WRITER | CANDIE CONAT
PHOTOS | EAGLE STREET MARKET
Eagle Street Market in the heart of downtown South Haven is the answer to any antique shopper’s dream. This giant indoor market spans 9,500 square feet and is home to more than 50 antique vendors. Fittingly, the building itself is more than 100 years old and was one of the first Ford dealerships in the state.
In 2014, Cindy Liscow, a retired schoolteacher, decided it was time to realize a dream. After taking possession of the building formerly occupied by the Foundry Hall nonprofit, it took many months of renovations and hard work. Remodeling complete, Eagle Street Market opened its doors to the public on March 1, 2015.
Each proprietor has a specialty, items they love and passionately seek out when looking for new inventory. From vintage clothing, games, books, signs, appliances, and furniture to home accessories, vintage gas pumps, and even a Mickey Mouse bouncy teeter-totter and a rocking elephant (think rocking horse), you have to experience this place to believe it.
Each vendor space is like walking into a “mini antique store,” offering an exciting shopping experience for avid and newbie antiquers alike. Vendors design and set up their own space and are encouraged to change things up regularly to keep their store fresh and fun for visitors.
In the common area, an antique piano with a sign reading “Play Me” entices musicians of all levels to sit down and play a tune or practice their technique. Quite often, local talents have shown up to treat the ears of shoppers with their musical genius, popping off a tune or two from days gone by.
Vintage clothing and accessories have come into big demand in the past few years, and Eagle Street Market has you covered. In their spectacular vintage clothing boutique, you will find dresses from the 19th century and stunning ball gowns from the early 1900s, vintage outerwear, designer hats, scarves, and shoes, and even tuxedos for the men.
Antique furniture has, and probably will always be, a favorite among collectors. With today’s countless DIY styling options, many people are in search of well-made pieces they can put their own personal touch on to have as a new treasured piece in their home. Most popular are dressers, end stands, and buffets or sideboards.
While Eagle Street Market is all about the antiques, they have also made a conscious decision to support Michigan Artisans by devoting an entire room to locally made handcrafted items. It’s a nice added touch and a great way to support our hard-working, creative Michigan craftspeople.
The motto at Eagle Street Market is “Walk with us through history.” Considering its phenomenal size and variety of collectibles, spending a day here will surely take you back a hundred years or so. I dare you to visit Eagle Street Market and not walk out with some new treasures.
Eagle Street Market
422 Eagle Street
South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 637-4333 l EagleStreetMarket.com