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.
Find Cool & Unique Gifts
The Saugatuck Antique Pavilion is a fabulous destination for retail therapy. There are over 175 dealer booths and nearly 24,000 square feet of air-conditioned shopping bliss. Find treasures which have been lost in time, and bring them home to continue their story.
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 outdoor adventure at Bill & Paul’s!
Whether you’re getting it for yourself or gifting it to a loved one, a Grand Rapids Children’s Museum membership is perfect for any family. Membership includes one year of unlimited admission, exclusive members-only events and discounts, and admission to a variety of other cultural organizations.
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.
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, available 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!
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!
The farmhouse-style shop at Brys Estate in Traverse City features a variety of unique lavender-infused products, including an assortment of handcrafted soaps, lotions, sachets, pet accessories, home decor, culinary items, and more! These products have been locally developed and produced on Old Mission Peninsula and allow guests to discover and appreciate the color, smell, and taste of lavender.
Ruff Life Pet Outfitters in Petoskey’s Gaslight District offers a wide range of products, with a focus on high quality, natural products that promote healthy, happy lives for pets. The Ruff Life team travels the country seeking out the best in leashes, collars, toys, beds, foods, health & wellness, outdoor gear, gifts and more.
Beer, Wine, Spirits & Food
If you’re looking for unique gift ideas, stop into Founders Brewing Company’s Grand Rapids Company Store. You’ll find everything from Centennial IPA mustard to Founders hats to beach towels!
More Grand Rapids breweries, distilleries, and shops await you, stocked with craft beverages, growlers, apparel, and more. Many breweries have their own shops featuring merch and beer, including Brewery Vivant, New Holland’s Knickerbocker, and Mitten Brewing Company. Gray Skies Distillery and Long Road Distillers both have their spirits available for purchase on site. If you’re looking for a little bit of everything, visit G.B. Russo & Sons, Grand Rapids Downtown Market, or Under the Vines.
Stay and Shop
Located in downtown Saugatuck, the Twin Oaks Inn puts you in the heart of this small-town wonder. Here, you’ll find quaint shops and art galleries, each offering something unique that you won’t find anywhere else. One of the must-see shops is American Spoon. Their handcrafted fruit preserves and condiments capture the flavor of exceptional fruits in every jar.
If shopping is always included in your vacation plans, then head to Shanty Creek Resort for a fun-filled getaway. Resort-themed gifts are available on site or 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 Resort. Shop ‘til you drop, then head back to the resort for rest and relaxation.
Located within the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Rio houses over 13 small Michigan business product lines and acts as your one-stop shop for regionally-inspired goods. From Michigan sweatshirts and candles to specialty beer and wines, Rio is the place to shop!
Great shopping options are available throughout the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids with options like Boutique Emmanuel, the Men’s Shop, and Plaza Essentials.
The JW Marriott in Grand Rapids offers the Shop ‘Til You Drop Package. The package includes breakfast for two adults at six.one.six, valet or self-parking, a $100 gift card to Tanger Outlets, and a special welcome amenity including a Tanger Outlet coupon book.
Events & Festivals
Located at the Michigan Irish Festival in Muskegon, the Irish Marketplace and store offer cultural shopping experience with unique gifts direct from Ireland. Products range from books and apparel to jewelry and personalized items. Stop by when the festival comes to Muskegon from September 13th to 16th.
The annual Latesummer Night’s Green event at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings is Saturday, September 15th. As the institute’s annual fundraiser, the event includes live and silent auctions, raffles, delicious food, and locally-sourced beer, wine, and cider.
Visit Fallasburg Park in Lowell on September 15th and 16th for the Fallasburg Arts Festival presented by LowellArts. The two-day festival includes 100 fine art and fine crafts booths, timeless craft demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, and food booths.
Tickets to a Gilmore Keyboard Festival event are a great gift for any music lover. As part of their Gilmore Rising Star Series, Italian pianist Luca Buratto will be performing on Sunday, September 16th at the Wellspring Theatre in Kalamazoo. Tickets for this event and many more are available online.
