The Indiana Discount Mall has a variety of cultural stores with the most popular ethnic group being Hispanic. Many of the stores cater to a Latino customer base. It is a great place to go if you want anything from religious statues to soccer equipment. This mall has it all, from shoes to even cowboy wear. There is also a restaurant which serves all kinds of Hispanic foods from empanadas to elotes and esquites to tacos. The Indiana Discount Mall is a place to go for Hispanic goods. They also offer services such as a nail salon and a tattoo shop . Students looking to purchase a quinceanera dress, Guadalupe shirt, soccer jersey, African textiles or a Virgin Mary statue can make a trip to the Indiana Discount Mall on Lafayette Road.
"Indiana Discount Mall is like a little piece of mi Mexico from the gold to the clothes to the things for parties like wedding dresses, quinceanera dresses, and more. The best thing about the mall is watching la Raza work hard everyday to bring money home to their family." -Norma Avila-Galvez, Junior
By: Kayla Pimpton
The Carniceria Guanajuato located in the Lafayette area is not just a grocery store. Inside the store there is a restaurant, a pharmacy, a butcher shop and much more. For six years this supermarket has been providing their customers with a place to shop for everything they might need and the chance to enjoy traditional Mexican food while they do it.
Carniceria Guanajuato was founded in Indianapolis in 2002 by David and Flor Campos. Even though the store has many different things to offer, the goal is to sell groceries and be a place where people can find what they need for their families.
The supermarket has two other locations, both in Indianapolis. And because they offer such a large variety of services to people who come into the store, employees say that they are always busy, especially the restaurant. They serve seafood, tacos, cakes, pies, different types of meats, traditional drinks and more.
Carniceria Guanajuato is open everyday of the week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., except on Sundays when they close at 8 p.m.
By: Ramatou Soumare
The India Plaza, located right next to Lafayette Square Mall, is an area with a market, banquet hall and buffet/restaurant, owned by an Indian family. Not only Indian shoppers visit the plaza, but also people from all parts of Africa also visit the market because of the similarities in culture. The market sells a vast variety of Indian vegetables, grains, spices and seasonings, and other things like, cookware and suitcases.
The banquet hall is a place used for weddings and planned family gatherings. On a typical day you would be able to hear the upbeat traditional music and see the colorful Indian dress. There aren’t very many Indian restaurants in Lafayette road and so the buffet/restaurant in India Plaza is a great source for delicious authentic Indian food. The India Plaza is an all around wonderful place to check out if you are looking for a spectacular Indian experience.
By: Kayla Pimpton
Szechwan Garden is a family owned business that has been operating for about a year and a half. The owner of the restaurant and his family, who moved here from New York City, enjoy working together and feel that having a location in Lafayette is profitable and good for their business.
Szechwan Garden has a very big menu and a large variety of food items that customers can choose from. The restaurant serves Szechuan and Cantonese food and recommends that customers try their steamed bass if they haven’t already. In addition to the seafood offered at Szechwan Garden, customers can also order stir-fried dishes, soups, casseroles, vegetables, noodles and rice and lunch specials that are offered Monday through Friday. There are many options to choose from but their most popular menu item is their spicy popcorn chicken.
Szechwan Garden has one location and their busiest days of the week are Saturday and Sunday, but they are open everyday.
Lafayette Square Mall
By: Ramatou Soumare
One of the most well known places to visit on the West Side is Lafayette Square Mall located only a few miles northwest of Downtown. Although not popular, Lafayette Square Mall is home for a diverse group of shoppers and store owners. Over the years, Lafayette Square has gained a reputation for being violent and unsafe. The mall went from being a very prosperous mall, to one that houses few brand- named stores family owned businesses.
Lafayette Square features a variety of different cultural and popular stores such as Footlocker, Kids Footlocker, Finishline, Hip Hop Fashion, Rama’s Golden Fashion, One Love Fashion, Jimmy Jazz, Shoppers World, Burlington Coat Factory and more. One of the best parts of the mall is the food court, which includes ethnic restaurants like Italian, Hispanic and Asian foods, along with American Deli and Cinnabon. If any student has the opportunity to do so, they should visit Lafayette Square Mall because of the array of culture, entertainment and enjoyment the facility provides.
"Lafayette Square Mall is a great mall if you don’t like to be crowded in, so it’s a great destination if you like that sort of environment,I love the oil store and the different range of shoe stores there. PLUS there’s a Cinnabon and a place that serves Mangonadas so it doesn’t get any better than that." -Tyshara Loynes, Senior