It’s Small Business Saturday on the 25th and we’d like you to support local businesses in Alpena this holiday season!

There are so many benefits to shopping local, to name a few:

  • It’s convenient
  • Better for the environment
  • More quality products
  • Investing in community
  • Creates demand for local employment
  • More likely to find unique and thoughtful gifts

Alpena has PLENTY of locally owned shopping businesses and in this blog, we are going to name a few.

In no particular order:

Regalo Luxury Gifts – Located in downtown Alpena, Regalo Luxury Gifts offers luxury gift items for men, women, and children. Something for everyone, you’ll find that many of the products at Regalo Luxury Gifts are eco-friendly, made in small batches throughout the USA.

Cedar & Threads – What we lovingly like to call “Northeast Michigan’s Bigfoot Headquarters” is conveniently located in Downtown Alpena and offers a unique blend of gifts and apparel for men, women, kiddos, and Bigfoot enthusiasts on your list! Locally owned and operated by “the James Gang”, Griffin and Andrea.

Harborside Cycle & Sport – Harborside Cycle & Sport is currently for sale and offering HUGE discounts on all the merchandise in store! If you have an outdoor enthusiast in your life, be sure to check out the amazing deals inside Harborside Cycle & Sport in downtown Alpena.

Re-Tails Boutique – A quirky, upscale boutique, Re-Tails specializes in upcycled furniture, interesting home decor, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Company products, small-batch candles, fine toiletries, and unique accessories. Talented local artists provide much of Re-Tails merchandise, so you can purchase a quintessentially Northern Michigan gift for yourself or a loved one while supporting the Huron Humane Society, which runs Re-Tails Boutique as a year-round fundraiser for the animals it serves.

Local Basket Case – This locally-grown, family-owned shop is located in the heart of Downtown Alpena on Chisholm St. If you’re looking for local Alpena and Michigan swag, look no further than The Local Basket Case in Alpena.

Art in the Loft – Give the gift of an art or culinary experience at Art in the Loft in downtown Alpena! Classes are offered at various times throughout the month and can easily be purchased in the gallery or online on their website.

The Rabbit Hole – It can be easy to fall down the rabbit hole, especially one as cute as this one-of-a-kind downtown Alpena shop! Located at 312 W. Chisholm The Rabbit Hole has tea ready-made for shoppers coming through the door and offers a unique selection of items you won’t find anywhere else in town.

Colburn Outfitters – An active outdoor Alpena lifestyle calls for active threads from Colburn Outfitters in downtown Alpena. One of the downtown area’s newest clothing stores, Colburn Outfitters offers options for both men and women with trusted brands for comfort and quality, whether you will be spending the day hiking, biking, boating, or relaxing by the bonfire.

My Glass Wings -If you’re looking to gift a unique experience for your arts and crafts-loving friends and family, look no further than My Glass Wings. Owner/artist Tina Montgomery has been creating one-of-a-kind glasswork and offering supplies, classes, and gifts in their downtown Alpena location since 2004. Gift certificates for stained glass workshops are available, as well as a full gift shop to pick out a custom piece for yourself or others.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery – There’s nothing like a hand-crafted gift and Thunder Bay Art Gallery offers a variety of mediums created by local and regional artists including paintings, pottery, hand-woven baskets, and more!

Male’s Grocery – More than just groceries, gas, and spirits, Male’s Grocery keeps products by local and regional artisans stocked up from gourmet baked goods, to lotions and balms, to knitted hats and scarves.

Neighborhood Provisions – Locally owned and family-operated, Neighborhood Provisions is a community-driven medical and recreational provisioning center taking a creative approach to cannabis solutions to help you find a happier and healthier life. Something for everyone from topicals, edibles, flowers, and pre-rolls.

Thunder Bay Resort – What’s more unique than an elk-viewing carriage ride along with a gourmet dinner and wine tasting?! Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman (just a short drive west of Alpena) offers this fun excursion on Saturdays and Sundays during the winter season, check out their website and calendar of events for more details!

Nowicki’s Sausage Shoppe – For many people, the way to their heart is through their belly and we can’t think of a better product than some locally sourced Nowicki’s sausage! Family-owned since 1917, Nowicki’s offers a huge variety of sausage flavors and will even turn your game into different custom sausages and jerky!

All the businesses listed above are part of the Alpena Area CVB’s Marketing Co-op Program. If you are interested in participating in 2024, please email Nicole at To see the complete list of shopping in Alpena visit our website at

Featured image of downtown shopping courtesy of Leslie Atkinson