The town is home to the county's only movie theater, opened in 1946. It is now owned by Bob Bahle, and was renovated in 1977. Its fare consists of unique art house films, and occasionally the theater hosts plays & concerts.
The town has a clothing store that has been owned by one family over four generations called "Bahles." The original store started as a "dry-goods" business in 1876 by Lars Bahle, an immigrant from Norway.
Anna Hawkins married Patrick Hawkins in 1943 and moved to the family farm located four miles south of town while Patrick served in the U.S. Army in Italy.
Activities in Suttons Bay include the Suttons Bay Jazzfest and the Suttons Bay Art Festival.
Suttons Bay is home to the Inland Seas Education Association, educating school age youth on the Great Lakes by use of the Inland Seas schoolship.
Suttons Bay also is highly embedded in the cherry industry, producing sweet and tart cherries of many varieties. Harvest operations usually take place in mid-July and run into August.