The Lafayette Farmers Market has been around for over 165 years! On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from early May through late October, the air in downtown Lafayette is filled with the smell of fresh garden flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies. Regardless of the day or time, a visit to the Lafayette Farmers Market promises some of the finest and freshest produce, as well as an enjoyable opportunity to browse as you stroll through one of Indiana’s oldest outdoor markets! Find them here. http://www.lafayettefarmersmarket.com/
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This is an annual art fair featuring artists from 14 counties. Ehxibits are set up in September and feature art glass, pottery, jewelry, paintings, drawings, sculpture and more. A nice outside event for the whole family! It is located at Tapawingo Park. Call 765-755-5160 or visit http://www.artonthewabash.com/ for information.
Downtown Lafayette has many things to offer. One of the most nostalgic, and wonderful, things to do, is to visit McCords candies on the corner of Main and 6th streets. Not only do they have a large selection of delicious handmade candy, they have a great menu of classic favorites, a real old time soda fountain with hand stirred colas, and seasonal favorites, like handmade, old-fashioned, candy canes at Christmas.
They have seating for lunch and a great specials for under $5. It is yet another place that I like to visit often for lunch, snacks, and unique gifts too. My husbands’ grandma loves the hard candies, like anise and rock candy suckers. Kids go crazy for the jawbreakers, ranging from golf ball, to SOFTBALL size! When I did the photos for this post, the girl working the counter, said her brother licked one until his tongue bled! That is real dedication, determination and craziness! They have a special selection of sugar-free candy that makes a thoughtful gift for someone that prefers that. You can visit www.mccordcandies.com to learn all about the history and selections at this wonderful downtown Lafayette icon.
Mary lous doughnuts is ridiculously delicious., and they HAVE A DRIVE-THROUGH. Seriously, I don’t even have to get out of my car? Wow, can I hug you through the window? Forget Krispy Kreme. Forget the ones in the box at the grocery store. These are made fresh, glazed perfectly, and for me, they don’t get any better. They are cheap too. 50cents, cheap. They just started carrying cupcakes for 50cents too. Go there, but not on Sunday, they are closed. Thankfully, I can only be lured there 6 days a week!
Mary Lou Donuts
When I met Michelle, I was around 20 years old and had got a job working with a remodeling contractor, named Carl Schwamberger, as a helper over the summer. She had been working with him for a while, I remember thinking how awesome she was when I met her. I was kind of in awe of her because she was so different than I am. She was quiet and worked at a really steady pace, never complaining about the hard labor part of the job. I loved what we were doing, but I wasn’t used to standing in the blazing sun all day on a ladder or carrying tons of stuff in to load a job sight for the day. I always thought her job seemed ‘more glamorous’ because she was doing more of the skilled labor parts of the houses, like installing windows and doors, while I would be scraping paint off of the entire side of a house or something!
We didn’t hang out much on those jobs because we were on different tasks, but I always kind of looked up to her. When we were that young she seemed like an ‘older’ girl too, even though she is only four years older than I am. After the summer ended, I turned 21 and started working at the Java Roaster, then the Knickerbocker too, and going to school. I ended up there for over 3 years and she was doing the same thing. Taking different jobs and going to Purdue for Fine Art. She actually ended up working a different contracting job again where she did stained glass repair, and that is where she started really getting into the art form. She had left Lafayette after Purdue, moved to New York, and like so many of us, returned to our town because of the friends she had made here. She worked at the Knickerbocker for awhile after the contracting job ended, and found herself doing stained glass at the dining room table. People began asking for small pieces and she swears she even got invited to some weddings for the gift they knew she’d bring of glass! Soon, she moved to the garage and expanded into more commissioned pieces, including her first ‘big’ window job, that happened to be for Carl, the great guy who had hired us both back in the day! He still has that window, and it is one of her best works because she was so nervous to do a perfect job. It was $200, which was huge for her then!
These days she is in her favorite part of our town, the downtown character perfectly complementing her welcoming, artistic, gallery studio. When she got the space she had every detail drawn to perfection based on the gorgeous chandelier in the entryway. But, as things often do, the space evolved on its’ own path to end up as a gallery. Michelle and other talented people sell a huge variety of art styles and mediums. Her goal is to give artists an unintimidating place to showcase pieces regardless of their status in their carreer. It is hard for people who don’t have a full portfolio presentation to book shows at some galleries. Having a chance to showcase $20 art pieces next to $3500 pieces gives the store a one-of-a-kind appeal, and artists the confidence to keep producing what they love. I ended up becoming good friends with her when I ran into her again at the park a few summers ago, and now that I work right across the street from her, I get to stop in and chat a lot.
Michelle herself is an amazing woman who balances all of her passions in life with her biggest passion, her family. Her daughter Rosemary is a rambunctious, happy, sweet 4 year old girl, who gets to come to the store every day with her mom, and see what it takes to make a family business run. She has a busy little schedule filled with caring for her dog, playdates with her many friends, art classes, and helping her mom. Every day they pack their lunch together and eat at the little table in back they have set up. They have a couch, lounge area, where you will often see her cuddling her dog and telling him stories. She is learning first hand what consumerism and following your dreams means. If you buy a little item from the gallery, most likely it will be Rosemary who puts it in a box and bag for you. Then she will be off like a flash to her next task! She keeps her mom very busy. Michelle knows this balance is, at the same time challenging, for her as a business women, and the best thing she could ever give her daughter. It is worth every struggle to keep it all going, to be teaching her daughter the way real life works, and following her dream to create.
She also squeezes in time to run half marathons and support her husband, Chris Vogland, of Artisan Electric, along with maintaining GLAMS, a 400 member local mom’s group she created. You will see a post on the group coming up. Her photography, hand made pendants and paintings are available along with her stained glass talent at Willow Studio. I love driving by on my way to work and seeing her and Rosemary opening up the front door, letting the jazz music out onto the sidewalk and reminding me that that is what life is about. Family, following your heart, and home.