Retail shops can now re-open at 50% capacity throughout Michigan, and while many of us are itching to visit our favorite boutiques, there may also be some lingering anxiety about how to stay safe and adjusting to the “new normal” of shopping amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ve put together a list of local shops and their updated health policies, hours, and events, so you can confidently head out for some retail therapy while supporting local businesses. 

This is nowhere near an extensive list of shops in Grand Rapids, so be sure to tune into our Support Area Shops page to learn more.

An employee wearing a face mask reaching for a book on a bookshelf.
Exterior of entrance. A sign in the window says "please wear a face mask."

Books & Mortar is open for in-person shopping. Remember to wear a mask and socially distance!

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


Books

Several area book stores are offering online ordering and in-person shopping. 

Books & Mortar, a self-proclaimed “Proudly Progressive, Consciously Curated, and Fiercely Independent Neighborhood Bookstore,” is now open for in-person shopping in Grand Rapids’ Uptown neighborhood. Books & Mortar's current hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 AM-4 PM, and Sunday 11 AM-3 PM. Per state requirements, they’re asking customers to wear a mask in the store and adhere to 6 feet of social distance while they shop. 

Argos Book Shop, Grand Rapids’ largest, oldest book store, is also back open. They’re requiring face masks and limiting store capacity to eight customers at a time. Employees will wear masks and frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces. Their hours are Monday-Tuesday: 10:30 AM-6 PM, Wednesday: 10 AM-6 PM, Thursday-Friday: 10:30 AM-6 PM, Saturday: 10 AM-6 PM, and Sunday: Noon-3 PM.

Vault of Midnight, a downtown comic book shop, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 AM-6 PM for curbside pickup and mail orders. They’re planning to reopen for in-person shopping soon, so stay tuned on their Facebook page for updates.

A customer and employee wearing a face mask at Pink Lemonade.

Pink Lemonade staff is wearing face masks at all times. Online shopping is also still available.

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


Clothing & Boutiques

Pink Lemonade offers adorable children’s clothing and toys, accessories, clothing for mamas, home goods, and more and is now open with no appointments needed. The Grand Rapids location’s hours are Monday-Saturday: 10 AM-6 PM, Sunday: 11 AM-4 PM. Online shopping is also still available. Grand Haven and Kalamazoo locations’ hours and other updates are available on Pink Lemonade’s social media

Lee & Birch has opened all four of its West Michigan locations from 11 AM-6 PM every day, with a seven customer limit in the shop at once. Lee & Birch is asking customers to wear a face mask ( they happen to sell a variety of reusable masks with trendy prints), and to maintain 6 feet of social distance while shopping. Its employees are maintaining social distancing, temperature checks, and wearing face masks as well. 

For customers who prefer to shop alone or from the comfort of their own home, appointments can be made during off-hours and online ordering is available. 

Storefront of Gina's Boutique.
Hand sanitizer, face masks, and a friendly sign in Gina's Boutique.

Forgot your face mask? Gina's has you covered!

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


Gina’s Boutique is open at its longtime downtown Grand Rapids location on Monroe Center, as well as its newest location in downtown Saugatuck.

Masks are required but if customers don’t have one, the shop “has you covered” with a free mask and hand sanitization stations throughout. Gina’s is still offering online shopping as well.

Interior sign at Adored Boutique with jewelry in the foreground.
Adored Boutique shopping bag next to a sign about how shopping there helps women in poverty get jobs.

You can shop in-person, online, or schedule a personal shopping experience at Adored Boutique.

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


Adored Boutique, which focuses on fair fashion and gives back 15% of profits to nonprofit organizations, is also open for in-store shopping. Face masks are required, and for customers who are higher risk who still want to shop in-store, Adored is offering four one-hour personal sessions each week. Sessions are available in-store or through Zoom. You can schedule a personal shopping experience or shop online at Adored Boutique’s website

Rebel GR - Card Section

Rebel has hand sanitization stations throughout the store.

