Cracker Barrel: shop here but don't eat here
This is a restaurant with warehouse ceilings and no ambience and also an old fashioned store that is great.
I cannot stand to eat in the restaurant part because the noise level even when only five or six tables are used is quite high and my ears start ringing. The voices reverberate around the room and they have no separators or drapes or wall hangings to cut down the echos.
But the store part is really neat. It has all kinds of odds and ends. I actually don't mind tagging along behind my wife when she shops here. They have make-a-sail-boat kits (1/24th scale); old fashioned penny bank where you put the penny on the shooter's rifle and it is flung into the center of a bear; there are make cookies kits with all the ingredients put together in sack bags (just add milk and water as directed). They have tee shirts with off the wall sayings as well as beautiful bed blankets that are hand made.
There are so many neat things to check out and they don't mind if you pick things up and operate them (even if you don't buy them). But there is a sign that says "You break it... you take it!" and they mean that.
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Town Square Gallery: potpourri
With a name like that you'd expect this to be an art gallery. Well it is, in one tiny corner of the store.
The store front is deceiving. When you step into the store it quickly opens up into room after room of unrelated things to purchase connected by narrow hallways. The decor is great hardwood floors and Victorian period molding in gumwood and walnut. Items are generally put together in groups of common function or theme; but the overall impression is a jumble of items... a true potpourri of purchases.
Bears; soft, small, large, wooden, cloth, silent, with recordings.
Thimbles and teacups of delicate design and all hand painted.
A candy counter with one of a kind items like miniature jelly beans in soda pop flavors in soda pop bottles or two-foot long licorice sticks.
Flowers; real and imitation, some glass blown, others in fine vases.
Dolls and doll dresses and doll furniture and doll houses.
Art work by local and national artists; new and antique.
Purses and handbags of all sizes, colors and material.
I could go on for several pages but will stop here because you probably have a good mental image of what this place is like. My wife spent one hour in this shop.
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grab bag of stores: I go to the reunion, my wife shops......
For big-city shopping in Corydon you have your WallyWorld(Walmart Supercenter) at 2363 Route 135 , Dollar Tree in that same strip mall, Family Dollar at 445 Old Capital Plaza and your Dollar General at 1905 Old Highway 135.
Other than the strip malls on Route 135, I think you have to go to New Albany to find a true mall or factory outlet.
In Corydon , furniture stores are popular: there is (in alphabetical order) Benchcraft, Conrad's, Furniture Plus,Stewart's, Tolers and home departments in Walmart.
If you bring your pet, you can get it groomed at Bethann's (217 East Chestnut Street) or Little Paws (1924 Gardner Lane).
You can buy fine jewelry at Albin's on Chestnut Street or pawn your cheap stuff at Easy Cash on Highway 135.
Flowers are available for special occassions from Heart and Soul, Classic House Gift Shop, Lil Rap and Evergreens.
The small specialty shops around the Capitol Ave, Walnut Street area are nice to browse through even for an avid non-shopper like myself.
I am sure my wife must have hit most of the stores when we visit Corydon for Vietnam Vets Reunions.
What to buy: There is a Bears specialty shop where you can find anything that relates to bears (as a gift).
I recall it was right near the Hummel shop on Capital Ave. ( if anyone recalls better than me, please send me a comment and i will correct the address). I spent quite a while in there and I really don't like to shop at all.
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