We all need a little retail therapy every once in a while. There’s just something special about going out and finding that perfect item, whether it’s home decor, a beauty product, or fresh produce. Throughout West Michigan, you can find plenty of retail therapy, from national chains to antique and farmers markets.
Retail Therapy in Southern West Michigan
The Saugatuck Antique Pavilion is a fabulous destination for retail therapy. There’s over 175 dealer booths and nearly 24,000 square feet of air conditioned shopping bliss. Find treasures, lost in time, and bring them home to continue their story.
Nestled in the heart of Barry County on the shady banks of the Thornapple River, Downtown Hastings exudes small town charm and offers a variety of unique shops selling vintage wares, gifts, home decor, clothing, and so much more. When you need to take a break from shopping, enjoy a fresh, locally-sourced meal at one of Hastings’ many unique dining spots.
The Allegan County Fair is September 8th to 16th, and there’s more than enough shopping throughout the fairgrounds to please even the biggest shopaholic. There are two large buildings with retail and commercial vending on the grounds. You’ll find everything from housewares and clothing to windows and candy. Shop to your heart’s content while surrounded by world-class entertainment wherever you go at the fair.
The Thursday Night Markets at Virtue Cider in Fennville continue through October 26th, where you can pick up local produce and goods. The first Thursday of each month is a special Makers Market. The Thursday, September 7th event is the Woodworkers Market, featuring proper farmhouse cider, BBQ, custom woodwork, and live music.
The Christmas Tree in Benton Harbor has a wide selection of gifts for every season and occasion. Their 5,000 square foot building houses everything from ornaments and books to skin care and jewelery. They’re open year round, so visit the Christmas Tree and see what treasures you can find!
The St. Joseph Fall Festival is September 22nd and 23rd in downtown St. Joseph. Join fellow community members for a weekend filled with fun events for all ages and, of course, shopping! In addition to all the fun, there will be vendors there selling their fine wares. See what treasures you can uncover at this family-friendly event!
South Haven hosts the inaugural Smooth Sunset Weekend from September 15th to 17th! Shop amazing deals at unique boutiques while the sounds of street musicians fill the air. Afterwards, head to the waterfront to relax and enjoy art, music, wine, sunsets, and more!
More Retail Therapy in Southern Michigan
- American Spoon, Saugatuck
- Big Lake Outfitters of Saugatuck, Saugatuck
- Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA, Marshall
- Dutch Farm Market, South Haven
- Ledge Craft Lane, Grand Ledge
- McIntosh Apple Orchards & Winery, South Haven
- Murphy’s 2 Floor Antique Mall, South Haven
Retail Therapy in Central West Michigan
The Fallasburg Arts Festival presented by LowellArts is September 16th and 17th, from 10am to 5pm. This two-day outdoor art fair is held at the picturesque and historic Fallasburg Park, just north of downtown Lowell. The event showcases the work of over 100 artists, and draws over 25,000 attendees. Talk to the artists and bring home jewelry, drawings, photography, basketry, and more. Admission to the festival is free.
Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus is an outdoor adventure sports specialty retailer with over 50 years in the Grand Rapids area. They sell skis, snowboards, backpacking and camping equipment, kayaks, apparel, and more. Get the gear for your next adventure at Bill & Paul’s!
Hostetter’s News Agency is a traditional newsstand with roots in the Grand Haven area for over 75 years. They have a large selection of newspapers, magazines, comics, and maps, in addition to fine tobacco products, candy, and gifts. They’re open every day, so stop by and grab something to read while you’re out and about in Grand Haven.
The Made in Michigan Stores have brought together a collection of the best food, gift, and apparel items to help you celebrate this amazing state. They only offer items that are made in Michigan because they want to help the makers, studios, and artists do what they do best: create. Made in Michigan has two year-round locations in Grand Rapids and two summer-seasonal stores in Saugatuck and Mackinaw City.
Tanger Outlets in Byron Center has 80 stores, each with popular, name brand stores that won’t break the bank. Bring the whole family or grab your friends for a day of shopping at stores including H&M, Nike, PacSun, Levi’s Outlet, and more. No matter what your retail therapy requires, you’ll love both the large selection and the huge savings!
