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In the 200 block of Garland Street between Front Street and Grandview Parkway, the Warehouse District offers a touch of urban edge in this little city. Formerly home to warehouses and factories, the area has been undergoing a renaissance, with an eclectic variety of shops and eateries moving in to take advantage of the spot’s primo location—just blocks from downtown and steps from the beaches on West Bay. 231.922.2050, DOWNTOWNTC.COM.
Find this expansive indoor marketplace on the garden level of Grand Traverse Commons’ historic Building 50—one of the gorgeous 19th-century buildings that make up the former Northern Michigan Asylum. The arched corridors, exposed brick alcoves and selection of fine boutiques make for an Old World European feel, which was exactly the developer’s intent—as a nod to the building’s architectural heritage as well as his own Italian roots. Find a jewelry boutique, furrier, yarn shop, fine art gallery, wine tasting room, bike shop, Michigan-made market and much more. THEVILLAGETC.COM
About three miles south of Traverse City is a host of retailers on South Airport Road, anchored by Grand Traverse Mall (GRANDTRAVERSEMALL.COM) and Cherryland Center (CHERRYLANDCENTER.COM). The Mall is home to more than 100 shops, a food court, a nine-screen cinema and even an antique carousel. Cherryland includes a number of national retailers plus Opa! Coney and Grill, a sweet cafe and coney joint specializing in Greek and Polish food.