What Customers are Saying

"Everything seemed like it was handpicked and there were tons of unique items I doubt you'd be able to easily find elsewhere." - Christina C.

"It's hard to know how to classify The Caravan Shop except to call it a 'gift shop.' However, for me, that always calls to mind cheesy Hallmark cards and knick-knacks, and this store is far cooler than that." - Sarah R.

"There is no shop in A2 - and frankly, that I've found in most places I've visited - like the Caravan Shop....It stands in my mind as an example of what gift shops should be, and so seldom are. Can't say enough good things." - Lisa R.

"The Caravan Shop has that delightfully-packed feeling good, unique gift shops give off. They have a whole range of unique gifts and cards for people that are hard to shop for. For example, my dad collects replica tin toys (wind up ducks, carousals, etc). They have a great selection of these. Also, I have had good luck finding really unique Christmas ornaments (hot peppers, pickles, etc.) Definitely worth checking out!" - Sarah C.

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The Caravan - A Little Shop of Wonders

The Caravan Shop opened its doors in 1927 and has been a fixture in the Arcade ever since.  The shop was the creation of Frank and Jean Karpp who owned the store for nearly 50 years.  Upon their retirement, they sold the store to Mr. Jim Edwards, who also owned Maison Edwards and the Tobacco Shop in the Arcade.  Mr. Edwards sold the shop to Charlotte Ouimet, who in turn, sold the store back to the Edwards family.  In 1998, Rhonda Gilpin, who owns the Arcadian Antiques, purchased the store and has kept it ever since.

“Gifts from around the world” has always been the theme of the Caravan, and while Rhonda has maintained that theme, she has expanded the store’s inventory to include the work of over 600 artisans. Rhonda and her two daughters Bailey and Madison are the primary buyers for the Caravan Shop, and they strive to maintain a unique and eclectic blend of merchandise which continues to make the Caravan a shop where you can always find something fresh and interesting. 

There are: Nutcrackers from Germany, Nesting Dolls and Lacquer Boxes from Russia, Painted Boxes from Poland, Haba Toys from Germany, Limoge Boxes from France, Tizo Picture Frames from Italy, Greeting Cards from the UK, the list goes on and on. 

We hope you enjoy your visit in the Caravan and likewise in the historic Nickels Arcade – so stop by soon and have a look - you never know what you might find!