Grand Rapids is a great place to browse one-of-a-kind stores overflowing with items you won't find anywhere else. Whether you're shopping for family, friends, or yourself, you won't walk away empty handed if you set out for these shops.
Stop by Vertigo Music downtown if you're in the market for a new undiscovered artist.
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Downtown and Heartside
You'll find a number of distinctive stores just steps from downtown hotels, including Boutique Emmanuel. Conveniently located in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel for over 35 years, this shop boasts a large selection of women's clothing, handbags, and accessories. No matter what you're looking for, Boutique Emmanuel is ready to help you elevate your style. Or if you're in the market for some high quality ingredients, stop by Old World Olive Press where you'll feel enveloped by the Italian atmosphere, just a short walk from the Amway.
Not far from Rosa Parks Circle lies Vault of Midnight, your ultimate destination for all things comic book-related. Less than a half a mile away, you'll find an unparalleled collection of vinyl records and CDs featuring lesser known artists as well as famous ones at Vertigo Music. Visit the Downtown Market to shop a variety of groceries and specialty products that make the perfect addition to any meal.
Also nearby is Courage and Soar, a lifestyle and home boutique that offers inclusive sizing and unique gifts. They also rotate their inventory regularly, so the shop will look different every time you visit! Or visit Basic Bee for some new trendy clothing pieces or to find the perfect summer accessory.
Don't miss the gift shops at downtown museums for out-of-the-ordinary items. The Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Gerald R. Ford Museum and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts all offer unique treasures to commemorate your cultural experience.
Whoever you're shopping for, you can find the perfect unique gift at Rebel in Grand Rapids.
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Head about a mile east of downtown to the Uptown Neighborhood and you'll be greeted with a bevy of shops. Independent bookstores Books and Mortar and Argos Books are perfect for finding your next read. Visit Global Infusion to browse their wide assortment of loose leaf teas and handcrafted goods, or Art of the Table for their local and imported gourmet food and kitchen decor. Blue Door Antiques on Fulton offers one of a kind home furnishings to elevate your space, and Mercury Head Gallery is home to the work of various local artists.
Covet Leisure offers a line of women's clothing for leisure, living and lazing, stocked with just about every clothing item you can think of. You can also stop by Woosah Outfitters for unique apparel, stickers, and art prints, or peruse the many treasures in Rebel where you're sure to find the perfect gift for family and friends. The owners of Rebel also run Sticky Fingers - the sweet shop of your dreams - and Commune - a store with a California vibe that's packed to the brim with unique gifts, home decor, jewelry and much more.
Head east on Wealthy and you'll run into The Plant Parlor, a plant nursery filled with greenery and friendly staff. Wax Poetic Candle Bar in Eastown is the place to go for custom-made candles, lotions, soaps, and more. You can also book a reservation to make your very own candle, or purchase a candle making kit to dive into at home.
Stop in to Pink Lemonade on your trip to Gaslight Village to browse the fun, vibrant products.
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Less than two miles further east is Gaslight Village, a beautifully maintained stretch of specialty shops and restaurants that leads directly to Reeds Lake, a popular all-sports destination.
Rosa's Closet is a must for the those who love thrifting. This upscale resale boutique offers trendy, upcycled clothing, shoes and accessories for the shopper who prioritizes sustainability. With tons of clothing, accessories and home decor, you'll be sure to find something you love in Pink Lemonade.
Nestled in the heart of Gaslight Village is Agate & Herb, another can't-miss boutique offering curated and handmade goods that friends and family are sure to love. Check out Fromage for delicious, specialty food products, many of which are locally sourced and make a perfect gift or can elevate your next meal.
Southeast Grand Rapids
From there, you're only four miles away from Woodland Mall and the 28th Street Shopping Corridor. It's dominated by big brand-name stores, but there are a number of independent retailers sprinkled in—including A.K. Rikk's, a luxury clothing store armed with a team of expert stylists. Bill & Paul's Sporthaus is also close by, and is well-equipped to supply you for any and all summer adventures, from hiking to beach days.
If you're looking to cross another independent bookstore off your list, stop by Schuler Books and Music, which has stood proudly in Grand Rapids for 40 years. Fruit Basket Flowerland on 28th street has everything you need to create a beautiful space in your home and garden, including patio furniture, gardening essentials and bird feeders.
Cap off your adventures with a visit to the Frederik Meijer Gardens, whose gift shop features a broad assortment of glass, jewelry, pottery and much more.
Paperdoll Boutique is packed with clothing, jewelry and accessories.
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Downtown Rockford, just 20 minutes north of Grand Rapids, is a quaint shopping village with wonderful shops and riverfront restaurants. Find beautiful clothing pieces and accessories at Jade, Paperdoll Boutique, and LBD Exchange Consignment Boutique, or browse among the knickknacks and decor at Era. The city is also home to Rockford Footwear Depot. Owned and operated by Wolverine Worldwide, this huge store is your one-stop shop for any shoes you need, as it includes popular brands like Chaco, Merrell and Sperry for a discounted price.
Round out your trip to Rockford with a visit to Epilogue Books, a charming independent bookstore filled to the brim with every genre you can think of. If you need inspiration, check out the staff picks or chat to one of them for a great recommendation. You can browse the shelves for an old favorite or a new find, shop for souvenirs, and grab a drink from their mini coffee bar. While you're shopping, you might even see Tommy, the store owner's laid-back dog who can sometimes be seen dozing in a patch of sunlight in the back.
Lake Michigan Beach Towns
Lake Michigan beach towns, 30-40 minutes from downtown GR, are unique finds in and of themselves. They also offer some excellent shopping if you're out on a day trip.
Downtown Grand Haven is lined with specialty shops on the way to the channel into Lake Michigan, so you can pair your beach day with some shopping. Downtown Holland features nearly 100 locally-owned retailers and restaurants, and has been named a Great American Main Street. Saugatuck/Douglas is dubbed the Art Coast of Michigan for its profusion of art galleries and art-based activities and events.
Whatever you're in the market for, you can be sure to find a unique treasure in one of the many local shops in Grand Rapids!