Up North Shopping: Petoskey Edition

August 7th, 2016

Up North Shopping: Petoskey Edition

Shopping in Downtown Petoskey is the perfect afternoon trip from Hotel Walloon. The local, boutique shops in Petoskey, Michigan, (located only 15 minutes away from Hotel Walloon) will not disappoint and the best part? There are stores that everyone in your entourage will love! Whether it’s the unique finds from Grandpa Shorter’s, the inventive kitchen item you never knew you needed in Cutler’s or the toy that your child simply must have at Rocking Horse Toy Company, Downtown Petoskey Shopping will be a great memory for all. When planning your stay at Hotel Walloon, take a few hours and explore the shops in Petoskey.


Specialty Stores

Petoskey features over 170 shops and restaurants in their Gaslight Shopping District. While there are many fantastic stores not mentioned in this post, continue reading for an overview of Petoskey’s most popular stores.


Grandpa Shorter’s

Grandpa Shorter’s, a store with unique finds, is a great stop for the entire family. Grandpa Shorter’s has a little of everything: housewares, Northern Michigan apparel, Petoskey stones and more. You’ll find yourself spending a long time wandering the aisles and filling your hands with fun finds and presents for friends, family and of course- yourself!

Before you leave Grandpa Shorter’s, ask the cashier about putting a pin on the map, located behind the check-out counter, of where home is for you! Don’t miss this chance to leave your mark on Grandpa Shorter’s for years to come.


Cutler’s of Petoskey offers gifts, home décor and numerous household items for the kitchen. Venture inside to find the perfect gift for that next bridal shower or a family member’s birthday.

Cutler’s also features specialty Michigan home décor, such as wall signs, cutting boards and coasters. A Michigan Wall Sign is the perfect memento to remind you of the fun and relaxation of your recent Northern Michigan getaway.

You never know what you might find that you never realized you needed, so don’t miss this stop during your afternoon excursion of Petoskey.


Rocking Horse Toy Company

The Rocking Horse Toy Company features the latest and greatest toys, but also the best classic toys. Wander into this store for classic toys like Legos, puzzles and kites but also fun and creative new toys.

Make this stop the first on your list because it’s a store the whole family can agree on, with finds for kids of all ages. Who knows, perhaps even Mom and Dad might leave with a toy or two.


Symon’s General Store

Located in the heart of Petoskey, this iconic storefront has been operating since the 1950s. Step inside Symon’s and you will find yourself stepping back in time with their “penny” candy display that sells itself! Symon’s offers specialty grocery items, a fresh deli and as mentioned their candy display, which makes this the perfect stop for a mid-afternoon snack!

Symon’s is located above Chandler’s, a fine dining Petoskey restaurant. These two businesses offer wonderful service, with Chandler’s offering an exquisite menu that will keep you coming back again and again.


Petoskey Cheese

Petoskey Cheese is your one shop stop for all artisan cheese lovers! This newer shop has impressed all who have visited with their friendly service and level of knowledge on what types of cheese they offer. Petoskey Cheese is the perfect place to find a new favorite type of cheese. Once you find that new taste you love, purchase some and bring it back to Hotel Walloon’s Hearthroom to be paired with some wine for a delectable evening snack.


American Spoon Foods

American Spoon Foods is your local source for all jellies, spreads and salsas to make any meal complete. American Spoon Foods offers wonderful recipes that feature their products in creative and inventive ways. Leave the store feeling confident about the delectable meal to come.

Don’t forget to bring a little Northern Atmosphere home with you! Buy American Spoon Foods’ Sour Cherry Fruit Spread that will leave you remembering summer days in Northern Michigan all year long!


Clothing Stores

Along with all of the specialty shops located in Petoskey, there are many high-end fashion storefronts in the Petoskey Gaslight Shopping District. While only a few have been listed, take time to peruse all the fashionable Petoskey shops!


Vintage To Vogue, a boutique storefront located in only four U.S. cities, offers exclusive brands such as Quinn, 222 and Jim & Selina, while also carrying brands such as Free People, White and Warren, Splendid, Lucky Brand and more high end quality clothing. Stop in for the latest trends and to see what new outfit you might find!

Lake Affect

Lake Affect fully encompasses the Northern Michigan experience in their retail store. Lake Affect carries an assortment of accessories and home décor. They also carry beautiful Walloon Lake necklaces which would be the perfect treasure to remember your trip to Hotel Walloon and the memories made on the lake during your stay.

52 Weekends

52 Weekends is a Northern Michigan boutique store that offers a little bit of everything. With clothes and accessories for women of all ages, this is a store that moms and their daughters can all enjoy. 52 Weekends works hard to offer the best clothing, accessories and fun items- you definitely won’t leave empty handed!

Plan Your Shopping Trip Today!

Before departing from Hotel Walloon for your Petoskey Shopping Trip, stop by the Concierge Desk in the Lobby to ask about hours of operation for the different stores in Petoskey, as some do vary depending on season and day of week.

When you’re done with all the shopping, enjoy some of Downtown Petoskey’s fabulous dining options before returning to Hotel Walloon for some drinks from the Lobby Bar and dessert in the Hearth Room. We can’t wait to hear about your Up North Shopping Trip and see what treasures you found!

If you have not yet booked reservations for your Northern Michigan Shopping Trip, call Hotel Walloon’s Front Desk at (231) 535-500 to reserve your stay today!


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