Muskegon offers several clusters for Shopping Small

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– PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA PRICE
 

By Cynthia Price

Once, not that long ago, the Lakes Mall and some strip malls scattered on Sherman Blvd. and Apple Ave. were about the extent of the shopping in the Muskegon area, along with some scattered specialty stores in Lakeside.

Then, charming small shops – many of them dedicated to antique or vintage merchandise – started cropping up all around.

Shop Small Saturday has, for the past ten years, drawn attention to the great variety of offerings in the area. A national initiative to celebrate small retail businesses started by the American Express credit card company, Shop Small Saturday (sometimes called Small Business Saturday) follows Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, and precedes Cyber Monday.

But with so much to offer, why not patronize these great small shops throughout the year?

In addition to the Western Market chalets (which really operate primarily in the summer months but are open Saturdays through Dec. 14), the Farmers’ Market, and such far-flung retailers as the Front Porch and Vintage Redefined, the Century Club Retail Shops have a number of stores, anchored by Maggie’s Kitchen and Red Lotus Gallery.

In Roosevelt Park, New2You Consignment and  other small retailers have been joined by a reopened House of Hobbies.

Lakeside continues to offer art, memorabilia, gifts and lots of sweets, including the Lakeside Emporium candy store and The Only Cannoli.

Also, consider visiting the Four Corners Antique & Artisan Market Place in North Muskegon.

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