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About us

Here you'll find an eclectic blend of whimsical, fun and feminine clothing in sizes x-small through 3X. The beauty of diversity is that we're all not carbon copies of one another and we celebrate that with quality fashion as unique as your DNA, sized to flatter your figure. Playful yet comfortable footwear, ranging from fun basics to look-at-my-feet statements are what we boast. Loads of jewelry and accessories with very approachable prices are the icing on your fashion cake. You'll also find items that are handmade and one-of-a-kind depending on what our buyer has found on her treasure hunts. Our emphasis is on UNIQUE so don't be surprised to find stuff you don't see everywhere else - we think different is good!


Lima Bean originally opened in 1987 under the ownership of Susann Craig, a Leelanau County native. At that time it was located in Glen Arbor at The Homestead Resort. Many people ask where the name Lima Bean came from and it's just this simple: Susann named the shop after a friend's pet turtle! In 1993 Lima Bean relocated to this spot in Suttons Bay where we look forward to staying a long time. Susann Craig hired Rachel Peplinski in 1999 to manage Lima Bean Too, a second location on the river in Fishtown, Leland. After a few years Susann closed Lima Bean Too in order to focus all attention on this Suttons Bay store. Rachel and Jeremy Peplinski purchased the business in 2003 and have delighted in continuing the tradition of bringing our customers unique and unconventional fashion.

One of the defining characteristics of Lima Bean are the ever-changing store displays, using re-purposed objects. We love using imagination to regenerate an item's functionality into something unexpected and brilliant. Our front window display is a great place to get a sense of this. Many visitors comment that they look forward to seeing what we'll put in the window next and we always rise to that challenge!

Our staff enjoys helping customers explore their sense of style. "Playing dress up" is many little girl's favorite thing and we're happy to continue the fun here every day. If shopping isn't your thing or you don't quite know how to piece a look together, we are equipped to help with a variety of options. We pride ourselves in giving honest fit feedback - we promise you won't leave looking less than fabulous!

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