8E - The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - September 3, 1996
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BY PATIENCE ATKIN DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Shopping on campus can be an adventure, because you're basically trapped. You
may find some really unique things, or you may become frustrated that everything
seems overpriced and not what you want. For example, there is not, to my knowl-
edge, a toy store on campus, but there is a "Made in America" store, which, as the
name implies, only sells things made in America. Go figure.
Because the stores around here may seem a little intimidating at first, here is a
handy guide to consumerism in good old A-squared.
STATE STREET AREA
Urban Outfitters: If you're hipper than thou, you already own everything they sell.
The Michigan location of this now-booming chain sells everything from tiny t-shirts
to leopard print chairs to magic eight balls, all in an environment created to simu-
late a warehouse.
Discount Records: A long time ago, they used to sell CDs and tapes that were
actually cheaper than other places. Now it's kind of a toss-up, but Discount is small
and the employees are gracious enough to not look at you condescendingly if you
buy something like the Bangles.
Borders Books and Music: A two-story haven for all those who love to browse
nd Stephanie Davis, both of Ann Arbor, stock up on gag Valentine's Day gifts at a condom store on South University Avenue.
by Urban Outfit-
ters on South
among books, magazines, CDs and multimedia
equipment. A word to the wise: Be ready to spend
hours in here once you walk in looking for that one
little book for a class, or present for your roommate.
SOUTH UNIVERSITY AREA
This is the home of The Arcadia, which appears
to be a failed attempt at a mall. Now it's just known
as "the place where Tower Records and some other
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You can get here by walking into Burger King YOU WUIR IIn
and leaving through the side exit, which is an expe-
rience in itself.
Tower is open really late, so a fun thing to do
when you don't have anything to do late at night is
to go to Tower and see who else didn't have anything to do.
There are also single stores here, for example, Middle Earth, which sells so many
random things that you'll be in there for at least an hour if you don't go in with a
plan. It's probably the only place on campus where you can buy a Virgin Mary votive
candle, a fake Elvis ID card and a xylophone, all in one trip.
There are plenty of card stores along South University Avenue and also Nor-
mandie Flowers, which all tend to get very busy during February.
You'll also find Where House Records, located above Good Time Charley's on the
corner of Church Street. Check out their wide selection and sales every Tuesday.
Also visit Condoms 101, which is a few doors down. Don't worry, no one's going
to look at you funny if they see you walk in.
The key element to Main Street is art galleries, which are great for browsing and
developing your sense of culture, but unless you want to drop $400 for your room-
mate's birthday, they're really not very helpful.
Falling Water and Peaceable Kingdom are the perfect places to find gifts for other
people, because the kind of things they sell are the kind that people often admire,
but will never buy for themselves - would you buy yourself a 350-million-year-old
fossil or a plastic toy gun that looks like a pit bull and barks when you pull the trig-
ger? Okay, maybe you would.
This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but it is a pretty good sampling of stores
around town. So get out there and spend some dough, because that's what college
is all about.
To supplement (or replace) cafeteria food, many students decide to stores onbCentral Campus. Kroger and Meijer, in the rigt two
purchase a few groceries. Below is a typical first-year columns, require car or bus trips.
student's grocery list and prices at seven grocery or convenience
Bills Bluo Campus Champ. Strick- Village White
Product Market F rott Comer toe's land's Comer Market Kroger Meijer
Country Fresh Yogurt (8 oz.) 10 - .9 . . . .7 .77
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese .89 1.29 - 1.79 1.25 .99 1.09 .87 ,73
Skim Mik (1 gal) 2.69 2.69 2.89 2.39 1.89 2.29 2.39 2.39 2.19
Mueller's - 1.59 1.79 1.49 1.49 1.19 117 1.09 1.05
Spaghetti (16 oz.)
Maxwell House Master - 3.99 4.49 4.89 4.49 3.19 3.23 2.99 3.39
Blend Coffee (115 oz.)
Reduced Fat Jif 2.19 3.29 2.9 2.59 3.69 2.49 2.30 2.19 2.19
Peanut Sutter (18 oz.)
Coca-Cola - 4.29 3.99 3.39 4.29 3.39 3.99 3.29 3.49
Pop (12 12-oz. cans)
SnackWells Cinnamon 2.79 2.89 - 2.79 2.59 2.35 2.29 2.29 1.75
Graham Snacks (5 oz.)
Rice Krispies 3.06 - 4.59 3.49 3.39 2.95 3.00 2.73 '2.46
Cereal (10 oz.)
Ben & Jerry's 2.99 2.99 2.79 2.89 2.89 2.69 2.79 $2.79
Ice Cream (pint)
Labatt's Blue Ribbon 8.73 8.59 9.29 8.99 9.49 8.79 - 8.59 879
Boer (1212-oz. bottles)
Baked TOstitos - 3,19 2.99 2.19 2.99 3.19 3.19 .19
Chipe (13.5 oz.) i
Minute Maid Frozen 1.99 2.99 1.99 2.29 1.69 1.09 1.59145
Orange Juice (12 oz.)
Prices as of June 12-13
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