West Michigan is home to great shopping destinations. Whether you are looking for souvenirs to bring back from your vacation, a unique gift, antiques and collectables, or planning a special shopping spree, you’ll find a wide variety of shops to get the retail therapy you need!
South West Michigan Shopping
The Old Town Lansing neighborhood is definitely worth the drive to Michigan’s capital if you’re in the mood for a day or more of retail therapy. It’s jam packed with boutiques, galleries, gift shops, clothing stores, home and garden furnishings and accessories, and numerous great restaurants and bars. Old Town is one of Lansing’s gems. Check it out!
The Fly-Buy Gift Shop at the Air Zoo has unique and interesting items, perfect for the Aerospace kid, or grown up in your life. From books to hands on science kits, every purchase helps support the Air Zoo and their mission.
South Haven boasts many unique shops and boutiques in the downtown area. Two antique malls, women, men, and children’s fashion, home décor, handmade jewelry, children’s toys, and more. South Haven has it all, come discover everything they have to offer!
Frequent visitors to the Saugatuck area know that when it comes to their carefully curated retail experiences, there are unique discoveries behind every door. Their cozy downtown neighborhoods are brimming with one-of-a-kind shops for every person and every price range. Whether you’re interested in art, antiques, fine jewelry, outdoor gear, or Michigan-made gourmet foods—you’ll find it there along with friendly, small-town service to go with it.
The Saugatuck Antique Pavilion has 24,000 ft² of unique, unusual, collectible, and colorful items, including primitives and mid-century modern, along with antiques of all sorts. Everything you could ever want plus more. The antique pavilion shares a building with the Saugatuck Brewing Co., offering a great combination: work up a thirst shopping, then go next door to the brewery.
Kalamazoo is home to the nation’s first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall which features many local retailers and artisans, including Bee Joyful, Michigan’s first zero waste shop, the Kalamazoo Candle Company, Earthly Delights by Amy Zane, Cherri’s Chocol’art, Pop City Popcorn, Colors and Cocktails, and so many more. The Kalamazoo Mall is also home to the Kalamazoo State Theatre, a great place to catch some live music after your shopping!
If shopping for unique gifts, boutique-style clothing, and nostalgic toys and candy are of interest, then Marshall is for you. The downtown is beautifully filled with shops for everyone to enjoy. Music plays during the day and lighted trees line the street at night to add to the ambiance. Several restaurants and coffee shops are also located along the street. If you enjoy 19th and early 20th century architecture and a variety of quaint shops, this City of Hospitality is for you.
The shop at Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph features decorative and functional artwork handcrafted by local and regional artists. As part of KAC’s mission to inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through the visual arts, they’re celebrating Michigan Summer in the shop with Mitten-inspired artworks, supplies for summer gatherings, and art that connects you to the great outdoors.
Visit Purely Michigan in St. Joseph to find all sorts of Michigan-themed products, including beer and wine. The owners are lifelong Michiganders who love everything about our state. After all, who doesn’t love hunting for Petoskey stones, beach glass, or Indian beads? Or attempting to scale Sleeping Bear Dunes, or trying to get at least knee-deep in Lake Superior? If you love Michigan like they do, you’re invited to stop in or shop online and “Discover Yours.”
Explore a mix of modern and vintage finds at Lulu Cadieux in Saugatuck. Their boutique is meant for those who love beautiful things. Come browse their mix of modern, vintage, and architectural. Wander the garden and take a peek in the kitchen where you’ll also find a number of special cooking class offerings.
More South West Michigan Shopping Destinations:
- Cornwell’s Turkeyville, Marshall
- Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo
- Maple Row Sugarhouse, Jones
Central West Michigan Shopping
Grand Haven offers a wide variety of shops including upscale boutiques, vintage resale stores, art galleries, specialty gifts, and beyond. Most shops can be found on or around Washington Avenue in the downtown, centetown, and easttown districts. A full list of area retailers can be found here.
Grand Haven Main Street includes quaint shops, boutiques, and unique dining in downtown Grand Haven, just moments from the sun and sand of Lake Michigan. The Bookman is a great stop for bookworms: it’s a locally owned, full service bookstore offering over 10,000 new books and thousands of used paperbacks, as well as a great selection of magazines, newspapers, and greeting cards.
Away from the crowds found at big city malls, Ludington offers an assortment of unique restaurants and quaint shops, where you will find items that are exclusive to the area. Ludington is a port city that is home to specialty shops and art galleries. Downtown Ludington features the famous Jamesport Brewing Company, as well as antiques shops, a natural-food store, two brew pubs, clothing and music retailers, and arts & crafts shops.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a great place to spark your curiosity this fall. Visitors of the GRPM will be able to explore the Museum’s newest original exhibit, Fashion + Nature, which examines the relationship between the natural world and the fashion industry, inspiring and educating visitors to become better consumers.Guests are encouraged to further explore these themes in the GRPM Curiosity Shop, where you can take home the work of local artists in the form of apparel, stationary, souvenirs, and more! The Curiosity Shop currently features works of over twenty of the best local artists in the greater Grand Rapids area, whose work explores themes of naturalism, entomology, history, and sustainability.
