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South Bend's downtown area has an array of small shops, many of them featuring locally produced products. Behind the South Bend Chocolate Café, in the heart of downtown, sits Made in Michiana, a store devoted to handmade crafts, clothes and other items. Another area with long-standing clothing and décor boutique stores is found in the neighborhoods along Colfax Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard, just east of downtown. Nearby Mishawaka is home to the area's indoor mall, University Park, as well as a large shopping plazas populated by national retailers, many of them with sections devoted to Notre Dame related items. For a more organic experience, visit the South Bend Farmers Market where local growers and merchants sell their wares year-round.