The Riviera of the Midwest, St. Joseph, Mich., has a collection of shops that serve all needs all year-round, but many of the shops in the St. Joseph area also do much more by giving back to the community.
Bound for Freedom, for example, 404 State Street, sells fair-trade products that help bring freedom to people found in poverty, sex trafficking and other injustices. Chartreuse, 304 State Street, is a local art co-op with 20 members and offers work directly to customers at fair prices while giving local artists the opportunity to showcase their work.
St. Joseph also features a unique event on the first Sunday of each month called Antiques on the Bluff. Held along tree-lined Lake Bluff Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event is held rain or shine.