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“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”― Anna Lappé

Shop local

I shop at a variety of places, but it always feels good to shop local. I like to visit and support shops that have character, carry unique local products, and are owned by people who love Terre Haute and believe in our area’s potential as much as I do.

Find out which local shops are participating in SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, in this post on the Chamber website!

These local shops create jobs, support local non-profits, and deliver excellent customer service. That’s why today I’m excited to share with you our first Wabash Valley Shop Local Gift Guide. Our hope is that you will use this guide to find unique and worthy businesses to support.

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Fan Favorites: Best Local, Non-Chain Restaurants in Terre Haute

Eat Well & Live Well:

Baesler’s Market at 2900 Poplar Street

Baesler's Market Baesler’s Market strives to maintain fast and friendly customer service, as well as the finest cuts of meat, premium produce and delicatessen, while expanding to offer new and innovative services to our customers. We are very proud of our history, and we look forward to continuing to serve the Terre Haute community with the high level of quality and service we’ve had since we opened our doors well over a century ago.

For over one hundred fifteen years, Baesler’s Market has been dedicated to offering quality products to its customers. In 1987, Bob took over the family business, becoming the fourth generation Baesler to operate the market. Bob continued to diligently serve his customers and grow the business, and in 2000 built a new facility located at 2900 Poplar Street.

Something that makes Baesler’s Market unique is the wide variety of (local) products that we carry. You can find unique, local products in virtually every department of the store. We also carry many specialty items that can’t be found anywhere else. One thing that sets us apart is our request board. If we don’t carry what you are looking for, we will do our best to start carrying that item.

We are excited to promote our new, full service meat department. There, you will find a freshly stocked meat and seafood counter with something sure to please your guests.

J. Ford’s Black Angus

J. Ford's Black AngusJeff and Kelly Ford set out in 2007 to open a restaurant that brought the quality of food, service, and spirits you would normally only find in larger cities. The casual upscale atmosphere sets the mood for a juicy New York Strip or a uniquely designed fish special paired with a great bottle of wine.

The Fords believe that having good locally-owned restaurants is as important to a city as having good golf courses, a community theater, a symphony, museums, parks, etc. Jeff and Kelly hope you enjoy your one-of-a-kind experience as much as they love providing it.

Jeff and Kelly recently remodeled the restaurant’s current location at 7th and Walnut. This move brought together the signature class and quality that patrons expect at J. Ford’s with the trendy feel of downtown Terre Haute.

You can make reservations via their website or by emailing Gift certificates make great holiday gifts. They can be purchased between 4 p.m. and closing time.

The Swiss Connection in Clay City, Indiana

The Swiss Connection offers grass-fed beef, veal, lamb, raw dairy (labeled for pet food), pork, ice cream, honey, vegetables, kraut, kombucha, homemade soaps, and more! All of their products are locally grown, crafted, and sourced.

Rockville Sweet Shop in Rockville, IN

Rockville Sweet Shop offers fresh fudge, handmade confections, fun candy and ice cream.

Clabber Girl Bake Shop at 900 Wabash Ave

Clabber Girl offers a variety of gift items. We have custom gift baskets for individuals or businesses looking to get a unique gift to employees or customers. Whether you’re looking for assorted cookies packed in one of our vintage commemorative tins, 3-month coffee subscription of Rex Coffee, or Clabber Girl gift basket in one our handmade Clabber Girl mixing bowls that features some holiday baking essentials, Clabber Girl has many options for holiday gifting.

Look Sharp:

Millie and Maude Boutique in Terre Haute

Millie and Maude

Millie & Maude is a trendy, yet affordable boutique that offers merchandise and brands not available in our local market. Our goal is to continually bring in limited quantities of fresh items to allow for customer uniqueness. With our inventory constantly reflecting the latest styles, there’s always a reason to “Be Maude”!

Owner Lori Mitchell is from Terre Haute, and a graduate of Indiana State University in Textiles, Apparel, Merchandising. After working for nearly 15 years in retail management, the opportunity arose to purchase her own boutique. Millie & Maude has been in operation now for 2 1/2 years, and looking forward to many years to come!

Millie and Maude offers private shopping parties, shopping appointments, style workshops, and a 15% student and military discount. We also do teacher appreciation month in August. They’re very involved in the downtown events, especially First Friday. Millie & Maude also partners with Modern Charm to host Project PINK every year, a benefit for PINK of Terre Haute.

Millie and Maude carries The Home T, United State of Indiana, Fave by Vfish, PJ Salvage, Good Hyouman, as well as many other fashion brands. We also carry Dogeared jewelry, Tizo jewelry, Sloane Ranger and Latico Handbags, and Ambre Blends Natural Fragrances.

Modern Charm

Modern Charm in Terre Haute, INModern Charm is not your typical boutique. They carry many handmade items and help support others who have a love for art, crafting. and decorating. Modern Charm’s owner, Yvette, enjoys looking for unique pieces to sell in her shop and meeting new people from all over the U.S. She has a passion for handmade and for supporting her friends who also love handmade art and gifts.

Modern Charm opened 9 years ago and has been in its current location for 4 1/2 years. Stop by the store to chat or to check out the handmade items that Modern Charm has available for sale.

Corey’s Fine Footwear at 515 Wabash Ave

Corey’s Fine Footwear sells quality footwear that FITS. Our goal is to provide our customers, men and women, with hot new styles without sacrificing comfort. We specialize in fitting every foot that walks in our door. The brand selection is one of a kind. We carry brands such as UGG, New Balance, Sperry, Birkenstock, Dansko, SAS, Johnston and Murphy, Alegria, Rieker, Naot, Ecco, Bed Stü.

Trendy Lime Boutique at 650 E. Springhill Dr. & 1424 S. 3rd St.

Trendy Lime Boutique specializes in women & girls fashion. Look for modern vintage, Boho chic, scarves, leggings, handmade jewelry, boot cuffs/socks/bands, headbands, boots, & gift items

For the Kids: 

The Old National Bank Science Store  at 727 Wabash Avenue (inside the Terre Haute Children’s Museum) 

The Science Store offers many gifts beyond the typical souvenirs from a visit to Terre Haute Children’s Museum. We have science kits, educational games, building sets, rocks & minerals, and special items specifically for our toddlers! Plus purchases at The Science Store go directly to support the many programs and exhibits at the Museum.

Fan Favorites:

In addition to the businesses highlighted above, the following local businesses have earned a stamp of approval from Haute Happenings readers! Click HERE to find out why our readers love these stores and restaurants. 

Fan Favorites: Best Local Places to Shop in Terre Haute

Did we miss something? If so, add it to this thread! Recommended shops should be brick and mortar stores with local owners and/or products.