There are many unique stores up and down Ludington Street. Downtown Sidewalk Sale Day is held in late July–a must to attend. An active Downtown Development Authority oversees downtown promotion and improvements. The Delta Plaza Shopping mall with over 30 places to go, sponsors craft shows, auto shows and events throughout the year which makes the mall a center of community activity. The mall’s an-chors are JCPenney, Shopko and Menard’s Hardware Plus.
Gladstone’s downtown streetscaping features Victorian lighting and amenities along Delta Avenue. The Gladstone Downtown Development Authority sponsors activities at Christ-mas and at other times of the year.