Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown Plymouth
By: Michael Fossbakk
January 31, 2018
It should come as no surprise that the quaint community-driven city of Plymouth, Michigan has historical ties to Plymouth, Massachusetts. Settlers of our little Plymouth came to the area in 1825 all the way from the east coast city of the same name.Over time, Plymouth, Michigan grew from just a settlement to a bustling area of commerce and community. With a history that stretches back nearly 200 years, you’ll find that there’s a lot to love about downtown Plymouth.
- Plymouth Coffee Bean – With the claim to fame of being the “longest running independent coffee shop in Michigan,” there has to be something to this community-driven shop. With a full menu of breakfast items, crepes, sandwiches, desserts and more, coffee isn’t the only thing to love here. Plus, several nights a week, you can enjoy local artists on the Coffee Bean stage.
- Compari’s on the Park – With lunch, dinner, happy hour specials and more, this Italian restaurant has been family owned and operated for generations. If you’ve never been, the brick oven pizza is where you need to start. Pair it with a bottle of wine or one of many Michigan beers.
- Alpine Chocolat Haus – You haven’t had chocolate until you’ve had it made by Der Chocolatmeister. With all kinds of sweet treats, like bark, fudge, chocolate-covered chips, and even ghost pepper caramel corn, there’s something for everyone’s sweet tooth at this candy shop.
- Barrio – What may very well be the best place for tacos and craft cocktails in downtown Plymouth, Barrio features Mexican street food, delicious drinks, Mexican and Michigan beer, and so much more. Plus, rotating specials keep things fresh for the kitchen and your stomach.
- Penn Theater – This historic theater has been entertaining the masses of metro Detroit since it opened in 1941 (save for a brief closure from 2003-06 when ownership was in flux). The theater typically has two features a week: a one-night feature on Thursdays and a weekend feature from Friday-Sunday.
- Genuine Toy Co. – Toy fanatics Elle and Charles Dare opened Genuine Toy Co. in downtown Plymouth because simply put, it was their dream. You can find a plethora of board games, construction sets, card games, nick-nacks and more.
- Sun & Snow – If you get your kicks from spending time outside, whether in snow-covered days of winter or the sunshine of summer, Sun & Snow has what you need. With all manner of products skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, swimming and more, Sun & Snow is where you can suit up before you head out.
- Music In the Air Concert Series – Once the summer season rolls around, you can catch a different concert in downtown Plymouth’s Kellogg Park every Friday night, starting in May and playing a final show the Friday before Labor Day.
If you want to see what downtown Plymouth’s Main Street looked like in the late 19th-century or learn about the rest of Plymouth’s rich past, the Plymouth Historical Museum features artifacts, season exhibits and more. Entry is free for members, $7 for adults and $3 for students (6-17).
- State of Comics – Opened by Ryan Hetkowski in late October of last year, State of Comics is currently the only comic book store in Plymouth. The idea to open the store came a couple of years after the lapsed comic book fan rediscovered his love of the storytelling medium. The store carries new releases, collectibles and more.
- Park Place Gastro Pub – Expected to open in February 2018, Park Place Gastro Pub will revolve around one theme: Michigan. All food & drinks will come from Michigan producers, brewers, distilleries and more whenever possible. Expect burgers, poutine, chicken and waffles, sushi bowls and more.