In the heart of downtown Bay City stands a 4-foot-tall building that takes up a city block.
This building is Bay Antiques Center, 1010 N. Water St., and is Michigan’s largest antique shop with 62,000 square feet opened to the public. The store has additional space which is used for storage.
Elaine Fournier and her husband William have owned the antique shop for 30 years and receive imports from all across Europe. William was stationed in Europe when he was in the military and made contacts with antique dealers while he was overseas, Elaine Fournier said.
“We get customers from all over the world here every day. We get people from out of state and we’ve had customers from Japan where we’ve shipped containers to Japan,” said Elaine Fournier.
Conny Huiskens is a longtime customer at Bay Antiques Center and enjoys the variety of items the shop has to offer.
“You can shop here one week and the following week it’s completely different. It’s always changing, which I like because it’s the hunt that I like to go after,” the Bay City native said.
Huiskens said her favorite antique that she bought from the shop was a Weller Pottery piece.
“She loves pottery,” said Tom McCarty, who was shopping with Huiskens at Bay Antiques Center on Friday, Oct. 4.
McCarty is from Grand Rapids, but said he has been to the antique shop a few times.
“They have a lot of different items that I appreciate,” McCarty said.