BY LEE ANN SANDWEISS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RODNEY MARGISON
Spring has sprung in Bloomington—the time of year when Mother Nature struts her stuff. The shelves of local retailers are burgeoning with merchandise that embraces the season and all it has to offer.
There’s no need to leave Fido at home when you head to one of our beautiful state parks for a hike. The Pooch Pouch Backpack by Outward Hound makes it possible to safely take your pup on the trail. Accommodates animals up to 20 lbs. $59.99. Delilah’s Pet Shop, 650 N. College. 812-332-1382.
FEED YOUR FACE
Bloomington skincare maven Lesley Davis says, “If you wouldn’t dream of putting it in your body, don’t put it on your skin.” Her Face Plant Skincare products are locally made from high-quality, organically grown ingredients. Face Plant Smorgasbord offers five products formulated for your skin type, conveniently packaged in a travel case. $25. Bloomingfoods Near West Side, 316 W. 6th St. 812-333-7312 and Bloomingfoods East, 3220 E. 3rd St. 812-336-5400.
A FITTING PICTURE
While away a few relaxing hours on a rainy spring afternoon working a colorful jigsaw puzzle. $14.99-19.99. Book Corner, 100 N. Walnut. 812-339-1522.
Search no more for your favorite pair of earrings. As practical as it is attractive, this fair-trade copper and recycled iron earring tree displays your baubles on branches in plain sight. A convenient base holds bracelets and other adornments. $49. Global Gifts, 122 N. Walnut.
If winter took a toll on your doormat, spruce up your entrance with this mat by Robert Allen Home & Garden. It features a vibrant vernal design, slip-resistant rubber backing, and dense nylon pile to absorb moisture and remove dirt. $24.99. Bloomington Hardware, 2700 E. Covenanter Drive. 812-339-7575.