By Rebecca Calkins | Communications Director | Experence Jackson | Originally Appeared in the Online Exclusive August 2016 | Jackson Magazine
The Village of Brooklyn is known as the “Heart of the Lakes,” and with good reason; there are more than 50 lakes within a 15-mile radius. The town began as a former stagecoach stop between Detroit and Chicago and then became a vacation destination for those looking to escape the summer heat of Detroit.
The quaint Village of Brooklyn is comparable to many of the resort towns in Michigan. The picturesque main street features many cute shops beckoning for a visit. It had been a while since I really explored downtown Brooklyn, so I decided to take a look. Here are my top shops to visit in Brooklyn:
1. Closet Overload
146 N. Main St. Brooklyn, MI 49230
I started at the north end of Main Street with Closet Overload, a consignment shop that was packed with name-brand used clothes. If you are a thrifter, this is a must stop!
Talk about a Pinterest paradise. IDK has all the unique quirky décor you could imagine: Refinished vintage finds, one-of-a-kind artist pieces and even beautiful handmade jewelry made by an adorable 10 year old.
3. Four French Hens
124 N Main St, Brooklyn, MI 49230
The Frenchie in me totally want to live in a shop like this. If they’d let me I’d totally take a nap on the display bed out front! Specializing in home furnishings, fashion and just cute little pieces throughout, they stock Bizzy Lizzy Flourless Bakery Gluten-free products, Creekside Grains Made in Michigan baking mixes, and heavenly smelling bath bars and candles.
4. Kelsey’s Boutique
122 N Main St, Brooklyn, MI 49230
This shop features some cute resort wear style clothing, comfy beach sundresses for women and adorable little tutus and T-shirts for kids. You’ll find lots of lake living accessories and unique gifts here too.
5. Village Peddler Gifts
118 N Main St. Brooklyn, MI 49230
This shop is recently under new ownership but has been in business for decades. They sell Gilbert Chocolates, Vera Bradley handbags, jewelry, lake signs and lots of unique gifts. If you are looking for a stop for lunch, Shady’s Tap Room is next door featuring many Michigan Craft Beers on tap and delicious pizza and burgers.
6. Salvaged Décor
124 S. Main St., SUITE D, Brooklyn, MI 49230
At the corner of Main Street and Randolph Street behind the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce is THE place for all kinds of repurposing Pinterest projects. Salvaged Décor features re-purposed furniture, home decor, milk paint, lots and lots of pallet signs! They offer classes all the time on making your own pallet signs as well as furniture painting classes and more.
7. The Doughmesstic Baker
103 N. Main St. Brooklyn, MI 49230
Those who know me know that I am a donut lover (all baked goods, really), so I could not pass up this stop on the east side of Main at Monroe Street. I had the most delicious Lemon Curd Danish there. They also make special-order cakes and cupcakes.
8. Weatherwax Drug
105 N. Main St. Brooklyn, MI 49230
Next, I stopped into Weatherwax Drug to grab a water to go with my Danish, and I was surprised at how many cute gift items they have in there as well. Items include cute lake signs, beachy sundresses and scarves, and a pretty nice toy section too.
9. Pinetree Centre Antiques
129 N. Main St. Brooklyn, MI 49230
The Irish Hills area is known for some really great antiquing, and Pinetree Centre Antiques is one of the best and largest. With over 60 dealers, there is a variety of high-quality antiques. I found an old mug shot of a man accused of being a Communist sympathizer, a framed old photo of Clark Lake and, my favorite find, a bunch of old postcards.
10. Hearthstone of Brooklyn
124 Irwin St. Brooklyn, MI 49230
On recommendation of the woman at Salvaged Décor I ventured off Main Street for this shop on Irwin Street. Billed as a nature and wildlife shop, they had all kinds of antiques and artistic treasures, handmade birdhouses, hand spun yarn, jewelry and more.
Before leaving the Irish Hills I had two more stops to make:
Stone Hearth Breads & Bakery
309 S. Main St. Brooklyn, MI 49230
If you never been here, this stop is a must! They are usually at many local festivals, and you can also find them at the Green Market at Henry Ford Allegiance every Thursday. Going to their store in Brooklyn smells delicious. I bought some raspberry chocolate bread for French toast and a cookie that day. I also love their peperoni rolls and spinach and feta bread.
Cherry Creek Old Schoolhouse Winery
11000 Silver Lake Hwy. Brooklyn, MI 49230
Yes, this winery is in an old 1800s schoolhouse complete with working school bell. They not only do they have delicious wine and cider, but I was happy to learn they now have a little café menu with sandwiches and salads. I enjoyed a glass of their new CPA, hopped hard cider, with my Mediterranean Wrap.
What’s your favorite shop in Brooklyn?