Retail Shops/Services: Gifts
Candy with a conscience is the mission of this Oregon transplant, now located on Indy’s northwest side. Once found only in small health-
food stores, the company has gone national, offering premium chocolates made with environmentally friendly
fashion good life ingredients. With an eye on fair trade
practices and shade-grown beans, these guys let you save the earth or benefit animal species on the verge of extinction, all while satisfying your sweet tooth. Ten percent of their profits are donated to conservation efforts. Products range from their original, all-natural chocolate bars
to gluten-free and organic fruit and nut mixtures, to tempting toffees in 100-percent recycled containers.
Partnering with more than 35 developing nations worldwide, Global Gifts continues to bring Indianapolis a mix of art culture that has been handed down for centuries elsewhere in the form of beautiful and affordable jewelry, home items, textiles, pottery and decorative art. Revenue from the fair trade store goes to help struggling artisans not only achieve a higher quality of life but also to reach a market that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
This Lawrence fixture first opened in 1968 and features a decor that was updated in, um, 1968. The place is part bakery, part gift shop and part cafe and a lot of the clientele speak and read Deutches — it’s so legit, mustard is the only condiment on the counter. Beyond the plethora of chotchkies, the animal heads on the wall and the cheesy ’60s and ’70s-era pop from the Old Country piped everywhere (even into the parking lot), you’ll find two big stars: the pastries and the potato salad. The sweets are traditional (no donuts here) and amazing, and the potato salad is warm and perfect with a little bacon-y smoke and a little sauerbraten-flavored bite. Order a brat with the salad for lunch. It’s the best of the wurst. See what we did there?
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