This store will stand out the minute you walk in. It's so original and captures the imagination. The shop is filled with medieval objects and clothing. Every time I go there I find something I want to buy because none of it is sold near me. There are beautiful dresses, hansom shirts for the guys, notebooks with leather bindings, jewelry that looks like it's from ancient times, figurines, T-shirts with witty/W.O.W./L.A.R.P. sayings. Not to mention enough weaponry to fill a small armory (most is for show I believe). So what makes this shop unique? Everything in it, inside of it, not to mention if you're an employee there you get to wear kick ass costumes and dresses ^^ (though I think they're happy they don't have to speak in old English XD).
What to buy: In this shop specifically you have: beautiful dresses, hansom shirts for the guys, notebooks with leather bindings, jewelry that looks like it's from ancient times, figurines, T-shirts with witty/W.O.W./L.A.R.P. sayings. Not to mention enough weaponry to fill a small armory (most is for show I believe). Although the prices can be a bit high, all of it is quality made. Everything I've bought from there so far is still in good shape. I ended up getting my prom dress from there (4 years ago now) and it still looks brand new.
What to pay: Depends on what you're looking for, a rose made from birch wood that smells divine for that special someone, probably around 2 to 3 dollars. If you want an exquisite dress that's not paper thin (like most from Halloween stores), you can get one anywhere between $98.00 to $200.00. So it really depends what you're looking for.
This place has been here forever! I am 49 years old and I remember getting a belt custom fitted for me at 12!! Lots of old antique furnishings and cool things still hanging around. Hand made Belts a big variety of buckles and this time I bought a wallet. Love this place! They actually say hello!
What to buy: The local crafts if you can get them. Fudge from Marshalls... Pottery at the Buffalo shop.
What to pay: 10-50
These 3 shops, owned and operated by the same unethical people, all sell clothing and you can customize your clothing.
Unlike the other American owned/established business that sell the same things, these shops decieve you with a large sign out front stating free shirts (then in fine print it states you just have to pay for the transfers you pick out). They will not tell you the cost once you pick out the transfers/designs unless you really insist and you get a shock when you go to pay for it.
I work at a shop right by them and have heard so many horror stories (from customers) about these places that it's sickening. People had told me they paid $25 for a toddler size t-shirt, $60 for an adult sweatshirt, etc. The police were even receiving daily complaints about these places and they were terminated as members of the Chamber of Commerce as a result.
Do NOT go there if you want t-shirts or other clothing! Also, the clothing tends to fall apart after you wash it too, very poor quality.
The legitimate stores will have the prices clearly marked on their items and won't get you with hidden costs.
What to buy: Nothing
What to pay: Too much
This is a really fun place to go. Other than nice gift items, they specialize in historic and original photos of just about anything you can imagine.
They have literally thousands of photos to look through. I really suggest you stop here if you get a chance. They're not far from the food court in the crossings...next to the Pop Shop I think.
What to buy: Gift items, pretty jewelry, souvenirs, books, BEAUTIFUL photos, frames
Fort Fudge is certainly an interesting place. I never find anything to buy there, but I always have to go there. They sell quite the variety - Mackinaw apparel and merchandise (of course), fudge and other goodies, moccassins, toys, jewelry, a wide array of trinkets, and much, much more.
What to buy: Their fudge is okay (I'd suggest buying it from Ryba's on the island) but they do have some good caramel corn. They also sell many varieties of sugar free goodies (fudge, chocolates, etc.). There's also ice cream in case you stop in on a hot day.
Offers many interesting and unique shops, good restaurants, and other attractions. It's an outdoor mall, so I like to walk around it in the summertime. They have a free laser light show at night during the summer. For rainy days, there is a movie theater there that usually plays pretty current movies.
What to buy: Some interesting shops here include:
The Canada Store
Made in Michigan Unlimited
Paws Fur Fun (pet stuff)
Pop Shop (Coca Cola and John Deere gifts)
Speedway Sports (NASCAR)
Mariner (Michigan lighthouses merchandise)