There are lots of cute shops in Downtown Rockford, quite a few new ones as well. Herman’s Boy also sells many kitchen and grilling gadgets, so you can shop while enjoying a freshly brewed coffee all under the same roof. Does it get any better than that?
Head down one of Fodor’s “Cutest Main Streets” for a shopping expedition to remember. Downtown Holland’s historic architecture houses an inspiring collection of boutiques featuring everything from cocktail dresses to Black Forest cuckoo clocks. There’s something special waiting for you to discover in Holland. Best of all, no matter when you visit, you’ll experience the personal, one-on-one customer service for which Holland retailers are known.
Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery is a great Grand Rapids destination for so many things – including shopping! Their Gift Barn has a great selection of clothing, accessories, and other merchandise, and is adjacent to their wine tasting room.
More Central West Michigan Shopping Destinations:
- Blendon Pines Gun Club, Zeeland
- Country Dairy, New Era
- Electric Bike Place, Grand Haven
- Grand Rapids Downtown Market
- MACkite Board Sports Center, Grand Haven
- Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon
- Rennhack Orchards Market, Hart
- The Fox Barn Market & Winery, Shelby
- Windmill Island Gardens, Holland
North West Michigan & Upper Peninsula Shopping
If shopping is included in your vacation plans then head to Shanty Creek Resort for a fun-filled getaway. Resort themed gifts abound on-site at Shanty Creek. Check out the charming shops in downtown Bellaire for unique gifts, clothing, art, and more. Shop ‘til you drop then head back to the resort for rest and relaxation.
Marquette County’s small businesses are an important part of the community and offer one-of-a-kind shopping experiences. Many of Marquette County’s shops are locally owned, adding a distinctive touch and a unique flair that each visitor will be able to enjoy. Snowbound Books, Main Street Antique Mall, and Rare Earth Goods & Cafe are just a few of the great local stores that will pique the interest of any traveler visiting Marquette County.
Petoskey Area has many great shopping outlets with unique finds made by local artisans and curated by local businesses. Check out HANNI Gallery in Harbor Springs, Northgoods or Grandpa Shorter’s in Petoskey, and White Birch Outfitters Downtown Boyne City and Lavender Hill Farm’s extensive Gift Shop for all the Michigan Lavender Gifts you could think of. Don’t forget to check out the Sidewalk Sales over Labor Day Weekend in Bay Harbor too!
Charlevoix’s area shopping provides a wide variety of family-friendly stores, one-of-a-kind art, sweet treats, and boutique shopping.
Getting hungry? Oryana Community Co-op in Traverse City is your source for local, organic, and natural food. Oryana carries the region’s largest selection of locally-sourced goods and organic and locally-grown produce, as well as locally-roasted fair-trade coffees, naturally leavened breads, and body care products.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a few distinctive souvenirs, mementos for your loved ones, locally crafted treasures, clothing, or even just a few things you left behind at home, shopping will not disappoint in the Alpine Village in Gaylord! From the eclectic collection of shops downtown to major retailers to the west, you will surely find what you are looking for and more. Browse through sporting goods, specialty foods, antiques, books, tropical fish, clothing, jewelry, games, furniture, chocolates, and home decor at cheerful, friendly stores.
Dublin General Store in Wellston is your destination for homemade jerky. The Dublin staff uses their own recipes, including beef, pork, chicken, turkey, ostrich, & wild game. You can also purchase steaks, ribs, smoked fish, various spices & rubs, award-winning sauces, aged cheeses, and other goods.
McDonough’s Market is a family owned business specializing in grocery, custom cut meat, fresh produce, a wide selection of beer, wine, and more! Visit them on your next adventure in Beaver Island!
Reflecting the many moods and styles of Up North living, shopping at Bellaire’s Uniquely North is fun and engaging! You’ll find clothing, home décor and gifts that pair comfy and casual with chic and upscale. With seasonal offerings and a constantly changing inventory, Uniquely North always has something new. Bellaire is surrounded by lakes, beautiful woods and all the things to do and see that make being Up North year-round so amazing. Come in and enjoy!
More North West Michigan Shopping Destinations:
- Bellaire Smokehouse, Bellaire
- Cherry Republic, Traverse City
- Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen, Petoskey
- Oliver Art Center, Frankfort
- Paddles and Pedals, Bellaire
- The Village at Bay Harbor, Petoskey