Shopping in Glen Arbor, Michigan


Shopping in Glen Arbor, Michigan, is a charming experience that adds to a Northern Michigan vacation. Glen Arbor is located in the center of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and wedged between Lake Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Bay and the Glen Lakes. This stunning natural backdrop is filled with one-of-a-kind  shopping experiences along M-22 (called Western Avenue in downtown Glen Arbor) and on Lake Street.

Put on your comfy flip-flops grab (plenty) of shopping bags and come along as we walk you through some of the retail shops in Glen Arbor. Let’s start on the south end of South Lake Street at Cherry Republic, the flagship shop of the  world’s largest exclusive retailer of cherry creations. Cherries are a signature part of Northern Michigan’s agricultural and tourism economy. Browsing the selection of jams, preserves, candies, wine and logo wear has become a traditional part of a Glen Arbor vacation.

Moving toward the intersection of South Lake and Western Avenue, don’t miss Lake Street Studios and Forest Gallery and Lake Street Studios and Forest Gallery where you’ll find everything from handmade porcelain flowers to landscape paintings of the Sleeping bear Dunes Area.

At the corner of South Lake and Western Avenue, you’ll come to Cottonseed Apparel. If you love dresses–and purses, skirts, sweaters, tops … –this is your rabbit hole. Color, fabrics galore. Styles for both beach living and work.

Next to the Cottonseed is the Totem Shop–a Glen Arbor icon. The Totem Shop has been selling moccasins, sweatshirts, beach toys and other vacation essentials for as long as anyone can remember.

Tired? Cross Western Avenue and head down S. Lake to the beach on Sleeping Bear Bay with its view of North and South Manitou Islands on the horizon. Before you get to the beach, stop at Sleeping Bear Marketaat the top of the street.  Order up a Hawaiian Shave Ice and browse the jewelry at the Sleeping Bear Salvage Co., the Yarn Shop and the art of Lily LaFollette–all a part of the Sleeping Bear Market.

Once you’ve relaxed a bit, head back into Glen Arbor and don’t miss these great shops and galleries:

Leelanau Coffee Roasters – A world of coffee varieties roasted right in downtown Glen Arbor. Stop in for a latte and load up on signature local blends.

Great Lakes Tea and Spice – A world of tea and spices in a darling shop on Western Avenue’s west end.

Ruth Conklin Gallery – For 25 years this gallery has been brining the natural beauty of the shores of Lake Michigan to life.

Synchronicity Gallery – An eclectic mix of more than 90 Michigan artists.

Bay Lavender Trading Co. – Homemade lavender soaps in a charming setting near the beach.

Crystal River Outfitters – Kayak, bike, paddleboard rentals, wine tasting and other summer fun essentials.

Lake Affect – Nautical apparel and cottage decor.

Haystacks – A Leelanau County-based dress design and sew shop that works with colorful, unique fabrics.

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