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Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland (Frankenmuth) The world's largest Christmas store, dripping in holiday lights and decked with over 50,000 trims and gifts! See 300+ perfectly trimmed trees spread out across the showroom and browse more than 8,000 styles of ornaments. Be sure to have your picks hand-personalized — or autographed by the artists themselves during special ornament signings.
Frankenmuth River Place Shops (Frankenmuth) German-inspired outdoor mall with over 40 unique shops, each with their own authentic Bavarian architecture. Explore Michigan's largest 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 Lilies and Emilie B's.
Birch Run Premium Outlets (Birch Run) One of the country's original outlet malls — home to 100+ stores from Columbia to Michael Kors, Pottery Barn to Kate Spade New York. Shop special seasonal events like Deal Hunters' Weekend held each November and tackle your entire holiday shopping list!
Bavarian Inn Castle Shops (Frankenmuth) Follow the winding cobblestone paths through the lower level of Bavarian Inn Restaurant to find seven unique specialty shops. Visit the Royal Gift Shop for German-inspired souvenirs or the Wine & Beer Shop for Michigan's largest selection of German brews, plus unusual and privately produced beers and wines from all over the world.
Pride and Country Village (Saginaw) A sprawling village of shops, housed in refurbished farm buildings. Swing into The Mill's seasonal store for everything from fall florals to Christmas decor, and don't leave without stopping by The Farmhouse with its five levels of home furnishings.
SVRC Marketplace (Saginaw) 100,000-square-foot marketplace, where more than two-dozen vendors make home. Shop Those Nature People's all-natural bath & body products and essential oils, or The Little Yarn Shoppe's artisan, hand-dipped yarns. Sample from eateries like Saigon Sandwich Company and El Farolito Taqueria — or try bacon-covered-everything from Makin' Bacon!
City Market (Bay City) Modern city market bringing fresh, local goodness to Downtown Bay City. Warm up with a cup of specialty coffee from City Grind, and stop for a quick bite to eat from Bones BBQ & Soul Food. Before you leave, stock up on essential oils from Oily Apothecary and plenty of Heidi's Darn Good Cookies for the road!
Bay City Antiques Center / Bay Antique Center (Bay City) Michigan's largest antique center, spanning an entire block of Downtown Bay City. Spend a whole day exploring this 60,000-square-foot, three-story, collaborative shop — rated #1 by AAA and open 361 days a year.
The Americana Company Antique Mall (Bay City) Another favorite along Bay City's Water Street, 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.
The Saginaw Antique Warehouse & Specialty Shoppes (Saginaw) 20,000-square-foot space filled with antique items from 70 quality dealers. Stroll through the Loft Marketplace, explore a dozen more specialty shops, then end with lunch at the on-site Memory Lane Cafe.
Freeland Antique Mall (Freeland) 16,000 square feet of antiques, supplied by over 90 top-notch dealers. Watch for special events like the Fall Harvest Festival outdoor flea market or Annual Christmas Sale, and shop unbelievable finds anytime of year.
Retro Attics Studio (Bay City) Retro warehouse and studio that'll have you poring over up-cycled vintage furniture, mid-century modern treasures, and rare 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, too!
Court Street Antiques (Saginaw) Antique, vintage, and up-cycle shop in an old building brimming with character. 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.
Thrifty Treasures Antiques & More (Birch Run) Antique mall with 20 dealers, and everything from jewelry to glassware, furniture to primitives.
Serendipity Road (Midland) Brick-lined shop highlighting the wares of Michigan artisans. Home decor to housewares, unique gifts to Michigan-themed gear — enjoy every original find inside these walls.
Rebel Magnolia (Saginaw) Trend-forward clothing to home decor, gifts to global textiles, apothecary items and plants — curated by two flea-market-loving moms.
Half Mile Handmade (Bay City) Handmade goods from artisans near and far, including hand-lettered signs to Michigan apparel.
G.T. Homestead (Bay City) Cozy, colorful storefront tucked near the Third Street Star Bridge, well-stocked with 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) Small home goods to jewelry and stationary, browse this eclectic assortment in a cozy, welcoming shop.
More Home + Seasonal Decor (Multiple Cities) From My Secret Garden's seasonal home items and boutique apparel to Warmbier Farms' inspired collection of seasonal decor — inviting shops are all around.
On-Trend Fashions (Multiple Cities) From Ferne Boutique in Downtown Bay City to OMONI Boutique in Uptown, shop curated collections of trend-forward fashions. 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 White House Boutique in Frankenmuth, Uptown Girl in Bay City, or Willow Classic Ladies Apparel in Midland.
Rebel Magnolia Fall Flea Market (September, Saginaw) One of the "Top 100 Outdoor Markets in the U.S." (Flea Market Style Magazine, 2017), featuring 100+ vendors with items found and gathered, vintage and new.
The Great Lakes Market - Autumn Market (September, Bay City) Seasonal market in Uptown Bay City, spotlighting talented mitten-state makers.
MI Made Marketplace (September, Bay City) Free, festival-style market highlighting Michigan artisans, held along the Downtown Bay City streets.
The Great Lakes Market - Winter Market (December, Midland) Holiday gift-giving made simple, in a festive makers market held on the heated concourse at Dow Diamond.
Frankenmuth Christkindlmarkt (November - December, Frankenmuth) Outdoor, European-style Christmas market of toasty-warm tents filled with greenery, garlands, and holiday gifts.
A Great Lakes Bay native, Blair is the Founder at Brandscape — a boutique creative company specializing in content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories about the Pure Michigan places she loves!