As part of your visit to the Gull Lake area, be sure to patronize some of the local small businesses in the area. From gifts and souvenirs to handcrafted goods with local flavor, the nearby Nisswa community offers a vibrant merchant community. See some of the local offerings at the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce website.
The bustling Brainerd area offers a shopping mall and large national retailers in addition to smaller specialty stores. Visit the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce to see the wide variety of shopping opportunities.
If you’re into antiquing or simply browsing older, interesting antiquities, the nearby city of Crosby is for you. This charming small town has made a name for itself as an antique hub and was proclaimed “The antique capital of Minnesota” by former Governor Arne Carlson in 1998.