Of course, for real "Power Shopping," nothing beats the malls and downtown stores of Chicago, and they're only a couple of hours away. For a similar big-city experience, with a little less stressful traffic, try Indianapolis, too: great malls and a thriving downtown. Spend a weekend in either city - you'll love the shopping and the excitement, but you'll also come to appreciate the pace of life back in Elkhart, too. Call me for some great shopping and restaurant tips.
Shopping In and Around Elkhart
Shopping in the area is GREAT!
The Elkhart Chamber of Commerce has a comprehensive list of businesses in and around Elkhart.
Necessities of Life
The entire Elkhart area is served by a locally-based supermarket chain named "Martin's." Most Martin's locations also have a Starbuck's right inside! Groceries are also available at Meijer's, some Target stores, and other places.
Two drug store chains serve the area: CVS and Walgreen's.
Downtown Elkhart and Goshen:
Boutiques and shops scattered among the banks and offices. Stores also line the major roads in and out of both cities: Cassopolis Street, north of Elkhart, and US 33, northwest of Goshen.
Concord Mall, off US 33 between Hively and Mishawaka Road; Carson's, Penney's, Hobby Lobby, ABC Warehouse, wide variety of specialty shops and many restaurants are located in the vicinity
Pierre Moran Mall, at Hively and Benham, has Sears, Kroger's, and a wide variety of specialty stores.
Northpoint Plaza, at Northview Drive and Cassopolis, just off Toll Road Exit 92, has WalMart, Radio Shack, Martin's (groceries), Midwest Pets, Health Club, Appleby's, Hallmark.
Midway Plaza, between Elkhart and Goshen on US 33, has WalMart, Super Target, Sam's Club, Meier's (groceries) specialty merchants.
Major Regional Mall
University Park Mall is about 17 minutes away, off Indiana Toll Road, exit 83 (9 miles west of Elkhart), includes Sears, Macy's, Penney's, Apple, large food court, multiscreen theatre, over 100 specialty retailers. Nearby Grape Road is lined with restaurants, stores and shopping centers, including Barnes & Noble, TJ Maxx, Office Depot, Value City and many, many more!
Michigan City Outlet Mall, north off Exit 49, Indiana Toll Road. Almost 200 factory outlet shops
Fashion Outlet Mall, Angola Indiana, at junction of Indiana Toll Road and I-69, 55 miles east of Elkhart. Approximately 80 shops in two complexes.
Martin's Super Market is the dominant grocery store chain in the area, and does most things very well.
Chicago, just 2 1/2 hours away, is 'second city' to none when it comes to great shopping, shows, and food.