Allen, Michigan, is known as the “antique capital of Michigan”. It is located in the northwest corner of Hillsdale County at highways 12 and 49. The village of Allen has a population of about 225. It seems that everyone is an antique dealer. Many of the businesses in Allen are homes turned into antique stores. However, there are several antique malls about a mile west of the village limits. One of them boasts over 300 dealers, one has over 30,000 square feet of displays, one has two stories of booths, and one also offers quality crafts. There is an abundance of antiques, collectibles, and stuff you grew up with on display in these interesting shops.
The Allen Antique Barn
, Allen Antique Mall, Capitol Antiques, Hog Creek Craft and Antique Mall
, and Primitive Connection combine for over 1,000 booths of antiquities and collectibles. All are clean and climate controlled for comfortable shopping nearly every day of the year. The shops open daily at 10:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM. They traditionally close just 2 days each year, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Shopping, or reminiscing, are good ways to spend a day or a weekend in this special small town.
Allen has no hotels or motels. Jonesville, just 5 miles East of town, has the nearest lodging facilities. The Munro House Bed and Breakfast
offers “the most comfortable lodging in Southern Michigan” and is the oldest house in Hillsdale County. This historic home was once a station on the Underground Railroad. A tour of the home and interesting stories about its former owners make it a great place for history buffs to stay. Open 7 days a week, the Munro House has hosted guests from all 50 states and over 75 foreign countries. Several restaurants from fast food and home cooking to barbeque and fine dining along with pizza are located nearby.
Mike Venturini – Innkeeper
“Life is good in Jonesville”