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
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.
10126 W. Front St., 231.331.3077
A mix of old and new art, antique and gift finds.
10206 W. Front St., 231.326.5428
Featuring the whimsical and contemporary of over 200 artists from all over North America.
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
10233 W. Front St., 231.326.5249
A local grocery and homemade meat market with an attached garden center.
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.