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Love Local!

You can't buy Love, but you can buy Local,

and it's kind of the same thing 

Chelsea, MI Because we are in the midst of winter and a pandemic, instead of hosting Chocolate Extravaganza this year, #shopchelseamich merchants are turning their attention to Valentine's Day. They will be featuring imaginative gift ideas to make it easy to find the perfect gifts for Valentine's Day giving. 


While Chelsea is a relatively small community, it has a lot to offer!! A glimpse into the types of gifts you might purchase in Chelsea includes items ranging from one-of-a-kind jewelry to functional products for your home. You can purchase furniture, rugs, lights, pillows, throw blankets, flooring, appliances, cool beverage refrigerators, and steam de-wrinkling dryers that can make a world of difference and bring great joy! 


Give a  gift of fresh produce, a variety of fresh, frozen and cured meats while simultaneously supporting multiple small businesses. And yes, spring will happen, but to brighten the dark days until then, consider gardening supplies, flowers, plants, pots, and planters. And to keep everyone occupied, Chelsea has toys, puzzles, and games. 


You will find clothing for all ages and bespoke jewelry. To help combat the winter blues - home decor, candles, and for that DIY person in your life- paint, and supplies. Lovely costume jewelry and accessories make great gifts too! 


Because we have a bit of winter ahead of us, think about hats and gloves to keep your loved ones warm. Choose an exceptional coffee, or specialty cafe drink, or beverages, with and without alcohol! A gift of breakfast, lunch, or dinner instead of cooking!!  You will find a variety of take-out menus that include quiche, bagels, burgers, quesadillas, fish & chips, BBQ, salads, soups, appetizers, sushi, cookies and desserts, and so much more! And don't forget that special Valentine’s Day Dinner in the privacy of your home!


A perfect and timeless gift - BOOKS!  You will find a variety of Valentine's day greeting cards, and notebooks to write love letters. Choose a unique handmade tile, find an antique or vintage gift! Great finds include sweet treats and handmade soaps and skincare products. If you still aren’t sure or haven’t found the perfect gift, a Gift card from your favorite Chelsea business is always in style. Check out #shopchelseamich members for more Valentine's Day gift ideas at


Remember small businesses are the heart of our community and are among the heroes of our local economy. Small businesses create jobs and growth, but are facing the challenge of a lifetime. The COVID-19 pandemic isn't just a public health emergency; it's also an economic crisis that is hitting small businesses exceptionally hard. Many local and loyal customers recognize just how important these businesses are in making Chelsea a great place to live and visit. "We have confidence in our community to rally around the local business owners - and in return, we promise a safe and enjoyable shopping experience." shared Jennifer Fairfield, owner of The Garden Mill. The safety of everyone involved is the number one priority. All businesses are implementing CDC guidelines, social distancing, wearing masks, and providing take-out dining. Many offer online shopping, shop-by-phone, curbside pickup, and other options to make it easy and safe for you to shop local.


While you are out and about shopping in Chelsea, celebrate Valentine's Day with a tour of SculptureWalk, Chelsea's outdoor sculpture gallery. Open every day, all day! Information about the sculptures and artists who created them is located at  If you would like to schedule a private SculptureWalk tour, please contact Visual Arts Coordinator, Crystal Scott at


On ​February 13, another outdoor event will be hosted by the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce. As part of Sweet Saver Saturday, the Chamber is partnering with the Lakehouse Bakery and Ugly Dog Distillery featuring fresh cookie treats! To find out more, please go to their website


"Sharing the love" is a popular theme for Valentine's Day. As you plan your Valentine's gift shopping, please note that during this very challenging season, hours vary by business; be patient, kind, and check their hours when you plan your visit. 




A group of independent business owners who possess entrepreneurial spirits has joined forces and created #shopchelseamich. This collaborative team includes a network of 30+ Chelsea merchants and restaurants who have participated in and promoted Wine, Women & Shopping, Chocolate Extravaganza, and Sidewalk Sales events over the years. 

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