Category: Around the Avenue
Happening near Homespun: Modern Handmade

Community has always been at the heart of Homespun: Modern Handmade.

In addition to welcoming Spring and its much needed cleansing energy, we are SO EXCITED to welcome old friends and new neighbors to the 800 block of Mass Ave, where Homespun has been nestled for over a decade!


An independent bookstore is JUST what we needed on Mass Ave! As lovers of literature, we are thrilled for the chance to browse the shelves of Tomorrow Bookstore when they open in early April! If you just can’t wait to see them in person, you can order now from their website. Say hi when you can and pick up a must-read from Indy’s newest bookstore.


Best Chocolate in Town is back on the block and as delicious as ever! Best Chocolate in town is no understatement, and our staff is happy dancing to have sweets and treats within walking distance from our shop. Best Chocolate is also offering chocolate making classes and more. Come give your sweet tooth its best day ever.

Peabody’s Emporium

While this sweet shop isn’t new to Mass Ave we are always eager to see what new plants, products, eclectic items, and curiosities are popping up next door at Peabody’s Emporium.

Bottleworks and The Garage

In the last few years, Bottleworks District, including the Bottleworks Hotel and The Garage, have given our end of the block a new life! Its awesome to see folks from Indy and beyond gather to share a meal from dozens of local spots, or play all day at Pins Mechanical Co. Don’t miss other great shops located in The Garage and around Bottleworks, like Good Neighbor and more. The Bottleworks district is a welcoming hangout for visitors and Indy locals alike. We can’t wait to see more friendly faces walking around the district as it gets nicer out!

At Homespun, we have A LOT to be excited about on our favorite end of Mass Ave! Come for a stroll and check out all the happenings with your favorite shops, familiar and brand new. We’ll see you soon!





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Small Business Saturday

Join us Saturday, Nov. 27 in store and online for Small Business Saturday.


This Saturday, Nov. 27, is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY and we can’t wait to celebrate with you in store and online! Our shop is open from 9 am to 9 pm, and we encourage all to get out and support local all day long. The first 25 customers to make a purchase with us will receive SWAG BAGS full of treats.


Shoppers lined up for small business Saturday at Homespun

When you shop small with us you’re supporting a local, woman owned (and majority woman staffed) business AND the hundreds of local and midwest makers we work with. Help us support the local creative community by shopping small this Saturday & all season long

We are so excited for Small Biz Saturday. Make sure you tag us on social media if you make it to the store to party with us! If you plan on staying in with the family Saturday, no worries – you can support from the comfort of your home online at 

Support local and shop small this Saturday with us and your favorite independent shops!

Shoppers in Homespun for Small Business Saturday

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How is it August Already?

Happy first week of August! Here’s all things happening in and around the shop.


Between sunny days shopping local, rearranging our store displays, and having fun at our events like Handicraft Exchange and Mass Ave’s Sidewalk Sales, we feel like August has SNUCK UP on us. Here are a few shop and community happenings as we enter the first week of the last month of summer.

In the shop: 

Our staff has been working hard jazzing up the store. No major changes, but we’ve been organizing and reorganizing, creating brand new shelf displays, and freshening up the store for an even better shopping experience. Very thankful for our teams’ flair for creative displays, and for their ability to make this HOUSESPUN a HOMESPUN. Come on in to see our progress as we make an even brighter, fresher space!

What We’re Loving: 

Leo Season: Happy Birthday to all the passionate, confident, independent LEOS! Find the perfect, unique gift for your favorite Leo in store & online.

SNACKS: We got so snacky in the store, we had to add shelves to our snack section just to fit all the salty, sweet, deliciousness we have for you! Next time you come shopping we hope you’re hungry!

TANKS: Rocking these Indiana and Indianapolis tanks as long as we can!

BACK TO SCHOOL BASICS: From elementary to grad school, we have the essentials for your best semester yet. With notebooks, planners, calendars, pencils and pencil pouches, totes and backpacks, and of course snacks and coffees we are ace-ing back to school shopping in store and online.

Happening Around Indy:

This Friday we’re celebrating First Friday with art, galleries, food and more all around the city!

Harrison Center From 6 to 9 pm enjoy gallery openings with:

  • Becca Ito, In This Sign
  • Bruce & Anthony Armstrong, Father & Son Abstract Generations
  • A Fiber Art Group Show, Hanging By A Thread
  • Jingo De La Rosa, Intersections
  • Glizzy Gunning, Perseverance

Murphy Arts Center 7 to 11 pm for a socially distanced art show outside and on the 2nd floor of the Murphy for more art and galleries. Featured August artists and work include:

  • FSQ Bonsai
  • Matthew Macklin
  • Deo’s Garden
  • Summer Stage: Derick Howard
  • Tyler Dickmeyer
  • Cody Carpenter
  • Top Knot Collage
  • Tania Michelle Wineglass
  • Alexus Guyle
  • Iozzo Design
  • Healthnet, INC

The HiFi & HiFi Annex:

  • St. Aubin
  • I Dream In Evergreen
  • Fat Pockets

Garfield Park Arts Center 6 to 8 pm:


The Irving Theater from 6:30 to 9:30 pm:

  • Sunshine Ray with mixed media and ceramics.
  • Angelita Hampton with mixed media art, photography, and jewelry.
  • Rowan Ink with dark whimsical illustrations and hand painted items and apparel.
  • Lindsay P Schneider Art Glass with solid and blown furnace glass pieces.
  • Natasha Vidger Art with oil and acrylic wildlife paintings.
  • David Allee with Native American inspired illustrations.
  • Dale Kercheval with oil paintings.

