Ladies, consider yourself lucky: Downtown Grand Rapids is not lacking in fresh and fabulous boutiques. This city guide sampling is a refresher course on keeping up with some well-known boutiques, newer names, and everything in-between. Check out what they have in store for you ...
GINA'S BOUTIQUE might be the darling of Monroe Center, with sophisticated dresses, denim, tops, skirts, and accessories from New York and LA—hand-selected by owner Gina VanGessel.
Get in on the store's Let's Get Comfy-themed trunk show, September 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. It will feature two of Gina's favorite lifestyle brands.
LEE & BIRCH has just moved, so you have the perfect reason to visit and load up on their trademark cooler-than-cool items. I'm always impressed with their glam jewelry and dress selections.
Get in on the sweaters coming in from EMU Australia. All pieces are Merino wool, and the store is the only boutique in the area to carry the line.
BLUE BOUTIQUE is inside MoDiv and filled with trendy merchandise for shoppers to gaze at, in a different Goodwill retail experience. Expect new and gently used designer apparel and accessories with super affordable price tags.
Get in on the new lines coming into the store, such as Blu Pepper and Staccato, specializing in shirts and tunics.
CLOTHING MATTERS is an environmentally friendly and socially responsible retail store for men and women. You'll find apparel options that reduce pesticide and petroleum usage, while promoting social justice.
Get in on feeling good in—and about—what you wear! Treat yourself to an exquisitely luxurious layer of sustainability made of bamboo, organic cotton, soy, hemp, alpaca, and upcycled fleece. Discover how good clothing can be!
HAVE COMPANY could be described as a books, vintage, and home décor shop and residency space with a focus on handmade home goods. Check out the beautiful linen dresses in the shop now.
Get in on its artist residency program that's pretty strong right now, with a workshop every week. While mostly fiber- and textile-based, these classes provide really neat experiences.
WOLVERINE COMPANY STORE, also inside MoDiv, is a one-of-a-kind shop carrying a unique, edited assortment of goods for men and women. Discover something distinctive and fun in footwear and fashion.
Get in on that fall feeling. The store is swapping out styles in preparation for fall, so there's lots of new product (especially boots). The perfect time to swing by might be during ArtPrize, as the store is a venue showing off Michigan artists and chic shoe options.
HUMANITY BOUTIQUE is another MoDiv favorite. This women's boutique features edgy and unique apparel and accessories inspired by fashion from around the world.
Get in on the blue palette being prepared for you! Big colors for fall include royal blue and cobalt blue, but check out the miniskirts and sheer crop tops as well.
URBAN EXCHANGE is an upscale, urban consignment boutique beyond your expectations. Look for labels from Anthropologie, Free People, J.Crew, Banana Republic, and much more!
Get in on the Epic Sale, being held August 16 and 17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It's the sidewalk sale where everything is $5!
REBEL.RECLAIMED takes gift and home décor items to new heights of awesomeness. The shop believes in color and making everyday life way prettier. Drool over cards, candles, kitchen towels, and tons more.
Get in on the fact that the Rebel boys just got back from market and have tons of new lines coming in (even daily) to fill up their new space.
BLACKLAMB is a curious little shop inspired by travel, art, fashion, and people—especially the eccentrics and visionaries. There's home décor, stunning jewelry, and hip lifestyle items.
Get in on what's new in the store as it welcomes the Botkier designer leather handbag line. Leave it to the Blacklamb girls to show you what you've been missing in life ...
HOP SCOTCH CHILDREN'S STORE is Grand Rapids' only natural parenting store specializing in cloth diapers, baby slings and carriers, organic clothing, and wood and organic toys.
Get in on the store's restock with Amber necklaces and brands such as bumGenius, Planet Wise, Natursutten, NoseFrida and more.
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS offers the thrill of the hunt among top-notch resale! Browse through on-trend women's clothing, shoes, boots, bags, jewelry, and women's fragrances.
Get in on the fall clothes coming into the store soon, as it starts accepting the new season's submissions. Summer clearance will begin and key transition pieces will be on hand.
DENYM is a premium denim shopping experience featuring the latest in men's and women's clothing and accessories.
Get in on the Naked and Famous line of unique and rare denim fabrics from Japan. Word is it has the best style and fit.
Written by Missy Black, a footwear fanatic, a style child, and a contributing writer for West Michigan Woman.