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6th Annual Best of the West: Shopping

Written by  Michaela Stock
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We all know the importance of shopping local, and why wouldn’t we when there are so many great options around?

This year’s Shopping winners show there really is a shop for everyone, whether you’re looking for comics at Vault of Midnight, flowers at Stems Market, or ingredients at Harvest Health Foods. 

Rebel reigns supreme as six-time-winner of best gift shop, which is an impressive feat since we’ve only been hosting Best of the West for, well, six years. Not all champions stayed in first, however. When it comes to cycling, Rockford Bike Shop beat last year’s winner, Freewheeler Bike Shop. Likewise, Books & Mortar took first from Schuler’s Books & Music. 

Woosah Outfitters stepped up their game and placed third in two categories — men’s clothing and hiking/outdoor gear — while Lee & Birch remained number one for women’s clothing. 

No matter what you’re looking for, West Michigan has it. Keep shopping small and cheering on your favorite local stores with your time, money and votes, of course.

ANTIQUE SHOP

Eastown Antiques, 1st
1515 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

     Lost and Found Treasures of Old and New, 2nd

Elevated Grand Rapids, 3rd

ATHLETIC GOODS STORE

Gazelle Sports, 1st
3930 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids

Bill & Paul's Sporthaus, 2nd

Striders, 3rd

BEER/WINE/LIQUOR STORE

Rishi's International Beverage, 1st
3839 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids

Martha's Vineyard, 2nd

Siciliano's Market, 3rd

BICYCLE SHOP

Rockford Bike Shop, 1st
169 Marcell Dr. NE, Rockford

Freewheeler Bike Shop, 2nd

Switchback Gear Exchange, 3rd

BOOK STORE

Books & Mortar, 1st
955 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids

Schuler Books, 2nd

Epilogue Books, 3rd

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

Renee Austin Wedding, 1st
1555 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

Bridal Elegance, 2nd

     Second Dance Bridal & Formal Consignment, 3rd

BUTCHER

Louise Earl Butcher (TIE), 1st
1106 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids

Sobie Meats (TIE), 1st
3450 Remembrance Rd. NW, Walker

Frank's Market, 2nd

E.A. Brady’s, 3rd

COMIC BOOK STORE

Vault of Midnight, 1st
95 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids

The Comic Signal, 2nd

Tardys Collectors Corner, 3rd

FLORIST

Stems Market, 1st
4445 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville

Eastern Floral, 2nd

Ball Park Floral & Gifts, 3rd

GIFT SHOP

Rebel, 1st
1555 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids

Delight in Designs, 2nd

Kennedy's Flowers & Gifts, 3rd

GROCERY STORE

Meijer, 1st
meijer.com

Bridge Street Market, 2nd

Kingma's Market, 3rd

HEALTH FOOD STORE

Harvest Health Foods, 1st
harvesthealthfoods.com

Fresh Thyme Market, 2nd

Health Hutt, 3rd

HIKING/OUTDOOR GEAR

Bill & Paul's Sporthaus, 1st
1200 E. Paris Ave. Se, Grand Rapids

Switchback Gear Exchange, 2nd

Woosah Outfitters, 3rd

MEN'S CLOTHING

Fitzgerald Men's Store, 1st
1894 Breton Rd. SE, Grand Rapids

A.K. Rikk's, 2nd

Woosah Outfitters, 3rd

PET STORE

Fido & Stitch, 1st
820 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

V.I.Pets, 2nd

Blue Fish Aquarium, 3rd

THRIFT/CONSIGNMENT STORE

Rock Paper Scissors Consignment Boutique, 1st
145 Diamond Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

New 2 You , 2nd

Elevated Grand Rapids, 3rd

SHOPPING DISTRICT

Downtown Rockford, 1st

Eastown, 2nd

Wealthy Street, 3rd

WOMEN'S CLOTHING

Lee & Birch, 1st
leeandbirch.com

Leigh's, 2nd

Adored Boutique, 3rd

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