One of the things I’m loving while Out and About in Newburgh is checking out all the local shops. You can find items you wouldn’t see at a big box store, find handcrafted items, and items that are for a cause.
I’ve gotten to almost all the shops in the downtown Newburgh area. Let’s start with my favorite new clothing store, Amerie located at 10 W. Jennings St.
This is probably my favorite shop to visit for myself. Shop With Purpose is their motto. All the items have a purpose. They are either Fair Trade items, help support charities, and the store itself has monthly charities they donate sales to as well. Read more here!
I have bought multiple shirts and dresses there, and am in love with the Grace and Lace brand.
There is also new stuff coming in plus now an online store. My kids really like the soapstone animals and felted bags. Since these items come from charity based companies they don’t have a lot of stock. If you see something you like get it quick before it is sold out!
Here is some of the fabulous things I have found! I have some more items I need to get pictures of. I got a couple of the high-low extenders (it is the ruffle part sticking out in the picture. It is made like a very stretchy slip. I love that I can now wear a shirt with it like a dress or the shirt alone with leggings.
Edited to add pics of the extenders and how they look with the tunics. The tunics can also be worn with leggings and jeans!
I was able to sneak in some exercise when taking the kids on our Out and About adventures.
This Summer I have been taking the kids on short walks while with the promised of a visit to The Refinery for a soda afterwards for them and a Cold Brew for me from Lucid..everyone wins! When they head back to school I will be back to walking the full (or fuller) Rivertown Trail in Newburgh, IN.
I think my favorite thing (other than feeling safe) is there is plenty to see! I get bored too easily, so I love being out with lots to look at.
We see barges almost every walk going to and from the Lock and Dam.
The current trail starts by Yorkshire Rd.(meets Frame Road)/Hwy. 662 behind the building with the fire truck (you can’t miss it!) and ends at the New Lock and Dam. You start on the trail
Near the beginning of the trail. This is a 1920 pony truss bridge that was brought here to use as a pedestrian bridge.
onto Water St.
Bike and Walking lane on Water St. Also where the Farmer’s Market is held on Saturdays.
then to French Island Trail past the Old Lock and Dam
The Old Lock and Dam, where the Fireworks are held and the Civil War Reenactment.
then the trail picks up and you go up and over the hill to the New Lock and Dam. If you walk this and back it is around 6 miles!
I enjoy walking down here a lot! You have a walking lane for the first part, then sidewalk and pavement the rest. The only part that may concern you is on French Island Trail you are right next to traffic coming through. I avoid that part when walking with the kids.
With the kids I like to start at the Old Lock and Dam on French Island Trail just east of the downtown area. We then walk to the start of the trail, and by the time we turn around and go to The Refinery and Lucid we have hit the 30 minute mark. After our break we finish our walk or browse the shops.
I love this aquarium, and if I lived locally it is where I’d spend all my time. You have two buildings to explore from top to bottom. One is the Ocean Building with your sharks, jellyfish, sting rays, butterflies, etc. The other is the River Journey building with alligators, sea horses, Sturgeon, etc. The flow in the buildings is wonderful! You aren’t being “herded” from one exhibit to another. The main tank being in the center, and you walking around it as you descend gives you great views on every level!
We went to the aquarium in 2012, and I couldn’t wait to go back. We bought a membership this year, so we wouldn’t have to cram it all in one day. Downtown Chattanooga has a bunch of shops, restaurants, and a fabulous walking bridge. A one day visit would be $97.80 for our family of four. We instead paid $145 for a year, and went two days during our stay. Paid for itself right off the bat!
We also booked a Backstage Pass for $14 per member (savings of $3 each being a member). Plus we get 10% off in the gift shop. Be sure to check the Chattanooga Fun site for a $5 off $20 Tennessee Aquarium gift shop purchase as well.
The Backstage Pass we did the Backstage Pass Tour: River Journey Building. It was pretty cool seeing the back rooms where they are hatching jelly fish and sharks.
