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Page B2 2 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 1985

Specility

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By KAREN KLEIN
At some unspecified but crucial
moment in the pursuit of knowledge
and experience, a revelation strikes.
Students wake up stunned to discover
they have chosen a major, misplaced
their virginity, or surmised that Ann
Arbor extends beyond State Street
and South University.
Assuming the latter (or any com-
bination which includes it), and after
accepting the warm glow of
enlightenment, they get out of bed and
satiate their senses in the unusual
small town shops of Ann Arbor.
What follows is a sampling of the
truly special.
West Liberty-This is the same
street as East Liberty but on the far
side of S. Main Street:
Riders Hobby Shop-So, you don't
have a hobby. So what? The ceiling-
high shelves are stacked with boxes
filled with promises of simple suc-
cess, from airplanes, ships, and trains
to chemistry and physics sets. You
can also pick up miniatures for
Dungeons and Dragons, microscopes,
telescopes, games of fantasy....and

more. .
Peaceable Kingdom-A haven for
stuffed animals of the dinosaur and
fish variety, this toy shop spills magic
into every imagination. The trinkets,
rubber stamps, spiders,
kaleidoscopes, kites, and wire bir-
dcages delight people of all ages.
Kilwin's Chocolate Shop-The
epitome of cute chocolate shops,
Kilwin's shelves are topped with stuf-
fed animals and "I Love Chocolate"
coffee mugs. Candles and swirled
lollipops are scattered around, but the
treasures here are gourmet jelly
beans and delectable chocolates.
Champagne truffles and chocolate-
covered orange peels are purchasable
by the piece and are highly recom-
mended.
Maynard Street-This street begins
at the Cube and ends at Liberty:
Eden's-An overpriced health food
shop, frequented partially because it
is conveniently located and is one of
the few specialty shops on Maynard.
Dried fruit, vitamins, cookbooks, and
other organic foods and soaps cover
the shelves. But for a larger selection
of the same sort visit Seva Restaurant

ops F
and Market on East Liberty.
East Liberty:
Seva Market-A grocery store for
natural food. It carries all the
ingredients for gourmet
cooking-plus imported chocolates,
and peanut butter-covered raisins. It
also stocks an enormous line of
vitamins and exotic coffee blends.
Earth Wisdom Music-This obscure
music shop goes unnoticed by
many-even though it is attached to
the Seva Market. It offers music to
meditate by, like ocean sounds and
classical tunes on the Windham Hill
label.
Otto's Crispy Corn-From the out-
side Otto's doesn't look quite as
special as it is, but for popcorn of
many flavors this small shop is a
favorite. Featuring caramel corn,
cheese, sour cream and chive, bar-
becue, and bacon and cheese flavored
popcorn. It also sells candy, cookies,
and nuts.
Sam's-This is an army-navy type
store and is the only place in town that
sells every color of Converse high top
sneakers. The clothes are inexpensive
and basic, featuring every size in
Levi's-including the 76-inch waist
that hangs on the wall in the back.
Swanee Springs Leather-Will
custom make briefcases and other
leather items in addition to offering
already-made handcrafted leather
goods. Sandals, jackets, belts, and
caps are all at competitive prices,
and they sell many leathers including
eel skin, elephant, and ostrich.
Collected Works-This clothing
shop in an old blue house with a
sagging porch offers accessories and
natural fiber men's and women's
clothes. Heavy cotton sweaters, han-
dpainted blouses, silk purses, and
straw hats abound. During jewelry
sales, prices are slashed to surprising
rates. Regular prices are affordable.
Herb David Guitar Studios-Frien-
dly service, repairs, and lessons for $7
per half hour. They have a large and
lovely array of harmonicas, hand-
crafted and custom-made recorders,
banjos, acoustic and electric harps
and guitars, and music made easy to
play for beginners.
First Position - on East William of-
fert the widest selection of dance
wear, tights, and dance shoes in town.

