The museum anchors Bay City’s lively town square, where retail and service businesses are thriving. People come from all over town – and Texas – to shop the antique and resale shops and gift emporiums that surround the courthouse square. You can enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee or cappuccino here, or drop by another shop for organic and natural groceries and snacks. Market Days, held the third Saturday of the month from March through December, are popular events with vendors setting up booths around the courthouse with everything from handmade furniture and art to roasted nuts and fresh flowers and plants. Merchants around the square often have their own specials and sidewalk sales on Market Days as well.
Shopping isn’t limited to a few blocks around the square, though. Today in Bay City, you can outfit an entire house with the latest furnishings and appliances bought at local shops or national chain stores. You can build, renovate or update your home with materials bought at Bay City’s hardware and building supply stores and landscape your yard with shrubs and flowers from local nurseries. Full-service grocery stores offer everything from gourmet foods to organic produce to staples. Bay City’s drug stores sell sundries, gifts, cards, school supplies and more. Shoppers also find the latest fashions at Bay City’s department stores and boutiques, and can shop for new or pre-owned cars at automotive dealerships. The retail options go on and on. In fact, there’s not much in the way of goods and services shoppers can’t find in Bay City.