Spending an entire day unearthing rare, forgotten treasures inside Michigan's largest antique center or ambling from shop to shop as you explore every corner of one of the Midwest's largest outlet malls — shopping here offers a sense of escape and relaxation all its own.
Whether you'll wander the aisles of the world's largest Christmas store, browse a sprawling village of unique shops housed across six historic buildings, or spend time sampling from the many vendors of our two city markets — get ready to discover everything from found-and-gathered treasures to handcrafted goods by Michigan makers!
As we welcome you back, we’ll be doing our best to keep you in the loop on what’s open & closed in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Just look for the orange banners below on our partner listings as you start planning for your next trip!
While we all navigate this new normal, some experiences may be slightly different, and some businesses may only be partially reopened. Please check with the individual businesses for their reopening status, new hours of operation, and updated policies before visiting!
Uncommon Shopping Experiences
Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland (Frankenmuth) The world's largest Christmas store, dripping in twinkling holiday lights and decked out with over 50,000 trims and gifts! See 300+ exquisitely trimmed trees spread out across the showroom and ponder over 8,000 styles of ornaments. Once you've weighed out all the options, have your picks hand-personalized on-site — or autographed by the artists themselves during special ornament signings!
Birch Run Premium Outlets (Birch Run) One of the country's original outlet malls and an unmatched shopping experience — home to 100+ stores that range from Columbia Sportswear Company to Michael Kors, Pottery Barn to Kate Spade New York. Shop during special events like fall's Deal Hunters' Weekend and tackle your entire holiday shopping list — from fashion and decor to gifts and gadgets!
Pride and Country Village (Saginaw) A sprawling village of rare and surprising shops, several housed in historic, refurbished farm buildings! Leave no corner of this 40,000-square-foot experience unturned when you browse the six buildings on-site — from Schoolhouse Fashion Boutique to The Woodshop. Swing into The Mill's seasonal store for everything from fall florals to Christmas decor, and don't leave without stopping by the restored 1904 Farmhouse — five whole levels of fine home furnishings, all yours to explore!
Frankenmuth River Place Shops (Frankenmuth) German-inspired outdoor mall with over 40 unique shops, where you'll stroll past alluring storefronts and take in the exquisite Bavarian architecture of each unique nook as you shop! Explore Michigan's bead store, Bead Haven, and stop to sample at Modern Craft Winery's tasting room tucked inside. Or, browse on-trend fashions at spots like Calla Lilie's and Emilie B's. After, treat yourself to a pedicure at Serendipity Wellness Spa — and maybe another sample at the Grand Traverse Distillery and Black Star Farms Winery Tasting Room, all on-site!
Bavarian Inn Castle Shops (Frankenmuth) Follow the winding cobblestone paths through the lower level of Bavarian Inn Restaurant to find seven unique shops — each with their own take-home treasures inside. Visit the Royal Gift Shop for German-inspired souvenirs from steins to nutcrackers or the Wine & Beer Shop for Michigan's largest selection of German beers, plus unusual and privately produced beers and wines from all over the world!
SVRC Marketplace (Saginaw) Stunning, 100,000-square-foot marketplace, where more than 30 vendors make home. Shop Those Nature People's all-natural bath & body products and essential oils, The Little Yarn Shoppe's artisan, hand-dipped yarns, or places like Purple Sage Beads & Glass Art. Take a break for ultra-fresh poké bowls from Sushi Remix, vegan goodness by Blending Bowl, and bacon-covered-everything from Makin' Bacon!
City Market (Bay City) Modern city market bringing local, farm-fresh goodness to the heart of Downtown Bay City — where you can shop and sample from 20+ vendors inside! Warm up with a cup of locally roasted, artisanal coffee from City Grind while you wander among the aisles, and stop for a bite to eat from spots like That Guy's BBQ. While you're here, pick up essential oils from Oily Apothecary and free-spirited, made-to-be-mixed wines from Modern Craft Winery!
Antique + Vintage Shops
Bay City Antiques Center / Bay Antique Center (Bay City) Michigan's largest antique center — housed in a historic corner building at the heart of Downtown Bay City, where it covers an entire city block! Spend the whole day exploring this 60,000-square-foot, three-story, collaborative shop — rated #1 by AAA and open 361 days a year — and enjoy its walkability to other nearby antique shops and restaurants that pepper the surrounding streets. Once inside, you'll wander your way through treasures from European imports to primitives, glassware to architectural salvage, and even memorabilia!
The Americana Company Antique Mall (Bay City) Pop into another favorite along Bay City's Water Street before or after your visit to the above-mentioned antiquing haven, and enjoy an eclectic assortment of finds — signs and memorabilia to vintage Christmas ornaments and decor! Watch for their Annual Holiday Open House Weekend in November — a tradition for more than 20 years!
The Saginaw Antique Warehouse & Specialty Shoppes (Saginaw) 20,000-square-foot space filled with antique and collectible items from over 70 quality dealers! Furniture and lamps to jewelry and glassware, china and clocks — you'll find it all here. Make time for a stroll through the Loft Marketplace — featuring clothing, accessories, and home accents — then, explore 12 additional specialty shoppes on-site, followed by lunch at the Memory Lane Cafe!
