Midwest Living Review
Dating back to 1896, this historic brick factory complex has at one point or another produced everything from soap to onion sacks to those tiny paper strips you find in Hershey’s Kisses. These days, the refurbished buildings house a diverse array of artists' studios, antiques shops, bakeries and cafes.
There are many businesses worth seeking out here. For instance, the studio of renowned metal sculptor John Mishler is located within the original boiler house, where the factory's landmark smokestack still remains. Goertzen Pottery and Studio specializes in functional ceramics and wood-fired pottery, Swartzendruber Hardwood Creations turns out beautiful furniture pieces, and fiber artist Shirley Shenk’s one-of-a-kind quilt designs are nothing short of works of art. The former trolley depot building now serves as Central Region Mennonite headquarters; there’s even a gift shop next door.