Northern Indiana may seem an unexpected destination for cold-pressed Spanish olive oils and 18-year-old Italian balsamic vinegars, but the owners of The Olive Branch are working to change that. At each of their boutiques, they line the shelves with extra-virgin olive oils from famous olive-producing regions, such as Italy, Tunisia, and California. They champion these first-press, extra-virgin oils for their reported health benefits, deeper dimensions of flavor, and ability to make any icy walkway that much more comical.
Besides the oils, they stock an international selection of balsamic vinegars, ranging from traditional varieties to blends infused with ingredients such as blackberries, dark chocolate, and pomegranate. The staff invites visitors to sample anything in the store, dispensing samples of both the oils and vinegars from stainless-steel fustis.
The Olive Branch's team members further expand guests' palates and kitchens with premium items such as Wind & Willow dessert and cheese-ball mixes and a selection of cruets and kitchenware. They can even compile these into gift baskets to celebrate special occasions such as holidays, birthdays, or the end of a Rocky film marathon.
Just Add H2O's diving experts have guided students of all levels of experience safely through waters for more than 34 years. Providing diving certifications through PADI and NAUI, instructors chart progression from introductory diving lessons all the way up to instructor certification, which comes with a license to ride giant seahorses. Just Add H2O's staff also hosts local and regional dives and leads trips to Lake Michigan shipwrecks, the cool depths of Gilboa Quarry, and tropical destinations such as Truk Lagoon in the Eastern Caroline Islands. To ensure that dives proceed without a hitch, the facility lets guests rent or purchase gear and can help to maintain used equipment.
A lifelong sewer, Jackie has been perfecting her teaching method for 24 years, hoping to pass on her passion for stitching to new craftsmen. Inside her boutique in Granger, she teaches classes to students aged 6 and up, careful to tailor lessons to each student's pace. Over the course of her eight-class series, she guides pupils' hands as they stitch together several finished projects, such as pillowcases, aprons, and eyeball warmers. Jackie's boutique also houses a plethora of fabrics and sewing necessities for students or learned sewers.
The stores specialize in finefurniture for bedrooms of babies, children and even college students.Items brought into the store have been chosen based on styling, priceand quality. The items we carry cannot be found in a ‘big box’ store, yet, even with its “specialty store” status, The NaturalWay strives to provide economica
The potted professionals at Yellow Rose Florist pride themselves in personalized petal creations, crafting signature arrangements from a fresh flower inventory on a daily basis. Personalized bouquets ($50–$196) express affection for loved ones, while wedding and special-event arrangements ($199+) make ideal gifts for the happy couple or the unhappy barbershop quartet. Clients can custom-order arrangements or reference one of the florists' past creations, such as the exotic Bamboo Mojave ($50) or the plucky Yellow Roses ($60). Yellow Rose Florist's selection of potted greenhouse plants in varying sizes makes attentive, polite houseguests.
Verandah Shoe Shop outfits lady toes with more than 20 brands of shoes, including Cole Haan, Emu, and BCBG. Sandal seekers can slip into pairs from Havaianas ($25+), Oka b. ($25+), and Yellow Box ($50+) to feel breezes between foot fingers. Verandah also carries sole gloves by Naughty Monkey, Jessica Simpson, Poetic Licence, Bacio 61, and Nina, as well as a wide selection of jewelry and accessories, which–like hang-gliding lessons and autographed volleyballs–are not included in this deal.