Small Business Spotlight: Wildcat Creek Winery

Small Business Spotlight: Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery changes our Greater Lafayette, IN fun night out plans forever. Established in 2007, this local winery has a wine taste for your favorite pairings. There are a few award winning wines that constantly stay on the menu, but there are plenty of seasonal treats that come and go throughout the year, too. The entire grounds invite you in with lush, beautiful Indiana greenery, and it’ll beg you to stay a little while and relax. About Wildcat Creek Winery “We’re a rustic winery with a focus on Midwestern fruit & hospitality.” The cozy quarters and open pasture land give us all the feels this mission statement describes. You’ll see once you get here, but just trust us. They know the Indiana do’s and don’ts of all things rustic, Midwestern, and hospitable. One thing we love about this local business, is their heart for other local businesses. Through the years, you’ll find Wildcat Creek Winery supporting and selling other products made and sold in the Greater Lafayette, IN area. Cheeses and pairing suggestions from Fair Oaks Farm is one of our favorites in this category. You”ll also periodically see events revolving around artists and promoting their work on the grounds, and we love love love that sort of community involvement! On a regular basis, you can monitor the Facebook and Instagram pages to find special events. Wildcat Creek Winery does a great job at planning and hosting events for things such a Valentine’s Day, Cranberry Harvest, everything Indiana Fall, and more. We recommend these great events for a change of pace! COVID-19 Regulations While inside, Wildcat Creek Winery...
Small Business Spotlight: Noble Roman’s Craft Pizza and Pub

Small Business Spotlight: Noble Roman’s Craft Pizza and Pub

Did someone say pizza? This Indianapolis, IN based company has 6 locations throughout our great state, and one is here in our neck of the woods! There are a few things that make Noble Roman’s stand out in the Greater Lafayette, IN pizza world, but overall, they are a step above because they treat pizza as an art and craft. Noble Romans has fun pizza topping combinations available for you and your taste bud’s delight. Root Beer and Cream Soda on tap add a fun, family friendly option to the pub menu! Come on in for the next game day. Noble Roman’s Craft Pizza and Pub History and Menu You might recognize the name as a gas station pizza or take and bake grocery pizza. Well, you’re not wrong. There are multiple branches of this company, and all those are Noble Roman’s Options. This branch, the craft pizza and pub, is a totally separate part with goals to cater to the “come on in and sit down” crowd. Here are a few things from the website listed as their mission statement! “Dough made from scratch in our glass-enclosed, climate-controlled dough roomUltra-premium, high protein King Arthur brand flour that is never bleached or bromatedEvery pizza is crafted to order from our selection of over 40 toppingsTraditional thinner crust or our signature Deep-Dish Sicilian crustOur famous breadsticks are scratch-made and hand-rolled fresh dailySauce from vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh veggies and filler-free meats and cheesesVariety that includes jumbo fresh salads, house pastas and baked sandwichesThe ‘Piazza Bar’ features over 29 beers and 16 wines, with many craft and local favoritesA self-serve, craft root...
8 Tips for Saving a Home’s Down Payment

8 Tips for Saving a Home’s Down Payment

When you really get serious about buying your first home, there are a just few things to think about. Mortgage and loan language begins coming out of the woodwork, and you can easily find yourself in the middle of some alphabet soup. PMI, FHA, USDA, and VA- just to name a few! However, the main and pressing age old question remains: exactly how much money do I need to purchase a home? Here are a few tips and tidbits for your down payment planning and saving process. You’ll be there before you know it, in the home of your dreams! We can’t wait to help you attain those goals! Know your personal goal! Many loans these days offer options for you to get into the house of your dreams sooner, with less down payment money. Research the types of loans available to you, and then decide what works best for you and your family! Does 20% sound overwhelming or like that’s where you want to begin you home ownership journey? It’s totally up to you! Cut expenses. This is one that many don’t think about! Where can you save? Can the phone bill be minimized by shopping around? What about cable and internet packages? Can the cost be cut with a bundle? Or the car payment? These are just a few places to begin!No vacation for a year. Yikes! We’re only proposing that you have a stay-cation instead! Enjoy family time at the park or on bikes at Prophetstown.Work with a realtor. There are obviously many benefits in having a build in companion to walk with through this process....
Small Business Spotlight: Retail Therapy Boutique

Small Business Spotlight: Retail Therapy Boutique

Retail Therapy: shopping with the primary purpose of boosting one’s mood. Articles from Forbes, Healthline, Psychology Today, rave about the effectiveness of retail therapy. While it might be a slightly expensive coping mechanism, there are true and real benefits for boosting the mood while shopping. We all need a little bit of a mood boost in our lives every now and again, don’t we? Fortunately, a new, locally owned boutique down town has your mental health in mind! They’re here for you! All joking aside, this downtown friend opened their doors at the beginning of June, and we’re thankful to add them to the loved Greater Lafayette, IN small business circle! With clothing and accessory items from small and local vendors, you’ll be sure to find that unique, special piece for the perfect occasion! Dare we even say, holiday shopping?! If you’re on a stroll downtown, be sure to check this small business out, and get you some retail therapy! Keep in touch through these COVID-19 influenced times on the Retail Therapy Boutique’s Facebook page. Stay up to date with current inventory pictures on there too. Also, while you’re inside. The boutique for a visit, be sure to connect with the staff for clothing pairing tips and trends! These folk will keep you up to date with al your fashionista needs! Retail Therapy Boutique Hours, Location, and Reviews Retail Therapy is open from Tuesday to Friday from Noon to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday from 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. They close weekly on Sunday and Monday. 1005 Main St., Lafayette, IN 47901 Find helpful business reviews on Facebook and...
Back to School Preparation with COVID-19

Back to School Preparation with COVID-19

School’s newest adventure: COVID-19. No matter what you’ve chosen to be the best route to take for your family, it’s going to look different this year. Masks or no masks, E-learning full time, homeschooling full time, or even a hybrid classroom policy- schools throughout the state have differing learning plans. And that’s okay! Join us here for just a few tid-bits and trades for a great school year for all in the Greater Lafayette, IN school districts. We’ll list a few hopefully helpful recommendations for a smooth transition, and then list some resources that might aid you in other ways. Additional School Supplies In addition to your normal, school issued list, you’ll want to grab these few items if your child is attending in-person school. Be sure to check with your school’s website, and maybe even with the individual teacher for any other items you might need. Face masks/coveringsTarget has small sized masks available. Amazon, Sam’s club, Bailey Blue, Once Upon a Child and other retailers also supply these.Personal hand sanitizerWater bottleMany drinking water fountains are shut down due to sanitary regulations. Just be sure to check in and see what your classroom’s policy is on this, and prepare to send water with your child!Disposable lunch bags and items – check out some ideas here. Communicate Communication with your child, no matter which route you’ve chosen to take might be the most important part of this entire adventure. The parent’s attitude can set the tone for the school year and the students attending school. If you model an attitude of flexibility during these uncertain times, your child will, in...