Best Antique Shop: Mega Mall
After 22 years in business, Lansing’s Mega Mall is still “Michigan’s most unique shopping experience.” With over 220 vendors, it’s easy for antique lovers to spend hours exploring the former supermarket.
2. Williamston Antiques
3. Little Red School House
Best Art Gallery: Lansing Art Gallery
With a focus on local artists and an array of community events, Lansing Art Gallery is a popular destination for local art lovers.
2. Broad Art Museum
Best Beer Selection (Retail): Horrocks
Horrock’s moved its candy shop and coffee bar to expand its already impressive beer and wine offerings. But why wait until you get home? Our voters love that you can grab a pint to drink while you shop.
2. Oade's Big Ten - East Lansing
3. Tom's Party Store
Best Bookstore: Schuler Books - Eastwood
Our voters head to Schuler Books for the latest release, the huge used book selection, a great selection of vinyl and a ton of book-related events.
2. Barnes & Noble
3. Curious Books
Best Butcher: Monticello's Market & Butcher Block
Grass-fed USDA high choice freshly ground beef and kabobs are just a few of the meaty options Monticello’s has to offer. Our voters say the butchers “go out of their way” to cure your carnivore cravings.
2. Mert's Meats - Lansing
3. Merindorf Meats - Mason
Best Candy Shop: Fabiano's Candies
For 93 years, the Fabiano family has been the premier name in Michigan-made chocolate. You know that holidays are coming soon when the lines stretch out the door of this east side candy shop.
3. Cravings Popcorn - Old Town
Best Clothing Store (local): Playmakers
Our voters look to the running and fitness store for their favorite active and casual clothing brands. One voter describes it as “the only place to get shoes that make your feet happy.”
2. Curvaceous Lingerie
3. Grace Boutique
Best Consignment Shop: Kellie's Consignments
Voters love Kellie’s Consignments for its huge selection of quality clothing that is well organized. And while you’re there, you can pick up some jewelry. Or some furniture. Or home decor. Or some … .
2. Plato's Closet
3. Second Time Around
Best Farmers Market: Allen Farmers Market and Meridian Farmers Market (tie)
It’s a tie! We gave farmers markets their own category this year, and our voters split between Allan Farmers Market and Meridian Farmers Market, which both offer year-round markets.
2. East Lansing Farmer's Market
3. Holt Farmers Market
Best Florist: Horrocks
Our voters loves Horrocks’ floral section, praising its reasonable prices and friendly service.
2. VanAtta's Greenhouse and Flower Shop
3. Smith Floral & Greenhouse
Best Gift Shop: Old Town General Store
It may not look that large from the outside, but the Old Town General Store packs in a huge variety of Michigan-based food, beer, wine and gifts.
2. October Moon
Best Grocery Store (local): Horrocks
Our voters praise the “fantastic selection and quality products” at the west side institution.
3. Fresh Thyme
Best Indoor Grow Shop: H20 Lansing
Bringing affordable name-brand products to the local gardening community in Greater Lansing is H2O’s goal.
2. Superior Growers
3. Indoor Grow Store
Best Jewelry Store: Sweet Custom Jewelry
Sweet Custom Jewelry is best described through one reader’s comment: “beautiful custom designs with exceptional customer service.”
2. Medawar Jewelers
3. Becky Beauchine Kulka
Best Musical Instruments Store: Elderly Instruments
With a huge selection of folk instruments, electric guitars and more, Elderly Instruments has become a must-stop site for visiting musicians.
2. Marshall Music
3. Music Manor
Best Organic/Natural Market: Horrocks
Looking for quality organic produce? Lettuce head over to the west side, because no one else can beet the selection at Horrocks.
2. Fresh Thyme
3. Foods for Living
Best Pawn/Secondhand Shop: Dicker & Deal
With an eclectic selection of used items big enough to impress any collector, gear-hear or casual shopper, Dicker & Deal takes the number one spot for Best Pawn/Secondhand shop.
2. Kellie's Consignments
3. Volunteer's of America
Best Pet Store: Preuss Pets
Preuss Pets isn’t just a pet store, it’s a destination. Visitors can spend hours ogling fancy fish, looking for sneaky lizards or feeding the koi fish.
3. Petsmart - Marketplace
Best Record/CD Store: Flat, Black & Circular
Nestled in an upstairs storefront on Grand River Avenue, FBC is our voters’ prefered vinyl vendor. With an expansive selection of vinyl, CDs, DVDs and cassettes, no format is dead or gone at Flat Black and Circular.
2. Record Lounge
3. Disc Traders and Schuler Books & Music - Eastwood (tie)
Best Wine Selection (retail): Horrocks
Whether you’re looking for hard-to-find imports or your mom’s favorite red blend, Horrocks probably has it. And you can stop at the new wine tasting nook to sample a few bottles before you buy.
2. Dusty's Cellar
3. Vine & Brew
Best Eye Candy (Place): Old Town, Lansing
Our voters describe Lansing’s boutique neighborhood as “eclectic” and “peaceful.” The many festivals, restaurants, shops and parks exude “sidewalk charm.”
2. Fitzgerald Park (The Ledges)
3. MSU 4H Gardens
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