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Guidebook for Indianapolis

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Guidebook for Indianapolis

Food Scene
Great prices, not your typical bar-food, and amazing selection of beer. Open late, too.
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Ralston's
635 Massachusetts Avenue
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Great prices, not your typical bar-food, and amazing selection of beer. Open late, too.
Best Thai food in town. Dillon's favorite is Pa Ram Long Song and Kyle's is green curry (spicy).
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Siam Square
936 Virginia Avenue
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Best Thai food in town. Dillon's favorite is Pa Ram Long Song and Kyle's is green curry (spicy).
Great Pakistani and Indian cuisine in a cool, chill environment. Located near Indianapolis's ethnic food district, this is some of our favorite ethnic food in the city.
Chapati
4930 Lafayette Rd
Great Pakistani and Indian cuisine in a cool, chill environment. Located near Indianapolis's ethnic food district, this is some of our favorite ethnic food in the city.
Our favorite late-night cuisine. This place is open till 3 AM and is located in Fountain Square, a cool up-and-coming district with lots of art, hippies, and amazing food. Good prices and good food.
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Pure Eatery
1043 Virginia Avenue
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Our favorite late-night cuisine. This place is open till 3 AM and is located in Fountain Square, a cool up-and-coming district with lots of art, hippies, and amazing food. Good prices and good food.
Bar/Restaurant. Half price cocktails on Thursday nights and half price sushi on Sundays. The vibe and decor here are awesome. We the know the owner, Bill, and he is a great guy. Highly recommend the Venetian sunset if you like sweet, fruity drinks :) Reasonable prices, too.
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FortyFive Degrees
765 Massachusetts Avenue
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Bar/Restaurant. Half price cocktails on Thursday nights and half price sushi on Sundays. The vibe and decor here are awesome. We the know the owner, Bill, and he is a great guy. Highly recommend the Venetian sunset if you like sweet, fruity drinks :) Reasonable prices, too.
Best froyo in town. Right next door to one of our favorite restaurants (Forty-Five Degrees) and owned by the same guy (Bill).
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Yogülatte
765 Massachusetts Avenue
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Best froyo in town. Right next door to one of our favorite restaurants (Forty-Five Degrees) and owned by the same guy (Bill).
This is our second favorite brunch spot second only to Patachou. There is another location in Broad Ripple if you'd rather head north.
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Louie's Wine Dive & Mass. Avenue Kitchen
345 Massachusetts Avenue
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This is our second favorite brunch spot second only to Patachou. There is another location in Broad Ripple if you'd rather head north.
This is our second favorite brunch spot second only to Patachou. There is another location Downtown on Mass Ave.
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Louie's Wine Dive & Ripple Kitchen
701 Broad Ripple Ave
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This is our second favorite brunch spot second only to Patachou. There is another location Downtown on Mass Ave.
Great sandwich shop with lots of meats, mostly cured meats, and good soups. They also have a great craft beer selection downstairs. It's only a few blocks south of our house on the same street.
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Goose The Market
2503 North Delaware Street
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Great sandwich shop with lots of meats, mostly cured meats, and good soups. They also have a great craft beer selection downstairs. It's only a few blocks south of our house on the same street.
Eclectic good food and cocktail selection. Within walking distance of our house. They have great outdoor seating in their yard during the summer.
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Shoefly Public House
122 East 22nd Street
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Eclectic good food and cocktail selection. Within walking distance of our house. They have great outdoor seating in their yard during the summer.
Great Mexican food and cool vibe. The closest Mexican restaurant to our house.
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Festiva
1217 E 16th St
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Great Mexican food and cool vibe. The closest Mexican restaurant to our house.
Great for lunch but dinner is a bit pricey. This is a restaurant for foodies.
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Bluebeard
653 Virginia Avenue
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Great for lunch but dinner is a bit pricey. This is a restaurant for foodies.
