I love that they carry a range of sizes, and the fact that I can stalk them online, on Facebook and Instagram, when I’m not visiting Fortville and they’re always willing to ship items to me.
Time to Indulge
After a day of shopping head over to the new Fox Gardin restaurant for a cup of clam chowder that is “to die for” and a menu that’s always changing to account for seasonal flavors. The restaurant boasts pub food with a culinary twist, with a brand new wine and whiskey lounge, too. (Did you notice those awesome tables? Yup, they’re Fortville-made, too! Reclaimed wood makes really unique furnishing and décor at ReNew Design & Construct) Come to Fox Gardin for a date night or bring the kids for lunch, because with the diverse menu selections there’s something for everyone. And if you’d rather end your evening with ice cream instead of whiskey, visit Indulge for a decadent dessert…or two!
There are so many more wonderful small businesses to enjoy in #fabFortville, I encourage you to venture out of your comfort zone and explore on this Small Business Saturday. You’ll be glad you did!