Next visit we are staying downtown! It is fantastic, with lots of shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and places to roam. There is the Hunter Art Museum we want to check out, and all the shops across the walking bridge. We did manage to try Chattz on the Market (freshly roasted coffee beans)Sticky Fingers (Great ribs and peach cobbler), Cheeburger Cheeburger (Cool atmosphere), and The Moonpie General Store (they make them in Chattanooga) while down there visiting the aquarium. You can also walk across the Tennessee River on the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridgeto Coolidge Park where there are animal fountains and an antique carousel. Our next visit we will check out the shops and restaurants over there. This is the alley to the park, and we spent a lot of time looking at the interesting graffiti.
I recommend following Chattanooga Fun on Instagram. I keep finding new things to check out next time! There is also a Downtown Chattanooga site with information about downtown activities and businesses plus the free electric shuttle they have!
What’s great is your at most 20 minutes from these all these other wonderful attractions:
This is a must go place, and even with little ones it is fine. Our first visit our daughter was 3, and she loved all the paths and walking under rocks etc. plus the whole building that was a black light Mother Goose village. It is the perfect place to be on a hot day. It is so nice and cool up there. Be prepared on a cooler day for jackets. There are trails for the braver (suspended bridge) or us less daring folks. You have great views and plenty of photo ops.
They also had a bird show called the Rock City Raptors. It was very interesting to learn how the birds hunt, and my Hubs got involved in the demonstration as a cow for the vulture!
This was our first visit to Ruby Falls. You go down an elevator to the falls. I thought you ride down step out and there it is…nope. You are down there about an hour. You have some narrow paths that are two-way traffic. Sometimes that is tight squeezing up against the wall while another group goes through. Be aware if you have trouble with walking or have little ones who tire easily..lots of steps and walking. It is very beautiful. You will get a few minutes in the dark to take photos, so be prepared with the right camera or phone for this. Then you can go outside on top of the building for quite a view of Chattanooga.
My daughter has loved trains for years, but hasn’t gotten to ride a real one. We had on and off rain our whole stay, but that was fine for a little train ride. It is only about an hour ride. You get to see how they turn the big steam engines around, and can explore the cars in the train yard.
This is a very small zoo. There isn’t even a stroller rental available. The zoo is clean, easy to walk, and new looking. It is part of our AZA reciprocal program so it is a free one for us. It is a nice way to spend an hour or two, and little ones can walk it okay too. They even have my favorite animal, Red Pandas. After we went they started offering animal encounters with them!! If only that was available when we were there. We only got a few minutes to explore the day we went, so I am sharing pictures from our previous trip in 2012.
This is on Lookout Mountain by the entrance to Point Park, and at the top of the Incline Railway, which I’m still not brave enough to do. It isn’t a fast ride, but steep. Heights are not a favorite thing of mine. We do like a little something educational on vacations. The Hubs likes history, so this was a winner. It is a full model of Chattanooga. The story is told in the darkened room with the lights on the model showing what happened. It was pretty cool.
Chattanooga is one of those spots I would live, if not for the winters they get (we hate ice). I will have to settle for visiting as often as I can!
Since I’m obsessed with food trucks, and have been seeing so many posts on Facebook and Instagram about who is there we made our way to the Franklin Street Bazaar. It is held on the grounds of the West Branch Library on Franklin Street on Saturdays (June 18-September 17, 2016) 9 AM- 1 PM and hosted by the Franklin Street Events Association.
It is a fairly busy place with lots of people, strollers, and dogs. I didn’t get many pictures with it being like this. This one shows all the food trucks lined up on Franklin. The booths are all behind them.
What’s at the bazaar?
Only handcrafted/grown items are sold or skill/educational booths are there. There are no Origami Owl, Scentsy, Tupperware, etc. type booths like you see at craft shows.
There were a variety of produce stands, knife sharpening, tarot reading, hand sewn items, drinks, baked goods, etc.
What’s to eat?
Oh boy!! There is lots to eat and drink!! There was fudge, coffee, hot dogs, tamales, brownies, juices, pizza, Chinese, bbq, cookies, breads, gelato, and even crepes.
Who was there?
I will try to list off who I can remember seeing or visiting along with their Facebook pages:
Lucid Coffee with iced tea and cold brew coffee (You know I love this place!) 3 Chicks Fudgery with a variety of yummy fudges (I love peanut butter!!)
