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Shopping and Dining

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Shopping and dining in Boone County is a real treat. Its communities are teeming with a superb blend of businesses offering a variety of products and customer service with that special small-town charm. “The majority of [Boone County] businesses are family-owned, offering great food and unique gift items,” says Carol Marquiss, President of the Zionsville Merchants Association. “You won’t find the majority of these shops and dining establishments anywhere else.”

Working on a big project in the home? Several home improvement stores are established throughout Boone County, notably Kramer Lumber and Carter Lumber (both in Lebanon), as well as Lowe’s and Akards True Value (both in Zionsville). Those just looking to dress up a home revel in the selection of unique antique shops and art galleries, as well as furniture stores like Home Furniture in Lebanon or Love’s Furniture in Zionsville. Wonderful specialty shops include Faucett & Flame (Lebanon), which offers soy-based candles, soaps and body care products, and the Village Clock Shop (Zionsville), Indiana’s oldest and largest clock shop. The area is also home to various fashion-forward boutiques, including Lesley Janes, Lilly’s and Charisma (all in Zionsville). These shops, along with local chocolatiers Donaldson’s (Lebanon) and Ganache (Zionsville) and various florists, also stand as fantastic places to find that perfect gift for someone special.

Grocery chains and convenience stores, children’s apparel, shoe stores, toy shops, jewelers, pet stores, music stores, and large-scale department stores are among the further retail options in the county. And if you can’t find it here, the resources of Indianapolis and Lafayette are within a 30-minute drive. These big cities are brimming with regional shopping malls and lifestyle centers, which host a range of national chain retailers and locally owned stores.

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A day of retail therapy can certainly work up an appetite—and Boone County restaurants are ready to serve. Whether it’s a quick snack and a cup of coffee at a local coffeehouse or a sit-down meal with friends and family at one of the many restaurants, Boone County is sure to meet any need when it comes to dining.

American classics compose the menus at Patrick’s Kitchen & Drinks (Zionsville), DC’s Pub (Whitestown), Arni’s (Lebanon), and Dick & Judy’s Restaurant (Jamestown), while prime steaks and fresh seafood are served up at the Cobblestone Grill and Noah Grant’s (both in Zionsville). Savory barbecue is tops at Parky’s Smokehouse and K & R Hogwild Barbeque (both in Lebanon). For a lighter meal or a flavorful cup of joe, make sure to stop in The Cottage on Pearl (Thorntown), Eagle Creek Coffee Company (Zionsville), or The Coffee Shop (Lebanon), and of course Starbucks in Lebanon and Zionsville. And when that sweet tooth needs some satisfying, one can take pleasure in the treats at the local Dairy Queen (Zionsville) or the Milkyway (Lebanon), which are two popular spots in the warm summer months.

Included in the mix is an assortment of ethnic dining options. Exquisite French cuisine is served up at Bijou (Lebanon), Greek and Mediterranean delights are discovered at Zorbas (Zionsville), and Asian infused menus are enjoyed at the Rice Cooker (Zionsville). That’s not all. Diners savor mouthwatering Italian dishes at Zionsville’s Il Villagio and Amore’s. Spicy Mexican foods are best at El Jaripeo (Lebanon) and El Rodeo (Zionsville). Of course, the all-American Friday night favorite, pizza, can be found throughout the county from “famous” local eateries like Arni’s in Lebanon or Pizza King and Amore’s in Zionsville, or from chains like Donato’s, Papa Johns and Pizza Hut.

Above all other dishes, Indiana is known for its pork tenderloin sandwiches. The delicious Hoosier pork tenderloin sandwich is one-of-a-kind, bringing together a generous slab of breaded pork tenderloin with lettuce, mayonnaise, tomato, pickle and a splash of mustard stacked between a hearty bun. Top restaurants in Boone County offering the famous sandwich are Stookey’s (Thorntown), The Friendly Tavern (Zionsville), DC’s Pub (Whitestown), and the Carolina Grill in Zionsville’s Stonegate subdivision. The merchants and restaurateurs of Boone County find great support through one another and through strong partnerships with several local organizations. Entities such as the Boone County Chamber of Commerce, Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, Zionsville Merchants Association, Lebanon Revitalization Committee, and Boone County Convention & Visitors Bureau work diligently to promote and ensure the success of these cherished local establishments.

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