In addition to the famous
restaurants, the town boasts a number of
distinctive shops and amusements that will
keep the whole family going. And outside
of town, but close enough to be considered
part of the "greater Frankenmuth area,"
are the Birch Run factory outlet shops. (There's also a restaurant along
I-75 for those
in a hurry or just passing through -- but
with the name "Freeway Fritz,"
it simply hasn't tempted me enough to make
me pull over.)
The Fabulous Christmas Store: Bronner's
But the most famous -- and certainly
among the most advertised -- Frankenmuth
is Bronner's. Located at 25 Christmas
Lane, Bronner's is arguably the largest
store carrying all things Christmas in the
world. Even if you're not thinking
about buying anything, just a tour of the
place is simply amazing. Whatever
you're looking for in the way of Christmas
-- if Bronner's doesn't have it, it probably
isn't available anywhere.
Bronner's also is in the running for
having the most widely-dispersed set of
billboards -- sort of the Hard Rock Cafe
of Christmas. I can't speak for west
of the Mississippi, but there are Bronner's
boards on I-75 hundreds of miles from Michigan.
Bronner's In Santa, CEO
Yep, Bronner's is in
It's a bit part, a few pages, and without giving
the story away, let's just say that the
famous store is also an outlet for certain
of Santa's (North Pole Industries) merchandise.
You'll encounter Bronner's late in
Pay a Visit!
If you're interested in a pleasant diversion
to a great little town, by all means consider
Frankenmuth -- especially if you need to
get that "special Christmas something"
for Uncle Bert.
Follow That Sleigh!
Here are some links of interest in the