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Finding the right item is only part of the shopping experience in Pure Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region! Around here, quaint shops mingle with bustling marketplaces, large outlets compliment smaller, hidden gems, and you’re sure to enter beautifully memorable spaces as you shop!
Whether you’re in town with a group of girlfriends looking for one-of-a-kinds and vintage boutiques, or you’re on a family adventure to fill out wardrobes, find name brands, and scour great deals, you’ll discover just what you’re looking for — and then some — at these top spots for shopping in the Great Lakes Bay!
Boost your wardrobe with famous maker names and beautify your home with interior decor and housewares at Birch Run Premium Outlets! With more than 100 national brands awaiting, including Michael Kors, North Face, Pottery Barn, and Nike, enjoy everyday savings of up to 65% on name brands — and check into Guest Services in Section F to discover more ways to save while you’re here. Watch for special annual events like Deal Hunters' Weekend in November to bag big brands at even better prices!Read More +
Visit the largest antique center in the state of Michigan, Bay City Antiques Center/Bay Antique Center. Located in the historic Campbell House Hotel building, the center boasts 60,000 square feet of treasure hunting and more than 400 booths! Study the floor plan of this block-long antique mall that features an impressive collection of regional vendors and European-imported antiques alongside primitives, Americana, miniatures, and more. From collectible dishes and glassware to furniture, clothing, architectural salvage, and housewares — you’ll find it all here!Read More +
An unforgettable destination for fun in “Little Bavaria”, explore more than 40 shops and attractions throughout the German-inspired Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Saunter in & out of local, family-owned businesses and national retailers alike, including Yankee Candle and Tervis. Discover boutiques and clothiers alongside creperies and bakeries, and take your opportunity to sample made-in-Michigan wine, craft spirits, honey, and fudge — or make an appointment and forge your own blacksmith creation!Read More +
Explore unique gifts inside Michigan’s largest collection of country shops at Pride and Country Village in Saginaw! Travel back in time through historic buildings and shops including a woodshop, candlemaker, farmhouse full of furnishings and decor — and the 1899 Schoolhouse Fashion Boutique. Shop purses, lotions and soaps, scarves, clothing, and accessories, and don’t leave before stopping by the old-fashioned deli or Red Caboose Ice Cream Parlor for a treat after a day’s shopping!Read More +
Enjoy the indoor, European-style SVRC Marketplace, and choose from more than a dozen ethnic and American eateries to tempt your tastebuds. Take an impromptu how-to class, shop for unique gifts from flowers to t-shirts, yarn to beads and beauty products, and keep in mind — SVRC Marketplace hosts an ever-changing list of vendors. You’ll want to go back again and again to see what’s new each and every time!Read More +
Stroll along winding cobblestone through a fairytale castle at the Bavarian Inn Castle Shops, located in the lower level of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. With seven unique shops, including the Royal Gift Shop and The Candy Corner & Chocolate Shop, discover toys, souvenirs, clothing, collectibles, wine & beer, jewelry, and more. Stop by the Castle Shop Bakery for sweet treats and homemade jams, and enjoy your time spent within a magical fairyland atmosphere as you shop for gifts for others — and for yourself!Read More +
Take the kids and kids-at-heart to experience all that is Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland — the “World’s Largest Christmas Store” — where it’s merriment, joy, and Christmas 361 days a year! Ooh and ahh together through this expansive store, filling one and a half football fields in length with a collection of Christmas decor, lights, trees, and more than 50,000 trims and gifts! Be sure to visit Santa when he’s not at the North Pole, and look to Bronner’s hand-personalized ornaments and one-of-a-kind Christmas finds!
Americana Company Antique Mall: Bring cherished memories to life with a trip through Americana Company Antique Mall, located in the heart of historic "Hell's Half Mile" in Bay City. Find an eclectic mix of vintage, local memorabilia, unique antiquities, and friendly faces.
Freeland Antique Mall: Take a stroll down memory lane at Freeland Antique Mall, where you’ll find more than 65 vendors throughout 17,000 square feet of antiques and vintage goods.
Antique Warehouse: Join friends for tea in the Tea Room before perusing 70 antique vendors, with unique memorabilia, collectibles, and gifts — and 12 specialty shops.
The Iron Gate Emporium: Explore a marketplace of vintage, shabby chic, antique, industrial, and mid-century modern at The Iron Gate Emporium. Shop Michigan-made and handcrafted, something old and something new!
Thrifty Treasures Antiques & More: Go on a thrilling hunt through Thrifty Treasures Antiques & More. Shop more than 20 dealers and discover jewelry, glassware, coins, furniture, toys, primitives, and art.
Court Street Antiques: Browse a true vintage shop where nothing is newer than 1970! Experience the historic building’s character and charm while checking out 15 different antique vendors and unforgettable displays.
Adomaitis Antiques: Discover unusual items and estate finds at Adomaitis Antiques. Explore their vast selection of exquisite freshwater pearls, professional quality adult costumes, and vintage clothing pieces at competitive prices.
