We are a couple months away from celebrating our 3 year anniversary! Over the last three years, we have had many people ask us why we chose to open our business in Douglas. The answer is simple—we love it here! The downtown district is smaller than our sister city, Saugatuck, but we have some of the most unique establishments in southwest Michigan.
Douglas and are known as the Art Coast of Michigan. There are 6 art galleries in downtown Douglas where you will find creations from local, national and international artists, as well as estate or preowned art and jewelry. These galleries also host Art on Center, a gallery stroll, several times per year. Lakeshore Pet Boutique always participates in the gallery stroll, as we have artist, Scott Kenyon on site to do live painting demonstrations. You can commission Scott for a custom oil painting of your dog! If you are an art lover, you also have to visit Petter Gallery which is walking distance from downtown Douglas. And finally, for unique, mid-century, vintage art, furniture and decor, you must visit Upscale Mercantile, which is next door to the Petter Gallery.
We also have the best restaurants in downtown Douglas. You must experience the casual fine dining at Everyday People Cafe. You will not regret the filet or sea bass. And, every chicken dish is my personal favorite. Douglas hit the jackpot when Borrowed Time relocated to our town a few years ago. Chef Eoen’s delicious small plates can be enjoyed with craft beer and specialty cocktails. And, their wine selection is superb. Coastal Society is a hand-crafted cocktail bar, eatery and boutique where you can sip and shop! In the colder months, you can dine in a heated igloo! If you are in the mood for pizza, we have you covered! Back Alley Pizza also serves up some great salad and sandwich options. Have yourself a little bite to eat and then hit the water. Third Coast Paddling is the newest addition to downtown Douglas and is located at Wade’s Bayou. Take a tour of the river on a kayak! If you are not in the kayaking mood or it is raining, take the kids to Alley’s All American Diner for the best quesadillas in town…and BOWLING!
There are some fabulous shopping opportunities in Douglas too. Of course you have to bring your pup into Lakeshore Pet Boutique for a free treat. Many of the shops in town are pet friendly as well. Check out Endora Bohemian, Brackett & Company, and Possessions for unique finds. Douglas Home Furnishings and Kim Nuens Design & Interiors are your go-to for fab finds for your home.
While not located in the downtown district, the historic Root Beer Barrel is a must visit! Built in 1952, the Barrel was the place to go for root beer and hot dogs on the way to Oval Beach—complete with a car hop! The building was vacant for over 40 years and after being restored by the Saugatuck/Douglas Historical Society, it opened again in 2016. Open from mid-May to Halloween, you can still get a hot dog and root beer float on your way to Oval Beach.
Douglas is located between South Haven and Holland. We are less than an hour from Grand Rapids and Grand Haven. Chicago and Detroit friends can easily make a day trip, but you should really stay for a few days so you can experience all that we have to offer. Once you visit, you’ll know why we love it here!