Part 3 of a 4 part series by Laurie Sherck
I can’t talk about Amazing Things to Do in Shipshewana without telling you about the amazing shopping in Shipshewana! With the ability to be able to buy things online and have them shipped directly to your doorstep, there needs to be a good reason for a lot of people to want to get out of the house to shop! For me, that reason is Shipshewana. There is nothing like sampling, smelling, touching and seeing first-hand the top-notch quality items that can be found here. The video that this blog series is based upon does a great job of giving you a sneak peek at just a few of the amazing shopping spots, and I’ve chosen three scenes from the video to focus this blog on.
What?! You missed seeing the video? That’s okay, just click here.
Yoder’s Meat & Cheese Company
What I love about visiting Yoder’s Meat & Cheese Company is knowing that I’m getting the best of the best. The Yoders raise their own beef cattle on their family farm and dry-age both grain-fed and grass-fed beef. All of their meats are naturally-fed with no added growth hormones or steroids. The Yoders operate their own smokehouse using real hickory and cherry wood chips, and they dry and smoke 17 varieties of jerky. I’ve yet to serve up meat from Yoders that my family doesn’t absolutely rave over. Their jerky is a standard request from my family as Christmas gifts each year. That’s not all! They carry over 80 varieties of cheese, as well as a wide array of jams, jellies, noodles, canned fruits and vegetables, seasoning sauces, bulk snack foods and candies. It’s easy for me to see why so many people travel miles and miles just to purchase their meat at Yoder’s Meat and Cheese.
Since I’m talking about quality, I need to mention the furniture built locally. In the Shipshewana video you may notice the carriage passing in front of Shipshewana Furniture Company. That little clip represents an entire community of woodworkers. People travel hundreds of miles to purchase quality hand-crafted furniture made by local Amish woodworkers. I find it inspiring to walk through all of the furniture showrooms in Shipshewana, and rub my hand over the most amazing heirloom quality furniture. Whether your choose from floor models or have something custom made, or just love admiring good workmanship, it is worth your time visiting these local furniture showrooms: Shipshewana Furniture Company, Weaver Furniture Sales, Brandenberry Furniture, Wana Furniture, and Dutchman Log Furniture.
Custom kitchens and baths are a thriving industry here as well. I drool at the beautiful kitchen & bathroom cabinets at Riegsecker Cabinet and D.L. Miller Woodworking. I stand amazed at the jaw-dropping pieces created by Cherry Pickers – a business that designs and builds beautiful custom-made furniture and cabinets by using reclaimed and repurposed barnwood and items. There’s lots to love when visiting the local furniture stores.
Lotions and Potions
Another favorite shopping spot for me is Lotions and Potions located on the 2nd floor of Yoder’s Red Barn Shoppes. It’s refreshing to step into the store and just breathe in the wonderful fragrances and admire the lovely displays. Judy and her staff enjoy helping people custom design all types of body products using their favorite scent. Yes… I said custom design. Choose your favorite scent from hundreds of different choices and they will help create lotion, bath products, hair shampoo and perfume right there on the spot. I’ve also treated my grandchildren to visits at Lotions and Potions. The ladies at Lotions and Potions have such a gift for making them feel very special. Their make-n-take station where children can create their own customized lotion or bath/shower gel is always a big hit. If I could include a scratch n’ sniff button with this blog, I would. However, since I can’t, I’ll just encourage you to stop in at Lotions and Potions and sniff for yourself!
Thinking about visiting these places for yourself? Visit www.shipshewana.com for more information. Missed Part 1 or Part 2 ? Catch up on those posts and get more super ideas for things to do in Shipshewana by visiting www.shipshewana.com. Be on the look-out for Part 4 of this series in the near future.