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) and Old World Olive Press (oils and vinegars).

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.

Shopping works up an appetite. Do lunch at one of our fabulous East Hills restaurants - such as Brewery Vivant, Electric Cheetah, Brick Road Pizza Co. or Cherie Inn.

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.

Visit the retail stores of local food manufacturers for scrumptious finds: Ferris Coffee & Nut, Grand Rapids Popcorn, Koeze Peanut Butter, and Sweetland Candies.

Get branded apparel and merchandise at any of the city's many colleges, including Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, Grand Valley and Kendall.

Top off your day with a one-of-a-kind dinner at a homegrown farm-to-fork restaurant.

Short Drive

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.