If you can tear yourself away from the boardwalk and all of the sun and sand, Grand Haven has some great boutique shopping that's filled with unique local flavor. Find some new favorite shops or visit your tried-and-true spots—and shop until you drop back onto that beach towel for some more rays.
ABERDEEN'S CLOTHING FOR CHILDREN is your stop for specialty clothing, from preemie sizes on up. The store carries accessories as well, so rummage through blankets, rain gear, shoes, and more from lines such as Robeez, Mud Pie, and Baby Legs. Free gift wrapping and a baby registry make things easier, too.
Insider's Pick: Sophie the Giraffe is here and is the equivalent of the new "it" teething toy. (If that phrase even exists.)
LEE & BIRCH might take up a lot of your time with so many of the latest fashions and top brands for women and men, including Hudson, AG Jeans and Paige Denim. The clothing boutique's collection boasts a range of modern and classic styles and accessories.
Insider's Pick: Coming mid-July is the super-anticipated and popular Bourbon and Boweties line of metal-wrapped bracelets. These beauties are meant to be stacked and feature interesting stones and coins.
MACkite SHOP could be summed up by the words toys, kites, and fun. Get that kid-in-the-candy-store feeling with a trip inside to gawk at exciting outdoor activity items, beach accessories, and games and puzzles. Believe it or not, there's even clothing and apparel here.
Insider's Pick: One of the shop's biggest sellers is the Spot It game, in the camping and splash (waterproof) versions.
DOWN TO EARTH carves out a nice little place where women's clothing, accessories, and home décor mix. The store specializes in paying attention to your specific style, and frequent shoppers receive a special gift return on purchases.
Insider's Pick: Someone went off on a buying trip, so expect new and exciting housewares coming into the store.
WET MITTEN SURF SHOP is a stand up paddleboard, surf, and skate shop offering one of the largest selections in Michigan. You'll enjoy browsing the Wet Mitten Surf Shop branded wear, accessories, and other fun water toys. The store also offers stand up paddleboard rentals in the summer months.
Insider's Pick: The super-cheery and helpful staff thinks you should come in and check out the new tanks and new summer clothing colors.
PANACHE HOME is a happy collection and combination of coastal elegance and updated cottage décor with lines that are edited to spark your imagination and creativity. From Italian leather designer purses from Carla Mancini to Havaianas flip-flops, Panache is a nice mix of sophistication fashions.
Insider's Pick: Dash & Albert poufs are here and are really fun, with bright stripes that would be great for a child's room or a more subdued design to dress up your cottage.
CALICO CAT is loaded with home interior options and gifts. From bedding, rugs, window treatments, wall art, and accessories to unique gifts to make people smile, this shop has something for everybody and prides itself on providing expertise in decorating. It even carries many items made in the USA.
Insider's Pick: Every garden needs some swag. The perfect solution? Peace pole garden art items.
Written by: Missy Black is a footwear fanatic, a style child, and a contributing writer for West Michigan Woman.