The Lunchbox had their BBQ Cheese Fries and sandwiches (Yes, BBQ Cheese Fries)
iPICKHERE offers you homegrown items you pick out online and pick up at one of the designated places. Snickerdoodle has had classes or activities for kids listed on their Facebook page during some of the famer’s markets. Salvage Sculpture makes art pieces from scrap or salvaged metal. He has the most beautiful owl I want so much! Be Happy Pie Company has full sized pies and pie bites. The apple pie bite was so good and had that great homemade taste.
There are so many more!! There is a lot to see, and so much to eat! I enjoyed spending a cheat day there…gives me lots of motivation to work hard that week for some delicious treats.
I wish someone was selling just sodas at a table. The toughest part besides sitting on the edge of sidewalk to eat was finding drinks.
I love coffee! I love the smell, the taste, and the look. I however was having some trouble drinking more than a cup a day without some stomach upset. I noticed when I would stop at the local coffee shop, Lucid, the Cold Brew coffee didn’t bother me. It was on accident I even got it in the first place…I was being cautious with my calories and just straight coffee has 0. I really feel no need to add any sugar or anything to it.
While waiting for a cup a few weeks ago I noticed boxes on the shelf with Toddy on them. The guy working there filled me in on how they worked, and at $35 (I’m paying $3.50 a cup as it was) it was worth a shot. I just bought a Toddy system at Lucid yesterday.
Important: Make sure you use coarsely ground coffee to avoid clogging! Most grocery stores have grinders you can grind your own.
What is Cold Brew?
To put it in my own words it is steeping (think tea bag without the bag) without heat…letting the grounds flavor the water over time (hours and hours). Here is a link that I found helpful about the difference in acid and taste. I really had no idea what it was…I just knew I liked it, but figured you might want a little more than that.
It is pretty straight forward in use:
You have this big plastic container. Put a stopper in the bottom, moistened the filter (looks more like an aquarium style pad filter) and place in the bottom. Add 1 cup of water, 6 ounces of ground coffee, 3 cups of water…let sit for 5 minutes….add 6 more ounces of ground coffee and 3 more cups of water. Get all the grounds wet, and then let it steep. The directions say on the counter, but in the shop he told me the refrigerator and I’m going with that.
Then you will get the glass carafe, remove the stopper and let it drain in.
You end up with a super concentrated coffee. Mixing is suggested in the manual to be 1:3 ratio of coffee to water. You could use cold or hot water..take your pick. I think it all depends on taste, and I will be experimenting with this for myself. This will keep abut 2 weeks!! The filters are “reusable” for 4-5 times. I was told to keep damp and in the fridge. I will put it in a Ziploc. It does come with 2 of these filters, and even for me it will be a while before I need to order.
How did it go?
Well, the first time I had barely any coffee! I realized that I used commercially ground coffee, and that isn’t the best for this. The Toddy needs coarsely ground like for a French Press.
Take two I caught that I missed adding 3 cups of water!! Yikes, no wonder I got so littler coffee.
The second time I got a lot more coffee out, but still had trouble with it clogging. I may be stirring up the grounds too much like the directions advise against doing.
I tried to see if I could dump it out and clean the filter and put it back in to get the last bits…don’t do that! I had coffee on the stove and floor to clean up from that idea.
It will take some practice, but I got a good amount of coffee for me. I should’ve measured…too bad there are no measurement markings on the carafe.
Read and Read the directions a second time. I was so worried about how the device went together and worked I missed the part about the coffee grounds. Then saw I missed a measurement.
I am happy with it overall. The coffee had a good taste, and I will have to find the right bean for me, or see if the coffee shop sells it themselves.
I’ve been inspired to start a new series about the local shops, restaurants, and attractions. I love finding them when we go on vacation or in our hometown. The kids love the adventure of wandering around and checking out new places, especially if these places sell snacks!
This week’s Out and About in Newburgh, IN will be on The Refinery and Lucid.
The Refinery and Lucid are in the old Newburgh Country Store located at 224 W. Jennings Street in Downtown Newburgh. It is just a block north of the River Walk through Newburgh, so it is a short detour while walking to grab a little “Go Juice”.
The hours are different for the two businesses, but it is all one space you can explore it all. Now you can even go upstairs to enjoy your coffee or relax.
