Fall Meanderings: Goshen, Indiana

I’m not sure what I expected to find on a recent jaunt to Goshen, Indiana, but I guarantee I didn’t expect to find the level of sophistication in the food and shopping offerings!

 

 The Goshen Courthouse on a beautiful fall day.

The Goshen Courthouse on a beautiful fall day.

My best find of the day was a store called “Found.” —All puns intended….

 Plan on a good hour or more to explore all of the goodies at Found.

Plan on a good hour or more to explore all of the goodies at Found.

Just read the sign on the store window.  What more could you want?  My friend and I spent well over an hour there, had lunch, did more shopping, then came back and spent another 45 minutes.  I still don’t feel like I absorbed all of the interesting details and stories that are associated with the items in the store.  After leaving and unwrapping my purchases at home, I felt as if I’d been on an overseas adventure and was bringing home souvenirs!

 

 Interior of Found. Transported me to China, Cambodia, Ethiopia. Not what I expected in Goshen!

Interior of Found. Transported me to China, Cambodia, Ethiopia. Not what I expected in Goshen!

Notice the icons in the picture above.  These are handpainted and came from Bulgaria, as did some amazing metal boxes.  The craftsman creates these boxes for the Bulgarian National Museum in Sofia and also for the Graber family, the proprietors of Found.

 Another interior shot. Words just cannot describe the depth of the offerings here. Pictures help!

Another interior shot. Words just cannot describe the depth of the offerings here. Pictures help!

 Found is also a venue for the Graber family art.  Ten Graber family members contribute, including sister Jane who makes the most detailed miniature stoneware which is wheel thrown and hand painted.

 Jane’s pottery displayed by one of those amazing icons.

Jane’s pottery displayed by one of those amazing icons.

Next up was lunch!  In our brief, didn’t even scratch the surface, day, we discovered two great spots for lunch.  Word of warning—they close early!  Kelly Jae’s Cafe closes at 1 pm at lunch time and Venturi’s pizza was luckily open just slightly later.  I know we missed out by not making it to Kelly Jae’s in time, but the silver lining was the amazing pizza of the day at Venturi’s–a fig paste, goat cheese, Gorgonzola, prosciutto, arugula, balasamic, truffle oil, and walnut delight!

 

 This is what we missed by dawdling at Found. Next time!

This is what we missed by dawdling at Found. Next time!

 But this is the delish pizza we ate. Happy mistake!

But this is the delish pizza we ate. Happy mistake!

Goshen is ripe for a return trip.  I would love to go back and explore the antique mall again–where I found a few items I collect and a few more that I might start collecting.  Also, the Old Bag Factory is always a destination.  Next time!!!