New Urban Experience
If poking around quaint, fashionable and unique shops is your thing, get up to the Northside of Indy and take in the historic towns of Carmel and Noblesville and visit Clay Terrace, an open-air shopping center.
Carmel Arts & Design District (carmelartsanddesign.com) has unique boutiques, specialty retail stores and eight galleries featuring painting, sculpture, photography, art glass and more from local and international artists working in contemporary styles from impressionism to neo-realism. Donít be fooled by the amazingly lifelike sculptures sprinkled throughout the districtís sidewalks, created by renowned artist J.
Seward Johnson, Jr. Within the district is Carmel Old Town Antique Mall (carmeloldtownantiquemall.com), with 62 shops featuring antique goods from jewelry to home goods and clothing.
Noblesville has a charming historic downtown (noblesvillemainstreet.org). Shop for antiques and other treasures at the Noblesville Emporium and Antique Mall (noblesvilleantiquemall.com), composed of 225 shops. Donít miss the Hamilton County Museum of History (noblesvillemainstreet.org/old_jail) at the notorious Courthouse Square Jail, where a teenage Charles Manson did time for petty theft, and the unique Indiana Transportation Museum (itm.org), showcasing authentic railway cars, from locomotives to cabooses.
Clay Terrace (clayterrace.com) is a people-friendly open-air style mall with more than 80 shops lining a large public walkway. Antique lighting and pleasant landscaping help create a town square feel. Happily, Clay Terrace is also home to many restaurants that are allergy-friendly.