The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center in Grand Rapids has a full calendar of events for 2018 and beyond. Their lineup of professional performances includes Cinderella and Rock of Ages, in addition to other notable acts. Tickets are available online along with a full schedule of events.
Areas to Visit
The Grand Haven area offers more than 70 retail boutiques with something for everyone’s tastes. Autumn is a wonderful time to visit this Lake Michigan beach town and discover new treats and treasures. Some must-see spots include C2C Gallery, Electric Bike Place, MACkite Board Sports Center, and The Bookman.
The wide variety of shops in downtown Big Rapids will thrill any shopper. Here, you’ll find everything from Michigan-themed gifts and books to antiques and collectibles. Whether you’re looking for yourself or somebody else, you’ll find something unique and intriguing in Mecosta County.
The shops in downtown Holland will look different during the Live Mannequin Night on Friday, September 14th. This annual event showcases volunteers posing perfectly still like mannequins in the area’s shop windows. At the end of the night, vote for the business with the most creative display in the People’s Choice competition! While you’re visiting Holland, make sure to visit the Holland Museum and Windmill Island Gardens if you’re looking for a unique gift for a friend (or maybe yourself!).
Old Town Lansing is a diverse and eclectic neighborhood just north of downtown Lansing and is comprised of great shopping and dining. Find funky and upscale boutiques, clothing stores, and galleries, all locally-owned and operated.
Visit Mt. Pleasant and find the latest fashions and Michigan-made products. Their local art store offers unique works from over 150 Michigan artists, so you’re bound to find something to proudly display at your home.
Situated on Muskegon Lake in downtown Muskegon is one of the area’s shopping hubs. Cheese, motorcycles, chocolates, and a Watch Muskegon t-shirt are all must-haves on your shopping list during your visit to this shoreline destination.
The Boyne area shopping scene has plenty of stores that will excite any shopper. Covering some of northern Michigan’s best locales, the Boyne area is well worth the trip, whether you’re planning on coming back with a couple personal items or a car full or purchases.
More Cool & Unique Gifts
- Allegan Antiques Market, Allegan
- Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek
- Big Lake Outfitters of Saugatuck, Saugatuck
- Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek
- Blendon Pines Gun Club, Zeeland
- Castle Farms, Charlevoix
- Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo
- Kingman Museum, Battle Creek
- Lake Odessa Area Arts Commission, Lake Odessa
- Ledge Craft Lane, Grand Ledge
- Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon
- Oliver Art Center, Frankfort
- Pentwater Historical Society, Pentwater
- South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven
- The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, St. Joseph
- USS Silversides Submarine Museum, Muskegon
- WaterDog Outfitters, Montague
More Beer, Wine, Spirits & Food
- 12 Corners Vineyards, Benton Harbor
- 45 North Vineyard & Winery, Lake Leelanau
- Arcadia Brewing Company, Kalamazoo
- Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo
- Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay
- Bonobo Winery, Traverse City
- Brewery Terra Firma, Traverse City
- Cedar Springs Brewing Company, Cedar Springs
- Cornwell’s Turkeyville, Marshall
- Country Dairy, Inc., New Era
- Dutch Farm Market, South Haven
- Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing, Kalamazoo
- Greenbush Brewing Company, Sawyer
- Gull Meadow Farms, Richland
- Herman’s Boy Inc., Rockford
- Hickory Creek Winery, Buchanan
- Joann’s Fudge, Mackinac Island
- Kilwin’s Chocolate Kitchen, Petoskey
- Lighthouse Wine, St. Joseph
- Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, Petoskey
- McDonough’s Market, Beaver Island
- McIntosh Apple Orchards & Winery, South Haven
- Oryana Community Co-op, Traverse City
- Overhiser Orchards, South Haven
- Rennhack Orchards Market, Hart
- Round Barn Winery, Baroda
- Shetler Family Dairy, Kalkaska
- The Fox Barn Marketplace & Winery, Shelby
- The House of Pies, Alanson
- The Livery, Benton Harbor
- Veni’s Sweet Shop, Niles
- Vineyard 2121, Benton Harbor
More Places to Stay & Shop
- Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls
- Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
- The Village at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor