Next stop, Lebanon: Your Town Friday heads to Boone County

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LEBANON (Sept. 12, 2014) - This week, “Your Town Friday” is in Lebanon!

You’ll find the city about 30 miles northwest of Indianapolis, conveniently located off of I-65 North. The Boone County community dates back to the 1830s. Before the interstates, Lebanon was used as a stopping point between Indianapolis and Chicago. Today it is home to about 16,000 people and has a unique mix of residential, commercial, industrial and educational environments.

One of the unique draws is The Milk Building.

“It started out in 1914, so it’s about 100 years old, it was the Indiana Condensed Milk Company,” says manager Nikki Hunter.

Nikki says it was later used as a warehouse until it was bought it 2001. After extensive renovations, it was turned into a spacious, high-tech community theatre.

“We mainly do comedy, we do a horror show every once in a while, we started renting it out last year, we’ve had a banquet here, a dinner, a kids theatre rented this space a few times, we’re open for all kinds of possibilities,” she says.

We can’t forget to mention the super cool movie theater-style concession stand. The Milk Building’s comedy production of “Noises Off” hits the stage at the end of October.

Next stop: Butter Cream. Nut Clusters. Truffles and Barks.

Is your mouth watering yet?

Right off I-65 in Lebanon you’ll find Donaldson’s Chocolates! Known for his melt-in-your-mouth turtles, the chocolate expert himself, George Donaldson, greets customers from not only right here in Indiana but from all over the world.

“We get so many people off 65, going from Indy to Chicago, we have signage on the highway, we have three signs in both directions and people when they travel they see the word ‘chocolate’ and they say, ‘Let’s stop.’ And then once we get them to stop we get a lot of repeat customers,” he says.

George started his chocolate shop with his late wife back in 1966 and he hasn’t once changed his recipe. In fact, he’s expanded the menu!

“The chocolate I’ve used since 1966, it’s premium chocolate, it costs more but I won’t change because it has a good taste to it,” he says.

You know what also has a good taste? The donuts from Lebanon’s Titus Bakery.

“It was actually was my father’s bakery, he purchased it in the early 80s so we’re 35 years old,” says owner Terry Rake, a third generation baker.

Her grandfather actually owned a bakery in Lebanon back in the 50s. Today, Titus serves everything from deli sandwiches and coffee to pies and dog bones but their specialty is donuts! Before they are glazed and sprinkled, though, most of the donuts are made partly by hand.

Terry has customers from all over town. Some make a special trip to Lebanon just to stop by Titus.

“(We’re known for our) quality of donut, it’s the best there is around, we have a lot of people from out of town that stop in.”

Titus Bakery is planning to open a second location in central Indiana next year.

More about Lebanon:

Titus Bakery
Donaldson's Chocolates
The Milk Building
Back to the Fifties Festival
Visit Boone County
Boone County Tourism

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