indiana: Fritz's Pie Shop, Goshen, IN. Homemade Pies and Breads, Oven Fresh! - 04/17/14 02:38 PM
Fritz's Pie Shop, Goshen, IN.
Homemade Pies and Breads, Oven Fresh!
We all have visions of Gramma's pies sitting on the window sill to cool, after being taken straight from the oven and having the smell drift around the yard.  Gramma has taken up shop in Goshen, Indiana.  The County Seat Restaurant has been around for years, with Freeda (Fritz) Huser at the helm. Her son, with Fritz close by, has taken over the restaurant, so Fritz, staying ambitious, opened up a pie shop right next door, supplying the restaurant and community with delicious Pies and homemade breads.

Her Pies have been … (6 comments)

indiana: Simonton Lake Drive-in Celebrates 50 Years in Elkhart, Indiana - 04/11/14 06:55 AM
Simonton Lake Drive-in Celebrates 50 Years in Elkhart, Indiana
Remember the drive-in of the 50s and 60s. Well, you can still experience the flavor of that era in Elkhart, Indiana when you visit the Simonton Lake Drive-in, established, 1964. Enjoy their home made Root beer and a juicy hamburger and fries, brought directly to your car, just like the old days. Remember the light-up menu and the push button speaker where they took your order. You can still do that here. You have to roll your window up  little, so they can set the tray, where you can reach it.

Located on State … (14 comments)

indiana: The Elkhart County MLS Starts it's Third Year of "WINS of Change". - 04/07/14 10:17 PM
The Elkhart County MLS Starts It's Third Year of
As a nine part series from top local people in their professions, many of the local MLS agents and affiliates are learning what is available in Elkhart County and making them more knowledgeable in their Real Estate related field.
The "WINS of Change" began 2014 with a visit to the MLS Board Office from the Executive Director of the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Diana Lawson. She was appointed by the Elkhart City Mayor to serve as chair of SoMa, (Supporting our Main Assets), which is the current Elkhart downtown redevelopment initiative.

She … (4 comments)

indiana: Wings etc, Elkhart, Indiana, Voted "best wings" 15 years in a Row. - 04/07/14 12:12 PM
Wings etc. Elkhart, Indiana,
Voted "Best Wings" 15 Years in a Row.
Wings etc. is a Sports Bar, family restaurant, meeting place and overall, it is the place to be. For the kids, there are video games. For the adults, Big Screen TV's everywhere you look, with a variety of Sports Games and Auto Racing available to watch, while you enjoy your Food and Drink.

 Wings etc. Grill & Pub/Sports Bar showcases their award winning Jumbo Wings.  For starters, they have: Beer battered Cheese Bites, Green Been Fries, Pretzel Bites, Fried Pickle Spears, Mini Corn Dawgs, Crispy Onion Rings, Loaded Fries … (2 comments)

indiana: The County Seat Cafe, Goshen, Indiana, Family Owned and Homemade Food! - 04/06/14 07:04 PM
The County Seat Cafe, Goshen, Indiana,
Family Owned and Homemade Food!
The best combination you can find is Home made food, a friendly smile and family owned.  The County Seat Cafe in Goshen has been family owned for over 25 years. Located in downtown Goshen, which happens to be the County Seat of Elkhart County, which is how the Cafe got its name.

They are famous for their "Fritz Special" for Breakfast. It has been called the Best Cheap Breakfast in the world. With a mountain of breakfast scramble topped with gravy, you'll be lucky to finish it all. They … (6 comments)

indiana: Elkhart County Parks Director Larry Neff Speaks at Local Board Office. - 04/06/14 04:05 PM
Elkhart County Parks Director Larry Neff,
Speaks at Local Board Office.
The Elkhart County MLS is hosting it's third WINS of Change, which teaches Real Estate Agents and Related Fields, what Elkhart County has to offer new residents.  This has been an eye-opening experience to the participants, because of all the functions that transpire within the County. When talking to a new Buyer just moving into the area, it pays to know what the County has to offer and it shows that you, as an agent, representing Elkhart County, have been doing your homework.

The Second week of Nine weeks, gave Larry … (4 comments)

indiana: La Esperanza Mexican Cuisine, Elkhart, Indiana - 04/05/14 10:05 AM
La Esperanza Mexican Cuisine,
Elkhart, Indiana.
If you like authentic Mexican Cuisine, treat yourself to La Esperanza, in Elkhart.  They also offer take out and catering. Their menu is so big, you have to go in, to see all the possibilities. From Appetizers to house favorites to the daily specials, you need to just. try them. You will taste what I'm talking about.

