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Top 5 Hidden Treasures in St. Clair Shores

From historic landmarks to scenic waterfronts, residents and visitors can find family-friendly fun in the area.

Whistle Stop Hobby Shop

This iconic toy and hobby store has been a fixture in St. Clair Shores for more than 40 years. With a wide selection of trains to dolls, there is something for kids of all ages. And if you visit the store, you can find one of the largest model train layouts in Macomb County in addition to an elevated track which runs along the outer walls of the store.

Great Lakes Surf Shop

St. Clair Shores may not be considered "Surf City," but outdoor enthusiasts can purchase stand-up paddleboards, longboard skateboards and surf apparel at Great Lakes Surf Shop. Stop by and chat with owner Brian Lefeve to learn more about stand-up paddleboarding, good places to surf in the Great Lakes and how you can do yoga on the paddleboards.

Celina's Polish Kitchen

One could travel to Hamtramck for authentic Polish food, but there is a local alternative with Celina's Polish Kitchen. The small restaurant features traditional dishes including Pierogi, breaded pork chops and potato pancakes.

Variety Donuts

Nothing beats a fresh donut, and at Variety Donuts, there is no such thing as day-old donut. The shop does not have posted hours. It opens early and closes when the doughnuts are sold out for the day. Get there early!

9 Mile Boat Ramp

Residents and non-residents can use 9 Mile Road boat ramp, east of Jefferson, to launch their vessels during boating season. This is the only public launch between Detroit and Hall Road.

Did we miss your favorite hidden treasure in St. Clair Shores? Tell us in the comments' section below.

Cnote January 31, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I have lived in SCS for almost 14 years and NO WHERE have I ever seen a railroad crossing like that with evergreen trees and old buildings. hmmmmmm
Edward Cardenas (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 04:32 PM
What our your "hidden treasures" in St. Clair Shores? Share them on Patch!
Diana Martin January 31, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Caffe Far Bella! If you don't know where Nine-Mack drive is, it's hard to find, but totally worth it!!
Maddie Reberry January 31, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Cnote...that's the train set up at the Whistle Stop.......
Bob Doetsch February 01, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Agree. Great sandwiches and soups at Far Bella. The proprietors are great folks.
walden schmidt February 01, 2013 at 02:53 AM
The DNR boat launches on Jefferson south of Crocker and at the end of South River Road as well as in Metro Beach are public launches.
Edward Cardenas (Editor) February 01, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Thanks Walden for the clarification on the boat launches.

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