by LEE ANN SANDWEISS • photography by ANNA GROOVER
After months of gray days, Bloomington’s glorious spring brings smiles to our faces. Local retailers have an array of practical and whimsical finds that pop with cheery colors to add even more joy to your day!
The fish-shaped GurglePot pitcher makes delightful gurgling sounds when you pour! Sculptor Matt Ellison created this fanciful version after a design he saw in France. A great Mother’s Day or wedding gift, or for your own casual entertaining. Select from many vibrant colors. $39.95. ETC for the Home, 3333 S. Walnut. 812- 369-3333.
This 15-inch, lacquered art serving tray is as lightweight and durable as it is lovely. Rather than stash it away when it’s not in use, display it! Assorted designs available. $79.95. à propos Gifts and Jewelry, 115 N. College. 812-334-1330.
Indiana-based Vera Bradley just came out with its 2020 spring designs. Created from water-repellant material made from recycled plastic water bottles, the Reactive Tote (shown here) features multiple pockets and elastic bands for a yoga mat. $110. EllieMae’s Boutique, 101 W. Kirkwood. 812-339-8084.
These soy-based, hand-poured candles keep the home fires burning for 60-plus hours in delicious scents such as Bloomington, Indiana (sandalwood and cashmere), or Sample Gates (coconut wood bark and amber). $32. Lola and Company, 114 N. Walnut. 812-323-7010.
This rechargeable, solar-powered lantern casts a soft glow for those peaceful evenings on the deck or porch. $27.49. Mays Greenhouse, 6280 S. Old State Road 37. 812-824-8630.