Auburn, reputed as “Home of the Classics,” was founded by Wesley Park in 1836 and is most widely known for the classic automobiles once manufactured there—and now displayed beautifully at The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (not on Main Street, but definitely a must-see!). The museum, opened on July 6, 1974, is a National Historical Landmark. The museum alone has had about 2 million visitors— from around the country and worldwide.
A short 30-minute drive north of Fort Wayne, Auburn offers a respite and charm of country life with the allure of boutique shopping and trendy stops for treats of all ages. In short, there’s a lot to offer on the historic Main Street of this town of nearly 13,000. Auburn’s charm extends beyond pleasant busyness of downtown—and it always has it seems.
Back in 1913, people of Auburn began moving residences to Main Street, near where the action happened—and now much of this street is lined with trees, huge historic homes, beautifully manicured landscape, lush yards and an evident pride in small town America.
Walking along Main Street in Auburn stirs a warm, happy, relaxed and homey feeling as a young man plays the guitar outside Jeremiah’s Coffee shop—and the street is lined with freshly planted, vibrant flowers. The locals look happy as they talk to one another while meandering from one store to the next. The atmosphere you feel walking past each unique shop is both relaxing and welcoming.
How to spend a day on Main Street
If you are ever in the need of a wardrobe makeover, stop in at Lyn-Maree’s and B’Dazzling Boutique! Or what if it’s not your wardrobe but your home that needs a makeover? Unique Pieces offers tons of beautiful home décor and furniture. Looking for some nice antiques? Or how about some original art pieces? Visit Antiques on the Square, a 140-year-old unique building on the Courthouse Square with 10,000-square-foot of antiques, vintage and collectibles. Or, check out Etagere Antiques & More to choose from a selection of housewares, home décor and more—located on the corner of Main and 11th Street.
The Greek-revival style historic courthouse anchors Main Street. Stunning and beautiful, the courthouse was built in 1911 and completed in 1914. Want more history? The Auburn hotel is a beautiful, historic building that still stands today. Visitors and locals alike appreciate its notable charm on Main Street. And maintaining a flair for yesteryear, Main Street is also home to an old-fashioned gas pump station, general store and hardware store.
Expressions Gallery is owned and operated by a local artist and offers a plethora of artwork from 35 different artists. This gallery also offers a wide variety of artistic classes to partake in!
Peekers is a unique place to look for kitchen accessories or toy gifts for the kids. Check out Little Sprouts, too, for great kids’ items. Or if flowers are your affection, check out The Sprinkling Can for florals, arrangements and interior décor of all kinds. We think you’ll leave a happy customer!
Famished from an afternoon of shopping? Stop in at locales such as Dot’s Eatery and Northway Inn to satisfy your hunger. (Northway Inn has the best ribs in town!). Or maybe pizza is more your style. Enjoy the eats at Greek’s Pizzeria (Pizza Forum) and sit on the festive red chairs outdoors. If you’re not only hungry but also in need of a nice, cold brew be sure to visit the locally owned-and-operated brewpub, Mad Anthony’s Brewing Company. This popular gathering spot has a beautiful raised bar, exposed brick walls and huge windows overlooking Main Street.
Enjoy a brew with friends, a family dinner or a lunch break from work. Or, go to Sandra D’s Italian Garden Café—an amazing little eight-table Italian restaurant off of Main Street and a ‘must’ to try.
Looking for a way to spice up your cooking at home? Stop at Olive Twist and try the different olive oil and balsamic vinegar flavors. Not only does Olive Twist offer various olive oils and balsamic vinegar flavors but it also offers an array of flavors in homemade bread mixes, oils for tasting, and cute housewarming gifts for a friend. (Ask about classes, too!
Small town charm, unique shopping and an escape from the hustle and bustle of life. A stroll down Main Street in Auburn might just provide the special getaway you need! And, capture your special moments with the professional photographers at Studio on Main Street.