703 N. Cedar St. -- US 131
Kalkaska, MI 49646-8485
Phone: (231) 258-9119
Fax: (231) 258-9026
Robinson's Scenic Gardens, advertises itself as the Concrete Sanctuary. Although mainly a yard decorations retailer, it welcomes well-meaning tourists too. The family owned facility sells over 2000 different garden ornaments ranging from the usual garden gnomes, birdbaths to life-size wildlife creatures and unique Biblical characters. There is in fact, a barricaded section dedicated to Biblical scenes. The place also features a free kiddie area and a picnic spot that is sprinkled with colorful, not-for-sale, fiberglass animals, of which the purple hippo and red rhino are most popular.
More than just a shopping center, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is located in a preserved historical area, what used to be the Traverse City State Hospital. There are plenty of dining and shopping options, making for an enjoyable day out.