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54th and the Monon Shops
Alongside the gorgeous shaded trails of the Monon lies this up-and-coming area in SoBro. These cool, independent shops include highlights like Posh Petals for contemporary floral arrangements; M.H. Pomander’s for gorgeous bridal gowns; Gift Gallery, a consignment shop for local artisans; and Surroundings, a wondrously dense emporium of French antiques and other luxuries for the home.
56th & Illinois Streets
Refined shops and attentive service define this cozy shopping enclave in Butler-Tarkington. It’s all in the details—The Secret Ingredient gives ladies the boutique experience without the sticker shock, Charles Mayer & Co. has truly swoon-worthy gifts, G. Thrapp Jewelers sparkles with colorful gems, and Kids’ Ink Children’s Bookstore has voracious readers covered.
86th Street East
Though The Fashion Mall draws passionate shoppers from around the city, this busy commercial area just to the west has its own charisma. It’s anchored by Target and Marshall’s, but other finds include haute home decor at Form + Function; comfortable and stylish men’s and women’s footwear at Goodman’s Shoes; Indianapolis Colts gear at Huddles Frozen Yogurt; clothing and jewelry at D.L. Lowry Salon and Spa; and gourmet oils, vinegars, and spices from Artisano’s.
86th Street West
The shopping centers along this artery west of Meridian have longstanding destinations like North Willow Commons, as well as the burgeoning Traders Point plaza, anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Books-a-Million, Old Navy, and a 12-screen AMC movie theater.
Broad Ripple Village
This ever-changing neighborhood remains a go-to for artsy types seeking music, vintage clothes, home decor, gifts, and al fresco dining. Walk along Broad Ripple Avenue and meander side streets to the north to find merchants in charming older houses, like the one that holds Marigold boutique. Established favorites like The Bungalow, Broad Ripple Vintage, Chelsea’s, and Artifacts continue to be draws, while hip spots like 8Fifteen, Niche, Girly Chic Boutique, Cloth, and Bebe Gate prove that the Rip still rules the retail scene. discoverbroadripplevillage.com
Tidy and clean Main Street is now a bustling shopping scene, particularly on weekends, when Monon Greenway users stop for a break. The Arts & Design District is home to a bevy of fashion-forward boutiques, new upscale consignment shops, and fine-art galleries—all local independents. Pop into Mary & Martha’s Exceedingly Chic Boutique for special-occasion dresses, Pillow Talk for pretty intimates, and 14 Districts for stylish labels. The Indiana Design Center is full of decor- and home-centric showrooms.
Carmel City Center
At the corner of Range Line Road and City Center Drive, Carmel City Center has established itself as a go-to shopping spot. Mosey through the plaza and stop at the fun shops and eateries, which include 14 Districts Weekend, Addendum Gallery, Cloth, Jack & Jill Children’s Shoppe, J. Benzal menswear, Brides of Carmel, Bath Junkie, Nature’s Karma, and Bike Line.
With the arrival of Nordstrom Rack and The Container Store, as well as specialty boutiques like The French Seam and Cutco cutlery, the stretch of 82nd Street between The Fashion Mall and Castleton Square Mall is now a major shopping destination. Other stores and restaurants include Arhaus furniture, Copper Creek Canyon Interior Outfitters, Brides by Demetrios, Hofmeister Jewelers, an expanded Bicycle Garage Indy, Harry and Izzy’s, and Wild Birds Unlimited.
For retro finds, shoppers head to this neighborhood southeast of downtown where new stores and eateries always seem to be popping up around the fountain and historic theater situated near Shelby, Virginia, and Prospect streets. The latest arrivals include Athena’s Fashion Boutique, with affordable, trendy women’s clothing; My Muse, a resale special-occasion dress shop; Urban Kitsch, which offers upcycled art and furniture; and Vital Skates, a roller-derby shop. discoverfountainsquare.com
Downtown’s favorite lively street constantly hums with activity, thanks to the growing number of boutiques and restaurants scattered along its blocks. Retailers include Stout’s Shoes, Mass Ave Toys, Indy Reads Books, Arts a Poppin’, Silver in the City and At Home in the City, Global Gifts, Nurture, Crimson Tate, and Best Chocolate in Town. Just off Mass Ave on Walnut Street is Chatham Home, chock-full of fabulous furniture, home accents, and gifts.
The Hamilton County courthouse looms over the many gift shops, antiques stores, and cafes that pepper the blocks, creating a quaint destination for an all-day excursion. If you’re bringing kids, browse the superb selection at The Wild, and if you’re having a girls’ day, head to The Corner Cottage and Linden Tree Boutique for fab finds, including dishes, clocks, jewelry, and other unique items at great prices, and Karisma for trendy clothes and accessories.
It’s the sort of village that belongs on a postcard with its stores of upscale clothing, toys, antiques, jewelry, gourmet goods, and gifts. On brick streets lined with old gas streetlamps, find exclusive boutiques including the darling children’s store Ballerinas and Bruisers; fly-fishing specialty and men’s apparel shop, Wildcat Creek Outfitters; local artists’ haven Art IN Hand; women’s clothing and accessories at Lesley Jane; baubles and collectibles at Midwest Estate Buyers; wine and gourmet foods at Grapevine Cottage; and Brown’s on Main for your Vera Bradley fix.
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