129 E. Michigan Street
New Carlisle, Indiana 46552
574-654-8352 or 800-697-4711
Fax:  574-654-3910
thevillageshoppes@embarqmail.com

Store Hours
Monday - Saturday:  9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday:  Noon - 5:00 pm
The Village Shoppes, Inc.
Bella's Blog
Here I am, entering the world of blogging.  

So, let me introduce myself and tell you a few exciting things about me. No worries, this won’t take long. My name is Deanna Pietrzak and I am the Department 56 Collection Specialist here at The Village Shoppes. I have worked at the store for ten years and have been in charge of Department 56 for the past three years. A quick life recap: born and raised in the area, New Prairie High School alum, got married, had three great kids who are also great at getting hurt so, needless to say, I am well acquainted with the ER. We had a dog, lost a dog, now have another dog...his name is Brody.
I recently got remarried to this handsome guy and we will be happily celebrating our first wedding anniversary in October!
Between us, we have seven kids! My three and his four (cue “The Brady Bunch” theme song, sans Alice. Oh how I wish I had Alice, ha!) Also, we have a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law and, most importantly, two grandsons! Life is good!

So...why blogging, you ask? I'm asking myself the same question (lol)! Well, as I mentioned, I'm the Department 56 Collection Specialist and I will be using Bella's Blog as a platform to tell you about the exciting items that The Village Shoppes have to offer from Department 56 as well as give you ideas and tips for your own villages. With that being said, if you have a village at home and would like to share, we would love to see pictures! Please send your photos to thevillageshoppes@embarqmail.com and maybe you will see them in my next blog post! 

Did you know that The Village Shoppes are the area’s largest Department 56 retailer? I just found this out myself! So, I hope you come in, meet me, and see everything we have to offer.
8/15/2017 - "Novice Blogger"
9/11/2017 - "Scary Accessories"
Halloween is coming!  

Frightfully fun and impressively detailed, Department 56's Halloween Village will give you shivers of excitement. Add some frightening accessories to bring your Halloween Village alive with excitement.
The Witch's Hollow is a perfect addition to your Department 56 Halloween village. The witches are casting spells and making potions. I dare you to fly in to The Village Shoppes to check out this scary accessory...if you're not afraid!
10/10/2017 - "Holiday Displays"
It’s that special time of the year again to start decorating your home for the holidays. Whether you're trimming the tree, hanging a wreath on the front door, or decorating the fireplace mantle, consider accentuating your decor with Department 56 lighted villages and accessories!
You will be reminded of midnight mass on Christmas Eve whether you're displaying the modest Holy Family Church from the Snow Village collection or the grand Cathedral of St. Nicholas from the Christmas in the City collection, both with soft lights streaming through their stained glass windows.
Peek thru the window of the "Home for the Holidays" house from the North Pole collection and you'll see a comfy room with a warm fire awaiting Santa's return. Look even closer and you'll discover a lighted village displayed on the mantel!
If you're a fan of the classic holiday movie, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", then imagine the Griswold home wrapped in an abundance of lights and cousin Eddie’s RV adorning your mantel!

Regardless of the Department 56 lighted villages and accessories you choose, your display will create warm smiles and cherished memories!