Indiana Insider Blog

Mercantile 37: Shopping & Caffeine Await at This Hidden Gem

Travel is permitted, but it is still best to practice social distancing as we continue to fight COVID-19. Not all Indiana businesses are currently open, so call ahead before leaving home. For more information about Back on Track Indiana, click here. Please take precautions, plan ahead, and follow…

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8 Great Spots for Antique Shopping in DeKalb County

DeKalb County in Northeast Indiana is known for it's world famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Classic Car Show and Auction held on Labor Day weekend of each year so it's no wonder that the area is also an excellent place for finding antique treasures - and they aren't all car related, I promise! Head…

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This Indiana City is Bursting With New Downtown Boutiques

This Indiana city's downtown has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past few years which has inspired a growing number of entrepreneurs to open downtown boutiques and take advantage of the increased visitor activity. Downtown Fort Wayne is well-known for Tin Caps baseball games, fantastic…

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12 Unique Antiques You Can Find In & Around Franklin

Native American figures once used as props for John Wayne movies. If you love treasure hunting at antique shops, you'll appreciate the cool items I found at the antique and salvage shops in and around historic Franklin, IN, which is just south of Indianapolis. Below you'll find my single favorite…

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Reroute Your Road Trip Through This Historic Small Town

Gold Medal Flour - Redkey, Indiana Redkey, Indiana sits nestled at the crossroads of Highway 1 and Indiana State Road 67 in Jay County. This small town of about 1,300 is currently in the process of revitalization and is, in the view of this author, a hidden treasure in East-Central Indiana. From…

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Antiques, Ice Cream & Gardens: Fun on the Heritage Trail

DeFries Gardens southeast of Goshen is a stunning display beauty nestled along the Elkhart River. It is one of the many discoveries visitors can make on the Heritage Trail driving tour. By Sara Wakefield The Heritage Trail driving tour in northern Indiana was named one of America's most scenic…

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