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Category - Shopping

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

The holidays bring about a flurry of season's greetings: friends & family, twinkling lights, many traditions across Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas, charming decorations, cozy hot cocoa, cult classic movies & specials, pillows of snow, scrumptious treats, and, of course, presents stuffed in... Read More

Monday, October 17, 2022

Check out the top events happening in November 2022, and make a three-day getaway out of your trip! Use this list to easily navigate from section-to-section:​ HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Holiday Show Date: Friday, November 4 & Saturday, November 5 Time: 4:00-9:00 pm Friday;... Read More

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The Square is the heart of downtown Bloomington, lined with over 30 locally-owned businesses including shops, restaurants, art galleries, and more. There's so much to do directly on The Square, but there are even more incredible businesses and attractions surrounding it. Venture off the beaten-path... Read More

Friday, June 3, 2022

One of the most exciting aspects of becoming a college student is decorating your dorm room. We have to admit: Target is a great one-stop-shop for most dorm decor and furnishing items, but why not really lean into the culture of Bloomington by decorating your new digs with items from local stores... Read More

Friday, June 3, 2022

As home to Indiana University, Bloomington has no shortage of places to shop for IU gear. From limited-edition t-shirts and sports memorabilia to candy-striped pants and home decor, our various IU shops offer it all. Greetings Greetings, located just a block from Sample Gates on Kirkwood, offers... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Bloomington offers an abundance of venues, events, and activities for those who are 21 & older, but that doesn't mean there isn't a ton of fun to be had in the 20 & under crowd! B-Town offers more than you think for those who have yet to reach the milestone birthday — from outdoor recreation to... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Bloomington is home to quite a few promenades that offer a robust variety of shops, eateries, recreational activities, and other venues to enjoy while strolling through B-Town — The Square and Kirkwood Avenue are two local-favorites, as is the B-Line Trail. While The Square and Kirkwood are... Read More

Friday, March 25, 2022

The Square is one of downtown Bloomington's most popular areas. Centered around the Monroe County Courthouse, The Square is home to over 30 locally-owned businesses, which include clothing boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, book stores, cafes, nail salons, and more. With a variety of dining,... Read More

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Bloomington is a hotbed for vintage, retro, and antique shopping. From '80s pop culture tees and well-loved Indiana University gear to high-end mid-century wares and affordable vinyl classics, browse B-Town's best vintage shops to score some one-of-a-kind treasures during your next visit. Clothing... Read More

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Kirkwood Avenue is the most iconic street in Bloomington. Bold statement, we know, but considering its lineup of legendary bars & restaurants and entrance into Indiana University's campus through the famous Sample Gates, it simply can't be denied. Kirkwood is a popular destination for students,... Read More