If you’re one of those travelers who hopes to land a few souveniers and shopping opportunities when traveling, this article is for you. These downtown destinations promise locally-owned shops and shopping bags full of Michigan-made souvenirs.
Take a piece of the Upper Peninsula home with you here in Marquette. Pick up a high quality photograph of the Great Lakes from Lake Superior Photo. If you are looking for local art or handmade jewelry make sure to check out Blackbird Boutique. Marquette's shopping is located only a short walk from the Lake Superior shoreline.
Traverse City's downtown storefronts include 150 shops and galleries only a short distance from Lake Michigan. Visit Cherry Republic, Inc for cookies, candies and salsas made from local fruit. Or, check out Horizon Books, which is a bookstore filled with a selction of books all from Michigan authors.
Petoskey's Historic Gaslight District is one of Michigan's best stopping destinations as this district is just a couple blocks from Petoskey's stone-hunting territory on Lake Michigan. Petoskey stone hunt right on the beaches here or check out the many boutique stores available. Northgoods is one store you'll want to make sure you hit. Here, you'll find tons of different options from picture frames to jewelry all made from the famous Petoskey stones. Crandpa Shorter's Gifts is another good shopping option where you can find jewelry, home decor and apparel, much of which is all crafted in Michigan.
Mackinaw City is where you'll find Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsulas meet due to the Mackinaw Bridge. Here you'll find many shops to check out including The Island Bookstore and Coffee Shop and Three Pines Studio and Gallery. Don't leave without a few boxes of the traditional Mackinaw fudge from Joann's Fudge, Murdick's Famous Fudge or Devon's Delight Fudge Shoppe.
Holland's downtown area include shops, locally-owned. Visit here in the winter to find the sidewalks are heated so you can shop hassle free, year-round. For Michigan-made products visit Apothecary Gift Shop. As for a couple other great options, check out Lake Effect Gallery and DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory which sells traditional Dutch theme items to represent Holland, which is a Dutch town.
When in Detroit, jump on the QLine streetcar ride and take It to Detroit's Midtown. Here you'll find unique restaurants and shops to explore. City Bird is a store that sells both Michigan and Detroit-themed items made by more than 50 regional designers. The Detroit Artists Market and Shinola are two other musts which are stores you'll find items you can't just get anywhere.
The University of Michigan campus lies just steps away from downtown Ann Arbor, which includes blocks of great shopping options. Browse the shelves of Literati which is a bookstore full of Michigan author's books. Stop by WSG gallery for artwork including paintings and sculptures by regional artists. Then for a large range of items, from fresh produce to jams, jewelry and home decor check out The Kerrytown Market and Shops.
Saugatuck has a shopping district located just a few blocks from the city's art institutions. Michigan-themed and Michigan-made housewares, clothing and jewelry are sold at MI Coast, a shop that donates a portion of its proceeds to the preservation of Great Lakes shorelines. This shop is just one of many in downtown Saugatuck. A couple others to check out include Water Street Gallery and Good Goods. Water Street Gallery sells Great Lakes-inspired art and jewelry, and Good Goods has maritime-themed home décor and gifts.
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