Nestled along the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore, the picturesque village of Empire is known for beautiful views, but this historic shoreline community is also home to a collection of charming shops. Walking through the downtown you’ll find everything from local art to handmade chocolates. Shopping in Empire is a Northern Michigan vacation necessity. Here’s a look at what you’ll find while perusing the streets.


Antiques & Art Galleries

Hawkeye Studios


Artist Frank Clements is inspired by the beauty of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore. His pieces are created using natural materials found in his surrounding environment.


The Misers’ Hoard

10126 W. Front St., 231.331.3077

A mix of old and new art, antique and gift finds.


The Secret Garden

10206 W. Front St., 231.326.5428

Featuring the whimsical and contemporary of over 200 artists from all over North America.


Sleeping Bear Gallery

10085 W. Front St., 231.326.2278

A variety of art media including metals, wood, glass, fivers, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photography. The interactive gallery features live demos and lectures from glassblowers, blacksmiths, jewelers and more.


Food & Drink

Deering’s Market & Garden Center

10233 W. Front St., 231.326.5249

A local grocery and homemade meat market with an attached garden center.


Grocers Daughter Chocolate

12020 S. Leelanau Hwy., 231.326.3030

Handcrafted, artisan chocolates made with fair trade cacao and local dairy products, herbs, edible flowers, berries and honey.


Home & Garden

Empire Heirloom Furniture

13108 S. Drew Rd., 231.326.5315

A collection of beautiful furniture.


More Leelanau County

Hike Empire Bluff Trail at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Video: The Village of Empire, Michigan

Paddling the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Water Trail

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