Millennially Speaking: Day Around Town

My parents live in Indiana, so I often enjoy inviting my Mom over to Miami County on a Saturday for some shopping… Typically, we like to start our day with lattes from Winans then head over to Bakehouse Breads to chat over croissants and cinnamon rolls. Bakehouse Breads makes their bread from scratch daily on site. It doesn’t matter what time of day, you can always smell and see fresh bread baking in the kitchen. Mom always buys a loaf to take home to my Dad.

After filling our stomachs, we go around the corner to Expressions of the Home, a home decor store. Everyone can find something here, whether you’re looking for a unique vase or a garden gnome. We rarely find the same things in there twice!

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A stones throw away is The Olive Oasis, a family owned and operated high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar store. They pride themselves on adding their quality oils to anything edible for elevated dining experiences. Of course, having interesting flavors to pair with meat, bread, and salad make any simple dinner top-notch.

Mom and I are troopers, and even after filling our cars up with goods, we still make the short drive to Tipp City. We have to end our shopping spree on a high note at Hapinstance Designs, an eclectic shop featuring home decor, fashion, jewelry, candles, plus local artists & authors. Here I often find that quaint and personal touch, like silk flowers for my Easter table. This store is always dependable for a feel-good end to a successful day trip. Though Miami County may not have commercial giants like Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn, this vibrant community doesn’t lack in meaningful and colorful experiences. Come visit soon.


Alicia Frandsen originally hails from Indianapolis and is a proud graduate of Miami University. After spending a few years in Nashville working in sports management, she returned to her Midwestern roots by moving back to Ohio. She lives in Troy, where she works for a community foundation, and is eager to show the world that even though someone lives in a small town, it doesn’t mean their world is small.