RomWeber Marketplace in Batesville, Indiana

RomWeber Marketplace in Batesville, Indiana

RomWeber Marketplace inn Batesville, Indiana

RomWeber Marketplace inn Batesville, Indiana

RomWeber Marketplace in Batesville, Indiana is in an incredible building.

Four stories tall, this Ripley County shopping extravaganza demands attention.

RomWeber Marketplace in Batesville, Indiana

This old furniture manufacturing facility has been re-purposed into the ultimate shopping hub: 40,000 square feet of vendor space! This building is beautiful. When we coasted around the town, I couldn’t wait to get out of the car and get in there!

It is the new hub of activity in the small Indiana town of Batesville.

With handsome hardwood flooring that is original to the building spanning across the length of the first floor, along with exposed brick, and fabulous large windows–it’s a beautiful, airy hub at that!

Batesville, Indiana Shopping

RomWeber Marketplace inn Batesville, Indiana

RomWeber Marketplace inn Batesville, Indiana

Back in 1879, this very large facility shared its space with three new companies: American Furniture Company, Batesville Cabinet Company, and Batesville Coffin Company. They manufactured bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, and coffins! I guess they covered the bases.

With a shared sales team, they sold and shipped products across the country. When the depression hit, they manufactured five pound fruitcake boxes just to survive. For World War II, they produced ammo boxes, pontoons, and office furniture for the officers! According to their brochure, presidents, Saudi royalty, and governors’ mansions have possessed RomWeber furniture.

You can still find dorm rooms that boast furniture from the company’s manufacturing days. Now? Vendors of all kinds have taken up residence in the old factory. There’s many unique Indiana antiques here! Furniture to jewelry, books, crafts, and even handmade items also have a place here. Give yourself plenty of time to browse! Seriously, the selection is awesome.

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RomWeber Marketplace inn Batesville, Indiana

RomWeber Marketplace inn Batesville, Indiana

Every visit can bring something new and unexpected. How fun is that?

If you need to take a break or want a bit of entertainment? The RonWeber Marketplace has an ice cream parlor and an arcade! My tip? Bring a bag of checkers–the ice cream parlor tables have checker boards painted on them! Would that be a fun surprise for kids or what?

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RomWeber Marketplace
7 South Eastern Avenue
Batesville, Indiana 47006

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