Skip the big-name stores and check out some of these unique, local shops throughout Northwest Indiana! You'll find something for everyone on your list from home decor and hand-crafted treasures to self-care and Christmas-related items.   

Crown Point Courthouse

Crown Point Courthouse Shops

S Main St, Crown Point

Here you'll find a myriad of unique shops, linked together with brick-lined halls and irresistible antique decor. The Old Lake County Courthouse proudly houses 13 unique shops, all with distinct styles and appeal.  The shops smartly showcase many unique and wonderful items, among them collectibles, antiques, candles, gourmet foods, and so much more.


Sweet Home Indiana St. John

Sweet Home Indiana Gifts

8251 Wicker Avenue, St. John

If you are looking for ways to spice (or sweeten) up your home for the new seasons, check out Sweet Home Indiana. This shop specializes in country farmhouse, vintage and Indiana-themed items. There is also a craft space where they hold special events and workshops. The space can also be rented out for parties! 

Shrine of Christ's Passion Gift Shoppe - staircase

The Gift Shoppe

At the Shrine of Christ's Passion
10630 Wicker Ave., St. John

Known for its 40 life-size bronze sculptures depicting religious scenes, the Shrine of Christ's Passion also has one of the largest shops around for religious items and gifts. The shop is 12,000 square feet and has unique and inspiring gifts for any occasion. The mezzanine level is Christmas year-round and is a great place to search for the perfect nativity set.

Feline Community Network

Feline Community Network & Cat-Themed Gift Shop

1601 W 37th Ave., Ste. WH-1, Hobart

Feline Community Network (FCN) is a feline rescue and rehabilitation center in Hobart. They are committed to promoting the cat-human bond while cultivating relationships with local animal control agencies, humane societies, other rescue organizations, and our local community. All purchases made through their gift shop help to fund their mission.


Indie Indie Bang Bang Gary

Indie Indie Bang Bang

625 S. Lake Street, Gary
19 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso

The eclectic Indie Indie Bang Bang has two locations in the region - Gary and Valparaiso - that are the perfect spots to find fun coffee mugs, unique clothing for men and women, and adorable pieces for your home.


Tom Lounge's Record Bin Hobart

Tom Lounges' Record Bin

218 Main Street, Hobart
1601 Franklin Street, Michigan City

If you know someone who listens to vinyl, Tom Lounges' Record Bin is the place to go. They carry new and pre-loved vinyl, Audio-Technica turntables, crystals, t-shirts, cd's, cassettes, coffee mugs, and other pop culture items and collectibles.

Lake Street Gallery Gary

Lake Street Gallery

613 S. Lake Street, Gary

Lake Street Gallery, located on Lake Street in the Miller neighborhood of Gary, is a quaint shop with 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 if you are looking for a great way to showcase a piece of art.

Miller School Shops

Miller School Shops & Spaces

665 S. Lake St., Gary

The Miller School Shops & Spaces is a creative community collaborative located in the historic Miller Schoolhouse in the Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary. The building is home to dozens of merchants selling both goods and services — from art and vintage treasures to homemade goods. 

Art Barn Valparaiso aerial

Art Barn School of Art

695 N. 400 E., Valparaiso

During the holiday season, the Art Barn not only has classes for all ages, but they also hold a Holiday Market. This market has a variety of gifts for everyone. Shop prints, jewelry, paintings, and much more all from local artists!

The Crystal Lady

The Crystal Lady

192 West Joliet Street Suite B, Crown Point

Check out this crystal enthusiast's paradise! The Crystal Lady is perfect for those starting or adding to their collection. You'll find a variety of crystals, minerals and spiritual supplies. They also have incense, sage, dreamcatchers, tapestries and larger pieces for home decor. 

South Shore Arts gift shop

South Shore Arts

At the Center for Visual and Performing Arts
1040 Ridge Road, Munster

The Center for Visual and Performing Arts contains so many wonderful things from art exhibits, dinner, a theater and even a gift shop! The South Shore Arts gift shop has various options for gifts like jewelry, handmade creations, prints and more.

South Shore Gift Shop at Indiana Welcome Center

South Shore Gift Shop

At the Indiana Welcome Center
7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond

The South Shore Gift Shop located inside the Indiana Welcome Center is open year-round. This shop has a wonderful section dedicated to items made specifically in Northwest Indiana! There are also many different accessories, the South Shore Posters series, 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!

Albert's Diamond Jewelers sapphires

Albert's Diamond Jewelers

711 Main St., 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? 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 gift.

Gratefully Painted

Gratefully Painted

737 169th St., Hammond

Located in the heart of Hammond, Gratefully Painted is the only hand-poured ceramic shop and wholesaler in northwest Indiana. Whether you're an experienced artist or a beginner, they have something for everyone. Join in their monthly events or technique classes, where you create personalized gifts for a special someone. 

Antiques on Main

Antiques on Main

142 N. Main St., Crown Point

The historic Firestone Tires building in Crown Point was reimagined into the perfect antique mall destination! Antiques on Main is 8,500 square feet housing more than 70 vendors of all styles - antiques, vintage, collectibles, retro, artisan, decor and more! 

Beale Pottery

Beale Pottery

1038 N. 550 E., Westville

Browse and shop for unique pottery pieces and gifts from local potters at Beale Pottery. They also have monthly classes, workshops and events! 

Chesterton Art Center

Chesterton Art Center

115 S 4th Street, Chesterton

Stop in Chesterton Art Center for an array of artisan creations in their gift shop ranging from custom cards, jewelry, fiber, glass, ceramics, wearables and more.

Miller Beach Arts and Creative District

Miller Beach Arts & Creative District

Lake Street and the Creative Arts District are lined with small shops and restaurants. Come out on the first Friday of the month when the shops and galleries are open later, perfect for shopping after work.


Local Food and Snack Shops

Hungry after all that shopping for cool new things? Stop in one of the local food stores to satisfy almost any types of craving!


Albanese Candy Factory

5441 E. Lincoln Highway, Merrillville, IN

If you have a sweet tooth, Albanese is the perfect spot for you! Be a kid (or adult) in a candy factory while you shop around for the world’s best gummi bears or your favorite chocolate treats.

Beef Jerky Outlet Michigan City

Beef Jerky Outlet

127 Lighthouse Place, Michigan City, IN

Located in the Lighthouse Place Outlets, you can find, what many people say is, the "Best Beef Jerky I've ever had!" Ask them about gift boxes for all occasions, and try the many different flavors at Beef Jerky Outlet.


Chicagoland Popcorn

ChicagoLand Popcorn

5470 E. Lincoln Hwy., Merrillville, IN
5975 E. Melton Rd., Gary, IN

If you’re craving salty or even sweet, ChicagoLand Popcorn has more than 250 flavors to choose from. Stop in and try flavors like Loaded Baked Potato, Crab Legs, Bubble Gum or even Pina Colada before picking out the perfect bag for yourself, or as a gift!


Morkes Chocolate Shop Cedar Lake

Morkes Chocolate Shop 

13301 Lincoln Plaza Way, Cedar Lake

Since 1920 Morkes Chocolate Shop has been making premium, hand-dipped, new and old-fashioned chocolates. They use only high-quality natural chocolate, and strive for all-natural ingredients in their candy centers. 


Tethan's Candy Store

Tethan's Candy & Confections

221 Broadway, Chesterton

Tethan's focuses on delicious candies and confections you won't typically find anywhere else, including chocolates, nostalgic candies, craft sodas, and so much more. Stop in and try their free samples! 

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!