Photos by Larry Johnston©
 La Esperanza is centrally located for your convenience. Downtown, Elkhart, you can easily find them located at the corner of Prairie and Jackson Streets, or from the north, Johnson and Jackson. There is plenty of … (4 comments)

indiana: The Elkhart Career Center, Not Just for Auto Repair & Hair Anymore! - 04/04/14 12:16 PM
The Elkhart Career Center,
Not Just for Auto Repair & Hair Anymore!
Crime Scene Investigation, Firefighting, Computer Networking & Repair.
Just a few of the many courses offered at the Elkhart Career Center.  Earn college transferable credits for courses covering Accounting, Business, Construction Trades Green Technology, Graphic Design, Nursing, Small Business Management, Professional Communication, Special Event planning, Dental Health, Cosmetology, Audio Visual Production, Commercial Photography, Horticulture/Floral Design and many more areas of study. 

There are many High School children that attend the center and will go into their career, right out of High School already trained.  They didn't have that, when I … (8 comments)

indiana: The Lerner Theater, Elkhart, IN.......April Performance Schedule, 2014 - 04/03/14 02:02 PM
The Lerner Theater, Elkhart, IN.
April Performance Schedule, 2014

As usual, the Lerner Theater has a lineup of great performances for the month of April.  Included this month is:  Styx and Head East; Neal McCoy; String Fever; The Elkhart Municipal Band; Gavin DeGraw; Mark Hummel's Blues Survivors with Billy Flynn; and the 2014 Organ Concert, complete with Silent Movies.

All photos by Larry Johnston©
April 3
Styx/Head East
Doors Open at 6:30 pm / Show starts at 7:30 pm
Reserved Seating: $49.85, $59.85, $69.85, $99.85
April 11
Neal McCoy
Doors Open at 7;00 pm / Show starts at 8:00 … (8 comments)

indiana: Are You From Italy, France or Belguim? "APRIL FISH!" - 03/31/14 07:13 AM
Are You From Italy, France or Belgium? 
On April 1st, each year, many parts of the world celebrates what we call April Fools Day, or All Fools Day. Some areas go to great lengths to fool or pull pranks on each other or even a whole community. What is the origin of April Fools Day? There are many different versions, but the answer is still out to lunch.
April Fools Day, is not a holiday, but traditionally, it is a day where people play tricks, or practical jokes on each other. For example: tell someone that their shoe is untied, so … (12 comments)

indiana: Chubby Trout, If you're Fishing for a Great Place to Eat in Elkhart. - 03/30/14 01:01 PM
The Chubby Trout
If You're Fishing for a Great Place to Eat in Elkhart!
If you are looking for fresh Seafood, Sushi and a full bar, The Chubby Trout is for you.  Locally owned, it has become a favorite for the locals as well as the Interstate travelers. The Restaurant is located just south of the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90), at Cassopolis Street and County Road 6.

Stop by for lunch or dinner and have your favorite drinks or cocktails with friends at The Chubby Trout. They have a full bar. Offering fresh seafood, such as Lake perch, Walleye, Salmon, Rainbow … (10 comments)

indiana: Wood N' Gage, Elkhart, is More Than a Coffee Shop. - 03/30/14 08:53 AM
"Wood and Gage", Elkhart,
is More Than a Coffee Shop.
You can stop for coffee here, but look around.  There is more than meets the eye. Bring your laptop, have some pie as Wood and Gage is Internet Friendly. Open for your morning coffee and pastries, or stop at lunch for Soups, or a salad.  Be surprised with a home made dinner special of the day or just a sandwich fit for a king. Meet a friend or stop by to browse.

Wood and Gage is available for Private Dinners or Parties as they have seating up to 25. As you look around, … (4 comments)

indiana: Original Vesuvio Pizza to Deliver Pizza Restaurant... to New Location! - 03/30/14 08:04 AM
"Original" Vesuvio Pizza
to Deliver Pizza New Location!
If you're used to going for pizza at the familiar looking restaurant, 1160 W. Bristol S. Elkhart, shown below, you might change your GPS to 201 W. Marion Street, downtown, Elkhart. Vesuvio's Original restaurant, serving Elkhart since 1980 is moving this Spring. Their new location is being changed to the corner of W.Marion S. and 2nd Street, across from the Elkhart Truth, When you call and place your order for pick up, make sure you're going to the right location.