Icbeck
hodge podge of mailing services.
West Washington and South Ashley
- one block past South Main Street:
Saguarro Plants - This store is cool
and tropical with goldtisn in
porcelain tubs and parrots squawking
from wire bird cages. Some even get
their hair cut amidst the jungle, or
just buy plants at slightly higher than
average prices.
Walking back toward South State
Street, Harry's Army and Navy on
East Washington is one store every
outdoor lover must inspect. It carries
all the equipment, paraphernalia, and
clothing for camping, or just hanging
out. Tents, rubber boats, sleeping
bags, Swiss army knives, lanterns,
plus men's and women's Levis,
khakis, overalls, wool shirts, rain
slickers, hiking boots and sweats, are
all here. There are even shock plugs,
sunglasses, and genuine army ap-
parel.
North University happens to house
the very best nostalgia-inspiring lun-
ch counter/candy store in Ann Arbor.
The candy at Drake's is lined up in
apothecary jars and in glass cabinets
along one wall. Cinnamon sticks and
licorice ropes, gummy bears and
candy corn, and the imported licorice
and liquor-filled chocolate delicacies
delight children of all ages. The
chocolate-covered pretzels are
superb.
South Forest:
Mule Trader - Bill the owner has
been handmaking fine handcrafted
leather pocketbooks and briefcases
for 20 years. He also features boots
from St. Alamo, moccasins, and belts.
And on to South University:
Ear Port - There is a terrific
selection of earrings and other
jewelry, all at reasonable prices here.
They also pierce ears for free with the
purchase of an earring.
Middle Earth - Wow! A trip
through the ages with old postcards,
X-rated greeting cards, paper by the
pound, and tons of little knick-knacks,
toys, and novelties. Of course there is
penny candy, neon socks, 100 percent
cotton clothing, belts, and pocket-
books. Not to mention a myriad of
jewelry from brass and turquoise to
gold and silver. One corner of the shop
houses a fountain inhabited by rub-
ber ducks. There is incense and
cloisonne and sweatshirts. The place
to go for the Ann Arbor earthy look of
"I-use-pottery-not-china."
Roberts and Borne - Everything
here is monogrammed for the sorority
and fraternity crowd - including
stationery, golf shirts, sweats, and
class rings.

city

streets

The past lives
By NADINE LAVAGNINO
The possibility of reading for en-
joyment may seem like a dream
after looking over the list of books
needed for courses. But even-
tually, one of Ann Arbor's used
book stores will draw even the
wariest of bookworms in, where
half the fun is just browsing
through the bonanza of books
waiting to find a home.
The table of contents of
bookstores begins on State Street.
The Eye of Agamotto comic book
store is hidden through a narrow
doorway and up the steps next to
Tice's party store. The tiny shop,
with the first issue of Mad
magazine hanging on the wall.
carries thousands of comic books
for fun-lovers of all ages. An abun-
dance of current and- collector's
item editions await your arrival,
as do the Captain Marvels.
And most importantly, the shop
displays an award from the Society
for Surrealists to the store" . . . for
having presented the community
of Ann Arbor with the opportunity
of experimental and academic ad-
vancement in the areas of sorcery,
superpowers, witicism, humor,
imagination, and SURREALISM."
Just a jog from the comic book
store is the State Street Bookshop,
where the antique-filled window
attracts passers-by. Old volumes
and yellow-tinged first editions fill
the shelves, with a dimly-fit fixture
overhead creating the sort of am-
biance expected of this type of
store.
THE MOST expensive book in-
side is an $8,800 world atlas, though
many books are within easy range
of student cost-of-living allowan-
ces. The store specializes in
literature and social science, and
claims to have the largest selection