A little trivia…this building used to be St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (now on Frame Road a couple minutes away). You can see the St. John sign when you enter, where the stain glass used to be, and the gorgeous ceiling!
Wednesdays (May 4- August 31) from 3-7 PM they have a Farm to Truck Market. There is one or sometimes two local food trucks there, Aficinado Farms with fresh produce, as well as Englebrecht’s with fruit and apple cider slushes.
The Refinery is a fun shop! My kinds love the old time (and newer) self serve candies.
I find something new every time I go there. So far I have bought one (unpainted) suitcase for the daughter for a project.
Then I bought this massive and gorgeous steam trunk for a big old project for myself.
I love all the new, old, and refurbished items…shovels into chairs, painted suitcases, soaps, towels, and paints for your own projects (They offer classes for those as well!)
Lucid is a coffee bar serving up a variety of hot and cold coffees and teas. I haven’t explored many of the drinks. I am all about the Cold Brew coffee! I’ve got to get in there this week to have some plus they sell a home cold brewing system called Toddy I finally got on my visit today. You can learn more at the Toddy site, but Lucid was able to tell me all about the unit, how to use it, and are easy to ask any questions that may come up.
Besides drinks they have pastries that change up, but I seem to always see the massive cinnamon rolls when I go in there.
If coffee/tea isn’t your thing the old red refrigerator has water and glass bottle sodas in it! The kids think this is the coolest thing.
I love this place! There is always something new to see, the people are so nice, and it completely supports my coffee addiction. In all seriousness this was such a neat building with so much history. I hate to see buildings left to just rot away, so it is great to see it be used and becoming a hot spot!
As a part of US Family Guide I received a couple of the new LEGO Santoki items to try, and a cute astronaut mini kit in exchange for sharing my opinion.
I was super excited about these items! I am all about containers, and everything having it’s place. The organizer is so cute, and all the markers, pens, and erasers snap into place. That is great, and for travel and general bouncing around will keep them in place.
The quality of the pen and marker I got is what I would expect from LEGO. They are definitely well made and sturdy. I like the idea of all of this, but let’s get into my issues, questions, and suggestions!
Yeah, these are not your standard marker prices. A pack of 9 markers on the LEGO site is $19.99. That organizer I loved is $39.99, and comes empty! This is a lot to pay, for something I know my kids forget to put the caps on rendering them useless. That brings us to the next issue.
Reusability (Is that a word?)
I don’t see a way to refill these pens and markers when they run out of ink. I hope that is something they will offer.
If they don’t have a refill, what about the pieces themselves? I tried to pry off the bricks..nope. They stay on.
I wouldn’t mind (as much) the price if I could either refill the items, or at least scavenge the bricks.
I think it is a clever idea, and a good start. There is room for improvement as stated, and I look forward to whatever LEGO comes out with next!
Disclaimer: As a US Family Blogger I got to go eat dinner, play games, and play rides with my family in exchange with sharing my opinions of Incredible Pizza.
We were on our last leg of our vacation, and Memphis, TN was going to be our final hotel stay. We stayed in the Germantown area, which ended up just being a few minutes from the Memphis Incredible Pizza Company! We had been to them in Indy and St. Louis. Our Indy one closed, and I WISH we could get one here in Southern Indiana.
We threw our stuff in the hotel and headed over. I would say you need 2-3 hours to get a good feel for the place. You eat, ride rides, play games, get prizes, and eat some more!
We were there from 6:30-9:30 (closing) and still we were rushing at the end to get some dessert before we left!
The staff was really friendly..the guys making the pizzas wanted to make sure you got one you liked. You can pick and chose how you spend your visit. You can buy game cards and play those, ride tickets or pass that include non prize games, or mix and match. Here is a great coupon from US Family (exp. 12/31/16) that I had with me in case I needed to buy dinner.
Get a 99 cent All-You-Can-Eat Buffet with a $15 Game Card Purchase at America’s Incredible Pizza Company.
Not valid with any other offer or discount. Can not be used towards a private birthday party, fundraising event or private group event. Valid at the Memphis, Springfield, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Tulsa locations only.