Closest Starbucks to our house. Fun fact: the manager of this Starbucks once told me that they have the busiest drive through of any Starbucks in the country. In the mornings, everyone goes on their way to work and it literally backs up traffic on Capitol Ave.
Starbucks
1420 N Capitol Ave
Closest Starbucks to our house. Fun fact: the manager of this Starbucks once told me that they have the busiest drive through of any Starbucks in the country. In the mornings, everyone goes on their way to work and it literally backs up traffic on Capitol Ave.
A Thai restaurant close to Monument Circle and the government center. Great for lunch or dinner outside in the summer as their patio has a great view of the both the Indiana State Capitol and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
Thai Paradise
137 W Market St
A Thai restaurant close to Monument Circle and the government center. Great for lunch or dinner outside in the summer as their patio has a great view of the both the Indiana State Capitol and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
Our favorite Vietnamese restaurant located in the heart of the ethnic food district. You'll need a car to get here, but if you're into ethnic food, just drive around and you will amazed at the selection of international restaurants.
Saigon Restaurant
4760 West 38th Street
Our favorite Vietnamese restaurant located in the heart of the ethnic food district. You'll need a car to get here, but if you're into ethnic food, just drive around and you will amazed at the selection of international restaurants.
The best Ethiopian food in Indy. Also in the heart of the ethnic food restaurant.
Abyssinia
5352 West 38th Street
The best Ethiopian food in Indy. Also in the heart of the ethnic food restaurant.
Best authentic Korean food in Indy, but you will need a car to get here.
Bando Restaurant
8015 Pendleton Pike
Best authentic Korean food in Indy, but you will need a car to get here.
One of our favorites. They have amazing burgers and a great patio on the canal. Perfect for people watching. They also have a half price wine night (check website for details).
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Burgerhaus - Indianapolis
335 West 9th Street
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One of our favorites. They have amazing burgers and a great patio on the canal. Perfect for people watching. They also have a half price wine night (check website for details).
Best Burgers on Mass Ave.
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Bru Burger Bar - Indianapolis
410 Massachusetts Avenue
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Best Burgers on Mass Ave.
Small burger place. Nothing fancy, but amazing burgers and some weird combinations if you're into trying new things.
Punch Burger
137 East Ohio Street
Small burger place. Nothing fancy, but amazing burgers and some weird combinations if you're into trying new things.
Closest place for a great breakfast, brunch or lunch. Great value--you get a ton of food for the money. Only downside is they don't serve alcohol so no boody marys or mimosas.
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Lincoln Square Pancake House
2330 N Meridian St
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Closest place for a great breakfast, brunch or lunch. Great value--you get a ton of food for the money. Only downside is they don't serve alcohol so no boody marys or mimosas.
24 hour diner with a lot of personality. Karaoke on Saturday nights. You'll see lots of drunk people if you come at 3AM when all the bars let out.
Downtown Olly's
822 N Illinois St
24 hour diner with a lot of personality. Karaoke on Saturday nights. You'll see lots of drunk people if you come at 3AM when all the bars let out.
Hands down, the best brunch in town. Try their cinnamon toast...amazing. There is also a location in Broad Ripple if you prefer to go north.
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Café Patachou
225 W Washington St
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Hands down, the best brunch in town. Try their cinnamon toast...amazing. There is also a location in Broad Ripple if you prefer to go north.
Drinks & Nightlife
This place is a hole-in-the-wall dive bar but it's Dillon's favorite bar in the city. They host drag shows every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Some Sunday's they have strippers :O Drink prices are very reasonable, but it's in a less developed area of town, so we wouldn't recommend walking there. It's about a 12-15 minute car ride from our house.
Zonie's Closet
1446 E Washington St
This place is a hole-in-the-wall dive bar but it's Dillon's favorite bar in the city. They host drag shows every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Some Sunday's they have strippers :O Drink prices are very reasonable, but it's in a less developed area of town, so we wouldn't recommend walking there. It's about a 12-15 minute car ride from our house.
