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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 4, 1986

Kerrytown

mirrors

old

market, modern mall

By MELISSA BIRKS
Named after County Kerry in
Ireland, Kerrytown on the western
edge of Ann Arbor has the look and
aroma of a European marketplace.
Like a European market,
Kerrytown has become a focal point
for the surrouding community in its
twelve years in existence. The shop-
ping center has been host to coffee
houses, concerts, community events,
and even a farmer's market every
Wednesday and Sunday
mornings.
Merchants recognize their regular
customers, engage in light conver-
sation, and even know their orders
beforehand. The lower floor of the

two-story brick building is a
conglomerate of food stores, meshed
together without walls so that only the
aroma of mocha tells you you're in
Perk-Brew-and-Cashew rather than
Ascione's market. And the smell of
fresh fish from Monahan's Seafood
Market distinguishes it clearly from
Kosmo Deli.
Shoppers drift from one store to
another with plastic baskets, sifting
carefully through the wide selection of
food. They produce a card-house of
produce that may start with a white
fish from the seafood market and be
topped off with a fine Camembert
from Partner's in Wine.
Easily recognizable by the huge

bright orange flower painted on its
yellow brick edifice, Kerrytown
seems to attract everything except
University students.
Few University students
Owners and managers of the 30-odd
stores in the building say that
Kerrytown is too far away and a little
out of a student's price range for
everyday shopping.
"This is primarily geared for people
who live in Ann Arbor," said Carmen
Butterer, manager of the Vintage to
Vogue clothing store. "This is their
home," she said.
Because the shopping center is a lit-
tle out-of-the-way, it is relatively
unaffected by the University. The ab-
sence of blue and maize paraphenalia

combined with the red brick road that
surrounds the center of the market-
place preserves the feel of old Ann
Arbor unadulterated by the Univer-
sity.
The merchants who vend at
Kerrytown would like to see more
students, however; they say the
sometimes higher price one might
pay is fair considering the high
quality of the goods.
"Some things are a little expen-
sive," said medical student Lisa
Tiziani, while examining carrots at
Ascione's. "You get what you pay for
- guaranteed it's going to be good."
Taziani described the atmosphere
of the market as "granola-y. I feel like
everything is so natural. You're not

buying at Kroger's."
According to Key Largo owner
Debby Walters, who works among
mice and exotic suntan oil in her
store, Kerrytown is a "matter of
discovery" for University students.
The upstairs is a newer addition to
Kerrytown. In the three years the
shops have been there, they've
developed into a slightly trendy,
slightly expensive version of Briar-
wood mall, except catering to a
slightly older clientale.
The speciality stores in the upper
level - with carpeting, white walls
framed in wood, and the large glass
windows are a stark contrast to the
floor below. The stores include the

Toy Box Unlocked, Country Things
handicrafts, and Vintage to Vogue.
Key Largo, also on the second floor,
offers a quick excursion to the south;
it specializes in clothing, decor,
flamingos of Florida and Southern
California.
And true to their ad on the radio,
Kitchen Port does stock everything
for the kitchen from "A to Z." Under
"D" put "duck press" - an im-
plement that the store rents out which
mashes a precooked duck carcass into
juices for making sauce. Any small
fowl can squeeze into the duck press,
but "you couldn't get a turkey in
there," according to assistant buyer
Marlene Reiss.

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Gift stores revive

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(Continued from.Page 9)
said Farley. She noted flamingo items
are still in stock, but are definitely
going out.
Peace symbol key chains, t-shirts,
and other paraphenalia from the days
of the flower children are also fading
fast in popularity.
"The interest in peace symbols is
not connected to any movement,"
said Shevel, "I don't expect it to last
long."
What will last? Shevel says it's hard
to tell because "fads come and go."
The popularity of wind-up toys, for
example, shows no signs of winding
down as people contine to be
fascinated by the creeping, crawling,
walking mechanisms.
One-liner t-shirts or those

proclaiming the virtues(
ticular rock group have also
mainstay in specialty
Earrings with big, show-of:
dangling ornaments v
probably be hanging arou
least as long as students wa
fun with jewelry, accordin
bow Natural assistant
Alaiyo Bradshaw.
Specializing in obscu
' One thing most specia
have in common is the ev
urge to stock their shelve,
obscure, the rare, the uni(
bow Natural is known for
colored line of hypos
cosmetics; lipsticks, nail p
eyeshadows come in a sp
colors far wilder than the av
of Crayolas.
The colors extend from ".
- a shade of dark mauve -
(light pink, of course), to ey
"volcanic," or light peach.
According to John Kerr, n
Wazoo records, his stores f
on top 40 tunes, but on the "r(
and obscure." "There's
market in this town," he sai
Farley of Middle Eart
"We avoid some things in v
said, adding that while the

vintage art
of a par- world was enraptured with little
become a green alligator shirts, their store
stores. shunned the IZOD polos. Their selec-
I hoops or tion of cotton shorts and shirts are un-
will also branded.
nd for at Pat Finkle and Kevin Sheets,
nt to have manager and owner of the State
g to Rain- Street Bookshop have delved back
manager further in time than other stores. But
their 12th century prayer books and
rity 15th century maps still manage to at-
lty stores tract students, they say.
er-present A five-column 18th century Bellin
s with the Atlas displays the first map of
que. Rain- Detroit. The volumes sell for $10,000,
its multi- but the high price doesn't dissuade
allergenic people from looking.
olish, and "Students are becoming more
ectrum of sophisticated about maps, prints, and
verage box books," Finkle said. "Sometimes
we'll see someone save to buy a first
sensation" edition (of a book). The book is an ob-
- to "lush" ject. They know what they value (is in
yecatching contradiction) to what society says is
important," she said.
ranager of Shevel admits that a lot of the stuff
ocuses not in Middle Earth is "nothing you really
eal strange need." But as long as having fun is
always a still in style, there will always be a
d. place for Gumbies and Mr. Potato
h agreed. Heads. "Life's too short," she said,
ogue," she "You just have to have a sense of
rest of the humor."

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Middle Earth did not sell this woman paid to sit in the store's window-front last winter, but it sells just about
everything else, from Gumbys to Godzillas.

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