Page 4-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition -Thursday, September 6, 1990
Knick-nacks, jacks and inflatable Cadillacs
something for all
by Anders Ramsay
Daily NSE Contributor
The shopping scene in Ann Ar-
bor features a truly diverse selection
of stores for a community its size.
Mixed with more traditional fash-
ion and merchandise outlets like Lo-
gos Bookstore and Jacobson's, are
importers of South American and
Oriental clothing and accessories,
multi-media art galleries, and alterna-
tive literature and record outlets.
There are two campus shopping
districts - South University and
State Street - and two in the down-
town area - Main Street and Kerry-
town- and Liberty Street bridging
A face-lift this spring, consisting
of pedestrian-scale lights and trees
lining widened sidewalks, has created
a more pleasing environment for
pedestrians on SOUTH UNI-
VERSITY. Entirely surrounded by
student housing and campus build-
ings, shops in and around this dis-
trict cater mainly to the college
Setting the stage for the campus
atmosphere are the four bookstores.
Ulrich's - the classic textbook out-
let - in the forefront, carryies a
wide selection of school supplies,
posters,.and Michigan apparel.
Logos is a conventional book-
store featuring a best-seller line-up
in its shop-window. Dawn Treader's
specialty is used books on the 'hard
sciences', while Community News-
center stocks virtually every title of
magazine and popular book.
Middle Earth - carrying gifts,
jewelry, and accessories - is one of
several stores in Ann Arbor where
the theme is original and/or odd
products. You'll find everything
from inflatable pink Cadillac rafts to
Other jewelry and accessory out-
lets on South U are The Earport,
Orchid Lane - also featuring art-
work, and women's fashions im-
ported mainly from South America
- and the Afternoon Boutique, a
women's accessories specialist.
The Afternoon Boutique is lo-
cated inside the Galleria, South Uni-
versity's new indoor plaza. Although
the new complex is just beginning
to take shape, other shops already
established are Tracks- a traditional
record store, and Sports Mania- a
licensed sportswear outlet.
Several stores on South U and
around town carry Michigan apparel
- Stein & Goetz, Moe's Sport
Shops (on N. University), and the
Ann Arbor's shopping districts,
drawing an equal amount of cus-
tomers from both the campus and
Literally every inch is either the
window or the entrance to a store.
You'll find shops above, beneath,
and even within other shops, several
announcing their existence only with
a door wedged between two other
Some of these hard-to-find shops
you may pass several times before
you notice them are Music Mart -
a music equipment and accessories
outlet; Stairway to Heaven - spe-
cializing in off-beat subway and reg-
ular size posters; Top Floor Sports
- with shoes and gear for most ma-
jor sports (inside the Bivouac Men's
store); and Wazoo Records - offer-
ing used records, tapes, and CD's.
In contrast, stores dominating the
streetscape are Van Boven and
Bivouac (say Biv-wak), siding the
Sports enthusiasts will discover
sporting-wear at Eric's Action
Sportswear and Tortoise and Hare
(downstairs inside E. Liberty Plaza).
While Eric's offers a general
sportswear selection, Tortoise carries
shoes and gear specifically designed
Liberty also features a quartet of
specialty record outlets. SKR Clas-
sics and Liberty Music Shop both
carry almost exclusively classical
music. Earth Wisdom Music concen-
trates on new age titles, and
Schoolkids Records offers a wide se-
lection of recordings by folk, jazz,
college-chart, and local bands, as
well as mainstream titles.
Collected Works carry women's
fashions with the earthy natural-fiber
look. At Sam's you'll find tradi-
tional leisure-wear and a wide selec-
tion of jeans, including a pair of size
Much like South U, M A I N
STREET received substantial
streetscape improvements this sum-
mer, making it a more pedestrian-
Scattered among the bevy of
restaurants and caf6s that dominate
the street are some select stores fre-
quented by students. Wilderness Out-
fitters - climbing and camping
gear, with a rental option; Peaceable
Kingdom - artwork, jewelry and
gifts imported from around the
world; and Falling Water - new
age, religious, and other off-beat
With some imagination,
KERRYTOWN and the surrounding
area could pass for a small European-
style shopping district. The stores in
the Kerrytown building, formerly a
lumber mill, and the nearby blocks
offer a potpourri of products.
Included in the mix is alternative
literature at Crazy Wisdom Book-
store, imported hand-crafted artwork
and jewelry at Prager-Tribal In-
donesia, and oriental-style furniture
and other imports and accessories at
Dragon's Lair Futons.
At the Kitchen Port, you will
find not only everything for the
kitchen, but can also take advantage
of their weekly cooking exhibits pre-
sented by chefs from major rest-
aurants around town at their in-store
Birkenstock is a recent addition to
the Kerrytown complex. Specializ-
ing is shoes and sandals, Birkenstock
imports most of their footwear from
Europe. To many people Kerrytown
means healthy lifestyles, and Birken-
stock would like you to believe they
sell healthy (orthopedic) shoes. See
Those looking for a physical
challenge will find it at the Asian
Martial Arts Studio, a studio in tra-
ditional Okinawan style. Offering
classes in Shorin-ryu, Karate-do,
Aikido and Kung-fu the Center
stresses not only the physical aspect
of the martial arts, but mutual wel-
fare and assistance, and maximum ef-
ficient use of energy.
For those not prepared to make
the trek to Kerrytown each day, the
Asian Martial Arts Studio offers,
branch classes at the CCRB during
both the fall and winter terms.
The People's Food Co-op gives*
discounts to all those who buy'
shares in the business. For a $60 re-
deemable share members receive not
only a %15 discount on all food they
purchase at the co-op, but they also
have a voice in determining the co-
op's policies and inventory. Be
forewarned, all co-op members vol-
unteer to work a few hours a month
at the store.
Kerrytown is the perfect shop-*
ping district for anyone hoping to:
find something they like without
knowing what they're looking for.
'Kerrytown is the perfect shopping district
for anyone with a taste for exploring and
browsing, hoping to find something they like
without knowing what they're looking for'
Michigan Balfour House. The latter
also specializes in custom-lettered
clothing and accessories for sorori-
ties and fraternities.
The section of STATE STREET
between E. William and E. Wash-
ington is probably the busiest of
brick-lined double arches of Nickel's
Arcade - and the jutting parque sign
announcing Urban Outfitters.
While Van Boven carries classic
men's clothing, Bivouac offers out-
door gear and preppie-chic fashions.
After the State Street Theater was
renovated into a fashion outlet, Ur-
ban Outfitters and their contempo-
rary to Avant-garde fashions became
permanent features in the former
The LIBERTY STREET stores
are more scattered than those on
State. As you move west, the stores
also become more directed toward the
Ann Arbor's non-student population.
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Kerrytown, located in the Northwest corner of the city, revives the feel of
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* Daily Specials
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., MONDAY - FRIDAY
Open 7 days a week
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