Welcome to Downtown Petoskey Michigan
Downtown Petoskey, Michigan is one of the most treasured downtowns in the United States. Nestled on the shores of Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan, residents and tourists enjoy over 170 unique shops and fine restaurants in the famous Gaslight Shopping District. The downtown area of Petoskey, Michigan serves as a hub for resorters from Bay Harbor, Bay View, Harbor Springs, Walloon Lake and the surrounding Emmet County region.
Downtown Petoskey has authentic charm and vitality that is unmatched by almost any city its size. We look forward to your next visit when you can discover all of our treasures… from the shores to the stores.
History of Sidewalk Sales
been rediscovered with a little bit of sleuthing!
As you can see to the left, July 30, 1965 was the origin of what we now know as Sidewalk Sales. It was first called Sidewalk Days, and it was held on the fourth Friday in July, just as it still is to this day. Speaking of present day...we now know that we'll be celebrating the 49th Annual Sidewalk Sale!
A special thanks to Lynn Duse at The Circus Shop for sharing her memories, as well as pointing out Greenwood Cemetery's website where Karl Crawford has built an immaculate system for looking at old Petoskey newspapers. Without the time and dedication that they and people like them have put into preserving our local history, many precious gems would be lost to us today. Thank you to all who care for and maintain Petoskey's past.
Sidewalk Day launched the festive weekend and presented a carnival atmosphere as crowds turned out to purchase bargains at gay sidewalk booths. A pet parade was held at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m., the Pied Piper lead a parade of enthusiastic youngsters through town to the Temple Theatre for a free show, to enable their parents to have ample free shopping time.
Mitchell street was blocked off from Petoskey-st. to Waukazoo-ave. and will remain off limits for vehicles until 9 p.m. tonight when the merchants will take down their booths and close shop on another successful promotion."
Smithsonian Magazine has ranked Petoskey Number 6 on its list of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013. The magazine used Esri data for cities with populations of less than 15,000 that have exceptional concentrations of museums, art galleries, orchestras, theaters, historic sites and other cultural blessings. The top towns also boast heartwarming settings where the air is a little fresher, the grass greener, the pace gentler than in metropolitan America. Generally, these towns are devoted to preserving their historic centers, encouraging talent, and supporting careful economic growth.
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/The-20-Best-Small-Towns-to-Visit-in-2013-196855051.html#ixzz2OaASg2z7
Treasure Downtown Contest
Treasures from the Shores to the Stores
Downtown Petoskey is the home to many great events no matter what the season. From our Summer Concerts in the Park to Friday Farm Markets to art fairs and festivals, Petoskey is a great place to join in the fun while shopping with our local merchants.