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:

Downtown Flint:

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.

Flint:

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.”

Flushing:

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.

Grand Blanc:

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:

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.

Flint Farmers' Market

Browse and shop at one of the state's largest and most complete markets with a variety of fresh... Read More

Shops on Saginaw

A collection of Flint-based pop-up shops on the ground floor of the Dryden Building. Read More

Bedrock Apparel

Clothing brand located in the Shops on Saginaw, in Flint's Downtown Entertainment District. Read More

GoodBoy Clothing

Goodboy Clothing is a lifestyle streetwear brand that specializes in urban and casual wear. Our... Read More

Flint Trading Co.

Flint Trading Co. is an atelier that features urban, upscale design in a city on a comeback. Flint... Read More

Brush Alley Skateshop

A skateboard shop, ran by skaters, for skaters located in Flint's Downtown Entertainment District.... Read More

Comma Bookstore & Social Hub

Not your average bookstore, we specialize in BIPOC books, art, and products. Established in 2020,... Read More

SHIFT

SHIFT is a unique shopping venue specializing in specialize in women's clothing and accessories, and... Read More

Wears Like New

At Wears Like New, we want to change the "stigma." For consignment stores, it's often a negative... Read More

Glam Boutique

Small shops with big GLAM experiences. Clothing, bath and body and gifts. Read More

Complete Runner

One of the Most Innovative Running Stores in Michigan Since 1985, the Complete Runner has served... Read More

Perani’s Hockey World

The core operations and customer service centers of HockeyWorld.Com are located in Flint Michigan... Read More

Main Street Treasures

Main Street Treasures is family owned and operated. They have been proudly serving the Flushing... Read More

Rustic Seasons on Main

Home and garden décor, furniture, local goods & gift items. Read More

Eclections

Eclections is a women's clothing store, located in Fenton, offering the latest fashions in clothing,... Read More

Bridge Street Exchange

Bridge Street Exchange is a men's store featuring legendary brands of clothing and accessories,... Read More

The Iron Grate

The Iron Grate has a wide range for high-quality products including home decor, jewelry, bedding,... Read More

JJ Cardinal's

At JJ Cardinal’s Wild Bird & Nature Store we are eager to share our love of the spaces outside of... Read More