Skip the big-name stores and check out some of these unique, local shops throughout the region!


2 Old Goats Market Cedar Lake

2 Old Goats Market in Cedar Lake has a wide assortment of repurposed antiques, artisan goods, jewelry, gourmet foods, and so much more! Whether you are looking for a gift, or something for yourself, it’s a great store to find something unique. Stop in for one of their many events they host such as workshops, celebration weekends, car and bike shows, and more.

Blue Pear Mercantile Crown Point

Blue Pear Mercantile is located right on the square in Crown Point across from the historic Courthouse. This cute and cozy shop is great for a day in Crown Point shopping and taking in the sites. Grab some gifts (for yourself or others) and then take a walk around the square to grab a coffee at Sip Coffee House!

Sweet Home Indiana St. John

Sweet Home Indiana Gifts is located in St. John and is known for their Indiana-themed gifts and farmhouse décor. This cute shop is a mix of old and new items to transform your home. They have a great number of seasonal products if you like to transform your home as frequently as the seasons! Make sure to follow them on Facebook for updated workshop and art events.

Aster and Gray Valparaiso

Aster & Gray in Valparaiso is located in the heart of downtown in reach of many other shops and restaurants. Make it a day and stop in for gifts, accessories, clothing, home décor, and other goodies made by more than 200 artisans, then walk to a local restaurant like Radius for lunch! You can find everything from local items to pop culture at this trendy shop.

Lifestyles Unique Gifts Valparaiso

Lifestyles Unique Gifts in Valparaiso is a one-stop-shop with gifts for everyone. Whether you are looking for jewelry, toys, home goods, art, or other great gifts for family and friends, shop local at Lifestyles. They can take care of everything from helping you find the perfect gift, to helping you wrap it right in the store! Shopping local is easy when you can get almost everything in one place.

Lake Street Gallery Gary

Lake Street Gallery, located on Lake Street in the Miller neighborhood of Gary, is a quaint shop that has local artisan goods, home décor, and gobs of frame choices! There are works of art hanging on the walls and sitting on all the shelves that you can purchase. Many tell you who the artist is as well. The back walls are completely full of frame corners to choose from. Just down the street is Indie Indie Bang Bang! Make your way to this unique shop for gifts from small and mid-size creators for men, women, and children. There is also a location in Valparaiso.

South Shore Gift Shop Hammond

South Shore Gift Shop located in the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond is open year-round. The gift shop has a wonderful section dedicated to items made specifically in Northwest Indiana! There are also many different accessories and clothing items dedicated to the region, Lake Michigan, and the Indiana Dunes National Park. Come in the Christmas time for your favorite “A Christmas Story” merch including the infamous Leg Lamp!

Alberts Diamond Jewelers Schererville

Albert’s is a well-known name in the region when it comes to diamonds, but did you know this jewelry store is family-owned? Each Albert’s Diamond Jewelers has dedicated and informative employees that can help you pick out the perfect something for a loved one whether it be an engagement ring, first pair of earrings, or a gift for someone special. Find them at their location in Schererville.

Whether you are looking for gifts for family or friends, something to spruce up your home, or shopping to treat yourself, check out these local shops around the region before heading to big-name stores!