Cool (gay) bar with nightly events. Tuesdays is Bingo (hosted by your host, Dillon), Wednesdays is free pool, Thursdays is dart tournament, and Fridays and Saturdays they have the dance floor open. Check their Facebook page for special events like dance parties and drag shows. This is the oldest gay bar in the city and has a long history of giving back to the community. Plus, their prices are great and their drinks are fairly strong.
Gregs Indy
231 E 16th St
Cool (gay) bar with nightly events. Tuesdays is Bingo (hosted by your host, Dillon), Wednesdays is free pool, Thursdays is dart tournament, and Fridays and Saturdays they have the dance floor open. Check their Facebook page for special events like dance parties and drag shows. This is the oldest gay bar in the city and has a long history of giving back to the community. Plus, their prices are great and their drinks are fairly strong.
Cool Cocktail Lounge on Mass Ave. They have a cucumber drink that isn't on the menu anymore but is sooooo delicious. This is a great place if you want to drink but want to do so in a chill, relaxed atmosphere. The cocktails aren't cheap, but they're good.
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Ball & Biscuit
331 Massachusetts Avenue
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Cool Cocktail Lounge on Mass Ave. They have a cucumber drink that isn't on the menu anymore but is sooooo delicious. This is a great place if you want to drink but want to do so in a chill, relaxed atmosphere. The cocktails aren't cheap, but they're good.
One of our favorite bars. It is a video bar with great music and videos playing all the time. It's a bit more upscale than other bars on our list and a bit more pricey, but the vibe is amazing. The dance floor upstairs gets crowded late on Fridays and Saturdays.
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Tini
717 Massachusetts Avenue
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One of our favorite bars. It is a video bar with great music and videos playing all the time. It's a bit more upscale than other bars on our list and a bit more pricey, but the vibe is amazing. The dance floor upstairs gets crowded late on Fridays and Saturdays.
The best dance floor in town on Friday and Saturday nights. Amazing DJ, amazing crowd. It is known as a gay bar but the crowd is mixed. They also have pretty decent food and a nice back patio.
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Metro Nightclub & Restaurant
707 Massachusetts Avenue
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The best dance floor in town on Friday and Saturday nights. Amazing DJ, amazing crowd. It is known as a gay bar but the crowd is mixed. They also have pretty decent food and a nice back patio.
Central location, fun bar.
Taps and Dolls
247 South Meridian Street
Central location, fun bar.
Sightseeing
This monument marks the very center of our city. It's a good place to start for a walking tour of downtown. Most days, you can climb the stairs to the top (or take the elevator) for a great 360 view of the city. It's not too expensive either. Random fact: it's 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. More info here: https://www.in.gov/iwm/2335.htm.
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Soldiers/Sailors Monument
1 Monument Circle
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This monument marks the very center of our city. It's a good place to start for a walking tour of downtown. Most days, you can climb the stairs to the top (or take the elevator) for a great 360 view of the city. It's not too expensive either. Random fact: it's 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. More info here: https://www.in.gov/iwm/2335.htm.
Another war memorial. It's very pretty at night and has lots of stairs if you need a workout :)
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Indiana World War Memorial
55 East Michigan Street
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Another war memorial. It's very pretty at night and has lots of stairs if you need a workout :)
Weird that we're recommending a cemetery, but it's actually a beautiful place to run, walk, bike or do some yoga during the summer. It's also our favorite place to be in the fall as the trees are just gorgeous. There are lots of famous people buried here including Benjamin Harrison and James Whitcomb Riley. In fact, the grave of James Whitcomb Riley is on the highest point in the city.
Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery
700 38th St
Weird that we're recommending a cemetery, but it's actually a beautiful place to run, walk, bike or do some yoga during the summer. It's also our favorite place to be in the fall as the trees are just gorgeous. There are lots of famous people buried here including Benjamin Harrison and James Whitcomb Riley. In fact, the grave of James Whitcomb Riley is on the highest point in the city.
