an impeccable selection of vintage
What they lack in space they more
than make up for content- and exper-
tise wise. Right off the Sheep (395
S. Old Woodward, 248-646-7595)
specializes in knitting supplies, while
Simply Wine (180 Pierce St., 248-290-
0476), thankfully, takes the snobbery
out of buying a bottle of vino.
In the mood to treat yourself?
Nothing beats being captivated by the
brilliant jewelry and fine timepieces
at Universal Watch and Jewelry (555
S. Old Woodward, 248-723-5550),
Astrien's (120 W. Maple, 248-644-
1651), David Wachler & Sons (100 S.
Old Woodward, 248-540-4622), Halina
Fuchs (222 E. Maple, 248-540-4500),
Charlotte (128 S. Old Woodward,
248-586-9990) or Greenstone's (528
N. Old Woodward, 248-642-2650), or
perusing the racks of rich fur and sup-
ple leather at Ceresnie & Offen (181
S. Old Woodward, 248-642-1690).
Finally, take a whirl through the
myriad of Birmingham's home and
design stores, where the styles range
from the avant garde at Linge Rosset
(275 S. Old Woodward, 248-723-2500)
and iconic modern — Eames chair,
at Design Within Reach
(168 W. Maple, 248-593-9640), to the
California casual of Quatrine (254
W. Maple, 248-644-4705) and the
updated traditional looks from either
Ethan Allen (275 N. Old Woodward,
248-540-8558) or Baker (34500
There's also classically inspired
Maison (820 S. Old Woodward, 248-
723-1254), plus the last word in bath-
room accouterment: Waterworks (241
And for just the right touch, wheth-
er it be a picture frame or whimsical
tchotchke, the Fuchsia Frog (320 E.
Maple, 248-203-6550), Italian Dish
(288 E. Maple. 248-593-8299) and
Lilliputian-sized Art Loft (203 E.
Maple, 248-647-4007) are most defi-
nitely worth a look.
APTS + CULTURE
Indeed, today's downtown
Birmingham art scene isn't quite as
robust as it was say 20, even 10 years
ago. But that's not to say what's there
should be overlooked. On the contrary,
the galleries calling the neighborhood
home carry impressive pedigrees, and
even more impressive collections.
Among those right in town are
David Klein Gallery (163 Townsend
Street, 248-433-3700), Robert Kidd
Gallery (107 Townsend Street, 248-
642-3909), Hill Gallery (407 West
Brown, 248-540-9228), Yaw Gallery
(550 North Old Woodward, 248-647-
5470) and Artspace (303 E. Maple,
Just south of downtown
Birmingham and inside the Royal Oak
city limits in an otherwise uninterest-
ing strip of stores, the Arnold Klein
Gallery (32782 Woodward Avenue,
248-647-7709) is a must-stop gem
for collectors of original, mid-century
Nearby, the Birmingham
Bloomfield Art Center (1516 S.
Cranbrook, 248-644-0866) offers
year-round exhibits, classes and
lectures, while the renovated Allen
House, built in 1928 and the residence
of Birmingham's first mayor, is now
home to the Birmingham Historical
Museum (556 W. Maple, 248-642-
Integral to Birmingham's social life
is the pre- and post-movie saun-
ter through town. With two movie
houses — the cozy eight-screen
Uptown Birmingham (211 South Old
Woodward, 248-723-6230) and the
12-screen Palladium (250 North Old
Woodward, 248-723-6240) — show-
ing first-run films, evenings and week-
ends make for some terrific people-
Weather permitting, one of the
best spots to spy the comings and
goings is on the southeast corner of
Old Woodward and Maple. Grab a
seat on a bench, or find a spot on the
stoop in front of the display windows
at Ann Taylor Loft (101 South Old
Woodward, 248-644-8110), then sit
back and enjoy the show.
Gaining in popularity are the new
outdoor seating areas popping up
in front of several restaurants. Look
for the umbrellas and listen for the
laughter in front of Dick 0' Dows,
Canella Patisserie, and Cosi (101 N.
Old Woodward, 248-203-9200), among
Or grab a blanket and chair and
head over to Shain Park (downtown,
across from City Hall) for the free,
weekly, In the Park Concert series.
Visit www.ci.birmingham.mi.us for
times and schedules.
For a complete "to do" list, visit www.
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FRAGRANCES. PACKAGED IN A FRESH INTERPRETATION OF THE
WILDLY POPULAR PAGODA BOX, EACH HAND-POURED CANDLE IN
THIS COLLECTION IS ALSO HIGHLIGHTED WITH A MATTE-GOLD
PAISLEY EMBELLISHED GLASS FOR ANOTHER CLASSIC DESIGN.
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