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7th Annual Best of the West: Shopping

Written by  Josh Veal
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Everyone shops.

Sure, some of us do it more than others. My personal shopping leans toward bookstores, grocery stores, and that’s about it. For my girlfriend, it’s plant shops (hey, there’s a category idea!) and pet stores. For many people, heading to the local antique shop or thrift store qualifies as retail therapy.

Whatever your bag is, West Michigan has plenty of options, and voters have some clear favorites, with many of this year’s finalists appearing in previous years. A few of the winners have remained the same as well: Fido and Stitch won best Pet Store once again, Bill & Paul’s remains the favorite Hiking and Outdoor Gear spot, and Rebel is still the most popular Gift Shop.

We’ve also seen some changes this year, however! For instance, last year’s antiques winner, Eastown Antiques, sadly closed its doors. And Meijer won best grocery store in 2021, but readers are now clearly leaning toward the smaller, more locally focused shops like Kingma’s and Bridge Street Market. On the flipside, Fresh Thyme edged ahead of Harvest Health Foods for health food stores this year.

Some things change, and some things stay the same, but everyone shops!

ANTIQUE SHOP

Lost and Found Treasures of Old and New, 1st

facebook.com/lostandfoundtreasuresofoldandnew

Century Antiques, 2nd

Elevated, 3rd

ATHLETIC GOODS

Gazelle Sports, 1st

gazellesports.com

Bill and Paul’s Sportshaus, 2nd

Striders, 3rd

BEER/WINE/LIQUOR STORE

Martha’s Vineyard, 1st

mvwines.com

Rishi’s International Beverage, 2nd

Smitty’s, 3rd

BICYCLE SHOP

Freewheeler Bike Shop, 1st

freewheelerbikeshop.com

Rockford Bike Shop, 2nd

Switchback Gear Exchange, 3rd

BOOK STORE

Schuler Books, 1st

schulerbooks.com

Books & Mortar, 2nd

Epilogue Books, 3rd

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

Renee Austin Wedding, 1st

reneeaustinwedding.com

Second Dance Bridal, 2nd

Bridal Elegance, 3rd

BUTCHER

Sobie Meats, 1st

sobiemeats.com

Bob’s Butcher Block, 2nd

Louise Earl, 3rd

COMIC BOOK STORE

Vault of Midnight, 1st

vaultofmidnight.com

The Comic Signal, 2nd

Tardy’s Collectors Corner, 3rd

FLORIST

Eastern Floral, 1st

easternfloral.com

Stem’s Market, 2nd

Mitten Floral, 3rd

GIFT SHOP

Rebel, 1st

rebelgr.com

Delight in Designs, 2nd

The 12th House, 3rd

GROCERY STORE

Bridge Street Market, 1st

bridgestreetmarket.com

Kingma’s, 2nd

Meijer, 3rd

HEALTH FOOD STORE

Fresh Thyme, 1st

freshthyme.com

Harvest Health Foods, 2nd

Health Hutt, 3rd

HIKING/OUTDOOR GEAR

Bill and Paul’s Sporthaus, 1st

billandpauls.com

Woosah, 2nd

Switchback Gear Exchange, 3rd

MEN’S CLOTHING

Fitzgerald’s, 1st

fitzs.com

A.K. Rikk’s, 2nd

New Yorker Menswear, 3rd

PET STORE

Fido & Stitch, 1st

fidoandstitch.com

VI Pets, 2nd

Dottie’s Dog Bowl, 3rd

SHOPPING DISTRICT

Eastown, 1st

Downtown Holland, 2nd

Downtown Rockford, 3rd

THRIFT/CONSIGNMENT

New 2 You, 1st

new2youshop.org

Rock Paper Scissors Consignment, 2nd

Elevated, 3rd

WOMEN’S CLOTHING

Lee & Birch, 1st

leeandbirch.com

Basic Bee Boutique, 2nd

Leigh’s, 3rd

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