Beautiful downtown canal, great for walking, biking, running, roller blading, etc. Some good restaurants, too. You can rent paddle boats during the summer. The Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg museum, and NCAA Hall of Champions are at the south end of the canal near White River State Park.
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Canal Walk
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Beautiful downtown canal, great for walking, biking, running, roller blading, etc. Some good restaurants, too. You can rent paddle boats during the summer. The Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg museum, and NCAA Hall of Champions are at the south end of the canal near White River State Park.
20,000 square feet of underground passageways on the northeast corner of Market and Delaware streets in downtown. Kind of creepy, but people take tours and say they're cool.
Catacombs
222 E Market St
20,000 square feet of underground passageways on the northeast corner of Market and Delaware streets in downtown. Kind of creepy, but people take tours and say they're cool.
Essentials
One of 3 grocery stores downtown. A smaller chain with fair prices and decent selection.
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Needlers Fresh Market
320 North New Jersey Street
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One of 3 grocery stores downtown. A smaller chain with fair prices and decent selection.
This is the closest grocery store to our house but it isn't known for being the nicest grocery in town. If you just need the basics, it'll do. But if you need less common groceries, you should try the Kroger on Michigan (also listed in this guidebook).
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Kroger
524 East 16th Street
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This is the closest grocery store to our house but it isn't known for being the nicest grocery in town. If you just need the basics, it'll do. But if you need less common groceries, you should try the Kroger on Michigan (also listed in this guidebook).
Dillon's favorite grocery store downtown. Their selection is much better than the Kroger closer to our house, so if you're looking for something specific, you'll probably have a better chance of finding it here.
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Kroger
227 W Michigan St
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Dillon's favorite grocery store downtown. Their selection is much better than the Kroger closer to our house, so if you're looking for something specific, you'll probably have a better chance of finding it here.
The closest post office to our house.
United States Postal Service
456 N Meridian St
The closest post office to our house.
Parks & Nature
This is more of a pedestrian trail (bikers, walkers, runners) but is great because it is very long and has few road crossings (only 4, I think). You can find it just a block and a half south of our house and runs 6.9 miles. It is paved.
Fall Creek Trail
This is more of a pedestrian trail (bikers, walkers, runners) but is great because it is very long and has few road crossings (only 4, I think). You can find it just a block and a half south of our house and runs 6.9 miles. It is paved.
Downtown state park located on the Downtown Indianapolis Canal. Walk the canal or fly a kite. Check out the cool sculpture are scattered about. This is very close to the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum, and Eiteljorg Museum (Museum of American Indians and Western Art). In the summer, they have a concert series with great bands.
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White River State Park, West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN
801 W Washington St
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Downtown state park located on the Downtown Indianapolis Canal. Walk the canal or fly a kite. Check out the cool sculpture are scattered about. This is very close to the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum, and Eiteljorg Museum (Museum of American Indians and Western Art). In the summer, they have a concert series with great bands.
The park surrounding the Indianapolis Museum of Art. They have lots of cool outdoor art and every Christmas season, it is decorated with thousands of lights and is the most beautiful light display I have ever seen.
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Newfields
4000 Michigan Rd
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The park surrounding the Indianapolis Museum of Art. They have lots of cool outdoor art and every Christmas season, it is decorated with thousands of lights and is the most beautiful light display I have ever seen.
Great place to play tennis in the summers as they have lots of open courts. It's also perfect for a picnic. They have some cool new outdoor workout equipment if you want to break a sweat.
Riverside Park
2420 E Riverside Dr
Great place to play tennis in the summers as they have lots of open courts. It's also perfect for a picnic. They have some cool new outdoor workout equipment if you want to break a sweat.
Great for hiking, biking, walking and running. Lots of nature all around you. You can also rent canoes in the summer. You'll have to have a car to get here.
