Like China Town to San Francisco, or Brooklyn and the Bronx to New York, the heartbeat of cities is actually felt (tasted, experienced and remembered) in the neighborhoods that bring them to life! The Great Lakes Bay Region is no different, and our cities of Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Midland, and Saginaw are defined by the unique neighborhoods inside. Enjoy every memory made in some of the most eclectic neighborhoods around: the neighborhoods you'll only find when you Go Great Lakes Bay!
Old Saginaw City
Should you find yourself amidst a colorful, two-story mural brushed onto the façade of an historic brick building, laughing out loud during a play inside one of the oldest community theatres in the nation, languidly strolling the Gingerblue Gallery - or even kicking back in your comfy chair with coffee in-hand from the infamous Red Eye Coffeehouse, taking in an outdoor showing at the summertime Lawn Chair Film Festival - then you're in Old Saginaw City (or "Old Town" as our locals like to call it), and (my, oh my) are you in for a treat!
A New Kind of Old
Within this neighborhood, you'll find a beautiful marriage between the days of old and an urban, lively vibe of today. Old Town offers a cool blend of relics and new-age, with cross-streets and alleys running between old buildings and faded "ghost signs" (there's even a sign graveyard that pays nod to notable businesses of the past). With funky shops like U Me Paint Experience to punk-rock spots like 100 Proof Saloon, Old Saginaw City is the kind of mixed neighborhood where Retro Rocks Pub cranks out Friday-night-style fun right next door to the upscale casual dining experience (and award-winning wine selection) inside Jake's Old City Grill.
In Old Town, you can dine upon global fare and Asian fusion-cuisine at Pasong's Café or enjoy traditional (and unworldly) soup & sandwich combos at Fralia's or the Old Town-hometown Court Street Grill. You can both step back in time inside the shop of a cobbler while having the chance to Rock Your Locks at a trendy, feisty salon. You can even walk into an historic building more than 100 years old and find the absolute newest of availability in sporting goods for biking, hiking, skiing and more at The Stable Outdoor Outfitters.
(Psst! Not to freak you out, but The Stable was highlighted in the film "A Haunting on Hamilton"...) Old Town Saginaw is definitely the neighborhood to frequent for the best of all worlds!
Court & Hamilton Street
While Old Town does have outlying hotspots - look for the urban art collective, Counter Culture, dine at Zorba's Lounge and Restaurant (two word: Saganaki and Opa!) and maybe down a draught at the Scottish Inn (locals call it ‘The Plaid Palace' and order the Crab Rangoon) - the few blocks around Court Street, Hamilton Street and Michigan Avenue are the center of Old Town Saginaw, and can easily be experienced a' foot. However, if four wheels are your style, parking is ample and available along main and side-streets throughout.
Walk into any (and many) of the ‘spirited' establishments of Old Town Saginaw, like Woody's Draught House inside J.B. Meinberg/Woody O'Brien's with 106 microbrews and hard ciders served on tap, and you're sure to find your flavor! Order up a martini at Jake's or call for a cocktail inside the oldest bar in Saginaw, Perry's Schuch Hotel Restaurant & Bar, and dance the night away at the locally-loved Hamilton Street Pub. Keep your whistle wet and your eyes peeled, too, for new neighbors Oracle Brewing Company and Old Town Distillery, opening very soon!
Shopping in Old Town might have you inside the two story mecca that is Old Town Furniture (with an artsy second floor filled with off-the-beaten-path furniture finds like a 1950s-style, pink, Formica
table ...), or poring through treasures at Adomaitis Antiques, or even inside chic and modern Omoni Boutique.
From shopping antiques to sampling unique drinks, with an eclectic smattering of options and opportunities, welcome to the neighborhood of Old Saginaw City!