My first stop in Monticello was the Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. The executive director Janet Dold greeted me immediately and wanted to know how she could make my day in Monticello a great one.  She was very helpful and gave me brochures on the area and surrounding towns. If you want to do more than just visit Indiana Beach this should be your first stop.

Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. 116 N. Main Street. Monticello, Indiana. 574-583-7220.






After I gathered all of my information  I checked out Necessities. It’s a very nice boutique featuring clothing, shoes, jewlery, and makeup.  They even have a few items for toddlers.  The staff was friendly and the store has a great range in prices to fit any ladies budget.

Necessities. 109 N. Main Street. Monticello, Indiana. 574-583-3668.

After Necessities we headed over to The Sweet Life. I really did feel like a kid in a candy store.  I was impressed with the candy selection. Tootsie Pops, Blow Pops, Poprocks, Super Ropes, gummies, taffy and chocolate. It’s not just a candy store either. They have ice cream and cans of soda to choose from.  Even though I was impressed with the choices what I truly remember about the store is how enthusiastic the owner Van Johnson is.  Mr. Johnson and his mother had planned on opening a candy store but once she passed he knew it was something he needed to go through with.  He plans to offer special discounts such as $1.50 worth of whatever candy you want on your birthday and email reminders for anniversary and special occasions.








The Sweet Life Nut and Candy Company. 101 W. Broadway. Monticello, Indiana. 574-583-4247. Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. Closed Sunday








Right now The Sweet Life has about 45 candies to choose from.  The owners goal is to have at 300 in the future.










The owner, Van Johnson, is very friendly and passionate about his shop.

Our next stop was Kinser’s Bakery.  Besides homemade pastrys and other treats they offer breakfast items such as buiscuits and gravy.  Check out their large lunch menu which has sandwiches, salads and homemade soups.








Kinser’s Bakery. 215 N. Main Street. Monticello, Indiana. 574-583-9740










Get here early.  The doughnuts sell out fast!










After lunch, pick up a loaf of homemade bread to take home!








Homemade soup!

Check back tomorrow for more places I visited while in Monticello, Indiana.