During your vacation to the Petoskey Area, you’ll also want to take a break from the same ole chain stores offering the same ole stuff. The shops and boutiques here are a treasure-trove of items you won’t find anywhere else.
Take your time and window shop in our charming waterfront communities. Meander in and out of delightful shops. While you’re browsing, take your time. There’s no rush and the sales staff (and often the shop owner) will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Here are a few of the many places we think are well worth exploring.
Forgotten Treasures – This consignment shop offers a bit of this, a bit of that, and a super well-stocked inventory. Stop by for a new-to-you piece of clothing, an antique or a fun memento of days gone by.
Inspired Living – Fun. Exciting. Eclectic. You may not think you need anything, but you’ll change your mind within minutes of entering this long-time downtown shop. Specialty teas, kid’s items, purses, jewelry and more mean every member of the family will most likely be inspired to leave with something.
Boyer Glassworks – Gorgeous blown glass with the chance to watch the beautiful pieces being made. Harry Boyer is a true artisan who creates and teaches. Don’t miss the shop’s annual Great Lakes Pumpkin Patch Day each October in cooperation with another shopper’s gem, Three Pines Studio in Cross Village.
Hanni Gallery – If you can’t find something to buy at Hanni Gallery, you’re in the minority of those who wander into the artistic paradise. Jewelry, paintings, handmade soaps – indulge your senses and make someone’s day. Spend a little or a lot – you’ll find pieces in both categories.
The Village at Bay Harbor – Shops change seasonally, but always offer a variety of chic clothing, art and accessories. Stop in and see what’s new while you’re in the area.
Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts – From unique Petoskey Stone items, to Minnetonka moccasins and Lake Michigan items to gag gifts, Grandpa Shorter’s never disappoints. Need a souvenir or something to keep the kids occupied? You need to go here. Don’t miss their nearby sister stores, The Katydid and J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile – all make the most of cool holiday items, too.
Ward & Eis – There’s simply nowhere else like Ward & Eis. The store features wonderful fine leather purses, belts and cases and lovely handmade jewelry. Be sure to make your way to the back of the boutique where you’ll find phenomenal Native American quill boxes and animal carvings.
These stores offer an experience, a chance to browse and an opportunity to be treated to some northern Michigan hospitality. While you’re at it, take a break at a coffee shop, winery or one of the many cozy little restaurants in these communities. That’s the way shopping is meant to be.
About the author
Diane Dakins is passionate about all the lakeside communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. Her blogs give potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.