Elkhart Holiday Open Houses offer
insight for those who shop on Small Business Saturday
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[November 22, 2022]
Over the past weekend, the downtown businesses in the
Village of Elkhart hosted holiday open houses for shoppers. While
the event was very well attended with several shoppers visiting The
Station, Country Bumpkin, Birdsong and Horsefeathers, it also served
as an opportunity to preview what is available when you shop this
coming weekend on Small Business Saturday.
The first stop on Saturday was the Station, the newest retailer in
the downtown area of Elkhart. For those who are unaware the Station
is filled with Illinois made products. Those products range from
cheeses and wines, fresh eggs and meats, to clothing, jewelry, and
The ladies behind the counter were enjoying a very good day and are
looking forward to a wonderful shopping season.
Inside the store, shoppers were perusing the many offerings, while a
couple of young ladies took the opportunity to sit a spell and the
large antique table in the front of the building.
Moving on down the street to the Country Bumpkin, Gillette Ransom
was busy on the phone taking reservations for the upcoming Christmas
event at Gillette Chapel at the Elkhart Cemetery.
Between phone calls she was anxious to visit with guests arriving at
the shop to check out her merchandise.
Some took advantage of the warm cider being offered by Ransoms
helper. The ladies taking a sip of the cider agreed that on a very
cold and windy day in Elkhart a warm beverage was certainly welcome.
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The Country Bumpkin is a beautiful building that was carefully
restored by Ransom and her husband. The contents inside the store
are all antiques in a wide variety of eras and styles. From
primitive farm tools to the finest of china, elegant glassware, and
beautiful furniture items, the Country Bumpkin is a must stop store
in Elkhart for those on your shopping list that enjoy collecting
antiques of any variety.
Another stop on the same side of the street was Birdsong. This is
one of those vintage stores where that truth be told, if they don’t
have it, you may not have needed it as badly as you thought you did.
The store is packed and overflowing with a huge variety of vintage
items from books to clothing, housewares, Christmas décor,
glassware, stoneware and oh so very much more.
Shoppers were plentiful inside the store on Saturday and one in
particular was all smiles as she stocked up on new items for her
bird ceramic ware collection. Isn’t it fun to think that the shopper
left Birdsong with a bird in hand, actually a couple of them.
On the other side of the street and at the other end of the street
Horsefeathers and the Wild Hare Café were also busy. The café was
open for lunch and several shoppers had timed their trip to town so
they would be able to satisfy their hunger pangs at the popular
In the store, there were also shoppers picking and choosing a wide
variety of items from soaps and lotions to jewelry, greeting cards,
local art, Amish food products and much more, the selection at the
store is wonderful and they again have something for everyone in the
small village of Elkhart.
The icing on the proverbial cupcake at Horsefeathers was the table
filled with sweet treats courtesy of Peter Neuhaus, the owner of
Horsefeathers along with his wife Andrea. Peter oversees the food in
the café and has a knack for incorporating his Old World background
into the menu.
On Saturday his brownies were heavenly, and the cinnamon rolls a
sweet delight. Everyone who stopped in was immediately drawn to the
table of treats and picked up something to much on as the shopped
throughout the store.
If you love to shop local and shop with our wonderful small
businesses in Logan County, the be all means, be sure to put a trip
to Elkhart on your to do list this holiday season. We’re betting you
won’t leave the town empty handed. We know we didn’t!