Wednesday, October 6, 2010

#33: Marigold's

South Bend is now graced with Marigold's, which offers "uncommon home and garden decor, vintage items and fresh flowers".  In other words, Midwest chic.

I was consistently impressed with the quality and range of merchandise found here.  Each person who comes in here seems to discover something special, from a familiar children's book or "I-would-have-never-thought-of-that!" goods (eg. a salad bowl with built-in tongs).  There's also a lot of "I-don't-need-it-but-I'm-getting-it-because-it's-too-cool-not-to-buy" (eg. white tapered candles that drip red "blood" wax) or their gorgeous flower arrangements.

These goods are spread out over three rooms in an old house, which lends to its welcoming atmosphere, and the kind and knowledgeable owners make shopping here personal and special, just like any upscale boutique.  For example, my friend was interested in whether a certain bowl was microwaveable, and the owner went to great lengths to answer her question so that she would be happy with the product.

Marigolds is part of burgeoning high-quality, locally-owned retail stores on Jefferson Avenue.  It's neighbors with Just Goods and just around the corner from Junk Evolution.   They all complement each other's offerings, and together, these stores present a unique shopping experience that's helping to define a developing South Bend style.

Where: 722 E. Jefferson Avenue
When to go: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am - 6:00pm; Saturdays, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Tip: The owner also prepares phenomenal snacks for First Fridays.  I strongly encourage you to stop by on these nights, if only to eat and shoot the breeze with the lovely owners.

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