For Danielle Oeding, what makes downtown Valparaiso unique is that the shops dotting the landscape are ones that can’t be found elsewhere. “And, in most cases, the owner of the store will be on hand to greet and assist,” says the vice president of sales and marketing with the Valparaiso Chamber.
Whether looking for an unusual gift or something different to wear to an event, there are several locally owned businesses in the heart of downtown. “These owners are the people you will see sweeping the sidewalk out front, rearranging a display inside the store or checking you out at the register,” Oeding says. “In my opinion, the personal attention you receive is stand-out, and they really care about the integrity of the town. They have ownership in Valpo.” The icing on the cake, she says, is the addition of unique restaurants and the city’s Central Park—located amidst retailers and giving a visitor an exceptional shopping experience.
While in town, look for several independent shops and dining experiences along East Lincolnway, like Piper Children’s boutique (115 Lincolnway), Front Porch Music (505 Lincolnway), Lifestyles Unique Gifts (122 Lincolnway), and Bon Femme Café (66 Lincolnway).
This year, July 7-17, the town is launching the Pop-Up—a Valparaiso Art Experience, where artwork from around the Region will be displayed in local businesses and the public can vote for their favorites.