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Eagle Creek Park
7840 West 56th Street
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Great for hiking, biking, walking and running. Lots of nature all around you. You can also rent canoes in the summer. You'll have to have a car to get here.
Also called the Wapahani Trail, this is a paved path for bikers, walkers, and runners. It is quite long and is our favorite trail to bike in the summer. It starts downtown near the IUPUI campus, goes through the beautiful Butler University Campus, and ends in Broad Ripple, which has lots of cool shops, restaurants and bars.
White River Trail
Also called the Wapahani Trail, this is a paved path for bikers, walkers, and runners. It is quite long and is our favorite trail to bike in the summer. It starts downtown near the IUPUI campus, goes through the beautiful Butler University Campus, and ends in Broad Ripple, which has lots of cool shops, restaurants and bars.
Arts & Culture
Great Art Museum with cool exhibits year round. In the summer, the grounds around the museum transform into beautiful gardens and in the winter, they are decorated with tons of Christmas Lights (you have to buy tickets and they sell out fast). Admission to the museum used to be free, but I believe they charge a fee now. The park surrounding the museum is called New Fields and has a lot of outdoor art, trails, and other cool stuff (https://discovernewfields.org/).
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Newfields
4000 Michigan Road
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Great Art Museum with cool exhibits year round. In the summer, the grounds around the museum transform into beautiful gardens and in the winter, they are decorated with tons of Christmas Lights (you have to buy tickets and they sell out fast). Admission to the museum used to be free, but I believe they charge a fee now. The park surrounding the museum is called New Fields and has a lot of outdoor art, trails, and other cool stuff (https://discovernewfields.org/).
Museum of American Indians and Western Art. This museum is located along the Downtown Indianapolis Canal and has a tasty cafe with a cool patio during the summer. Great for people watching!
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Eiteljorg Museum
500 West Washington Street
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Museum of American Indians and Western Art. This museum is located along the Downtown Indianapolis Canal and has a tasty cafe with a cool patio during the summer. Great for people watching!
Awersome museum about the percussive arts. Lots of fun and you get to hit on things! Admission is $12. you can buy tickets online: http://rhythmdiscoverycenter.org/.
Rhythm! Discovery Center
110 West Washington Street
Awersome museum about the percussive arts. Lots of fun and you get to hit on things! Admission is $12. you can buy tickets online: http://rhythmdiscoverycenter.org/.
Cultural district with the best restaurants in town. Great for walking, biking, people watching and eating. Fountain square theater building has duckpin bowling, which is a fun experience if you've never done it before. There is also a bar called the White rabbit where they do burlesque shows.
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Fountain Square
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Cultural district with the best restaurants in town. Great for walking, biking, people watching and eating. Fountain square theater building has duckpin bowling, which is a fun experience if you've never done it before. There is also a bar called the White rabbit where they do burlesque shows.
Shopping
Dillon's favorite mall. It is central and has all the essentials (H&M, Express, Forever 21, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Banana Republic, etc.). There are suburban malls that are larger, but this one is closer to our place. Parking is pretty cheap. Only $3 for up to 2 hours, I think.
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Circle Centre Mall
49 West Maryland Street
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Dillon's favorite mall. It is central and has all the essentials (H&M, Express, Forever 21, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Banana Republic, etc.). There are suburban malls that are larger, but this one is closer to our place. Parking is pretty cheap. Only $3 for up to 2 hours, I think.
This is a great store to buy gifts and other items made by local vendors. They also have some funny gag gifts. I could easily spend hours here just looking at stuff and laughing. They have a lot of really funny, witty things. It's not super cheap, but very unique.
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Silver In the City
434 Massachusetts Avenue
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This is a great store to buy gifts and other items made by local vendors. They also have some funny gag gifts. I could easily spend hours here just looking at stuff and laughing. They have a lot of really funny, witty things. It's not super cheap, but very unique.