15 Best Unique Places For Shopping In Saugatuck, Michigan

Posted on: July 2, 2019   |   Posted in: Art, News, Things To Do In Saugatuck

summer sidewalk with Adirondack chairs and cheerful storefronts

Good Goods Signage near the exterior of shop with windows curving around the corner of the shop

artist's palette filled with colors by artist James Brandess

Indian Summer store with quaint blue and white exterior

Kindel & Company's interior with home decor goods and apothecary items

Stores along Saugatuck's shopping district with woman on a bench and a cute little dog in front of For The Love Of Shoes

Artwork on wall of women's clothing shop Articles with stylish quote

Wickwood Inn Sign with delicate pink anemone flowers trailing in front of sign

What makes shopping in Saugatuck, Michigan so special and fun? One-of-a-kind shops, owner curated boutiques and fine art galleries are everywhere.  Find something unique for your home or an unusual accessory for your wardrobe. Butler Street shops are just out the front door of the Wickwood Inn. It serves as the hub of Saugatuck’s shopping mecca.  Here are 15 of our favorite unique places to shop here. But, a stroll down any of the side streets uncovers more wonderful nooks for exploring. This world-class vacation destination is the place for shoppers seeking the best in beautiful design and artists’ handcrafted goods.

 

Discover Local Fine Art Shopping In Saugatuck

Let’s start with Good Goods, located at 106 Mason St.  Labeled an art gallery, Good Goods is that and so much more.  Here you find beautiful items hand-crafted in America, as well as fine art and clothing designed and created by area artists.  There are surprises around every corner.

Housed in an historic building at 238 Butler Street, James Brandess, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, paints local Saugatuck scenes from his working studio and gallery.  James creates original oils, watercolors, pastels, postcards and cards.  He also accepts commissions for portraits and landscapes.

Also on Butler Street at number 240, the Jeff Blandford Gallery features the work of this local ceramic artist. See everything from whimsical and colorful animal heads, to unique ceramic furniture.  Jeff is also known for his gorgeous bowls, vases, mugs and plates made in his studio on his nearby farm.  More than just a feast for the eyes, a visit to this gallery is an inspiration.

Next up, Roan & Black Gallery is at 3315 Blue Star Highway in their unconventional wood and metal art gallery.  Saugatuck’s premiere contemporary gallery presents a collection of modern art from established artists and sculptors throughout America. Stroll through their sculpture garden and be sure to visit one of their monthly featured special exhibitions.

 

Find The Ultimate Unusual Gifts & Home Décor

Kindel & Company dwells at 241 Culver St. Feast your eyes on stunning home décor, clothing, and apothecary items. The owner, Chris, has great taste.  He selects only the most special pieces for this “lifestyle mercantile store”.  Plus, they simply shine during the holiday season with beautiful displays and a Christmas Pop-Up shop not to be missed!

In nearby Douglas, take a stylish trip back in time in Upscale Mercantile at 161 North Blue Star Highway. Here art meets vintage in this quirky shop in the historic J. Petter Galleries’ barn. Unique and unusual describes this eclectic collection of objet d’arts and funky furniture. Each item has a pedigree and a story to tell.

Stroll down to you next destination, Indian Summer, at 800 Lake Street.  Discover an impressive collection of carefully curated Native American pottery, rugs, and jewelry. This gem of a shop is the real deal. The owners hand-pick each item for sale directly from the artist on their annual sojourn in New Mexico. Indian Summer is one of Saugatuck’s best kept secrets!

Near Wickwood Inn at 325 Butler Street, Santa Fe Traders is the place to get your southwestern fix. From authentic western boots, hats and apparel to art and decorative items, the perfect gift or accessory is here.  And, it’s not just western gear either.  Tucked in the back, find Boho clothing and comfortable footwear, too.

 

Top Places To Buy Clothing & Accessories

With three great locations, Chantal offers beautiful men’s and women’s fashions in her three ever trendy downtown Saugatuck shops.  Chantal Fashion Apparel, Chantal For Him and Renaur By Chantal offer guests top quality, designer boutique apparel. Her taste is spot on.

On now, to For The Love Of Shoes, considered by many to be the best place to buy shoes in Saugatuck. Featuring such brands as Vionic, Birkenstock and Fly London, comfort and fashion unite in both men’s and women’s shoes. Their Butler Street location also stocks athletic wear, clothing and lingerie.

 

“Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares?… He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes!”
~ Billy Connolly

 

Nearby Landsharks, at the corner of Butler and Hoffman Streets, is for the active adventurer. Carrying the latest in sportswear labels including Patagonia, The North Face, Smartwool and more, this is the premier outfitter in Saugatuck.  It’s the perfect place to pick up a sundress for the beach and the downtown hub for ski, cross country and bike rentals.

In neighboring Douglas, wander into Articles Boutique at 36 Center Street, a small elegant boutique with big style. Unusual designer handbags, handmade jewelry, beautiful apparel and more make the vibe at Articles classic and modern with an urban edge.

 

Best Shopping In Downtown Saugatuck For Foodie Gifts

Just a few blocks down from Wickwood Inn bed and breakfast, at 439 Butler Street, is The Butler Pantry.  This upscale kitchen and dinnerware emporium speaks to the chef in all of us. Among the pots, pans, and bakeware find gourmet treats along with all styles of sauces, dressings, marinades, salsas and preserves.

American Spoon, at 308 Butler Street, serves up a taste of Michigan with handcrafted fruit preserves and condiments. Prepared in small batches using farm fresh Michigan produce, their products capture the unique character and taste of real fruit.

A few doors down at 247 Butler Street, Wine Sellers of Saugatuck offers fine wine from around the world along with gourmet treats, gifts, and cigars. The owner and master sommelier, Mike, helps you choose the perfect wine, brew, cheese or chocolate for your special occasion.

 

“High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead.”
~  Christopher Morley

 

No matter what you fancy, shopping in Saugatuck, Michigan or our nearby town of Douglas is a unique adventure for anyone. Spend a few hours or devote an entire day seeking out the treasures sitting just inside the doors of these lovely shops. Then wander back to the Wickwood Inn for a refreshing drink, a tempting treat, and a place to put your feet up. And share your favorite shops in Saugatuck with our other guests.  Then share it with us, so that we can add them to our list here at Wickwood Inn.

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