Noteworthy in Carmel
That sacred time of year — sweater weather — is upon us. We’re loving the crisp morning air, the crunch of leaves, and Howling Pumpkin coffee (more on that later). This season, we’re also head over heels for local boutiques and eateries. From cashmere sweaters to eucalyptus-scented bath goods, the finds in Carmel’s shops do not disappoint. Check out our 12 favorite spots.
While you’re out and about, pop into Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream. Play ring toss with the kids before sitting down at a picnic table to devour a “Big Ugly Burger.” For a more serene setting, check out Sophia Square. This charming courtyard is just behind Vitality Bowls. And don’t forget to explore the Monon Trail! Rent a bike from the Carmel Bike Share Program and pedal to each of Kit’s picks. You won’t want to miss a thing, and you can store your purchases in the white bike basket.
Beauty + Grace
We have two words for you: jean wall. This sophisticated shop carries clothing from 38 designers, including Blanc Noir, Dolce Vita, Ecru and Sundry. We love the colored jean selection, too. Go ahead and try on something bold.
For those chilly mornings, don a super-soft Minnie Rose cashmere sweater from 14 Districts. They’re comfy and cozy (and so, so soft). Paired them easily with leggings, jeans or a pencil skirt. Did we mention they’re soft?
From denim and dresses to scarves and sweaters, Endeavor has it all. This chic boutique carries casual, everyday clothing for women of all shapes and sizes. So, whether you’re a size 2 or a size 20, Endeavor has something for you. The ever-friendly staff knows how to make a gal feel gorgeous.
Indulge yourself with handmade bath and body goods from Bath Junkie. How’s it work? Pick the product and scent, and they mix it up for you! Silky smooth skin after a shower? Yes, please. Give the eucalyptus fragrance a try. It’s our favorite.
Silver In The City
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At this unconventional gift shop, there’s always something to swoon over. Right now, we’re smitten with HAWKHOUSE Jewelry. The crystals are set through electroplating and come in a variety of sizes. Whether it’s a ring, necklace or bracelet, there’s a HAWKHOUSE piece for you (and your budget).
Peace Water Winery
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Unwind and do good with a glass of wine. Sip a sauvignon blanc on Peace Water Winery’s 900-square-foot patio, or sample a zinfandel indoors. Every sip of wine makes the world a better place — 50 percent of the winery’s profits are donated to local charities!
The Olive Mill
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Is olive oil on your grocery list? It is now. Head to The Olive Mill for samples of small-batch extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. These award-winning products are perfect for the chef in your family. Our tip: Drizzle the Tuscany Balsamic over a caprese salad, or cheese with crackers.
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Your Tees is just that — a place for you to design your own shirt and have it printed in store. The soft tees, which range from sassy to classy, drape well — no clinging. Now that school is back in session, you can design a tee to support your favorite team.
Jilly Jack Designs
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To love letterpress is a no-brainer. So, it’s no surprise we’re fans of Jilly Jack Designs. The company brings quirkiness to its stationery, note cards and art prints. Not able to swing by their studio? No worries. Grab their goods at Silver in the City or Homespun (Mass Ave in Indy).
Soho Café & Gallery
This local establishment is our go-to for caffeine, culture and community. Lately, we’ve been starting our mornings with a cup of Howling Pumpkin, a perfect blend of pumpkin and white chocolate. As for the evening? We’re all about Soho’s art classes and open mic nights.
Jamaican Reggae Grill
Looking for a new lunch spot? Swing by Jamaican Reggae Grill. It’s got outdoor seating, plenty of parking and a menu that won’t break the bank. Give the fried plantains a try, or the Jamaican Patty. We’re a little obsessed with both.
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So, we’re kinda, maybe, sorta in love with Vitality Bowls. These guys are redefining the fast-casual restaurant sector every day. When it comes to acai, we’re not ones to say “no.” Crave on the Dragon Bowl, which mixes up a base of pitaya, mango juice, coconut milk and more, with toppings including kiwi, almonds, goji berries and honey. Drool.