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Looking for something out of the ordinary for that loved one who has everything? Just west of Indianapolis you’ll find artisan destinations selling everything from hand-thrown pottery to locally produced wine along the Hendricks and Morgan Counties Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail.

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Fine arts

  • Gallery on the Square, a cooperative art gallery in Danville, offers a variety of paintings, drawings, photography and other handcrafted items like jewelry, wood products and pottery.
  • At Finer Things, in Brownsburg, purchase works by Indiana artists, including jewelry, silks, upholstery, paintings, and other mediums.

Gift shops

  • Within the Berries & Ivy Country Store in Martinsville, Homestead Primitives sells hand painted items made from gourds. You can choose from Christmas ornaments, bird houses and many other items.
  • At Carla’s Creations & Gifts in Danville, pick up fresh fudge, small gifts, retro candy, or autographed books by local authors. Carla’s will also put together gift baskets for you.
  • Frazee Gardens, Brownsburg, is a year-round garden shop where you’ll find not only gifts for the gardener, but Christmas decorations and creations by local artisans.
  • Browse through two floors of antiques, collectibles and locally handmade items at Mooresville Open Market Antiques.
  • Monrovia Mudworks, in Mooresville, offers a selection of pottery and stained glass.

Sweets and Spirits

  • Known for their handmade candy canes, you can also purchase handmade chocolates or enjoy an ice cream treat at Martinsville Candy Kitchen.
  • Confection Delights on the Danville Square offers decadent gourmet sweets like cherry cordials and red velvet cake bites, as well as elegant edible art like designer shoes made out of a full pound of chocolate.
  • Take a lunch break at the Bread Basket Café & Bakery in Danville and then take home freshly baked breads, cakes or pies. Breads range from basic but delicious, like French or rye, to more exotic like savory bacon or dill cheese. How about almond or flourless chocolate cake or a raspberry cherry pie?
  • Locally crafted wine from Chateau Thomas Winery makes a great hostess gift. Of course, you’ll want to sample a few wines yourself before you make your purchase and perhaps even sit and enjoy a glass.

There are several more businesses on the trail, including a honey farm, fiber shops, breweries and restaurants. Check the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail web site for a full listing of all businesses, their locations, and hours.

Hendricks County, Indiana, is about a three hour trip from Chicago. Spending the night? There are several hotels available in the area, including Cambria Suites in Plainfield, which offers spacious rooms with many amenities at reasonable rates.

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