By Lee Ann Sandweiss • Photography by Rodney Margison
Spring is in the air, and many of our local retailers have something in their inventory to help you embrace this lovely season in Bloomington.
Watching and listening to this sea glass chime by Woodstock Percussion not only soothes you, it will make you feel like you’re at the beach all
summer long. $29.99. Bloomington Hardware, 2700 E. Covenanter Drive.
Iconic Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses are the ultimate accessory and protect your eyes from harmful rays all year long. $250. Precision Eye Group, 322 S. Woodscrest Drive. 812-332-2020.
’Tis the season to enjoy your coffee outside while sitting in the gentle sunshine. A new mug and plate like these by regional artist Linda Bowman can make every morning a tranquil celebration. $22–$29. Juniper Art Gallery, 46 E. Market St., Spencer. 812-714-8038.
HANDMADE BIRD HOME
This fair-trade felt birdhouse is as practical and durable as it is charming. Handmade of sustainable materials in Nepal, its 1.25-inch opening attracts small, adventurous birds like chickadees, downy woodpeckers, wrens, and nuthatches. Many witty designs to choose from. $34. Global Gifts, 122 N. Walnut. 812-336-7402.
TAKE A HIKE
A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana, with text and color photography by Steven Higgs and a foreword by James Alexander Thom, presents 119 unique places to explore. Published by IU Press, the book includes maps and GPS coordinates to guide you on your adventures. $28. Book Corner, 100 N. Walnut. 812-339-1522.