Freeland Antique Mall (Freeland) 16,000 square feet of antiques, supplied by over 90 top-notch dealers! Watch for special mall-wide events like the Fall Harvest Festival outdoor flea market or Annual Christmas Sale, and shop the unbelievable finds here anytime of year!
Retro Attics (Bay City) The mid-century modern collection of two talented, local pickers — presented in a well-curated shop that'll have you swooning over up-cycled vintage furniture and kitschy finds from the Atomic Era!
Electric Kitsch (Bay City) All-things-vintage, from vinyl to clothing and kitschy home decor. Shop vintage music gear and electronics here, too!
Court Street Antiques (Saginaw) Antique, vintage, and up-cycle shop — tucked in an old building brimming with character — next to the magnificently restored Court Street Theater. Browse the collections of 15 vendors and don't miss the Junque & Salvage Room!
Adomaitis Antiques (Saginaw) An Old Town Saginaw mainstay for more than 40 years, specializing in estate sales and offering everything from antiques to vintage clothing and costumes.
Iron Gate Emporium (Birch Run) Vintage and antique, industrial or shabby chic — this marketplace offers it all, including made-in-Michigan items from local artisans.
Lifestyle Boutiques + Artisan Wares
Half Mile Handmade (Bay City) A curated collection of handmade goods from artisans near and far, housed in a historic Downtown Bay City storefront. Hand-lettered signs to holiday greeting cards, Michigan apparel and more — shop here and support the maker movement!
Serendipity Road (Midland) Cozy-cool, brick-lined shop highlighting the wares of only Michigan makers! Home decor to housewares, unique gifts to Michigan-themed gear — you'll love every original find inside these walls.
Rebel Magnolia (Saginaw) Fearlessly authentic, funky boutique — and 4,000 square feet filled to the brim with everything from trend-forward clothing to home decor, gifts to global textiles, apothecary items and plants. Shop this bohemian hideout curated by two stylish, flea-market-loving moms, and don't miss Rebel Magnolia Fall Flea — a free-spirited, festival-style market with over 100 vendors offering vintage, handcrafted, and gathered items you'll just have to have.
G.T. Homestead (Bay City) Cozy, colorful storefront tucked near the 3rd Street Star Bridge — well-stocked with gorgeous seasonal decor and specialty gifts.
Little House (Bay City) Downtown Bay City shop with finds from hand-lettered signs and seasonal home decor to gifts and accessories.
Violets Blue (Bay City) Delightful gifts and small home goods to jewelry and stationary, shop this eclectic assortment of things you'll love to gift... and things you can't help but hang onto for yourself!
Perfectly Imperfect Creations (Bay City) Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist, selling gorgeously repurposed furniture and architectural salvage pieces. Shop the showroom or sign up for a Chalk Paint Course to learn the craft yourself!
More Home + Seasonal Decor (Multiple Cities) From My Secret Garden's 13,000-square-foot shop decked in beautiful displays of seasonal home decor and boutique apparel to Warmbier Farms' 12,000 square feet of seasonal items, silk florals, and more — inviting shops are sprinkled all throughout this region!
On-Trend Fashions (Multiple Cities) From OMONI Boutique in Uptown Bay City to Ferne Boutique in Downtown Bay City, get ready to shop expertly curated collections of trendsetting fashions for the modern-minded. And, don't forget other stylish spots like Adorn Boutique in Frankenmuth, Elodie Boutique in Midland, or Panache Boutique in Bay City!
Timeless Classics (Multiple Cities) Shop favorites like Brighton, Pandora, and Tribal when you browse the remarkable selections of clothing and accessories inside locales like White House Boutique in Frankenmuth, Uptown Girl in Bay City, or Willow Classic Ladies Apparel in Midland!
Seasonal + Holiday Markets
Rebel Magnolia Fall Flea Market (September, Saginaw) One of the "Top 100 Outdoor Markets in the U.S." (Flea Market Style Magazine, 2017) and an ethereal shopping experience — featuring over 100 vendors with items found and gathered, vintage and new.
The Great Lakes Market - Autumn Market (September, Bay City) Seasonal market celebrating the thrill of discovering new treasures from talented Mitten State makers — with Uptown Bay City's breathtaking riverfront scene as the backdrop.
MI Made Marketplace (September, Bay City) Proud makers, good times, and great eats — all along the Downtown Bay City streets during this free, festival-style marketplace! Shop Michigan-made products and sample from local food trucks while you browse.
Seasonal Art + Craft Shows (September - December, Multiple Cities) With Keepsake Collection Art & Craft Shows in both Frankenmuth (September) and Saginaw (October and December) — plus the return of Shipshewana on the Road to Birch Run in October — options are ample for adding signature pieces to your collection!
The Great Lakes Market - Winter Market (December, Midland) Holiday gift-giving made simple, in a festive artisan makers market held on the heated concourse of Dow Diamond. Wrap up everyone on your list, and grab a few holiday goodies for yourself!
Frankenmuth Christkindlmarkt (November - December, Frankenmuth) Shop this outdoor, European-style Christmas market's toasty-warm tents and grab everything from greenery and garlands to one-of-a-kind gifts that'll make your holidays a lot more cheerful!