in old books
of maps in the Midwest.
And don't forget to wander down
the steps in the rear of the store for
the used paperbacks.
If these book stores don't have
the right things, just go to the next
corner and trek down Liberty.
Right on the corner is David's
Books, easily recognizable by the
book table set up in front of the
shop with daily specials. Up the
steps is a vast room filled with
everything from comics to Ayn
Rand, and everything in between.
Prices are generally the best for
used paperbacks, and finds on
psychology and art history books
can save a lot of money as well.
Across the street and down a few
doors is Dawn Treader Book Shop.
This one is downstairs, and is sec-
tioned off into the rare-book room
and "the rest." Many rare books
cost hundreds of dollars, but
paperbacks are fairly reasonable.
This is one of those places where
the atmosphere is as important as
what's for sale.
The downtown area also has a
few stores worth browsing
through. Afterwords, right on Main
Street, sells hardcover books at
paperback prices. The books are
mostly closeouts and damaged
shipments, but the art and
children's books are unbeatable
buys.
Two more stores in the area that
may have the something you're
looking for are located near Fourth
and Ann Streets. Crazy Wisdom
caters to the physical fitness af-
ficionados with books about
massage techniques, yoga, and
health, while the Wooden Spoon is
filled with books covering topics
like sports, hobbies, literary
criticism, and psychology.

10

"

Two blocks toward Main Street on the
right, is a small, yellow Mail Shoppe.
Why, you will query, is there a mail
shop in a city that has three post of-
Daily Photo by ALISA BLOCK' fices? The Mail Shoppe supplies inex-
Ducks like to swim in the fountain in Middle Earth, home of t-shirts and gadgets.pensive postal boxes, packaging
materials, package pick-up and a

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Browsing is half the fun at the State Street Book Shop.

Kerrytown shops capture
old Ann Arbor atmosphere n

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By RACHEL GOTTLIEB
Kerrytown is an oasis in Ann Arbor
with exotic specialty shops, an in-
door/outdoor fruit and produce shop,
bakeries, restaurants, and - most
important - quality toy stores.
That's right - no plastic trains or
Brooke Shields dolls grace the shelves
of Kerrytown shops.
The Toybox Unlocked, one of the
complex's 35 shops, is overflowing
with imaginative handcrafted toys
and games. The Toybox carries.
everything from kaleidescopes to
wooden trains and ferris wheels with
miniature figures.
"A lot of the toys are so nice people
are afraid to buy them for kids," said
store owner David Langley.
Quality merchandise is a standard
among the shops which maintain a
tradition that goes back as far as the
history of Ann Arbor.
Kerrytown began in 1824 on land
that was part of the original village of
Ann Arbor. A lumber mill built by the
Luick brothers in 1874 is the oldest of
the standing buildings.
By the 1960s, all of the present Kerry-
town buildings were deteriorating,
and to preserve them they were
privately purchased and redeveloped.
The original brick streets and the
character of the buildings combine to
create the feeling of old town Ann Ar-
bor.
Wares in specialty shops range
from exotic Asian gifts, silk clothing,
and embroidery at Harvery Gifts, to
futon mattresses at Dragon's Lair
Futons, and tropical clothing and

jewelry at Key Largo.
Wild Weft caters to makers who
work with yarns. In addition to worlds
of yarn and needles of all sorts, the
store periodically offers classes in the
art of knitting and needlecraft.
As for the edible fare - fresh,
scrumptious, aromatic, tantalizing,
and succulent describe the potpourri

of food stuffs that are sold in the
market and shops.
Everything from a serendipitious
display of pasta at Pastabilities to
creative country kitchen foods at
Granny B's Natural Foods Cafe is
delicious. Not to go unmentioned are
the breads and cheeses of Dunham-@
Wells Cheese & Wine.

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Doily Photo by ALISA BLOCK
Hand-made candles line the walls at Kerrytown's Little Dipper.

People say cheese for 'Say Cheese'

By NADINE LAVAGNINO
When Sandy Ryder says "cheese," she is not smiling for
a photograph, but for Say Cheese, her specialty
cheesecake shop in Ann Arbor.
Based in a small remodeled warehouse on Huron Road,
Say Cheese is a haven of cheesey delights, with over 35
cheesecake flavors. But despite the range of palettables
like Black Forest. chocolate neanut butter ,npmnkin .and

bakes each cake herself.
ANOTHER PART of its appeal is Ryder's per-
sonableness, customers say. She calls her regular
customers her friends, and maintains the personal flavor
in her shop by refusing to use a cash register. She said she
dislikes hearing the cash sale bell echoing throughout her
bakery.
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