The Finest Antiques & Home Décor: Shop for vintage and antiques, or look toward the repurposed and repainted at The Finest Antiques & Home Decor. An antique store, and also a home decor shop, find a little old & new and a lot of unique items here!
Yorkshire Antiques & Primitives: Shop farm, primitives, antiques, vintage decor, glassware, and toys at Yorkshire Antiques & Primitives. Keep your eyes open for vendor treasures from the 19th and 20th centuries!
Around the Farm Antique Mall: Discover one-of-a-kinds and vintage galore from 60 vendors at Around the Farm Antique Mall. Shop the outdoor collection, too, for interesting garden decor.
The Antique Center: Get lost in yesteryear inside The Antique Center, where 8,000 square feet of memorabilia, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles, and antiques await.
Retro Attics Studio: Shop mid-century modern and industrial at Retro Attics Studio and Warehouse. Gain inspiration through vibrant pieces from the Atomic Era, timeless furniture, and artwork.
Electric Kitsch: Stroll through the music of then & now at Electric Kitsch! Find new and used records, in LP and 45 rpm, funk from the 50s to the 70s — and the equipment to play them on! Get your hi-fi, guitar, and other equipment repaired on-site, too.
Serendipity Road: Look to update your home, your wardrobe, and even your jewelry collection — or give a handmade & memorable gift — with goods from more than 70 Michigan artisans and makers at Serendipity Road.
Half Mile Handmade: Cards, hand towels, clothing — find the perfect gift, or treat yourself to something unique, from the curated collection of handcrafted products from artisans near and far at Half Mile Handmade.
Creative Lane: Pick up a plant, fashion accessories, and any of a variety of handmade gifts and Michigan products at Creative Lane! From cards to candles, and potions to paint-by-numbers, peruse at your leisure!
Perfectly Imperfect Creations: Shop new, vintage, and refurbished furniture at Perfectly Imperfect Creations. Find unique treasures for your home, or take a class and customize your purchase!
Amazin’ Mitten: Discover baskets and gift boxes for special occasions and works by creative Michiganders at Amazin’ Mitten — where nothing is mass produced and everything is one-of-a-kind!
Vintage 11: Discover Michigan-made goods, custom furniture painting, and unique paint party opportunities at Vintage 11. The owner repurposes family heirlooms, upon request, and refurbishes cabinets & vanities into custom creations!
Gift of Hope Boutique: Shop home goods, jewelry, metal art, and more at Gift of Hope Boutique. Items are created by people being lifted out of poverty through the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty, and purchases change lives.
Imagine That! A Local Artists’ Co-Op: Explore the gallery of 30+ local artists or attend a special event or demo at Imagine That! A Local Artists’ Co-Op. Shop stained glass, fiber arts, stone jewelry, knitted woolen accessories, and porcelain pottery, all made by local artists.
Rebel Co.: Shake up your shopping at Rebel Co. — and revel in your time here perusing unique clothing, Michigan-made items, home decor, global textiles, apothecary, and plants.
My Secret Garden: Visit a one-of-a-kind shop that is My Secret Garden! Stylish and warm, filled with home decor, boutique clothing, and gift items galore, satiate your hunger in the kitchen shop with specialty sauces, dips, and chocolates, too!
Botanica Modern Market: Indulge your senses inside Botanica Modern Market. Shop plants, clothes, and home decor & discover beautiful botanicals and clothing with style.
G.T. Homestead: Fill a bouquet or planter for any occasion at G.T. Homestead! With a full-service floral department, shop unique cards, stationery, novelty & souvenir gifts, and home decor while you’re here.
Violets Blue: Lose track of time in the most beautiful of ways inside Violets Blue in Bay City. Gifts, decorations, inspiration — with journals, and magnets, and whimsy all about — enjoy this enchanting boutique!
Little House: Travel back in time through a historic building turned into Little House. Shop unique furnishings and accessories for your home, and stop often because merchandise changes frequently.
Warmbier Farms: Shop more than 1,800 garden statues at Warmbier Farms in Auburn, and plan appropriately for their 12,000-square-foot shopper’s delight showroom! Discover silk florals, boutique jewelry, gazing globes, seasonal decor, clothing, and so much more.
Rustic Seasons on Cass: Discover a unique selection of home decor and gift-giving treasures at Rustic Seasons on Cass. Find new offerings with the changing of the seasons and drop in for special events!
Baxman Market: We’re letting the secret out — Baxman Market has homemade gifts and specialty items, painted to order! Shop online, too, for unique crafts and gifts for pick-up.
SuperChic Designs & Table: Give weathered furnishings new life at SuperChic Designs & Table. Put special touches on your new and antique furniture, and find unique table settings including custom-made linen napkins, tablecloths, and runners.
The Michigan Shoppe: Take home a Petoskey stone from The Michigan Shoppe in Frankenmuth or Birch Run, where you’ll find all-things-Michigan! Discover Michigan-made jewelry and pottery, and enjoy gourmet food, apparel, and books all from and about The Great Lakes State!
