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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

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Address: 1200 W 11th St., Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone Number: 231-941-1900
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Description: Old state asylum that is being renovated into shops, restaurants...
Old state asylum that is being renovated into shops, restaurants, wineries, and more...lots to look at, including tons of trails to walk, bike, ski, etc.
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Mercato is small, but nice experience

The Underground Cheesecake moved to the Mercato and it is definitely a must try. Every cheesecake is better than the last!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Auburn, Michigan
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Auburn, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The Underground Cheesecake moved to the Mercato and it is definitely a must try. Every cheesecake is better than the last!

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Niagara, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

There is a lot to see and do, we were there on a Friday night and all the shops closed at 6, the Tastes of Black Star Farms was fun. Pepenero Cucina was recommended for dinner and we didn't get in until 845pm but the food was amazing. Left Foot Charley's was a neat place with an urban atmosphere

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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Lots of neat shops, but not open very late on a Friday night. Interesting to walk through the tunnels and see the old rooms where the mentally ill stayed. Very much liked the posters telling about the history. Black Star Tasting room was great! - Plus, you can bring your glass to the other 2 wineries and sample for free.... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Interesting history. This used to be the state mental hospital until 1989! We were Amazed at the renovations. Great shops, not many but all unique. Several options for food and restaurants, local artists. We enjoyed a wine tasting at left foot Charley's while visiting.

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This might be the most unique shopping area I've visited so far. It'll be hard to beat a converted mental hospital, and the building is amazing. There are only a handful of shops but they're also unique and our dinner at Trattoria Stella was one of the best we've had, anywhere. Definitely worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

It's a nice way to spend a rainy day walking through the mercado and other stand alone restaurants. I have not taken a guided tour, but heard it's very informative.

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My wife and I stopped by on the recommendation of friends from the area. The Village has many different shops and restaurants to spend a few hours in. It's definitely cool to see new additions to such an old and historic building. The only problem we had was determining where everything was inside; the building is not easily laid out,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Enjoyed the walk thru the shopping and dining area. Kind of an eerie feeling just knowing that the building is the former Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane built in 1886. There are pictures and historical notes to read too. The stores are all pretty unique just depends what you're looking for to buy.

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Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Nice specialty shops: Clothing, Traverse City gifts, jewelry, restaurants, Black Star Winery tasting, Left Foot Charlies Winery, cheesecake store...

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

it was mostly closed when we visited on a Sunday morning, but we were able to stroll through the halls and look around. A tour would probably make this trip worth-while

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