Shop Local

Support local businesses by shopping small! In many of the downtown areas, you’ll discover a variety of independently-owned shops, many of them carrying products from local vendors and artisans. Chesterton, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Highland, Hobart and Rensselaer all have downtowns with stores as well as restaurants to try.

In the Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary, visit shops like Indie Indie Bang Bang and Lake Street Gallery for thoughtful gifts and home decor.

2 Old Goats Market in Cedar Lake is a fun place to treasure hunt for antiques and artisan goods. In St. John, Sweet Home Indiana Gifts has a mix of country farmhouse, vintage, garden and industrial decor for you to browse through. 

Find a large variety of items including kitchen gadgets, jewelry, toys, home decor, gourmet foods and more at Lifestyles Unique Gifts in Valparaiso. Visit the South Shore Gift Shop inside the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond for “A Christmas Story” items, South Shore Posters and Indiana-made products and souvenirs.