Shopping is a Major Up North Activity

Shoppers casually strolling through one of Northern Michigan's shopping districts typically have a smile on their face and perhaps an ice cream cone in their hand. Up North shopping isn't frenzied. It isn't shop after shop of chain stores. It isn't in an enclosed mall with parking miles away.
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No, shopping Up North is a different experience--a delightful one! Our shops are unique, no cookie cutter stores. Here you will find independent book stores with personal attention. Clothing stores have apparel you won't find in the city. Gift shops have distinctive items chosen for you with care. Art galleries exhibit talent from Northern Michigan and across the U.S.

You may be surprised to learn that several nationally known retail businesses began in Petoskey. The Mole Hole, American Spoon Foods, and Kilwin's Chocolates all started in Petoskey before spreading to locations across the country.

Specialty food shops are a fun place to shop. Chocolates, jams and preserves, vinegars, ice cream, gelato, cookies and more can be found in our shopping districts. Christmas shopping? Absolutely, this is the best place in Michigan for gift shopping.
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Petoskey's Gaslight District, so named for the gas lights that line the city streets has been a shopper's delight for decades. Mackinac Island, Harbor Springs, Boyne City, Charlevoix, and Indian River offer shoppers much to peruse. Mackinaw City has both downtown Mackinaw City, a charming shopping district, and Mackinaw Crossings, an outdoor shopping complex complete with entertainment and a food court.
Shopkeepers in Northern Michigan work hard to create a shopping experience that just doesn't exist in a shopping mall. So stroll through our many fine shops and enjoy!

Looking for places to shop in Northern Michigan? Visit:

Shopping in Northern Michigan

Shopping in Petoskey

Shopping in Harbor Springs

Shopping in Charlevoix

Shopping in Boyne City

Shopping in Mackinaw City

Shopping in Mackinac Island

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Harbor Springs, Michigan -- Harbor Springs is the place to try new things! Rent a bike or a kayak, go snow tubing, attend a concert or an art fair, or play a round of golf with friends.
Petoskey -- There's so much to do in Petoskey from the Bear River Valley Recreation Area, to Petoskey State Park, to biking, golfing, hiking, and more.
Charlevoix, Michigan -- Visiting Charlevoix in Northern Michigan is a fun-filled vacation with great beaches, boating, skiing, fishing and year 'round family fun.
Things to Do in Boyne City, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like Boyne City in Northern Michigan with camping, boating, skiing, year 'round outdoor activities, and of course, the morel mushroom!
Lots of Activities in Mackinaw City, Michigan -- Explore Mackinaw City in Northern Michigan for history, the International Dark Sky Park, and outdoor activities.
Mackinac Island -- Take a step back in time and find lots of things to do when you visit Mackinac Island by horseback or bike--no cars allowed!
Northern Michigan Activities & Things to Do -- Northern Michigan offers many fun things to do for the entire family whatever the season, whatever the reason!
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Last Updated: 12-14-2018 10:03 AM ID: 468