There are even MORE places to check out local art, music and food on August 6th so get out and explore locally for First Friday!

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This Week at Homespun

Whats happening in and around Homespun this week.

We’re blooming with new handmade goods in store and online at

Take a look below and come see us during our summer hours, 10 am to 8 pm during the week and 10 am to 9 pm on the weekends.

New In Store this Week:

Botanica Incense and Soaps

Elyse Breanne Design Acrylic Keychains


Lucy Darling Baby’s First Year Milestone Stickers, Pennants and Books



We’re about two weeks away from Mass Ave’s MASSAVELY DIFFERENT Sidewalk Sale! Join us and your Mass Ave favorites Saturday, July 24 from 11 am to 6 pm for walking, shopping and summer treats. We even have a vintage pop up in the alley by the store curated by local stylist Casey Underwood.



Have a great week, Indy!

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Mass Ave: The East End

Mass Ave East End: Coca Cola Bottling Co. Building

Mass Ave: The East End

Shopping small, dining local, and supporting the arts are all activities synonymous with Indy’s Mass Ave. But have you trekked past College Avenue yet? Mass Ave’s East End gives you a reason to.

Boasting boutique shopping, a board game parlor, tattoo shop, hair salon, art galleries, and hip dining, all alongside the redevelopment of the historic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, it’s time to get in the know.

What’s happening to the Coca-Cola Bottling redevelopment you ask? A West Elm boutique hotel, Living Room Theater (think art cinema), retail, dining, residential, and much more. Get all the info on the redevelopment here.

Now, hop on your Bikeshare, get on the Cultural Trail, and take a tour of the Avenue’s most up-and-coming block.

Mass Ave: Art Bank

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Art Bank

When a 1920’s bank is redeveloped into an art gallery, it does not disappoint.

With over twenty exhibiting artists at a time, Art Bank is one of Indiana’s most recognized and respected galleries.  You can find them at 811 Mass Ave. To learn more about Art Bank and the artists currently exhibiting, click here.

Mass Ave East End: Crimson Tate

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Crimson Tate Modern Quilter

For the novice and the experienced quilter, Crimson Tate is the place to be if you’ve got a talent for textiles. Home to the best selection of contemporary fabrics in Indianapolis, they’re also packed with a wealth of information (and classes) if you’re just getting started.

Visit them at 845 A Mass Ave and learn more about Crimson Tate here.

Mass Ave East End: Boomerang

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Boomerang Boutique

From dinosaur air plant holders to trendy text-laden pillows to jewelry and apparel, Boomerang Boutique is all about expressing your personal style. This little gem at 845 B Mass Ave has grown from store front, to online store, to mobile boutique!

While you’re in, don’t forget to check out their best-selling item, Felicia Tees, designed by owner/operator Felicia Kiesel! More about Boomerang here.

Mass Ave East End: Natural Born Juicers

Natural Born Juicers

Whether you’re needing a morning (or midday) pick-me-up or you’re wanting to kick off spring with a cleanse, Natural Born Juicers is your one-stop-juice-shop. From cold-pressed non-HPP juice, old school centrifuge make-your-own-medicine juice, cleanses, blends, smoothies, live foods, and superfoods, you can find them at 865 Mass Ave (right next to us)!

Mass Ave East End: Homespun

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Homespun: Modern Handmade

Hi! That’s us! Right at 869 Mass Ave, we house over 400 individual artists, makers, and crafters from around Indiana, the Midwest, and the nation! Our products range from jewelry to bath & body products, artisanal foods to stationery, prints to 3D art, housewares to apparel and more.

Founded in July, 2010, we’re an outgrowth of the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, central Indiana’s first contemporary craft fair. -And hint, hint, our next show is on June 16th! Find more info here.

Mass Ave East End: The Big Green

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The Big Green

Located at 871 Mass Ave, The Big Green is working to build a national school food culture that promotes youth wellness. By connecting kids to real food through a network of Learning Gardens and food literacy programs, The Big Green creates engaging outdoor classrooms that increase academic achievement and drive community engagement.

If you’re interested in bringing a Learning Garden to your community, reach out here.

Mass Ave East End: Love Handle

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Love Handle

Retro decor + protein topped waffles + biscuits and gravy = the best brunch ever. Welcome to Mass Ave, Love Handle!