Throughout the Muskegon area, you’re bound to find places to shop. Here, a plentiful amount of stores await you, with items from cheese and treats to home decor and vintage treasures. For those looking to bring home the freshest produce, the Muskegon Farmers Market has over 80 vendors, selling their latest harvest between now and November.
Downtown Big Rapids is full of great shopping. Find the latest home decor, gifts for any holiday, bath and body products, and creations by local artisans. You can easily make your way from shop to shop and find exactly what you’re looking for.
Shop, play, and eat in downtown Mt. Pleasant. Here, you’ll find over 100 businesses lining the historic streets, including specialty shops, art galleries, unique dining establishments, and lively bars and bistros. Downtown Mt. Pleasant is centrally located just a few blocks north of Central Michigan University and three miles directly west of Soaring Eagle Casino, so you’re always close to entertainment as well.
More Retail Therapy in Central Michigan
- Beach Bum Joe, Holland
- C2C…Art for Your Everyday Life, Grand Haven
- Country Dairy, Inc., New Era
- Grand Haven Main Street, Grand Haven
- Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids
- Herman’s Boy Inc., Rockford
- Hudsonville Showcase: A Women’s Expo & Mancave, Hudsonville
- Lake Odessa Area Arts Commission, Lake Odessa
- MACkite Board Sports Center, Grand Haven
- Rennhack Orchards Market, Hart
- Russo’s International Market, Grand Rapids
- The Fox Barn Market & Winery, Shelby
- Tlaquepaque Art & Decor, Grand Haven
- Under the Vines, Grand Rapids
- Vintage Views, Grand Rapids
- WaterDog Outfitters, Montague
- Windmill Island Gardens, Holland
Retail Therapy in Northern West Michigan
If shopping is always included in your vacation plans then head to Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire for a fun-filled getaway. Resort-themed gifts abound on-site at the resort. Check out the charming shops in downtown Bellaire for unique gifts, clothing, art, and more. Need to include more shopping during your getaway? Traverse City is just 31 miles from Shanty Creek Resorts. Shop ‘til you drop then head back to the resort for rest and relaxation.
As one of Bellaire’s newest shopping spots, the Flying Pig is all about giving antiques a new life. They create wonderful pieces for your home taking repurposed items, old windows, and reclaimed barn wood and making them into useful and unique décor items. Stop by to see their wide and unique selection of items, perfect for yourself or a loved one.
Put Adams Madams in Central Lake on your shopping bucket list. The store truly captures and displays the unique atmosphere of the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula with its selection of art, clothing, jewelry, and home decor created by local artists. Upon entering the historic building, you are met with a soothing and pleasant atmosphere. Meander through the four large showrooms and take your time, as you don’t want to miss a thing.
The Dublin General Store, established in 1935, is a full grocery and hardware store in Dublin. They also have a wide selection of beer, wine, and liquor, a bakery, and a deli for your convenience. Don’t forget to try their famous jerky, coming in over 50 flavors. Whether you’re looking for groceries, guns, sporting goods, or housewares, you can find it all under one roof at the Dublin General Store!
The Petoskey area of northern Michigan is a great place to browse and an even better place to buy. From the fun and funky shops in downtown Boyne to the upscale new boutiques in the Village at Bay Harbor, shoppers have a multitude of opportunities to bag some awesome items. In Harbor Springs, wonderful galleries and fashion await, and in Petoskey’s Gaslight District, souvenir Petoskey Stones are a must. There’s items for foodies and even something for Fido can be found at Ruff Life Pet Outfitters.
Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts, founded in 1946, has been serving the Petoskey community and its visitors for over 70 years, and through three generations of the Shorter family. They are proud to continue the tradition of carrying Minnetonka Moccasins and Petoskey Stones like they’ve done since 1946. They’ve even been voted as northern Michigan’s favorite gift shop!
More Retail Therapy in Northern West Michigan
- McDonough’s Market, Beaver Island
- Oryana Natural Foods Market, Traverse City
- Shetler Family Dairy, Kalkaska
More Retail Therapy Throughout West Michigan
More Retail Nearby West Michigan
- Allen & Sons Woodworking, Linden
- Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets/Chelsea Property Group, Michigan City