This holiday season, think about supporting small, local businesses instead of big corporations. Macomb County makes this easy with over 1,600 independently owned and operated shops to check out this holiday season in its 27 communities.
And a must-visit place is downtown Romeo.
Shoppers can also have a chance to win a $150 gift card (donated by First State Bank) and help local businesses receive a $1,000 grant by participating in the annual Shop Local Macomb contest.
Head out on Nov. 24, 2023 and take photos at local businesses, including these below, for your chance to win. Make sure to submit your entries and share on social media by using #ShopLocalMacomb.
This holiday season, try doing your holiday shopping at a small business instead.
- Address: 148 S. Main St., Romeo
Shop infant and children’s clothing at this children’s boutique. The shop also offers seasonal clothing and birthday clothing and select party supplies.
- Address: 119 W. St. Clair St., Romeo
This store sells candles, bath and body items, stationery, eco-friendly products, home décor, gifts and more. Also featured is a refill station where you can bring your own containers to fill up on natural laundry soap, castile soap, hand and body wash, bath salts, shower steamers and all-purpose cleaners.
- Address: 205 N. Main St., #4617, Romeo
Browse three floors of quality antiques in two buildings. Town Hall Antiques offers pieces from 50 of Michigan’s finest dealers and every item is guaranteed to be as represented. They do not sell reproductions. Delivery is always available, as well.
There are plenty of places to explore while you’re in Romeo.
- Addresses: First Congregational Church, 290 N. Main St., Romeo; 132 Church St., Romeo; 301 N. Bailey St., Romeo
The Romeo Historical Society operates and maintains The Romeo Arts and Archives Museum, Bancroft-Stranahan Home and Clyde Craig Blacksmith Museum. To tour these museums, call 586-752-4111.
- Address: 219 N. Main St., Romeo
This art gallery offers classes, music programs, art shows, a gift shop and community events. It is operated by volunteers and was named after Helen Starkweather, an art and drafting teacher for Romeo Schools for 40 years. Also, you can view the mural “The Spirit of Romeo” here.
If you’re looking for a cup of coffee to keep you going or a bite to eat in between shopping, check out these great local restaurants.
- Address: 117 W. Lafayette St., Romeo
This family-owned restaurant offers fine Sicilian dining in a casual atmosphere. They even have a kid’s menu which features pasta with meat sauce or marinara, chicken strips and fries or fettuccine alfredo.
- Address: 151 S. Main St., Romeo
This barbecue restaurant was founded in 2012, but has been developed and perfected over the past five years. It features over 12 barbecue sauces and over 30 rubs and seasonings used. Start off with candied bacon or barbecue nachos and try one of their many different sandwiches. For the kids, they have chicken tenders, a hot dog, grilled cheese, hamburger or a Jayell Jr.
- Address: 223 N. Main St., Romeo
This restaurant is located in the heart of Romeo. It’s American comfort food and features pierogi, wings, sliders, pizza, filet mignon, baked tortellini and much more. The kid’s meal options are spaghetti and meatballs, fish and chips, pizza, chicken tenders and fries, sliders and fries, grilled cheese and fries and cheese tortellini alfredo.
- Address: 215 N. Main St., Romeo
Not only does Main’s Treat Coffeehouse offer a wide variety of hot and cold beverages, but also bagels, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, soup, sandwiches and much more.
- Address: 201 N. Main St., Romeo
Try their Michigan handcrafted ice cream floats, malts, milkshakes, sundaes and cones. They also offer non-dairy and gluten-free options.
- Address: 128 S. Main St., Romeo
This family-friendly restaurant has burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and dinners like chicken pot pie, fish and chips and southern style chicken strips. Their kid’s menu is for ages 12 and under and features pizza, grilled cheese, burger, boneless wings or mac and cheese. Also, kids eat free on Mondays.