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Gifts & Outdoor

Find tons of handmade gifts, plants, jewelry, occasion cards, and so much more at Rebel in the Uptown neighborhood. Rebel’s new hours for in-person shopping are Wednesday-Saturday: 11 AM-6 PM, and Sunday: 11 AM - 4 PM. 

The shop is limiting its capacity to 10 people or fewer, including staff, and asking shoppers to practice social distancing and limit groups to two. Customers must wear a mask or face covering, and if you don’t have one, Rebel can provide one. Rebel’s staff will also be wearing masks at all times and will be temperature screening before every shift and sanitizing high traffic areas. 

Contactless pay options are available, and Rebel is not accepting cash or accepting returns at this time. Rebel’s sister store, Commune, is also back open. Find adorable home goods to match your style on Fridays and Saturdays: 11 AM-6 PM and Sundays: 11 AM-4 PM.

Interior of Woosah Outfitters.

Woosah is allowing six people in the shop at a time and asking guests to enter through the garden entrance.

Photo Credit: Ashley Hubbard


Woosah, which offers handmade art, accessories, and clothing for outdoor enthusiasts, is open 11 AM-7 PM every day. Woosah is requiring customers to wear face masks and can provide a mask to those who don’t have one. 

Woosah is allowing six people in the shop at once and asking that customers enter through the garden door, which is connected to Outside Coffee Co. Staff is sanitizing highly touched surfaces at regular intervals, and contactless pay is preferred. Woosah is still offering online orders, which customers can pick up at the store. 

The Plant Parlor in Uptown is open Tuesday through Sunday from Noon-5 PM. Customers are required to wear a mask or face covering. There is an eight-person limit, and The Plant Parlor is using a sign out front to let people know if they’re at capacity (red) or if there are less than eight people in the shop (green). They’ve also placed 6-foot spacers on the floor and added hand sanitizer and a hand-washing sink for customers to use. 

For those uncomfortable with in-person shopping, The Plant Parlor has a selection of plants on its website, all of which are available for curbside pickup. If you see something you want that’s not on the website you can call, text, or DM to purchase!

The front of Fox Naturals' shop in Grand Rapids, which has a large design of a fox in the window.
A wall display of wares for sale at Fox Naturals in Grand Rapids

Be sure to wear a mask while shopping for natural, sustainable cosmetics at Fox Naturals.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Beauty

For those looking for natural, sustainable personal care and beauty products, Fox Naturals is back open. Store hours are currently Tuesday-Saturday: Noon-5 PM. They’re asking customers to wear a mask while shopping and refrain from coming in if they’re feeling sick or unwell.

LORDE Beauty and Cosmetics is another cosmetic shop open for in-person shopping. LORDE’s hours are Tuesday-Friday: 10 AM-2 PM and Saturday: 10 AM-1 PM. The shop posted that in-store, curbside, and online ordering are always available “to empower you in your beauty and meet you where you are comfortable.”

Front entrance of the Woodland Mall.

Many local malls and outdoor shopping centers are also reopening with new health policies.

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


Outlets & Malls

Looking for even more retail therapy? Both the Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids and Rivertown Crossings in Grandville are back open. You can find everything you need to know about shopping safely and which stores offer curbside pickup on their respective websites. 

Outdoor shopping centers and areas are also opening, like Tanger Outlets in Byron Center, where many stores are reopening. Tanger is offering masks at the Shopper Services area. 

Shops at CenterPoint is planning to start reopening this Monday, June 15. Stay tuned on the mall's website for updates.

Breton Village Shopping Center is seeing many of its shops and restaurants reopen, including the upcoming grand opening of Duffield Lane's newest location. 

Gaslight Village in East Grand Rapids is another outdoor shopping area full of local shops to peruse. Shops and restaurants throughout Gaslight Village are reducing capacity and asking customers to wear masks and social distance. 

This is nowhere near exhaustive, so check out more local shops on EXGR’s Support Area Shops page. And be sure to double-check shops’ social media or websites for changes to hours and health policies. 

And for updates on other Grand Rapids businesses and attractions, be sure to keep an eye on the Travel Updates page. 

What local shops are you visiting in-person? Let us know in the comments below!

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