The M-Den: The place for everything Michigan
The M-Den is the official University of Michigan Athletic Department vendor of all things Michigan. Whether you are man, woman, child, or dog, the M-Den has got something for you to wear. It also carries banners, mugs, flags, cards (playing, post, and greeting), and a range of paraphrenalia that defies description. On my last visit, I found a chip bowl shaped like the Big House (you could dip on the other side of the goal post) and an impressive range of hair accessories. Signature jerseys? Got 'em. CDs of the marching band? Sure, which year did you want? Stadium seats? Multiple options depending on how comfortable you want to be. Definitely not the place to be on Game Day, as one can be deafened by the sound of cash registers.
Also, I do not recommend entry if you are wearing green-and-white (MSU colors) or red-and-gray (OSU colors). Maize and blue rule!!
What to buy: I'll admit that my granddaughter narrowly avoided being given the 1T Michigan cheerleader's uniform for Christmas. (She is getting little Michigan socks and a hoodie instead.)
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Falling Water: My favorite place for cards
Although my visits to Falling Water are exclusively to purchase cards (they have one of the best selections of any store I've visited anywhere), the shop isn't limited to card stock. They also carry jewelry, household decorations, and a line of kitsch-y gifts -- kitchen fairies and the like -- which seem very popular judging from the buying habits of fellow customers.
Hours: 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday; 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM Friday & Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM on Sunday
What to buy: Not only does Falling Water carry the standard brands (Papyrus and similar), they also have their own cards featuring Ann Arbor or Michigan scenes. I always find something unique. My favorite from my recent trip is a lovely diagram of the bane of Tokyo, dissecting the bird into portions of sirloin, rib, etc. with the instructive caption: How to eat crow. Now everyone surely has a use for a card like that!
What to pay: Their own cards run $3.50. Others are market price; handmade or specialty items can run up to $8.00.
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Lots of choices in Kerrytown
Michigan's official tourism website had this to say about Kerrytown: The land on which Kerrytown stands was part of the original village of Ann Arbor. Three historic buildings, the oldest built in 1874, were once the site of the working man's trades - lumber, warehousing, feed and grain. Horsedrawn loads of lumber left the Luick Bros. yard to become Ann Arbor homes. These historic structures came alive once more as a unique setting for a variety of shops, markets and restaurants. Special care has been taken in preserving the timeless appeal of brick and exposed beams. Several renovations and additions, including a three-story glass elevator, enclosed walkways and most recently a tower of 17 European-crafted bells provide added convenience and entertainment for our customers. Play the charming melodies of the Kerrytown Chime - a seven-ton, world class musical instrument made up of 17 bells in a tower. Today Kerrytown is a lively marketplace blending the best of the old and new. Kerrytown is named after County Kerry, Ireland, ancestral home of the family of the developer of Kerrytown.
What to buy: This is what I have to say about it: I've really enjoyed this complex of shops for many years. Every visit, it seemed, my mother and I would make our way over to enjoy a cup of tea and a pleasant circuit of the stores. We had several particular favorites that saw a good deal of our business each season. And fortunately as one favorite closed, another would arrive to keep us well-provisioned.
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16 Hands: My favorite shop in Ann Arbor
Very eclectic! A wonderful variety of handmade items, with a nice range of prices. When I'm looking for a gift, or want something special for my home, this is where I go. The staff is friendly, and I always find great things.
What to buy: Out-of-the-ordinary, well designed and less-commercial items
What to pay: $1 to $1000 - there are unique things for everyone
The South Bend Chocolate Cafe: Chocolate Indulgence
Can you really go wrong with a shop called the "Chocolate Cafe"? This franchise name is largely in the state of Indiana, but neighbouring state Michigan soon picked up on it. They specialize in chocolate candies, fudge, cheesecake, ice cream, coffee, and espressos.
I must say though, I was a little surprised to find when I walked in, it was a lot like any other chocolate/candy store I've been to. With a name like the Chocolate Cafe, I was expecting to find exotic items, like chocolate covered fries or something wild.
Mon-Wed. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Thurs. & Fri. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m
What to buy: Definately buy: The chocolate covered Michigan cherries about $6. Definately do NOT buy the 'chocolate' hand or body cream, smells horribly like medicine.
Middle Earth: Filling up a dorm in Ann Arbor
This Shop is WILD! One half is a card/gift shop, with all kinds of kooky gifts like teeshirts, games, little nick-knacks, cards, some of which is slightly provocative and has definatly been stocked with a college kid's humor in mind. The other half is my favorite half. Its filled with hand crafted items, antiques, and cool accesories like purses and jewelry. They even have unique furnishings and decorations for your home or dorm. The have the full Hello Kitty an Friends line, as well as many differant brands of soaps and lotions, among them my favorite, Burts Bees. This store is wonderful, I havent listed half of what they've stocked up on! It really is a catch-all kind of shop.
What to buy: Dorm accessories, unique furniture, books, funny cards and gifts, hand crafted jewelry and accessories, lotion, soap and makeup lines.
What to pay: anywhere from $.25 to $200
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The Earport: Egyptian arm band for my Halloween costume
The Earport is a delightful little shop, full of low-to-medium priced jewelry and a few home accents. They specialize in silver jewelry, the kind you have to polish. For the silver afficionado, though, these pieces are worth the effort!
What to buy: The metal coil Egyptian armband, either silver or gold. Celtic design earrings & necklaces. Southwest style earrings. Whimsical designs.
What to pay: $5-$500
Peaceable Kingdom: Feeding my inner child
Peaceable Kingdom is just plain fun for kids & adults. They have a long row of wooden bins, filled with a amazing array of odd, inexpensive stuff. Have fun here!!
What to buy: I love the little fold-up fans, miniature dice, chinese finger traps, mini flip-books, wind-up chattering teeth, magnifying bug boxes, silky oriental change purses, alligator clickers...well, you get the drift.
They have some interesting jewelry, and a cute array of baby/toddler items. The stuffed-sock monkey is soooo cute!
What to pay: The bin items range from 0.75 to $3. Other items in the store range from $5 to $100.
Orchid Lane: I need a new caftan
It's full of interesting clothing, with lots of textures and materials available. The South American home decorations are fun, too.
What to buy: All cotton dashikis and caftans, bulky wool sweaters, long, airy summer dresses, wool pea coats, rag-knit winter gloves, peasant tops, poets shirts.
What to pay: $19 (all-cotton caftan) to $120 (oriental-style silk skirt & sleevless top)
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