Grand Rapids is a great place to browse one-of-a-kind stores overflowing with items you won't find anywhere else!
You'll find a number of distinctive stores just steps from downtown hotels, including Boutique Emmanuel (women's clothing), Groskopfs (unique gifts and luggage), Old World Olive Press (oils and vinegars) and the miscellaneous SHOPS @ MoDiv.
Don't miss the gift shops at downtown museums for out-of-the-ordinary items: Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Gerald R. Ford Museum and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.
Head a mile or so east of downtown to the Uptown Neighborhood and a bevy of shops, including Art of the Table, Blue Door Antiques, Global Infusion, Mercury Head Gallery and Wealthy at Charles home & garden store.
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.
You're 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 Menswear, Bill & Paul's Sporthaus, Fruit Basket Flowerland and Schuler Books and Music.
Wherever you go in Grand Rapids, there's a Meijer store nearby. This is America's original superstore, featuring lots of unique Meijer-brand products.
Top off your day with a one-of-a-kind dinner at a homegrown farm-to-fork restaurant.
Downtown Rockford, 20 minutes north of Grand Rapids, is a quaint shopping village with wonderful shops and riverfront restaurants.
Lake Michigan beach towns, 30-40 minutes from downtown GR, are unique finds in and of themselves. They also offer some excellent shopping:
- Downtown Holland features nearly 100 locally owned retailers and restaurants. It's 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.
- Downtown Grand Haven is lined with specialty shops on the way to the channel into Lake Michigan.
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