Shopping in Northern Michigan
One of the signature charms of Northern Michigan is the variety of boutique shopping found in this area. For many buyers, being close to these stores is an important part of their buying decision. If access to stores and niche businesses is key to your search, here are a few suggestions to guide your real estate pursuit.
Discover the Gaslight District
The quintessential Northern Michigan shopping experience is found within Petoskey’s famed Gaslight District. The heart of downtown Petoskey is home to a number of popular storefronts that provide both souvenir products and staple goods. Stores like Grandpa Shorter’s, American Spoon Foods, and Symon’s General Store are must-visit destinations for the seasonal visitor. Pappagallo and J Phillips are popular options for women’s clothing, while Cutler’s & Mettler’s provide a wide range of high-end houseware items. For more staple purchases, buyers often gravitate to Meyer Ace Hardware, located prominently at the corner of Pennsylania Park. Shopping in Petoskey can be as simple or extensive as you wish, with no shortage of high quality products available at every turn. Serious shoppers are likely to identify Petoskey real estate as highly attractive for their buying needs.
Beyond the Gaslight District itself, Petoskey is a regional economic hub featuring a number of larger “box stores”. Wal-Mart, Meijer, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Hobby Lobby are just a few major retail destinations that draw visitors from many neighboring towns. Shopping in Petoskey can be as simple or extensive as you wish, with no shortage of high quality products available at every turn. Serious shoppers are likely to identify Petoskey real estate as highly attractive for their buying needs.
Small Towns. Big Shopping.
There are several smaller towns in Northern Michigan that still boast vibrant shopping opportunities. The downtown district of Boyne City has grown rapidly in recent years, with a number of popular shops. Looking for special beer or wine? Boyne Country Provisions offers an exceptional range of options. Kilwins and the Alpine Chocolat Haus both cater to your sweet tooth, and Local Flavor is a charming bookstore featuring local authors and subject matter. Friday nights in summer are a great time to familiarize yourself with all of Boyne City’s downtown, as Stroll the Streets fills the town with music and entertainment. Close proximity to Petoskey ensures larger staple items can be attained with a 20 minute drive. Boyne City real estate deserves your strong consideration if simple, quaint downtown shopping is part of your buying goal.
Shoppers with discerning tastes should take a close look at Harbor Springs real estate. A number of art galleries (Hramiec Hoffman, Knox Galleries, Boyer Glassworks to name a few) offer exceptional inventory of custom pieces. For fine clothing, Hilda of Harbor and Craig Ryan are natural destinations. A number of jewelry options are available in Harbor Springs as well. Just 15 minutes from Petoskey, residents of Harbor Springs enjoy first-class boutique shopping while keeping nearby access to staple goods. Harbor Springs real estate deserves a hard look from anyone wanting access to the very finest Northern Michigan has to offer.
There are numerous other towns that have signature stores, popular destinations, and exciting downtown features. If you are serious about keeping shopping a central part of your Northern Michigan experience, I believe the towns listed above merit your closest attention. If you’d like to learn more about these areas, or find out about other viable options not listed here, give me a call to discuss at (231) 622-1535.