Small Business Spotlight: Scout & Joy Pod

Small Business Spotlight: Scout & Joy Pod

Sister stores, Scout and Joy Pod, give downtown Lafayette, IN a fresh look in plenty of fun, quirky areas. It’s everything different that Lafayette needs to serve all styles of our inner interior designers, and it’s everything. We’re thankful they do the footwork to find small makers around the United States and bring it to downtown Lafayette for our diverse shopping pleasure. This blog contains what we know about this little, woman owned boutique, but be sure to check it out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed! Scout Scout is similar to Hallmark Co. but it’s SO. MUCH. COOLER. It’s a vintage furniture store and boutique. Their furniture and home decor items take on a Mid-century, Modern, Bohemian vibe, and we’re so not mad about that. The boutique includes gift items such as specialty holiday pieces, fun and sassy greeting cards, pins, mugs galore, candles, and so much more. If you’re looking a unique gift or that something special to set your home decor apart, check out these fun items! Joy Pod Joy Pod is a plant shop inside the Scout location. These plants only enhance the inner, trendy Bohemian inside us all. Joy Pod pops up all throughout the city, too, conducting “pop up shops” for our entertainment pleasure. For instance, they’ve done a class at Flourish Classroom and Studio teaching you how to make a macrame plant holder. They’ve also made an appearance at Flourish for a “plant swaps” in the past. Keep your eyes on their Instagram for more Pop up shop information! Lafayette, IN is built on businesses and ideas like these two, giving us...
Greater Lafayette, IN Wineries

Greater Lafayette, IN Wineries

There are wineries throughout the world, and you could easily make it a sole life-mission to fully experience and visit places within the world’s wine culture. Honestly, we think life is too short to drink bad wine. So, why not enjoy the finer side of life? Actually, according to Healthline and various other sources, drinking wine has health benefits, which explains why humans have been drinking it for centuries. One opinion states that wine tastes best at the property where the grapes are grown. Fortunately, within an hour’s drive of Greater Lafayette, IN, we have plenty of home grown grapes-turned-to-wine facilities, so you can find the best tasting wine in the area for yourself. These wineries open to the public for you to come experience the countryside for a relaxing day or event, but most importantly, they’ll display some of that good ol’ Hoosier hospitality, making you feel at home. Most of these locations offer various events throughout the warmer months (some are only open during those summer months!). So, allow us to encourage you to explore the websites for depth in each Indiana winery’s history, culture, and, of course, wine! Why not try them all? Greater Lafayette, IN Wineries Wildcat Creek Winery (Lafayette, IN): “Rick and Kathy Black purchased the property that is now Wildcat Creek Winery in 2007. After a year of renovations, and converting it from a once functioning farm into a winery, they opened the doors to the public. We have been making and serving our award-winning wines here since 2008.”Carpenter Creek Cellars (Remington, IN): ” Carpenter Creek Cellars is the full realization of two...
Low Mortgage Rates

Low Mortgage Rates

The recent drop in mortgage rates may have you dreaming of buying a new home or refinancing your current house. You’re not alone. Today’s low interest rates are providing a break to new homeowners, making homeownership more desirable and achievable at the same time. Freddie Mac explains, “The combination of very low mortgage rates, a strong economy and more positive financial market sentiment all point to home purchase demand continuing to rise over the next few months.” There’s a current narrative that owning a home today is less affordable than it has been in the past. The reason some are making this claim is because house prices have substantially increased over the last several years. It’s not, however, just the price of a home that matters. Homes, in most cases, are purchased with a mortgage. The current mortgage rate is a major component of the affordability equation. Mortgage rates have fallen by over a full percentage point since December 2018. Another major piece of the affordability equation is a buyer’s income. The median family income has risen by approximately 3% over the last year. The chart below is featured from FRED Economic Research. It shows the 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage in the United States from 1980 to current times. Look at that drop, how crazy! In just 40 years, mortgage interest rates have dropped almost 15%! What an incredible cost savings! The National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases a monthly Housing Affordability Index. The latest index shows that home affordability is better today than at almost any point over the last 30 years. The index determines how affordable homes are based on the following: “A Home Affordability...
Lafayette, IN Daycare Options

Lafayette, IN Daycare Options

Colorful kids toys frame on wooden background. Top view. Flat lay. Copy space for text Lafayette, IN is a great place to raise a family. With safe, constantly growing neighborhoods and top-notch school systems, Greater Lafayette, IN has everything to offer a family. Rich summer camps, abundant indoor and outdoor playgrounds throughout the city, booming jobs and resources for family care, restaurants galore, good ol’ Hoosier hospitality, and Purdue University’s diverse cultural population are all just a few of the reasons why Greater Lafayette, IN is a great home! The West Lafayette, IN school district even sits among the top school systems in the United States. In 2018 it was ranker number 3 in the U.S. and number 1 in Indiana. Now, that’s an awesome community! Daycare and Preschool options in the cities are no different. No matter your child’s leaning needs, location preferences, price point, or family structure, you’ll be welcomed with open arms at these caring, enriching places. You’ll encounter professional curriculum for an unforgettable, fun first few years of life, all the while giving you complete peace about your child’s well being. We recommend you explore these websites to help you decide which situation best suits your family. Lafayette Daycare Locations Adventure Station (River City Church; Lafayette, IN) Kindercare (2 Lafayette, IN locations) Lafayette Family YMCA Childcare (Lafayette, IN) West Lafayette Daycare Options Future Scholar’s Academy (West Lafayette, IN) Cornerstone Autism Center (West Lafayette, IN): As the name suggests, this one is not like the others. If your child has special needs, check out this amazing resource which utilizes therapy techniques with their everyday care. Multi-location...
Valentine’s Day Specialty Events

Valentine’s Day Specialty Events

From dancing to a 5 course fine dining meal, one of these local, unique Greater Lafayette, IN events will take your Valentine’s game to the next level! Romantic Events! Evening of Romance (Mariott Hall; West Lafayette, IN): Friday, February 14, 2020 from 8:00 – 10:15 P.M. “The Purdue Jazz Band and the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management team up to recreate a 1940s big band dance club atmosphere – where couples can enjoy music, dancing, food, and romance. Purchase tickets here.”Valentine’s Day Dinner (Richelle in a Handbacket; Lafayette, IN): Friday, February 14, 2020 from 7:00 – 10:00 P.M. BY RESERVATION ONLY. “Chef Lauren Reed will prepare a shrimp cocktail appetizer followed by a caesar salad for starters and a filet mignon main course. Dinners will also be treated to wine and their choice of dessert by Richelle in a Handbasket Just Desserts! Interested parties can call 765.441.2626 to RSVP. The cost is $75/person.”Valentine’s Day Dinner (Folie; Downtown Lafayette, IN): Friday, February 14, 2020 from 5:00 – 10:00 P.M. “Five course prix fixe dinner presented by Chef Cesar $50 per person.”Heart of Art 2020 (Courtyard Lafayette; Lafayette, IN): Friday, February 14, 2020 from 6:00 – 10:00 P.M. ” The eleventh annual Heart of Art wine dinner and auction will celebrate Valentine’s Day with wines provided by Carroll Wine and Spirits. Wines will be paired with a three-course menu designed by Jim Bodenmiller and prepared by the Courtyard Marriott chef. Sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the welcoming reception, with silent auction items on view for bidding, from 6:00-7:00. Guests will then be seated for an evening...