When baby needs a new pair of shoes, this is your Northern Michigan event! Once a year, Friday, August 2 2013, the merchants along the 100 and 200 blocks of Traverse City’s Front Street put all their best deals on display. As early as 8 am, the street is closed to traffic and awash with shoppers prepared for bargains galore. And the fun doesn’t end until dusk’s purple light at 9 pm.

Shoe racks in front of Plamondon and Golden’s shoes are often the first stop for the experienced Street Sale shopper. But there are others who head straight for Back Country Outfitters, Orvis and Captain’s Quarters.  The ladies will enjoy the deals on clothes and accessories at dozens of boutiques where the Northern Michigan proprietors choose a unique blend of fashion fun, including What to Wear, Cali’s, Kay’s, Haystacks, Spirals, Ella’s and so many more. Of course you can find kid stuff on sale at Green Island, Sweet Pea and Toy Harbor.

Just in Northern Michigan for vacation? You’ll find handsome hostess gifts, locally crafted items and Northern Michigan souvenirs at Annie’s, Nifty Things, Momentum, Roth T-shirts and Cherry Republic. If your tastes lean more toward a juicy book to read on the beach, a coffee table book of our stunning Northern Michigan landscape or today’s newspaper, the blocks are bookended by Horizon Books and Brilliant Books.

And what’s for foodies at Traverse City’s Street Sale? In addition to street vendors squeezing out fresh lemonade, scooping a waffle cone full of Northern Michigan’s own Moomer’s ice cream or filling a hot dog bun with fare, you’ll find stores and stores of culinary delights. There’s chocolate, fudge or other sweets at fine confectioneries like Kilwin’s Chocolates, Sugar Kissed and Cold Stone Creamery. Cook at home with ingredients from Fustini’s Vinegar & Oil, American Spoon Foods or Spice Merchants.

If reservations are on your Friday menu, there are dozens of restaurants downtown, including several along the Street Sale blocks like Brew, Amical, Pangea’s Pizza Pub, Mackinac Brewing Company, Grand Traverse Pie Company and Phil’s on Front. Just a block or so away you’ll find more choices like 7 Monks, Blue Tractor Cook Shop, Brady’s Bar, Bistro Foufou, Cousin Jenny’s, Mode’s Bum Steer, Georgina’s, Sorrelina and so many more. Here’s a complete guide to Traverse City restaurants: mynorth.com/My-North/Food-Wine/Restaurants/

If all this shopping doesn’t have you entertained, there is a festive bonus to Traverse City’s Street Sale: Friday Night Live begins at 5:00 pm bringing even more fun to the avenue. Wind your way from sidewalk sale racks and boutiques through jugglers, big bands, rock and roll stages, kids games and even a country artist.