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A well-crafted community

Elkhart County is filled with a creative spirit that is unsinkable. The business owners here have the ability to dream, take chances and innovate. Our people are optimistic, resourceful, curious and adventurous.

Elkhart County is a place to get inspired and to connect and collaborate with like-minded creatives. It’s a place where quality craftsmanship, innovation and collaboration results in a well-crafted life.

Our county is a destination where you can immerse yourself in the maker’s stories from the past and those being written right now. We make things in Elkhart County — cool things.

What makes the coolest thing?

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The product is made in Elkhart County.

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The product showcases the innovation and entrepreneurship of Elkhart County.

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The product is something special, a little different or just plain cool.

Guac N’ Squat: Local guacamole

 The first time someone told Johan Vazquez he should sell homemade guacamole that he brought to a get-together, he was stunned. “I laughed and asked, ‘What do you mean? It’s just guac’,” he said. “But over time, people kept telling me, ‘You have some killer guac’.”...

BRB Designs: VertiYak

Even with the largest RVs, it can be like playing a game of Tetris fitting everything needed for a camping trip: grill, fishing poles, camp chairs, bicycles. And fitting a few kayaks inside? Forget it. Rod and Dreama Yohn, camping and paddling enthusiasts from...

Agdia ImmunoStrips ®

The next time you bite into a peach send up a thank you to Agdia, a local company that specializes in agricultural diagnostics. A decade ago, the Plum Pox Disease was ravishing stone fruit trees (peach, nectarine, apricots and plums) in the states of New York and...

Antonio’s: Vegas Fortuna

Paul Cataldo has built his restaurant from the ground up — literally. Paul helped mud the bricks that made up the exterior of the building alongside his father, a bricklayer. He went from slinging mud to slinging dough in the kitchen of his uncle’s restaurant, when he...

Rocket Science: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

In a literal sense, Rocket Science Ice Cream is likely the “coolest” thing made in Elkhart County. It’s 321 degrees below zero, to be exact. Rocket Science Ice Cream, located inside Coppes Commons in Nappanee, offers a new twist on ice cream: It’s made-to-order and...

Soapy Gnome: Artisan Soaps

When you lift a bar of Jenny Frech’s soap to your nose and inhale deeply, you’ll be transported. The lemongrass buttermilk soap will make you think you’ve climbed right up a lemon tree and the cranberry orange variety will carry you home for the holidays. Frech’s...

Wooden Music: Handcrafted instruments

Ask Jim Shenk and Brad Baker at Wooden Music what makes their product cool and you’ll hear a bit of silence and a whole lot of humility. Shenk has been making guitars for more than 30 years in Goshen. He made them out of his home until moving into a studio behind the...

Time Out Trailers: Deluxe Camper

Keith Snelson loves the feeling of freedom that comes from riding a motorcycle, but he also enjoys the comfort, convenience and protection of towable campers. In the early 1970s, he had an idea: Why not design something that offers a taste of both worlds? Snelson...

Embassy Specialty Vehicles: The CUBE

An Elkhart-based RV manufacture is putting a new spin (literally) on career- and college-readiness. It all started when Renee Cocanower, director of secondary education at Concord Community Schools, started thinking about building a new facility on the Concord campus...

Conn-Selmer, Inc.: Vincent Bach Trumpets

More than a century ago, Vincent Bach needed to replace a defective mouthpiece on his instrument and started experimenting with new designs and processes. Many of his hand drawings are now preserved in a factory on Industrial Parkway in Elkhart, where all Vincent Bach...

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