Vesuvio's Pizza dough and bread is made daily and can be ordered regular … (4 comments)

indiana: Happy's Country Kitchen, Home Cooking & Friendly Service, Elkhart, IN - 03/29/14 06:54 PM
Happy's Kountry Kitchen,
Home Cooking & Friendly Service, Elkhart, IN
If you want fresh daily, home cooked meals, just like you remember when Grandma used to Cook, then you need to visit Happy's.  Great portions fresh and made to order.  I ate breakfast there just the other day and was impressed by the large portions at reasonable prices.

All their soups are homemade, many of the recipes are from family and friends. I wanted to order everything on the menu, including their desserts. Happy's Kountry Kitchen is located between State Road 19 and 933, west of Elkhart, just east of Osceola, in Elkhart … (8 comments)

indiana: Rickey's Taqueria, Elkhart for great Mexican Food. - 03/29/14 06:16 PM
Ricky's Taqueria, Elkhart, for real Mexican Food.
After reading some of the comments, it seems to be overwhelming, that Ricky's has the best and the "Biggest" Burritos around and people drive from great distances to eat there. Elkhart has several Mexican restaurants, but Ricky's keeps getting those rave reviews. This is one of those places that is considered a gem in the rough. Once you go inside and try their food, you'll see what I mean. People keep coming back for more and now I know why. If you like Mexican food, you need to go to Ricky's Taqueria.

I … (4 comments)

indiana: "RAIN", A Tribute to the Beatles are on Tour from Broadway, New York! - 03/29/14 05:13 PM
"RAIN", A Tribute to the Beatles
are on Tour from Broadway, New York!
Straight from the Neil Simon Theater in New York City, Broadways Smash Hit, takes you on a trip through the musical history of the world's most celebrated musical group, The Beatles!

The group "RAIN", will give a 2 hour performance at the Morris Performing Arts Center, in South Bend, Indiana on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm. This performance is the next best thing to actually seeing the Beatles live. Some of the songs, they will be performing are: "I Want to Hold Your Hand",  "A … (6 comments)

indiana: Goshen, Indiana says NO to Chickens! - 03/25/14 08:18 PM
Goshen, Indiana says NO to Chickens!
Many cities have recently started allowing their residents to have a certain amount of Chicken within the city limits. It is illegal to rise chickens in the City of Elkhart, but the City of Goshen was faced with the same question.  Should residents of the city be allowed to raise chickens within the city limits?  The Goshen City Council voted today on the Ordinance to Not allow Chickens within the city limits.
"The Big Chicken, Marietta, Georgia", Acrylic painting by Larry Johnston©
What about outside the City, within Elkhart County? According to the Agricultural zoning, chickens are only … (6 comments)

indiana: Stacks Pancake House and Restaurant, Elkhart, IN, off CR 17 Stacks Up! - 03/22/14 02:53 PM
Stacks Pancake House and Restaurant,
Elkhart, Indiana, off CR 17 Stacks up!

Early morning risers are finding their new and convenient Breakfast spot.  Stacks opens at 5 am Monday thru Friday and is located at County Road 17 and Beck Drive, between the US 20 bi pass and the Indiana Toll Road I80/90 and just south of State Road 120. Plenty of parking and easy access from the highway makes Stacks a favorite in this area. Located on the east side of Elkhart, makes it localized for industrial workers of both Elkhart and Bristol as well as the 8 to … (16 comments)

indiana: What is the Cost of Doing Business? - 03/22/14 07:04 AM
What is the Cost of Doing Business?
It's a happy day when someone calls you and wants you to list their home. When you arrive and eventually discuss what it is going to take to get the home, sales ready, that's when it gets interesting. The Sellers face turns into a frown and their disbelief comes out in force.
"We have to do all that?"
Wolfgang Von Johnston,"Wolfie"
The one thing that I am referring to is the "Cost of Doing Business".  I mean Dog business. Of course, I am including all animals in this blog.  Yes, Sellers are unaware of the … (72 comments)

indiana: "Great Wall", Chinese Restaurant, Ekhart, IN, for Lunch & Dinner - 03/21/14 09:59 AM
"Great Wall", Chinese Restaurant, Elkhart, IN, for Lunch & Dinner
If you like Chinese cuisine, see for yourself, the personal attention and mouth watering dishes they have to offer. From hot tea to the fortune cookie, they have a full menu of great Chinese dishes. Below is a photo of the Sweet and Sour Chicken, that I ordered during my last visit. I had to take some home for another meal. "It was delicious twice."

Photos by Larry Johnston©

Sweet and Sour Chicken
The Great Wall is located by the intersection of Old US 20 and SR 19.
Stop in for Lunch or … (10 comments)


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