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Intro to the West Side (last updated 9-1-2012)

Well, honestly, the West side of town is the side of town where I have found the least things to do for fun. Everything seems to be going out of business and moving out to Avon or Plainfield on Rockville Road. However, there are still a few things to do if you happen to live out there! West 38th street, after all these years, is still the place to go for things to do on the West Side. (Though I could write a whole blog about how it USED to be like Castleton up north or US 31 down south, and how it can’t even compare to East Washington Street out east.)

Lafayette Place. Saraga is just at the end of the strip. Since this photo was taken, Tile Mart and Select Sewing have closed.

There’s the IMA (Indianapolis Art Museum), full of wonderful landscaping and scenery on the outside and several levels of intriguing exhibits on the inside. In Lafayette Place shopping center, HH Gregg is the last familiar chain in business. There’s also an international Grocer called Saraga where the former K-Mart once was…and THIS Saraga is far bigger than the one on Stop 11 & Madison Avenue. If international food isn’t your kind of meal, don’t worry- there’s an Aldi within walking distance. If you want fast food, there’s a KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut just off 38th and Lafayette Road.

Further down the road, on 38th street just before High School Road, there’s a Golden Corral, World Buffet, and Steak n’ Shake, located near where Olive Garden, Ponderosa, Circuit City, and Kroger all used to be before closing. Along the way is Red Lobster, which is a bit pricey, but  meals are still under $20. There’s also a new restaurant, Teppanyaki Grill, located in half of the former Best Buy (now moved to 46th & Lafayette Road). This place is so classy and clean and has such an extensive selection of items that you actually forget you’re on West 38th Street, and it only costs $10 each!

There’s also a Goodwill store with a fairly decent selection of clothes just off 38th and Lafayette Road on the west side of the street. There’s a major shopping center just at the edge of the west side area before it turns more northwest at 46th and Lafayette Road. There’s a Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree, Staples, Verizon Store, Best Buy, and GameStop in the Centre West Plaza. You can get CDs, DVDs, video games, electronics, and a bunch of dollar items here- good if you’re on a budget. Combine that with some dining and you have a night!

And I’m going to point out that just past High School Road, over the 465 hill, 38th street changes completely and has a different atmosphere. There’s a shopping center with a Marsh, Target, iHop, Great Clips, Chili’s, and Friday’s. Across the street are an LA Fitness, McDonald’s, and Cracker Barrel.

This place was located in the former Old Country Buffet off 38th & Georgetown, but closed August 2011 after suffering competition from Teppanyaki.

Oh, and one last thing of note is Lafayette Square. It’s the only mall in town SIMON does not own (it was sold in 2007 to Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp), and most of the inline stores and three of its anchor stores (formerly Macy’s, Sears, and Lazarus/Incredible Pizza Company) are empty. It’s almost primarily urbanwear stores. Macy’s, Sears, Gap, Payless Shoe Source, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Maggie Moo’s, the Disney Store, Waldenbooks, Gamestop, Radio Shack, Steve & Barry’s, Claire’s, the Children’s Place, Incredible Pizza Company, Old Navy, and Aeropostale may no longer be there, but its two remaining anchor stores are still good places to go. Burlington Coat Factory has very good deals on just about ANY type of clothing- Men’s, Women’s, Children’s, formal, informal, etc. Give this place a look. And there are also clothing racks full of clothes on clearance. Shoppers World also has a pretty good selection of items, and is pretty cheap. The only thing to watch out for is that some of their selection varies by season. For example, if you go there in December looking for school supplies, you may be out of luck. Honestly, the ONLY three first-tier chains in Lafayette Square are Finish Line, Foot Locker, and Champs sports…so since Incredible Pizza Company closed, there’s no reason for me to go back there.



1. Villa Schmidt - April 14, 2012

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2. Duncan Owensby - August 17, 2012

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3. arik way - August 31, 2012

I believe there should be a disclaimer. Lafayette Square Mall is a VERY rough spot of town. Bring your Kevlar. Three shootings in the last year and gang ran.

kennynorman - September 1, 2012

It is a rough spot (I could write a whole blog about how West 38th street is a tragic fail, and I might), but in all the times I’ve been there, I have NEVER seen any crime there OR at Washington Square. Only at Castleton Square, which has also had a gang fight at the food court last December.

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