TASTE TEST: Sandwiches courtesy of Stella

HAMMOND - Bigger is not always better, and sometimes the tiny spots hidden in the nooks and crannies are treasures in and of themselves, such as Stella Cafe in downtown Hammond. The small space gets its name from Virginette Fitzpatrick, the owner whose childhood nickname was "Stella," which nods to the old Angela Basset movie "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."

Stella Cafe keeping downtown Hammond abuzz

A new coffee shop has replaced the Blue Room Cafe, a coffee shop that closed in downtown Hammond after 10 years and that had been a popular hangout place in Highland before that. Stella Cafe has moved into the glass storefront in the Indiana Building at 5246 Hohman Avenue.