Food, Fun, and best of all … shopping | Extra

GAYLORD — When thinking of Gaylord’s beautiful downtown good food and revelry immediately come to mind, but downtown Gaylord has grown into so much more. As this quaint little Alpine Village has expanded, so has its reserve of sophisticated and exciting places to shop.

• Isabella’s Copper Pot is a small, family-owned business with a carefully curated inventory. Isabella’s is known as a place to find the perfect gift and where you are treated like family. From edibles to cleaning products, there is something here for everyone.

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• Saturn Booksellers is Gaylord’s hometown bookstore right in the heart of the Alpine Village. This independent shop for readers of all ages hosts an extensive series of events year-round for reading enthusiasts. The shop boasts fresh new finishes in an open and inviting space. A friendly, knowledgeable staff composed of true bibliophiles, a wide selection of books, toys, games, and unique gifts, and a real sense of fun make Saturn Booksellers a destination for locals and tourists alike.

• The Rusty Pelican is one of the newer family-owned shops in downtown Gaylord. This unique and eclectic shop and also includes a tasting room! You can sample cheese, dips, spices and — of course — wine. The wines are hand-picked, handcrafted from several different wineries throughout Michigan and Florida. Tropical fruit wines from a winery in Florida that inspired the shop’s cute name and inspired the couple to start a business like this. With products made in the USA by local artisans and innovative items, you’re in perfect hands when trying to find something for yourself or the wine lover closets to you.

Aub Marley’s is one of downtown Gaylord’s newest gems. This retro-chic furniture and decor shop is aesthetically pleasing in every way. The collection is unique and tightly edited, and the prices are incredibly reasonable. Also, there is a dog, so you will not regret taking a peek.

Ash Tobacco is a beacon of masculinity in the heart of downtown. A tobaccoist’s dream, the shop offers assorted cigars, pipes, accessories and men’s grooming products. Plush chairs, and humidor are also available on the premise. This is place offers a truly distinctive experience.

Woolybuggers has a wide selection of clothing, accessories and home decor. The boutique has a distinct Michigan feel you aren’t going to find anywhere else.

Koukla is the newest boutique to grace downtown, Gaylord. The shop boasts a selection of comfortable boho styles that somehow make you fit right in but also stand out. That is quite a feat in our opinion. Oh, and there are shoes a beautiful, unusual selection of shoes something sorely missing in Gaylord. This boutique shows promise and is a significant indication of Gaylord’s growing palette.

White Birch Outfitters offers something for the whole family. Locally owned this great retails retail shop is perfect for anyone with a passion for the outdoors. From bike rentals to repairs from accessories to apparel, this shop is the ideal place to visit before connecting with one of the area’s favorite fresh-air pastimes.

The Old Spud Warehouse is one of the more unusual shopping experiences in Gaylord. The boutique lives in a circa 1900 former farmers co-op. The bones of the building have been maintained, with the slatted walls that promoted circulation to prevent rotting still intact. The metal walled engine repair room and the 12-foot high basement brimming with furniture. In this unique setting, the store offers the out-of-the-ordinary in a wide range of products from the best of furniture, lighting, home decor, and personal items along with the always surprising and unusual one-of-a-kind items.

Downtown Gaylord is a complete experience that is all about community throughout the year, including concerts, sidewalk sales, festivals, antique shows, farmer’s market, holiday shopping events, and more. With abundant, free, convenient parking on the street and in a variety of parking lots downtown Gaylord is sure to please the weariest traveler.


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