Frank’s Muth: Shop a hot sauce bar at Frank’s Muth! Explore an eclectic collection of gifts, flavored popcorn, and bar decor, and enjoy a cocktail at the indoor bar or on the outdoor patio while you shop!
Coyer Candle Co.: Join a make-and-take candle-making class at Coyer Candle Co. — or choose from more than 100 scents of handmade soy candles, all created in-store from products made in the USA!
Peel ‘N Pare: Sip from a fresh pot of coffee as you shop, always available at Peel ‘N Pare. Find specialty cutlery and high-quality culinary tools for your kitchen — or to give as gifts for the cook in your life!
Covered Bridge Shop: Discover Frankenmuth gifts and souvenirs at the Covered Bridge Shop. Browse trinkets, t-shirts, and a fine selection of quality leather goods.
Zehnder’s Marketplace: Explore an extravaganza of delicious opportunity at Zehnder’s Marketplace. Order world-famous chicken dinner at Z Chef’s Cafe and shop the marketplace for fresh baked goods, souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, and even Polish pottery.
Find fresh and trendy women’s clothing and accessories at Ferne Boutique, and discover clothes that fit your lifestyle.Read More +
Shop “Uptown” at Omoni Boutique for everyday looks featuring premium labels. Enlist the help of an on-site stylist to complete your outfit!Read More +
Panache Boutique: Find unique, fun, and confident clothing for all shapes and sizes at Panache Boutique, including tops, bottoms, dresses, sets, shoes, and accessories!
Adorn Boutique: Select wardrobe essentials from a balance between current trends and classic styles at Adorn Boutique! Shop their curated collection of fashions, accessories, and apothecary.
Ellie & Isabelle: Fill your Pandora wishlist and shop unique fashions at Ellie & Isabelle! Take home specially crafted and Michigan-made items alongside shirts, dresses, and Brosway jewelry, too.
Margos & Co.: Plan to explore Margos & Co. for both men's and women's apparel, plus-size included. Shop gifts, accessories, and home decor from high-quality brands.
SoCal Threads Boutique: Shop SoCal Threads Boutique — in Midland, or Uptown & Downtown Bay City — for women’s clothing, accessories, limited edition selections, and a curated collection of quality denim. Check in frequently for new items and changing inventory!
Abby’s of Frankenmuth: Shop where the attitude is “Boutique Over Chain” at Abby’s of Frankenmuth. Find smaller, independent women's apparel along with international brands, in sizes small through XXL.
Rapunzel’s Boutique: Discover an eclectic array of home decor, fashionable clothing, and jewelry at Rapunzel’s Boutique — and pore over collections of yarns, knitting accessories, patterns, and needles!
Uptown Girl: Find women’s fashion from blue jeans to denim jackets at Uptown Girl. Choose from a variety of styles and brands, and shop accessories and footwear to complement your look!
Willow Classic Ladies Apparel: For fun, fancy, frilly, and functional, shop Willow Classic Ladies Apparel in Midland. Whether you’re searching for an elegant gown or a casual t-shirt, you’ll find it here!
Indulge in original Vera Bradley, Anushka, and the complete collection of Brighton at White House Boutique — while drinking in the cozy atmosphere of Main Street in Michigan’s “Little Bavaria”.
Joyful Tantrum: Bring the kiddos to Joyful Tantrum for hands-on activities, games, crafts, and toys designed to stimulate their imagination. Shop at a toy store that’s completely unplugged so children can fully engage!
Toyberg: Escape the boredom of the day-to-day at Toyberg, or “mountain of toys”! Take home a new kite, 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, or a toy driven by science & education.
Happy Go Lucky: Shop nostalgic candy, gifts, and novelties at Happy Go Lucky in Saginaw, and discover unique, curated birthday boxes and toys!
Saginaw Bay Trading Company: Explore outdoor-themed apparel at Saginaw Bay Trading Company. Shop locally sourced and manufactured items, gourmet food — and scout outdoorsy gifts!
Frank’s Great Outdoors: Get your hunting and fishing licenses at Frank’s Great Outdoors, and shop 30,000 square feet of fishing, hunting, marine electronics, paddle sports, clothing, and camping items!
Northwoods Wholesale Outlet: Take your time when traveling to Northwoods Wholesale Outlet, the mecca of everything for the outdoors — and indoors!
Little Forks Outfitters: Let experts at Little Forks Outfitters help equip you with proper clothing and gear for your outdoor adventures. Take a fly-fishing class, or plan your excursion with the help of knowledgeable staff.
Try before you buy — or just rent a bike for the day — from one of three Ray’s Bike Shop locations in Downtown Midland, Midland City Forest, and Bay City! From gear & apparel to bikes for the whole family, you’re sure to find good buys at Ray’s Bike Shop.
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Home to Michigan's largest antique center (housed fittingly in an historic downtown building) and an annual antique festival of epic proportions, with smaller shops sprinkled throughout, the Great Lakes Bay is full of opportunity to uncover timeless treasures.Read More +