Buying the right gift for friends and family can be difficult. One thing that can be simple is where you get that gift from. By shopping local, not only can you get a great gift for your loved one, you can also support a small business and invigorate your local economy.
In Flint & Genesee, there are thousands of small businesses to support and a few different ways to support them – both in-person and online.
Here are some places throughout the county you can support this holiday season:
Looking for a variety of items, the first place to start is the Flint Farmers’ Market. With over 50 vendors year-round, you are bound to find something for one of your loved ones. Another great spot with a wide selection is the Shops on Saginaw located at the Dryden Building. The location sells a variety of items from small businesses throughout Genesee County at different pop-up shops.
Want something made in Flint? Check out places like Bedrock Apparel, GoodBoy Clothing, and Flint Trading Company. All three of those shops have locally made items by Flint entrepreneurs. Other stores worth checking out include Comma Bookstore & Social Club, Brush Alley Skate Shop and Shift.
Outside of downtown, there are plenty of places to discover great finds. At the Genesee Valley Mall, Wears Like New is an upscale consignment shop that sells a variety of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing along with jewelry and home décor. Right down the road, Glam Boutiques sells a variety of women’s clothing, natural beauty care and gifts.
For the sporty members in your crew, Complete Runner has two locations in Flint and sells shoes, apparel and exercise equipment. For Hockey lovers, Perani’s Hockey World is dubbed “The Toy Store for the Hockey Player.”
Downtown Flushing has a number of places to shop. Main Street Treasures has a variety of Michigan-made products and swag including Cherry Republic salsa, Michi-Gummies and Fireside Coffee. Down the street, Rustic Seasons sells a variety of gifts and home décor. For vintage lovers, Michiganders Antiques & Collectibles has a diverse variety of furniture, pop culture memorabilia, records, baseball cards and more.
In Grand Blanc, you can find plenty of places to shop for holiday gifts. Kim Rose Fashions sells clothing, accessories, health and beauty products, home and gifts, jewelry and more. Shopping for children? Laurie’s Infants and Children’s Wear sells clothing for the little ones in your life. Mainstream Boutique specializes in clothing and accessories. For animal lovers, JJ Cardinal’s Wild Bird & Nature Store sells a variety of products from feed to shelter birds and other critters. Finally, Treasure Baskets has a wide variety of gifts perfect for friends and family.
Fenton has a wide selection of shops and is a great destination for your holiday finds. Eclections specializes in women’s clothing and accessories but also sells a variety of men’s clothing and goods. Looking specifically for the men in your life? Bridge Street Exchange is a local men’s store selling clothing, drinkware, grooming supplies, shoes and more. For a lover of the vintage style, Luna’s sells clothing, accessories and gifts with a 1950’s flair. And right down the street, The Iron Grate sells home décor, jewelry, bath & body, clothing, candles, fine stationery, children’s clothes and more.
Flint & Genesee is filled with plenty of other stores. Visit the shopping section of the Explore Flint & Genesee website for more ideas.