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12 he Mihigan Daily Weeken Magazine Thursday, January 23, 1997



The Michigan Ay Weekend M

M]bout Town
Zrngerman s Deli:
A little New York
style in Ann Arbor

Used book stores v..
Offer lOw priCeS on
Out-Of-pnnt rarities

By Kristin Long
Daily Arts Writer
As employees Josh Radcliffe and
Kf*7ly White rush to put the finishing
touches on customers' sandwiches, the
line of people inside Zingerman's Deli
continues to grow. But these folks have
yet to become impatient; with a selec-
tion of more than 100 sandwiches, they
welcome the time to decide just which
option will meet their needs.
Located at the corner of E. Kingsley
and Detroit Streets, Zingerman's Deli
has proved itself to be the establishment
it was intended to be
- and much more. Zingerm
Back in 1982, Paul
Saginaw and Ari Where 422
Weinzweig longed to
find a Jewish deli- ~ Phone: 663-
catessen in the Ann
Arbor area. The near- / s: 7 .n
est deli at the time
was in Detroit, and the two decided
that, instead of braving the inconve-
nient drive, they would open a local
Zingerman's, a name they selected at
random, has since grown to include not
only the Deli, but Zingerman's Next
Door, a coffee, dessert and eating spot
next to the original restaurant;
Zingerman's Practical Produce, a small
grocery store located across the street;
and Zingerman's Bakehouse, a bakery
located on Plaza Road just beyond
Briarwood Mall. They have also devel-

oped training programs (Zingtrain and
Zingerman's Service Network) and a
mail-order catalogue to meet all levels
of service.
According to Tommy York, a partner
in the business, the last 15 years have
not brought many drastic physical
changes to the shop, besides expan-
Zingerman's Next Door opened in
1991 to fulfill the need for the seating
of its booming clientele; it also allowed
the establishment to focus on coffees
and dessert specialties. "We also are
beginning to accom-
in's Deli modate customers in a
hurry by offering pre-
)etroit St. .made Italian sand-
wiches, namely pani-
354 nis and muffalettas,"
York said.
Sm "Many people don't
like to wait in the long
lines," he said. "They don't realize that
the back of the house is run a lot like a
restaurant. We make everything when
it's ordered - nothing is pre-made."
This creates much camaraderie in the
store when the rush hours (mostly on
Saturday and Sunday) bombard the
sandwich artists, and the line proceeds
out the door. To avoid the wait, York
suggested people call ahead and place
their orders before they visit the deli.
Therefore, when customers arrive, their
food is ready without a wait.
Despite the long lines, students, fac-

By Hae-Jin Kim
Daily Campus Arts Editor
Despite common belief, used book
stores in Ann Arbor may not always be
economically sensible. The reason:
Used books cost up to $15,000. At
Dawn Treader Books, "The Quintus
Curtius," by A. Zarotus, costs at least
that much. One wonders what kind of
book, particularly a used book for that
matter, can have such an incredibly high
face value. Could it be because this spe-
cific book was published during the
15th century? Most likely.
Do not be dismiyed,' though. When
strolling down East Liberty, the first
aspect of Dawn Treader which cap-
tures one's attention is the stacks of
waist-high bookshelves,
literally toppling over
with hundreds of differ-
ent-colored books outside
the store's entrance. A
sign above them reads,
"All books here - $1" ...
definitely a good omen.
Dawn Treader is not the
only used bookstore close u
to campus. David's Books,
just down the street, and
Books In General, on South
State Street, all offer the booklover
plenty of opportunities for purchasing
or simply browsing the aisles.
Inside Dawn Treader, the constant
humming from the rows of fluores-
cent lamps hanging from the ceiling
serves to relax and impart a feeling

of release from everyday anxieties.
The many cozy crannies of the store
created by the seemingly endless
rows of wooden bookshelves provide
places to sit and lose oneself in a
book ... or many books, depending
on the amount of time you might
There is no need to worry about
finding a topic of interest, for these
stores have books on subjects ranging
from witchcraft to Hemingway. Dawn
Treader prides itself on an especially
large section dedicated to science fic-
tion and fantasy. David's books spe-
cializes in the humanities, with a large
variety of history, religion, philosophy
and fiction works. Books in General
offers many books on engi-
neering and other sciences.
John Ramljak, an Ann
Arbor resident (and also,
in his words, a book
addict), enjoys leafing
through pages at Dawn
Treader not only because
ED of the store's wide variety
of selection.
"What's nice about used
book stores is that there are
a lot of things you wouldn't
be aware of because they're no longer
stocked or in print,' Ramljak said.
"You can go to a new book store and
you think that this is the world of books
out there on a certain subject, but then
you go into a used book store and real-
ize that five years ago something great

A customer peruses the selection at David's Books, located at 662 E. Ut

Ann Arbor resident Dan Price cuts some cherry-chocolate bread at Zingerman's Dell.

ulty and locals continue to return. "It
always seems to be busy," LSA first-
year student Pam Kosanke said, "and
it's worth the wait to try it."
"It seems like a fun place," LSA
junior Rebecca Katzman said. "They
want to you try everything, and they
seem to know what they are talking
With the plethora of different foods
and perishable and non-perishable
products to try, it's easy to get lost in
the excitement of the tiny deli. Perhaps
the most uneasy aspect of the establish-
ment is trying to find your way around
it. "It's very confusing,"York remarked,
"but when was the last time you went to
the grocery store and had a good
Aside from the variety of sandwich-
es, the deli also offers gourmet foods
for the ultimate Epicurean. "With all of
the imported products, you get a little

piece of the world," Kate Semple, one
of the deli's employees, said. "There are
so many different foods in here, that's
hard to get used to."
Returning customers know the rou-
tine, but for many first-timers, it's quite
an adventure. Many don't realize they
can go next door to wait for and eat
their food; it's an opportune moment to
get coffee and salivate over the
Why such a long wait for a simple
sandwich? Well, there really is no such
thing as a simple sandwich. The deli-
catessen offers more than 10 different
types of bread to accommodate any
taste, as well as countless cheeses and
sauces. Each sandwich is made to order,
and while some items are temporarily
removed from the menu, these special-
ties are still available. York said. "We
add about three new sandwiches every
month, but those that we replace are

still able to be made."
The masterpieces are created in-
house by one or more of the 150
employees in the deli and Zingerman's
Next Door alone. With the different
branches of Zingerman's combined,
more than 300 workers attempt to bake
the finest bread and sell the freshest
Despite all the chaos and the crowd-
ed structure, the workers still attempt to
maintain an enjoyable atmosphere.
"One of the best parts of working here,"
Semple said as she placed more bread
on the shelf, "is the employees."
Whether it's a sweet tooth that needs
satisfying, or a daily vegetable that has
yet to be fulfilled, Zingerman's Deli
offers it all. "The secret,"York confided,
"is that we use the best stuff - the
heavy trash music [that the cooks enjoy]
helps, but it's mostly the great ingredi-
ents we use."


may have been published and it may no
longer even be in libraries because it
sort of slipped through both (libraries
and new book stores). It might not have
been commercial enough to keep in
print and libraries may not have carried
it, either. So it's the fun of discovering
things," he said.
Paul Spater, owner of Books In
General, recommends that used-book
shoppers visit as many different shops
as possible. "Each shop is distinctive,
like each person is distinctive. You
can find something different at every
used book store; that's the big differ-
ence between used and new stores.
You need to get into all of the shops

and look around to see v,
there," he said. He, too, cite
as the key asset of used bo<
and said that they appeal
those people who love to br
see what's new.
Not everybody can come in

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