'Tis the season

Ten Magical Places to Shop Local in the Evansville Region

Make Santa Proud by Shopping Locally This Holiday Season

Why bundle up and take your sleigh to a big box store when you can find high-quality, one-of-a-kind gifts at local stores in the greater Evansville area? From custom jewelry to unique houseplants and small-batch organic skincare, check everyone off your list while making a difference in the Evansville Region. Remember the E-Shop is always open so you can play Santa 24/7 - or at least until your holiday shopping list is completely checked off!

We've Curated a Few Locally Owned Places You Can Shop in the Evansville Region

Make your list and check it twice because Mr. Claus called, and he said you should be shopping locally this season. So don your merriest garb, and don’t forget your best pair of walking shoes because it’s time to explore some of Santa’s sublime shopping places in the Evansville Region and stock up on gifts for everyone.


The e-Shop

It doesn’t get more local than this. Earn extra bonus points and get yourself onto Santa’s nice list when you shop the always-open online e-Shop. Why hide your love of your hometown when you can share it with others? P.S. - Santa told us that the Evansville Region is his favorite stop, and you might even catch a glimpse of ole Kris Kringle himself in some of the eye-catching e merch.


Hours: Always open!
Address: Online only (hello, convenience!)
Known for: Helping spread that Evansville Region magic wherever you go with apparel, accessories, and everything in between.
Click here for more info



The Newburgh Mercantile

You’ll certainly feel like a kid on Christmas morning in the Newburgh Mercantile. This may be one of the few places in the Evansville Region where you can check everyone off your list in just one stop - all while sipping on a local cup of joe. Shop locally-themed apparel to stay toasty all winter long or peruse the massive collection of handmade goods - you can’t go wrong. Now, go on and send the little helper elves back to Santa; your work here is done! 

Tues - Sat: 9 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: Noon - 4 PM
Address: 224 W. Jenning St., Newburgh, IN
Known for: The most perfect curated collection of a little bit of everything: handmade artisan local goods, candles, Evansville-themed apparel, and so much more.
Visit the Newburgh Mercantile online for more info


The Olive Leaf

If you’re in the market for boutique goods, Rudolph’s red nose will likely guide your sleigh straight to The Olive Leaf. From clothes to jewelry to stationery and kitchen accessories, there’s a good chance you might spot Santa grabbing a few gifts for Mrs. Claus while you’re there. But don’t say we didn’t warn you, though; you may not be able to resist picking up a few gifts for yourself while you’re there.

Tues - Fri: 10 AM - 5 PM
Sat: 10 AM - 2 PM
Address: 136 N. Main St., Henderson, KY 42420
Known for: A little bit of everything in that fresh and funky kinda way. Candles, cards, unique Christmas ornaments, and so much more.
Visit The Olive Leaf online for more info



We know one thing for sure: we wish Santa could bottle up how it feels to step into the magical world of Memo and put it under our tree for Christmas. While there’s nothing technically wrong about the paper goods you can find at big box stores, the curated collection of stationery, writing supplies, and other paper goods will have you feeling like a kid in Willy Wonka’s factory. Oh, and it’ll have you feeling like a kid on Christmas morning when that special someone discovers you picked up the perfect gift at Memo.

10 AM - 7 PM Daily
Address: 209 Main St., Evansville, IN
Known for: Anything and everything paper goods. One-of-a-kind stationary, specialty cards, and even supplies for the budding artist.
Visit Memo online for more info


Emerald Design

We all have that person in our lives - the one that doesn’t need (or want) any more stuff. Naturally, finding the perfect gift for that person can feel like an impossible task, but that’s where Emerald Design comes in. Whether you’re looking for something for the green thumb in your life or want fresh flowers delivered to a loved one weekly, Emerald Design is the perfect local shop to find your holiday gifts.

Tues - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM
Address: 425 Main St., Suite 12, Evansville, IN
Known for: Breathtaking floral arrangements, a myriad collection of houseplants for the greenest of thumbs, and all the accessories.
Visit Emerald Design online for more info


Sixth and Zero

Check Santa’s nice list, and you’ll undoubtedly find that friend or family member committed to living a sustainable lifestyle. But sourcing the perfect eco-conscious gift can feel almost more daunting than reducing your eco-footprint. Well, folks, the friendly people at Sixth and Zero have everything you could possibly need. From handmade, organic skincare products to plant-powered laundry sheets, you’ll find just what you need for that eco-friendly person on your list.

