High end name-brands, at basement bargain prices? Vintage boutiques and handmade, unique selections? Oh, yes. They're here. Where to shop depends on the type of shopper you are. Maybe you're looking to splurge on a Coach purse. Beeline to Birch Run Premium Outlets and indulge... or try Two Old Bagz Boutique in Saginaw, a resale shop specializing in high-end handbags and jaw-dropping low prices.
Looking for that one-of-a-kind item? Half Mile Handmade and Harless + Hugh Flea in Bay City and Rebel Magnolia in Saginaw are off-the-beaten path gems, as are so many more! Shop our neighborhood boutiques, explore our unique shops and get right to what you're looking to find, with the shopping eye of a local! Find the looks, here's the deal:
Premium For Less
Banana Republic, Nike, Pottery Barn, Under Armour, J. Crew, Coach-over 145 designer and name brand outlet stores is the dream-come-true called Birch Run Premium Outlets! This is the shopping mecca of meccas for both divas and deal-finders! (Psst! There's a way to pinpoint sales, participating stores and the discounts these 145 stores will offer! Become a VIP Club Member, for free. Gain a $5 coupon book, and priceless know-how - when to shop!)
For ladies looking to turn that same old yearly shop-a-thon into an all-out girlfriends' getaway, try Birch Run Premium Outlets' spring Girlfriends Weekend or wait it out for Deer Widows Weekend in the fall. No matter which, you're in for three days of hunting huge bargains alongside your best. Stay refreshed while tracking down deals at the Information Center (section F) with free Wi-Fi and a fireplace lounge!
Maybe a storied object is what appeals-something different. You'll know it when you see it... at Harless + Hugh Flea in Bay City. Upscale and urban meet antique chic in this eclectic mash-up boutique of beautiful one-of-a-kinds. And around the corner, Half Mile Handmade sits along Bay City's waterfront, on the historic strip known in the 1800's as "Hell's Half Mile", offering its own artisan goods and unique items-many from local and Michigan-based artists!
Over in Saginaw, a trip into Rebel Magnolia will bring a boutique shopper to her knees with the selection encompassing a funky gift, home and clothing shop... with art, jewelry and a dash of trendy this ‘n' that!
For the Wee Ones
Put Sweet Peach Children's Boutique in Bay City on your short list if shopping unique items for the kiddos is a must! There, you'll likely see mother/daughter owners Barb and Katy, and you'll find high-quality (cute-as-a-button) clothing, newborn to size 8, useful gifts and books, organic lotions and healthful selections. And Annie & Olive's A Children's Boutique in Midland is a fab find when looking to shop upscale children's clothing, accessories, gifts and gear!
Shop Ferne Boutique or Uptown Girl in Bay City for an exclusive selection of quality women's clothing and accessories, or explore the hand-selected finds at Athalia's Boutique in Midland - a contemporary clothing, lifestyle, and apothecary boutique (with a buying office located in très chic L.A. that sources the latest and greatest trends and brings them straight to the Great Lakes Bay!)
Spend an hour or a day in the historic heart of downtown Bay City at Michigan's largest antique center, Bay City Antiques/Downtown Antiques Market. Shop more than 400 booths, and explore the location voted "Best Antique Mall" by AAA, with European imported antiques and the state's largest collection of quality dealers.
Shoppers on the prowl for antique dealers offering furniture, glassware, china, lamps, jewelry, toys, collectibles and more will enjoy a trip to The Antique Warehouse in Saginaw, featuring 12 specialty shoppes, 70 dealers and possibly lunch at the Memory Lane Café inside...
Oh-So Many Shops
With Sections A-I (yes, nine sections) of unique shopping spots like Funky Skunk, with Irish-themed merchandise, and Your Name Here, specializing in personalized items, the Frankenmuth River Place Shops are literally all kinds of shopping finds and fun! And it can't hurt that it's also home to SugarHigh Bakery, winner of the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars"! You only live once! (Psst! You could also step into a "Parisian Café" at La Crepe du Jour. The music, the café tables, the crepes! Bonjour!)
Where to get the deals, and when? Where to shop for the finds you're looking for? Let these ins and outs of shopping our region put you at the edge of fashion with the know-how to find them... like a true Great Lakes Bay local.