MARION, Ind. – Whether you’re cooking as a gift or you’re buying for a cook, whether you want a fashion-forward purse or you want a home-style handbag, whether you want to ride your motorcycle in style or sit in your family room in comfort, Grant County has it.
We have a range of gifts conveniently located around the county, which makes shopping easier and helps the local economy. (Here’s a quick economics lesson: Based on research, every dollar spent in Grant County turns over seven times – it touches seven other people once it’s spent. There is solid logic to the phrase “Shop locally.”)
Kitchen Necessities, 1044 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, is the state’s oldest gourmet shop, and it has foods, flavorings and gadgets for the cook planning to whip up some gifts or for the person who wants to make a cook smile on Christmas morning.
“We’ve stocked up on Christmas goodies for cooking or for gifts,” says Kitchen Necessities owner Jeanie McCarty. “We have a whole range of gifts for $25 or less – utensils, small appliances, cookware and some great gadgets for stocking-stuffers. If someone has a need – as a cook or for a gift for a cook – we can meet that need.”
Store hours for Kitchen Necessities: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Malia’s Handbags, 237 W. Third St., directly across from the Marion Post Office, is one of the newest shops in the area.
“Just about every woman carries a handbag, and if she wants something that’s designer, fashion-forward and has urban flair, we have it,” says store owner Mary Marin. “The store is unique to Marion; no other store has these designer brands. They’re genuine brands, no knock-offs.”
Among the brands at Malia’s Handbags are Apple Bottom, Coogi, Phat and Dereon. Men aren’t left out: Malia’s carries wallets and Red Ape cologne.
The store’s hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Comforts of Home isn’t a new business for Grant County, but it has a brand-new home. Long a staple of downtown Marion, Comforts of Home has a larger, more modern and all-on-one-floor new home at 5340 S. Strawtown Pike, at the intersection of Ind. 37 and Ind. 22.
“We’re the largest furniture and bedding store in the area,” says owner Sherry French. “We are triple the size of the old store, and we are all on one level. No more stairs to cope with.”
Among the furniture brands at Comforts of Home are LA Z BOY, Flex Steel and Tempur-Pedic. The store also offers residential and commercial design services.
The extended holiday hours for Comforts of Home are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Ride & Leather’s owner, Pat Mitchell, understands comfort is something motorcyclists appreciate. Many riders look to Mitchell for comfortable custom-made motorcycle seats as well as apparel and accessories.
Mitchell, whose shop is at 320 S. Main St., Jonesboro, has blended art and science to create a motorcycle seat – and ride – of unparalleled comfort. Mitchell also does custom seat designs as well. For example, Mitchell has custom-fitted Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ Harley-Davidson with a Ride & Leather seat sporting the state seal.
“Our shop offers custom work and personal service,” Mitchell says. “We create custom seat covers from various leathers, including buffalo, snake and lamb. I will hand-stitch and paint patterns to order.”
It’s a once-of-a-kind ride, straight from Grant County.
Primitive Post owner Brenda Hulce appreciates hand-craftsmanship as well. Her shop at 120 S. Main St., Fairmount, is filled with skillfully and patiently crafted decorative items and furnishings.
“We have cupboards, pie safes, pantry boxes, butter churns – whatever you need for a country-style or farmhouse decor,” she says. “We have lots of locally handmade Christmas decorations, too. I am a big believer in supporting local crafts people.”
If it’s country, primitive flair you’re looking for, the Primitive Post can help. The store’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Pro Prints, 1424 W. 35th St., Marion, has all the colors of the holidays and then some. The colors of the season may be red, white and green for Christmas and blue for Hanukkah, but they can also include purple, gold, black and silver. All of those would cover the colors of our area high schools and colleges, and they’re available on shirts, hats and other gear from Pro Prints.
If you want team spirit as well as holiday spirit, then you’ll want to visit Pro Prints, where you can find Giants, Indians, Golden Eagles, Argylls, Panthers, Lions, Trojans and Wildcats items. If you need custom-designed items, Pro Prints can help, too.
The store’s hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
These Grant County merchants and many more are ready to help you make it a brighter, happier holiday season.
For more information on holiday shopping and events in Grant County, visit the Marion-Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau calendar of events.