The Old Bag Factory has so many different things you can do, you could spend a good half a day here.
First, you should really start your adventure with a meal from the Trolley Cafe. Located on the first floor, the Trolley Cafe is traditional American fare, making their own breads and offering pies and cheesecakes to die for! Grab some breakfast or some lunch and hang out a bit!
Next, you can enjoy shopping our shoppes like Gamze Neer Jewelry Boutique, Legacy Home Furniture, Goertzen Pottery located on the first floor. Venture up to the second floor for some antiques, clothing, and musical instruments! You can also visit the working artists studio!
Finally, hang out in the museum on the second floor to learn about the history of this fabulous building, relax in our book exchange or play some games!
Two great ales events are happening this Saturday, May 12th!
First, Goertzen Pottery is holding it's annual Mothers' Day Sale! From 9-5 you can enjoy 20 - 50 % savings on pottery and select wood-fire items. Get Mom that unique one of kind handmade piece that she will cherish forever! Enter through the main entrance and turn left, Goertzen Pottery is all the way at the end.
Second, Legacy Home Furniture is holding the Customer Appreciation Day from 10-4 on Saturday. You can check out amish-made hardwood furniture or LaZBoy furniture with special one day savings. They are also holding giveaways for a recliner and certificates. Enjoy refreshments as well inside Legacy Home Furniture.
We want to hear your stories of "Bagology". Chase Bag Co was a large factory in the mid 1900's. Many local families have memories or working or a parent or friend working at Chase Bag Co.
The term “bagology” was coined during this period, meaning “to elevate the production of bags to the level of science.”
This building has four floors and we would love to hear real people accounts of the day to day happenings in the operation of the business.
We are collecting stories to enhance our historical museum! We would love to hear from local or former locals who worked at Chase Bag Co, or had family who worked at Chase Bag Co. If you lived in the neighborhood and you knew people who worked at Chase Bag Co while in operation, we want to hear from you!
Tell us your memories of Chase Bag Co, whether the good years when it was a thriving Goshen business or about when times turned and the decline lead to it's eventual closing.
We want to hear stories of people meeting here, falling in love, raising their families in Goshen. We want to hear from those who played in the yards around the building. We want to hear about the railway and its part in the business and community.
In short, we want to hear any story you want to tell us about Chase Bag Co! We will compile and display information in our Historical Museum on the Second Floor and use them on the website and social media so others can know how important this place was.
Contact us through email or social media with your story so we can document them for visitors!
John Mishler is one of Goshen's premier artists and he has his studio right here at the Old Bag Factory!
In the old power house is where he makes his metal creations. John Mishler has works shown in surrounding counties and by his own admission, never throws anything away. You can see the kind of work he does and where it is located at his website, johnmishler.com.
A Goshen College Professor, and member of the Goshen Mayor's Arts Council, John is instrumental in the formation of the arts of Goshen. We are proud to have him as one of our own.
If you are looking for a different kind of jewelry store, you have to stop into the Old Bag Factory and visit the Gamze Neer Exclusive Jewelry Boutique right inside the front door.
You will be greeted by Gamze Neer or her husband, Chris who travel around the world gathering jewels and stories to tell. They specialize in the blue eye jewel (in the photo).
Gamze Neer also buys and sells gold and silver in their shop. The hours are 9am - 5pm Monday through Saturday.
On the first floor of the Old Bag Factory is a unique pottery shop. Goertzen Pottery, owned by local potter Mark Goertzen, is a long time favorite of Old Bag Factory visitors.
Not only can you purchase one of a kind pottery pieces, but you can watch the potters in action. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9-5 and there's always someone there to answer your questions about the products.
You can check out the store's gallery on the website www.goertzenpottery.com or just stop and see them!
Legacy Home Furniture, home to quality Amish-made hardwood furniture is now having a sale on La-Z-Boy products!
Legacy Home Furniture has found its home on the first floor of the Old Bag Factory for 7 years! With the addition of the La-Z-Boy Comfort Studio, Legacy Home Furniture has filled their showroom with style and comfort!
Come by to see all the beautiful pieces available as well as the blowout sale for Presidents Day!
The Old Bag Factory has space openings! We are looking for a coffee shop/restaurant to operate our Down Under restaurant space. Reasonable rental rates and marketing opportunities available! We would really like to see an all-day restaurant or coffee shop to serve our increasing customers and escape room players.
Retail spaces available as well on the second floor of the Old Bag Factory. We are looking for unique stores to join the OBF Mercantile, Second Song Musical Instruments and working artists!
Call for more information or set an appointment with the leasing office.
The Old Bag Factory has housed an escape room since Fall 2016. In Fall 2017, Escape Down Under became the official escape room of the Old Bag Factory, falling under its umbrella of entertainment options exclusively owned and operated by Old Bag Factory Management.
There are two rooms available for play now, Fright at the Museum, which involves art and magic and The Inventor's Challenge, which is a race to find the long hidden inventions of an inventor from long ago. In each room, you find clues and put together puzzles to work your way through the room to reach the objective, all in a timed one hour.
You can read about these rooms by clicking on the graphic above and you can even reserve a time right on the website!
Large groups for birthday parties, group from offices and such can take advantage of our large group pricing of $15 per person.
If you're looking for something fun for your family, friend or work group, consider this your escape!
The Old Bag Factory is a historic building full of independent small businesses. All are owned and operated by people in our community!
On the first floor, we have our long time stores, Goertzen Pottery, Gamze Neer Exclusive Boutique, and Legacy Home Furniture! All providing unique gifts you can't find anyhwere else! While you are here, enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of pie at the Trolley Cafe, established in the Old Bag Factory for close to 30 years!
On the second floor, you can find a bulk food/candy store featuring Amish snacks and candies as well as products made in our own backyard! Second Song Musical Instruments has the instrument you need at an affordable price for you student or loved one. You may also visit the Working Artists' Studio, there is always something unique in there to buy as well as talk to the artists who create the wonderful pieces you see!
In the Down Under, there is JC Cheesecakes, our own celebrity pitch night winner and Pop-Up Handicrafts who organize all the craft events taking place at the Old Bag Factory and operate the all year handicraft store!
You can also have some fun at our very own escape room and virtual reality center! Check our website for details!