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The variety of shopping opportunities in Downtown Flint just might surprise you! Here’s a look at the many unique businesses you can find during a stroll on the bricks.

 


Article One Eyewear

articleoneeyewear.com (online only)
844.376.4669

Founded to raise awareness and funding for vitamin A deficiency in developing nations, this independent company produces handcrafted eyewear in a small Italian village. They are proponents of thoughtful design, supporting independent optical and giving back to the community.


Brush Alley Skateshop

111 E. 3rd St.
810.820.9031

Enthusiasts find a variety of skateboards, accessories, hats, shoes and clothing – there is always a sale on shoes. A recent review stated: “Great customer service, awesome pricing and knowledgeable help.”


 

Chrysa Studio

522 Saginaw St.
810.516.5299

Expert tailor and dressmaker Chrysa Curran-Cronley offers unique designs for men and women including original men’s designer shirts, evening wear, wedding and prom dresses, alterations, custom fitting and unique creations from quality fabrics.

Photos by Eric Dutro


Consolidated Barber Shop

107 W. Kearsley St.
810.233.9265

Located in the basement of Consolidated Tattoo, this traditional barber shop offers affordable haircuts, straight razor shaves and beard trims in a customer-friendly atmosphere.


Consolidated Tattoo Parlor

107 W. Kearsley St.
810.233.9265

In business since 1999, the shop is jointly owned by Jay Dowd and John Hill who both specialize in American Traditional electric tattooing. A recent review stated: “The best around, with professional and talented artists. Go in with an idea, come out with a wicked awesome piece of art!”


Eight Ten Nail Bar

555 S. Saginaw St., Suite 103
810.422.9568

Located in the Wade Trim Building, this salon offers manicures, pedicures, gel nails, acrylics and nail art – the full-service nail bar experience!


Flint City T-Shirts

629 Saginaw St.
810.232.2887

Order custom screening on everything from T-Shirts to hoodies and everything in between. They also offer embroidery on caps, hats, coats, blankets, dress shirts, denim, golf shirts and more with top-notch customer service, competitive prices and a ten percent discount for schools, churches and nonprofits.


Flint Optical

518 Saginaw St.
810.235.4607

Founded in 1965, this ESSILOR certified office provides eye and contact exams, cataract and glaucoma diagnosis and referral, fills prescriptions, repairs eyewear and has a large selection of sophisticated frame styles and sunglasses. Many more services and products offered.


GoodBoy Clothing

522 Saginaw St., #2
877.778.4329

Owned by Oaklin J. Mixon, this store specializes in urban/casual apparel for men and women. Sleek, industrial design elements join high-quality, comfortable fabrics to create streetwear wardrobe staples.


The Mad Hatter

424 Saginaw St.
810.238.2020

This longtime Downtown business sells a variety of merchandise including men and women’s apparel, shoes, sandals, snacks, a large variety of hats and much more. You can get your shoes shined and check out some hats while you’re there.


Music Man Pawn Shop

1201 S. Saginaw St.
810.234.9393

Conveniently located between I-69 and City Hall, this business has been serving Flint since 1972. A pawnbroker and not a buy/sell shop, top dollar is paid for anything gold, platinum and silver. You’ll find new and pre-owned jewelry including wedding rings and bands, chains, charms, bracelets and more. Common items accepted include: jewelry, musical instruments, tools, laptops, digital cameras, firearms, flat-screen TVs and sound systems.


Paul’s Pipe Shop & Pipe Hospital

647 Saginaw St.
810.235.0581

In business since 1928, this Flint mainstay was owned by Paul Spaniola until he passed away in August 2013. The store sells a selection of pipes, tobacco, cigars and accessories. It is home to Cayuga Pipes and Paul’s Pipe Museum and known to feature the largest and most varied selection of pipes and tobacco anywhere. The shop also offers pipe repair, pipe engraving and lighter service.


SHIFT Boutique

140 E. 2nd St.
231.818.0503

Located inside the Capitol Theatre building, this shop is Flint’s newest fashion-forward retail experience, offering clothing brands from New York, Chicago, and other well-known fashion areas. Owned by Heidi McAra, Meghan Hoffman and Shannon White, SHIFT Boutique also carries items for kids and men.


Peace Barn

109 E. Third St.
810.618.3998

This Charity Shop is known as Flint’s Best Vintage Shop. The shop owners choose a selection of merchandise in the store to benefit a different charity each month and work hard to create a positive image of Flint and attract shoppers Downtown. Those who donate furniture or home decor to Peace Barn get a discount on their next in-store purchase. Peace Barn also offers consignment and rental space geared for small business owners who want to test the market before committing to a storefront.


Sutorial

522 Saginaw St.
810.309.8063

Located in Buckham Alley, Sutorial is a small-scale, custom-made boot and shoe company where every step of the process is performed locally, using the highest quality materials, sourced as close to home as possible


Photography by Jennifer Hodney

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