Huge! It has more rides than I have seen at the others. There are multiple rooms to eat your dinner, all themed. You can go to the Drive-In, a Sports room, Family room, etc. The food is all over to the side, which I liked. That made the main floor so much more open and easier to get around.
Yum! We had pizza, salad, garlic bread, and some dessert. There was also pasta, taco and nacho fixings, ice cream, and slushies. I wish I had an extra 30 minutes for dessert!
There was a 4D theater, bumper cars, go karts, lazer tag, mini bowling, and even a spinny roller coaster one. These will take time, so if you buy a ride pass use those first.
They seemed to range in price from 50 cents to $2, but I really didn’t pay a ton of attention to the game costs. The prize area was nice that you could shop and then checkout with your items. That gives the kids plenty (may too much for mine) time to look!
We had a lot of fun! My kids were completely wound up afterwards, so that is a success. It was a great time to just unwind a bit after a 7 hour car ride! We will go back to this one, and any other Incredible Pizza we can find around us.
(I am a US Family Blogger. This is a sponsored post if I am picked I will also do a review in exchange for a giftcard to use at the restaurant)
We have been to Incredible Pizza in Indianapolis and loved it!! Sadly that location closed, but I am glad to see there are still more around and we will be by one in Memphis later this month! Whether or not I get picked to go do a review I think we will take the kids to go check it out!
Fun, Food and Family America’s Incredible Pizza Company is the place to find it all! Incredible Pizza Company delivers high energy and a quality experience for the entire family. After enjoying our freshly homemade buffet; enter our world famous Fair Grounds and play over 100 arcade and carnival style games.
Race to the finish line while driving our go karts, get lost in a friendly game of laser tag, get a hole-in-one while playing glow golf, and spin away on the bumper cars and more! So whether you’re 6 or 60, enter our fairgrounds and have an incredible time while making memories that will last a lifetime!
Get a 99 cent All-You-Can-Eat Buffet with a $15 Game Card Purchase at America’s Incredible Pizza Company.
Let’s get the disclaimer stuff out of the way…I got 4 free tickets in exchange for hosting a giveaway, promoting the event on my blog, Facebook, etc. and writing a review after as a US Family Guide blogger. Let me add…I was going to go this whether I got free tickets or not! I had a hotel booked for a good month before I got picked.
This was our second LEGO KidsFest. Last year we went to the one in St. Louis, which was a lot of fun and I expected the same this year. Yes, it was a great time! The format is very similar to the previous one.
We had a parking fee this year for the Kentucky Expo Center and had more traffic to deal with directly this time coming and going. It is a very busy area with the stadium, Kentucky Kingdom, huge expo center, and airport all right there. We were directed easily to what gate to enter. We had a simple bag check (just open it and they look..no biggie!), scan our ticket, and off you go!
There were some statues that they had last year, some same exhibits, but also new exhibits like LEGO Dimensions and Star Wars The Force Awakens statues.
We went to all the parts with the stars on the map first, because we learned before that those are the prize areas. They were changed a bit this year. We got something to eat..lots of food choices for event type prices. Then we went to do some more activities before heading to the hotel. We spent 4 hours there, and could use another couple hours to get everything done.
We were actually able to do the challenge zone where they either build a bridge in 5 minutes and put it to a weight challenge (one held 100 pounds!!), or a tallest tower challenge. It was constantly packed last year, and we were shocked to be able to do it.
This event area while kinda crazy to get in and out was massive!! It made moving around easy and there were few bottle necks at stations.
The one we waited longest was either the challenge or LEGO Dimensions. The Dimensions one drove me nuts, because my kids got this game for Christmas and has anyone played it??? NO…not until LEGO KidsFest. Now my 12 year old is playing it…at least it is getting used now!
So it all comes down to would we go again??
Most definitely YES! It is somewhere kids of almost all ages can find something to do and us parents can play as well! You get tons to do from building, pictures, games, videos games, and prizes for 4 1/2 hours! I think it is a great deal, and you can make a weekend out of it like we did! Check out what all we did!
There are more this Fall events in Wisconsin, Texas, and Ohio!
Those are some of the highlights from our LEGO KidsFest experience! Hope you all enjoyed yours! What was your or your child’s favorite thing there?