Ralph's Bakery is a place of interest. To the locals, it may well be a place of sustenance. But to the visitor, it's a great place to pick up sweets for later tonight or right now.
This town began to grow in the 1880's and in many ways is still growing today. You'll have seen that on your way in. But downtown remains a living reminder of the way towns looked at the turn of the century. Some buildings are actually newer than 1900 but they retain the flavor of life when towns were small and a America's social and economic life were based in thousands of small towns across the landscape.
In many ways, this is a continuation of the Village Shop across the street. But don't be fooled. Your nose will know the difference as soon as you walk in. This is the shop with all the fragrances, candles, etc. Something new since last year (well maybe it was here last year, but if it was, it's grown) - Vera Bradley. If that's your style, they have what you'll like.
What to buy: Vera Bradley, Yankee Candles, furniture, and accent pieces to make you home something specials just for you and your friends.
I hate to call it a gift shop. It's home decorations for every season, which in my life, means somebody else has to do it, so it all becomes gifts when I shop here. You'll find Christmas to be an enjoyable season, with tree ornaments, holiday villages, and a myriad of nick-nacks to say just the right sentiment that you've not been able to convey in seasons past. It's a year round thing, so you'll find just the right stuff for any holiday, but Christmas seems to dominate entire shop(s). It's really one shop that spreads across three or four of the historic buildings along Michigan Street (that's the main street in town).
You can't miss it, just park and walk any direction along the three blocks of downtown. It's the east end.