Shop Local for Holiday Gifts

Julie Bitely

| 4 min read

local shops for holiday gifts
Will you be braving the Black Friday crowds, or gasp, maybe even starting your holiday shopping on Thanksgiving? Perhaps you’re more of a Cyber Monday shopper, scooping up online deals between Monday morning commitments at work. (It’s okay, we won’t tell your boss!)
In recent years, Small Business Saturday has popped up as a local alternative to shopping at big-box stores and massive online retailers. Shopping for gifts locally means the dollars you spend stay in your community, helping your neighbors, local artisans, and the economy in your town.
We encourage you to consider some of the small businesses in this roundup of Michigan shops and companies as you power through your gift list! They’re favorites of the Healthier Michigan team and our friends from around the state.
  • Frida, 15 E. Kirby St., Detroit
  • Hugh, 420 Cass Ave., Detroit
Grand Rapids
  • Gazelle Sports, 214 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo (other West Michigan locations)
Northern Michigan/U.P.
  • American Spoon Foods (locations in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, Williamsburg, Traverse City, and Saugatuck)
Southeast Michigan
  • Mix (locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti)
  • The Eyrie, 50 E. Cross St., Depot Town, Ypsilanti
  • The Robot Garage, three locations in Birmingham, Rochester Hills and Grosse Pointe
West Michigan
  • Jade, 17 Squires St. Rockford
  • Lee & Birch, 128 Washington Ave., Grand Haven (Grand Rapids location on Wealthy Street)
Do you plan to #ShopSmall this holiday season? We know our list doesn’t even come close to covering all of the great shops that are out there – shout out your favorite Michigan retailers in the comments!
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