Alledgedly :"Downtown South Bend is home to over 50 retail stores covering a wide range of merchandise. : Reality: Shopping in DTSB is simple.. THERE is no place to shop for any basic necessities. Robertson's FAMOUS 7 story Department Store ( "Save a 1/4, save a 1/3 save a 1/2, in every department, on every floor..") is now a OLD FOLKS apartment building, and the last surviving "REAL" store, Osco's Drugstore, just left this year.. Every Store pictured in this 1978 DTSB photo is GONE.
What to buy: Pricey gourmet chocolates, new chic artist wares, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces
Other than that all that is left are places to eat., and about the only surviving thing from The 70's is Dainty Maid bake shop. The rest is Trendy and Oh so Cla$$ly! BE SURE To check out the listing of DTSB's shopping MECCAS on the link below.
On the bright side, you can go to the Salvation Army Store on Monroe and Main to browse..
What to pay: If per chance you can find anything, Get out that plastic.. you'll need it.
Besides books, this shop has everything Notre Dame! You can buy clothes, books, pennants, glassware, etc.! There are two huge floors for shopping! There's even a cafe where you can stop for a coffee!
What to buy: A Notre Dame T-shirt or sweatshirt would be ideal. They have them for men, women and children in all colors and sizes. Choose Notre Dame colors or your favorites! There is a variety of things to choose from! Don't leave here before buying some Notre Dame gear!
What to pay: This shop is on campus, so expect to pay full price.
Wanna have that "Euro" experience? Stop at Aldis and Goodwill at Portage and Bendix. Never have to leave the parking lot to experience "chic" food and shopping South Bend Style.
What to buy: BUY lots of EVERYTHING. Prices are good selection interesting.. Stop at GW get a Euro trash "pink" tag outfit and a sligtly used gourmet kitchen device then go to Aldi's for some grub to cook in that hydroWok and with that new outfit .. Everyone WILL be impressed at your chic dinner party!
What to pay: GW pink tags are GRRREAT.. 50% off.. Aldi's has great grub and some interesting IKEA type housewares..
Face it, its the cloest Souh Bend is gonna get to a IKEA.. or Euro..
Nothing special about this mall. It is just the main shopping mall in the South Bend area. It is located on Grape Road in Mishawaka. You can see it from the Toll Road. Like a typical American mall, you will find department stores like Sears, JCPenney, and Marshall Fields.
Here you will find some local crafts such as Amish dolls, tapestry, table covers, and clothing. You can also find Christmas gifts and decorations. The Village Shops are great to take a walk after your meal at the Essenhaus. Located in Middlebury, IN - 30 minutes east of South Bend.