There is something fun about Antiquing and staying at a romantic bed and breakfast, they go together. Perhaps it’s the thrill of the unknown? I think it's part of our “Pure Michigan” experience because both are an adventure. Once I went looking for a creamer and came home with a cool vintage coat with a fur collar.
At “Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast” a Grand Rapids lodging, we have lots of guests who enjoy antiquing in Grandville and Grand Rapids. They love BOTH our whirlpool & fireplace suites and sharing their antique “FINDS” around the breakfast table in the morning. The conversation may start out with how they loved their luxury B&B suite, how well they slept in our king size bed, how wonderful our deep two person jacuzzi tubs are and then they talk about where they went the day before, what they did and how they enjoyed our city of Grandville and greater Grand Rapids area, rich with so many activities.
I know some folks know exactly what they’re hunting for when antiquing. But for many it’s about finding an unexpected treasure and coming home with something you never knew you wanted but are NOW tickled to own. It’s about memories, pretty things and sometimes you're inspired to go home and dig out things you already own. Somehow when you blow the dust off and look closely, that little gem talks to you and nurtures your soul! Crazy I know, but many antique-rs have been mystified… and many husbands have muttered those famous words, “Where are you gonna put that”?
I can’t help but reminisce while I am Antiquing. You know…these are the glasses we drank out of when we were kids. Grandma had these and we sold them at a garage sale for a quarter and now they’re here for $10 a piece [don't tell mom]! We’ve all been there, you know what I mean.
Those of you who have seen my china cabinet know that I have been collecting cut crystal for years. Paul’s mother started me with a collection of Amber stone dishes that I have added to over the years. My adopted mom, Julie, has a collection of Candlewick and Orchid Glass. So I have had some fun hunting for "STUFF" that "WE" collect and while I’m shopping I can’t help but look at the vintage jewelry. I especially like unique old rings. Many of them are “one of a kind handmade gems” and I have a few that I wear often!
Here is a list my favorite haunts…come relax, unwind and take a stroll through our many antique stores. I have clustered them by the area of town they're in.
Grandville: Changing Thymes @ 4165 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville, MI 49418, Phone: (616) 534-7948
Sheri’s Antiques @ 3270 Chicago Drive Southwest, Grandville, MI 49418, Phone: (616) 249-8066
Downtown Grand Rapids:
Antiques at Victoria's Warehouse @ 449 Century Ave. SW., Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Phone: (616) 235-9292
Century Antiques Shop @ 445 Century Avenue SW • Grand Rapids, MI 49503, (616)-233-4000
Eastown Antiques @ 1515 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, (616) 776-1076 Voted Grand Rapids "best antique store" three years in a row. Over 40 dealers
Phil's Stuff Antiques & Collectibles @ 722 Wealthy SE. Grand Rapids, MI 40503, (616) 459-1940
City Antiques Resale Boutique @ 954 East Fulton Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, (616) 776-5500
East Fulton Art & Antiques Mall @ 959 East Fulton Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503,(616)-774-3320
Antiques Amaryllis @ 944 East Fulton Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, (616)-451-3019
Bluedoor Antiques & Design @ 946 East Fulton St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Phone: (616) 456-7888
The Antique Gallery @ 442 Leonard Street NW • Grand Rapids, MI 49504, (616)-458-4218
Mary's Used Furnishings, 730 Leonard Street NW • Grand Rapids, MI 49504, (616)-774-8792
Antiques by the Bridge @ 445 Bridge Street NW • Grand Rapids, MI 49504, (616)-451-3430
The Green Man Antiques @ 444 Bridge Street NW • Grand Rapids, MI 49504, (616)-454-5771
Antiques on Alpine @ 4671 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321, (616) 785-5285
Come experience my world!
Cheri Antozak is the owner, Innkeeper & Designer of Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast, Grandville, MI