Monday: 10 AM - 2 PM
Tues - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM
Address: 425 Main St., Evansville, IN
Known for: Small-batch skincare and refillable bulk home products, eco-friendly paper products, and kitchen essentials.
Visit Sixth and Zero online for more info


Turley Mfg. Jewelers

Silver and gold, silver and gold - jewelry that is. There’s no better way to ring in the holidays than with a bit of glitz and glam from Turley Mfg. Jewelers under the tree. You can peruse their wide selection of timeless watches (pun intended) or work with their team to create a one-of-a-kind piece that’ll be sure to delight on Christmas morning. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with a Turley box under the tree.

Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM
Address: 14 NW 3rd St, Evansville, IN
Known for: Local, handmade heirloom-quality pieces and custom jewelry for anyone and everyone.
Visit Turley Mfg Jewelers online for more info


The Great Outdoors

Word on the street is that Santa’s donning his best camo and loading up his sleigh with all the outdoorsy goods this year. Take a page out of his book and head to the Great Outdoors to find the perfect local gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people in your life. Whether you’re looking for entry-level firearms, apparel for the upcoming hunting season, or top-of-the-line camping gear, the Great Outdoors has you covered. 

Tues - Fri: 9 AM - 6 PM
Sat: 8 AM - 3 PM
Address: 317 US-231, Jasper, IN 47546
Known for: Anything and everything you could possibly need for your great outdoor adventures. Hunting gear, specialty knives, and even apparel for the sportsperson in your life.
Visit The Great Outdoors online for more info


Sweet Pea’s Gift Shop

Being Santa ain’t easy, especially considering the mix of personalities and preferences at the Christmas dinner table. But don’t fret; you’ll be shouting "Yipee!" with reindeer-level glee once you step foot into Sweet Pea’s Gift Shop. From clothes to home decor, you can easily check everyone off your list with this single stop. Now, you’ll have plenty of time to get those fresh-baked cookies for Santa’s arrival.

Tues - Fri: 10 AM - 5 PM
Sat: 10 AM - 2 PM
Address: 136 N. Main St., Henderson, KY 42420
Known for: The perfect blend of Santa’s favorite goodies. Candles, tumblers, apparel, kitchen goods, and more.
Visit Sweet Pea's Gift Shop online for more info

Here’s How Shopping Local Can Make a Difference

Shopping at Big Box stores often seems like the most convenient, cost-effective option for getting what you need. Whether that’s household essentials or your everyday groceries, for most of us, big retailers like Amazon and Wal-Mart are default shopping places. Quick, easy, convenient - it doesn’t sound like you could go wrong.

However, the reality is that shopping locally isn’t just good for you; there are tons of ways you can make an impact in your community by choosing to shop locally.

Help the Local Economy Thrive

When they first put down roots, big commercial retailers are often incentivized with tax breaks from local governments. That means a fraction of what you spend at these stores gets reinvested into your local community.

In general, shopping at locally owned & operated stores helps support the local economy by creating sales tax revenue that goes directly back to the community. Unlike commercial chain retailers, local shops are an integral part of the local economy. Every time you choose to shop locally, you can sleep well knowing that the tax dollars that you help create get reinvested into your local community for roads, public parks, and cultural icons that you can benefit from for years to come.

Reduce Your Eco Footprint

Free two-day shipping is the epitome of convenience, but it may be the most significant contributor to your carbon footprint. It’s true that shopping online has the potential to reduce your carbon footprint, especially in rural areas or if you have to drive to multiple places to get everything you need. 

However, for those close to local shops, you can make a big impact on your carbon footprint by simply choosing to shop locally. Plus, many local shops offer online shopping with in-store pickup, making shopping effortlessly convenient. Bonus points if you live close enough to walk or ride your bike to pick up your purchases!

Create & Support Local Jobs

Buying things locally doesn’t just benefit the economy thanks to boosted tax revenue; you’re also helping create and support innumerable local jobs. Seriously - don’t underestimate the impact that small, local businesses have on communities. In fact, over the last 25 years, they’ve accounted for two out of every three jobs added in the private sector. Take that, big box stores! 

The Evansville Region surely would not look like it does today without the thriving small businesses. Shopping locally this holiday season is one of the easiest ways to give the Region a little bit more of that Midwest magic.

Save Money

Sometimes, it can be hard to resist those eye-catching “deals” from big box stores. But you may not be getting as good of a deal as you initially thought. That’s because there’s far more invested in bringing goods to you from further away. More money is invested in time, labor, and shipping costs, which can drive up the price of goods.

When you choose to shop local, you get to bypass those sneaky costs. So why shop for produce, goods, and gifts from far away when it may be more cost-effective to purchase the same items locally? And in this economy, every dollar counts.