With a menu that changes daily, and plates that never disappoint, Love Handle needs to be your new go-to morning-with-friends joint. And then you can all share the most amazing cheesecake we’ve ever tasted (it’s made with goat’s milk, and nothing will ever be the same).

For daily menu and business hours, check out their Facebook page here.

Mass Ave East End: Peabody's Parlor

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Peabody’s Parlor

Blending vintage design with on-trend techniques and styles, Peabody’s Parlor was built on business owner Steffanie Peabody Boram’s reputation for professional, client-centered services delivered in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Literally every stylist is delightfully down-to-earth and we would know – we go there ourselves!

To book an appointment and learn more about Peabody’s, check out their website here.

Mass Ave East End: Quality

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You’ll feel instantly cooler walking into this boutique. Quality’s contemporary, lifestyle inspired shop provides footwear, apparel, and accessories from a variety of brands for men and women.

Located at 879 Mass Ave, you can view styles and their look-books here before stopping in.

Mass Ave East End: Kingmakers


Boardgames and beer? What’s not to love? Grab your coworkers, friends, and family and head over to Kingmakers, located at 881 Mass Ave!

With hundreds of games in their library and a staff that can teach you each one, Kingmakers has redefined family game night (yes, you can bring the kids, or not). Just a $5 per player Library Fee is added to your tab and allows you to enjoy as many titles for as long as you want during your visit.

Read over their FAQs here.

Mass Ave East End: Yats


Our East End of Mass even has a Yats! The popular Cajon/Creole restaurant gives you a quality bite quickly and affordably. Check out their daily menu here and stop in to the shops after lunch!

Mass Ave East End: Indy Reads Books

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Indy Reads Books

“The more you read, the more we help…” -Indy Reads’ motto and they certainly live up to it.

Housing both new books and old, all of the proceeds from your purchase help to support adult literacy programs! And being one of the few bookstores in downtown Indy, it’s worth a visit for the beautiful interior alone. Find Indy Reads at the far East End of the avenue at 911 Mass and learn more about their nonprofit mission here.

Mass Ave East End: Black Market

Black Market

Across the street from Indy Reads, find the hidden gem, Black Market.

Offering unique, farmhouse cuisine, a full bar, and an award-winning wine list, Black Market welcomes you in jeans or a suit. Looking to escape the bustle of city? -Relax on their lush patio. Filled with greenery, herbs, and vegetables that the kitchen uses for their own recipes, this will quickly become one of your favorite urban-getaways.

Find them at 922 Mass Ave and read more about the restaurant here.

Mass Ave East End: Rooster's Kitchen

Rooster’s Kitchen

Buildable mac ‘n cheese, brisket, and craft beer? Yes, please!  Find all the nostalgic entrees from Rooster’s Kitchen at 888 Mass Ave. Browse their menu (which includes gluten free and vegetarian options) here.

Mass Ave East End: City Dogs Grocery

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City Dogs Grocery

You can’t forget the pups (and kitties too). City Dogs has toys, treats, and quality food for your four-legged friends. Celebrate Fido’s birthday with a freshly baked, frosted puppy-safe cookie! They can even enjoy complimentary water bowls out front while you continue your walk down the avenue!

Mass Ave East End: Best Chocolate in Town

The Best Chocolate in Town

When it comes to a chocolate shop, you can’t beat The Best Chocolate in Town.

Featuring a wide array of creative truffles and other chocolatey treats, the recently refurbished shop now has a coffee bar and seating area for you to enjoy your chocolate, slowly.  Bringing the kids with you? -They can get ice cream inside too! Perfect after-school treat! Find them at 880 Mass Ave.

Mass Ave East End: Wine Shop

Mass Ave Wine

After you get your chocolates, head next-door to Mass Ave Wine!

Not just a wine shop, Mass Ave Wine is a cafe, tasting room, and art gallery as well! With a cafe menu full of small plates, signature pizzas, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, and cocktails, it’s a wonderful lunch or after-work destination. And if you need help deciding on the perfect bottle, their knowledgable staff is there to help!

See their menu, tasting days, and more on their website here.

Mass Ave East End: Tattoo

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Mass Ave Tattoo

Covered in original work from each artist, the walls are a testament to the talent at Mass Ave Tattoo. Walk-ins are welcome during regular business hours, or you can book your appointment by giving them a call. See more of their work on Instagram and then go get yourself some ink!

Mass Ave East End: Mimi Blue Meatballs

Mimi Blue Meatballs

With a timeless interior and a menu that allows us to create a new dish every time we visit, we never knew how much we loved meatballs until Mimis showed up! We, also, had never tasted mac ‘n queso before, and now we can’t imagine life without it. Check out their menu here and then reserve a spot on their patio for a night of shopping and dining on the East End!

We hope to see you around the Avenue soon! 

-Amanda D. 






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