Up in the corner of north-west Lansing is a real gem, Horrocks. It's a kind-of grocery store that only has two locations in the entire country, one in Battle Creek and the other here in Lansing.
This place is great, you can find literally anything you want. They have just about every kind of fruit or vegetable available and at very cheap prices too. Then there's a big deli section with tons of different kinds of meats and cheese. Along with that, there's a big candy section with a vast variety of sweets. Finally, you can find just about every Michigan beer that is being made on sale in the beer section (along with a good number of other beers too). During the summer they also have a second building that is stocked with outdoor stuff like bird feeders/seed, gardening tools and plants, etc.
Basically, it has a lot of interesting stuff and it's worth checking out if you are in town. Heck, if you are staying in a hotel on Saginaw, it's a great place to get some groceries at too!
What to buy: Whatever you want! Lots of options!
This shop is best described in two words: absolutely charming. A unique gift store with good-for-you products and fun, sweet gifts are sure to be found here. This is the perfect place to go if you're looking for gifts, more geared to women. It is a visually-busy store with some new, interesting item in every corner.
What to buy: Michigan is notably famous for their cherries. You'll find Michigan cherries is nearly everything, especially chocolate covered ones. When at October Moon, I purchased a 40's inspired package of cinnamon bread and a coffee scented soap. It just makes you feel good!
What to pay: Moderate pricing.
I stumbled upon this while walking along the Grand River. It appears to be a farmer's market in downtown Lansing where local farmers and artisans come in to sell their goods throughout the week.
The sign on the door said that it is open Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m and it seemed like there was free parking (although I walked there, so I can't say for certain).
There seemed to be a pretty large selection of goods, ranging from fruits and vegetables, to dairy products, to snacks and desserts, to hand-made crafts. It all seemed a bit expensive though, one booth was trying to sell milk at $4.50 for a half gallon... and you can get a whole gallon of milk at Meijer for $2.29.
Surprisingly, there was also a bar inside the building which served both food and drinks. And there was a small stage set up where some guy was playing guitar and singing into a microphone.
I didn't buy anything though, so I'll have to go back and check this out a bit closer to give a more detailed review.
The Lansing Mall is Lansing's only mall. It is located in North Lansing on Saginaw Highway, between Elmwood and Creyts.
It is open Monday-Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm and Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
The Lansing Mall essentially has some "major" stores and then a bunch of smaller ones, as you would expect with any mall. The three major ones each sit at the end of the mall, with Macy's on the western side, Younkers on the eastern side, and JC Penney on the northern side. The southern side is just the main entrance to the mall.
There are plenty of clothing stores, as well as a few shoe stores, some sports stores, some hair salons, some jewelry stores, a few movie/video game stores, a big Barnes & Noble bookstore, and several places to eat (a food court, some snack stands, and even a few sit down restaurants).
A complete list of stores is on the website.
There is a huge parking lot, so parking is never an issue. CATA also has a bus stop around back as well, although this is their western most stop, so you can only go east, towards downtown Lansing, from here. I don't feel like this mall is as good as the Meridian Mall, which is in East Lansing/Okemos, but it will do if you are already in the area.
Overall, this mall is adequate. You should be able to find what you are looking for here but if not, Meijer, Target, Best Buy, and a slew of other stores are nearby on Saginaw as well.
There was a shopping mall located not far from my hotel and I decided to go explore. I hope this is not the main mall for Lansing because I found it a bit disappointing. I expected better for a state capitol.
What to buy: There are the usual variety of stores for a mid-sized mall.