I lived in Carmel for several years and I'm there regularly (and love to check out new places and revisit old faves)- so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite places. This is part 1. If you have a favorite place in Carmel, let me know and leave me a note in the comments. -A.
p.s. I'm cheating a bit as one of the places listed below is technically in Indy... but it's close enough to Carmel for me so I'm putting them on the list:)
Carmel Farmers Market, 5 Center Green (corner of City Center Dr. and S.W. 3rd St.), Carmel (Saturdays through October 5)
At this mega market you'll find over 60 vendors. On a recent visit I left with a few loaves of bread, a pretzel (guess I was on a carb kick:) and some Indiana tomatoes. Be sure to get there early to find parking. This is a popular market and vendors do run out of items, sometimes. Sadly, dogs are not allowed at this market. No worries, though, there are plenty of dog-friendly places in Carmel.
Joe's Butcher Shop, 111 W. Main St., Suite 110, Carmel (317) 846-8877
You'll find a large selection of meat, seafood and gourmet grocery items. I was thrilled to find thinly sliced steak, which I purchased for steak sandwiches (which I served on crusty rolls, with a bit of carmelized onions). I'm also a fan of their addictive Sally's Very Veggie Dip.
Moochie & Co., 14395 Clay Terrace Blvd. (next to Kona Grill), Carmel (317) 569-1127
I'm all about my dog, Louis and I had fun walking around checking out all the dog treats, toys, and accessories. I left with a few cookies, which Louis loved. This is a place to spoil your dog.Muldoon's, 111 W. Main St., Suite 100, Carmel (317) 571-1116
I used to live a few blocks from Muldoon’s and it was one of my go-tos for drinks or dinner. On a recent visit (after the Carmel Farmers Market), a group of us sat on the patio for lunch. I recently tried their fried chicken sandwich (a large enough sandwich to share), with just the right amount of breading, lettuce, tomato and a bit of mustard. Add a slide of coleslaw and it’s the makings for an ideal Saturday lunch. I recently learned that the outdoor patio is dog-friendly, so I’ll definitely be back with Louis. *If you're a fan of tenderloin sandwiches, their mini tenderloin sandwich is a must. And, they pour a good martini:)
ReStyled, 21 S. Rangeline Rd., Carmel (317) 564-8001.
At this so cute shabby-chic(esque) store you’ll find dressers, lamps and all sorts of repurposed furniture (inexpensive!). I recently stopped in to purchase some Chalk Paint®. Not chalkboard paint, but Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan so you can get that repurposed look at home (without using primers, etc.) The Chalk Paint® is available in a variety of colors. Classes/workshops available.
Rosie's Garden & Nursery, 10402 N. College Ave., Indy (317) 844-6340.There are over 12 acres of plants, flowers, fountains and outdoor décor at this garden center oasis. At first walk through, there are several high end items, like their gorgeous fountains. But dig a bit deeper and you'll find a large selection of reasonably priced annuals and perennials that you will not see in regular stores. I recently stopped in after I had some time before an appointment and I left with a few plants to add to some flowers at home and some advice on gardenia plants (their staff is very helpful). I’ve got my eye on a banana leaf planter and an inexpensive bonsai tree. Very good reasons to come back.