Shopping is as invigorating as the glacial water that outlines Traverse City. Each village in the Traverse City bay area has a distinct s hopping district, often reflective of the geographical location of the town. Most small shops hand make their goods from local resources. Art galleries, leather goods, and Native American jewelry are some of the popular local crafts. Visitors have the opportunity to choose from hundreds of vendors in Traverse City and nearby communities.

Northern Michigan antique shops hold a significant value due to the depth of their offerings. Americana, Art Deco, and Native American artifiacts are primary markets and shoppers undoubtely connect with certain pieces. If 30 antique shops are insufficient, visitors should come to Traverse City during one of the many antique festivals. The Annual Antiques Show and the Traverse Civic Center host thousands of additional antiques from across the world. Browsing for antiques from one small city to the next is reminiscent of a serious treasure hunt.

A mixture of antiques and consumer goods can be found in Downtown Traverse City, and The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. The downtown historical district has recently been the site for redevelopment and preservation. Downtown Traverse City is entirely navigable by foot. Weave between storefronts and enjoy the central, small community. On a typical day, a visitor could attend a memoir reading, have brunch, then ship contemporary European furniture back home.

Visitors may also encounter eclectic gift shops that cater to customers who appreciate meaningful gifts. Send a fountain or local gourmet coffee to a friend instead of a postcard or keychain, This type of gracious gift exchange is common among Traverse City residents.