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Hidden treasure The building was created using Italianate architecture and bricks made in Porter County, Schoolhouse Shop offers eclectic wares, and the beautiful rooms feature 12-foot artisan a memorable journey through the history of our ceilings. “We’re always trying to be as creative newest national park with our displays as builders were when the shop was built,” said Ruge. Step into the Schoolhouse Shop, at 278 E. CR1500 N. in Chesterton, and you’ll begin a journey The rooms are categorized by product. Stroll more than 130 years in the making. Schoolhouse through and you’ll discover The Magic Pantry, Shop is an eclectic gift shop, yes, but it is so where your taste buds find refuge. Hundreds of artisan foods, cheeses, jams, coffee and fresh much more. breads mingle with culinary gadgets and tools. Even the shop address takes you on a journey that requires an understanding of the unique Dunes Clothiers presents affordable quality area called Indiana Dunes National Park. For the clothing and accessories for men and women. thousands of visitors heading this way, prepare “The clothing we offer represents the indigenous lifestyle of coastal Lake Michigan,” said Krizek. for another reason to be amazed. Brands include Damask, Falke, Hallet, Jewelry by “We are nestled in the heart of Furnessville,” Mox, Coussard, and many more. “We offer tops, explained Jim Ruge, president of Schoolhouse bottoms, scarves, sweaters, and vests,” he added. Shop. “It’s an unincorporated community in Porter County, hence the Chesterton address. The history Lake Effect Florals is a full-service local retailer of Furnessville is as amazing as the history of this who can handle all your floral needs, including fresh flowers, silk arrangements, perennials, building we lovingly call Schoolhouse Shop.” herbs, hanging and potted plants, and delivery In 1886, the two-room schoolhouse opened, (local and long distance). bringing in children from all over Porter County. The Gift Shop offers gifts for all occasions and It is one of the oldest and most beautiful schools, budgets.There’s the Furnessville Card and Gallery, a nod to a bygone era that fortunately remains pottery, glass, books galore, and a seasonal room among us physically. that changes to match the beauty and mystery of each season on the lakeshore. “The schoolhouse has received several renovations and expansions over the years,” said Roy Krizek, vice The Tree House Toy Room offers traditional toys that president and shop manager. “Over time, owners of focus on creativity and humor. “I’d say the toys fit the the property added on 11 rooms that house our six culture of our shop,” said Ruge. “Not overly stimulating various categories of gifts and mementos.” but bringing out your fun side in a more subtle way.” Summertime, and the living is easy in coastal Lake Michigan. The Patio Plate Lunch on the patio provide a pleasurable respite from the outside world. “We offer three lunch specials each day, entrees like chicken salad, quiche, fruit plates, and salmon,” Krizek said. “All dining is outdoors, so our luncheon is weather dependent.” Ruge and Krizek have had the pleasure of owning and operating the Schoolhouse Shop for 22 years. They invite you to drop in, learn about the community of Furnessville and the two-room schoolhouse. Have a bite, try on a clothing item, listen to the nature that is Indiana Dunes National Park. Enjoy the journey. Schoolhouse Shop at Furnessville, 1886 287 E. CR-1500 N, Chesterton • 219-926-1551 Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday • Closed Tuesday

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