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LaGrange County’s Amish back roads are full of charmingly simple shops, workshops and studios (also called Cottage Shoppes). You’ll recognize these small businesses by the signs (or shingles) that announce their wares: cabinetry, baked goods, candles, honey, quilts, jams, candy, and more. The best part is you can often see the work in progress and might get a chance to chat with the shop owner about his or her trade or craft.
The shops are often located on proud Amish farmsteads where these goods are created without the use of electricity. You may smell the aroma of baking breads, cookies, pies and other treats coming from the house, or learn that the honey you’re buying comes directly from a hive kept right on the premises. Amish crafters are known for their furniture and in some shops you’ll find rockers, dressers and other finely crafted items with that smooth-as-silk finish these artisans create.