2F - The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - Fall 2005
Beyond Briarwood: Shopping in the city
By Lindsey Ungar
Daily Staff Writer
Sure, Briarwood is just a short bus ride away and it has
all the modern-day favorites - Abercrombie & Fitch,
Express, Hollister Co. and J. Crew. But Ann Arbor is home
to more fashionably unique choices for students. Nestled
close to campus are boutiques ranging in price from rea-
sonable to expensive, with styles from rebel to preppy and
clothes ranging from party frocks to destroyed denim. No
matter which you choose to visit, each store offers a one-
of-a-kind shopping experience you
won't find at any mall.
336 S State St.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 9
p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Known primarily for its
denim loft, Bivouac
contains stacks of
gion that range
in price from
$40 to $220.
The main level
elicits a trendy urban
feel, stocking staples of
soft Three Dot and James
Perse T-shirts and plenty
of Juicy Couture and
Bivouac seems to understand that while students want
fashion-forward items, comfort and wearability are their
5 Nickels Arcade, (734) 929-9348
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tucked away in Nickels Arcade, Henrietta Fahrenheit
houses indie and handmade pieces - everything from
jewelry made from candy to circle skirts to recycled-cover
notebooks. The prices vary even more than the items,
ranging from 75 cents to $250.
Owner Jennifer Albaum prides herself on offering
only independent designers, which ensures that the
stock is ever-changing. Henrietta Fahrenheit is the only
store in Michigan to carry Built-by-Wendy, a classy
yet punk-rock line of clothing and guitar straps. Other
designers include local talent Molly Mass's clothing and
handbags, as well as Queen Bee Creations, a collection
of vinyl purses and wallets.
333 S. Main Street, (734) 222-8460
Hours: Mon.-Thur. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 9
p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Ancient Greek for the masses, Hoi Polloi claims to have
"frocks with flair for the fashionably fit" - and it doesn't
disappoint. The store has a distinct New Orleans-inspired
look, thanks to owners Ed and Lisa Shedlock, who spent time
in the southern city. A punchy pajama set reads "Lime flies
when you're having fun," and daring geometric prints and
artsy designs line the walls. Prices range from $39 to $140.
Catering to a range of generations and pocketbooks,
Hoi Polloi has a little something for everyone - including
your dog. Dogs are allowed in the store and are rewarded
with a treat for shopping.
535 E. Liberty St., (734) 222-9600
Hours: Mon.-Thur. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Positioned just northwest of campus, Poshh is a favor-
ite for fashionable students and locals. Owner and buyer
Wendy Johnson's goal is to bring something different to
Ann Arbor, but still stay trend-driven. Brands include
China Doll, Susana Monaco, Rose & Lula and People's
Poshh was also the first boutique to carry La Mer watch-
es made by Michigan alum Martine Schwartz. The watch-
es are handmade, including hip, layered cuff watches or
watches that wrap around the wrist multiple times. Prices
range from $30-$200.
211 S. Main Street, (734) 930-0994
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 9
p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If you're looking for L.A. style in Ann Arbor, Voila
is the place. Home to Nannette Lepore, Diane Von Fur-
stenberg, Tracy Reese and Trina Turk, Voild provides
students with a chic, upscale shopping option. Voila also
carries a variety of jewelry, including Alexis Bittar's
Lucite bangles and hand-blown glass necklaces by local
designer Loretta Roskowski.
Voila makes sure it's always at the head of the pack when
it comes to new lines, including B-low the Belt - belts
made from vintage leather - and Jana Feifer, who makes
purses and wallets from vibrant-colored mesh. Prices vary
from $40 to $350.
1119 S. University Ave., (734) 747-8272
Hours: Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Just a step away from East Quad, Y.C.I. packs name
brands such as Lacoste, So Low and Juicy Couture in its
corners. Because of
the smaller selec-
tion, Y.C.I. caters
toward only those t
who stay on top of the t
latest trends. In May,
the store offered Livs
crochet boots - the
next Uggs, according
to owner Yercho. Y.C.I
also has a diverse selec-
tion of party dresses,
including BCBG, Max
Azria and Shoshan-
na. No need to travel
Y.C.I. sells stylish
jewelry, shoes and
handbags to complete
the perfect outfit.
Left: Top by Alice & Trixie, $140, at Poshh. Above:
Beaded tank by Central Park West at Y.C.I., $94;
white tank (layered underneath) by Seven for All Man-
kind, $34, and True Religion jeans, $240, at Bivouac.
Small bookstores offer their rare selections to students
By C.C. Song
FEBRUARY 17, 2005
Daily Staff Writer
In a college town such as Ann Arbor, there are plenty
of bookstores where students can purchase textbooks,
browse through a magazine or just sit quietly and read.
But Ann Arbor offers more than just the large chains.
Smaller bookstores sell unique collections, which are
not found in the larger stores.
516 E. Williams St.
Through its giant glass window, passersby can peer
into David's Books to find books filling up shelves, piling
up on the floor and stacked to the ceiling.
Although not as organized as any of the chain book-
stores, David's Books has an air of nostalgia. The cur-
rent owner, Ed Koster, has been running the store since
Koster explained that the bookstore was originally
started by David Kozubei in the 1970s. Kozubei handed
the store to Koster so he could focus on his writing. He
is currently working on an anthology of poetry, accord-
ing to Koster.
The bookstore was originally located on State Street,
right above Potbelly Sandwich Works, before it relocated
to its current location in 2003. Despite the new location,
the store kept its wide variety of selections.
"Most books are used books, but occasionally some
academic titles are picked up new," said Koster.
Koster said there are fewer customers now.
"People don't seem to like reading as much as they used
to, and there's too much Internet shopping. People just sit
at home and browse through the Internet," Koster said.
As a book lover, Koster said he enjoys reading and
running a bookstore. Occasionally, he said he is enter-
tained by eccentric customers who call in to ask about
some weird titles.
David's Books carries a wide selection of books, most
of them in recent titles and science fiction. Most used
books are sold at half price. The store also offers a buy
three, get one free deal.
219 S. Main St.
Afterwords does not carry used books, but it does
have many out-of-print, rare and children's books.
"It's a defensive way to sell a living. I couldn't sell
anything other than books," said Steve Kelly, the owner
of Afterwords. He has been selling books since the
1960s but did not open Afterwords until 1979.
Afterwords predominantly sells children's books. Its
wide selection tempts many families in the area.
"We try to react to kids instead of commercial," Kelly
Other than children's books, Afterwords carries many
history and non-fiction books, including ones on gar-
dening and anatomy.
Kelly gets books from sales representatives and news-
paper reviewers. He also travels once every four to five
weeks to buy books at cheap prices.
"I'm offering people fantasies, escape and entertainment.
I try to be part of the overall entertainment," he said.
West Side Book Shop
113 W. Liberty
West Side Book Shop and Joe Platt, its owner and
a Michigan alumn, have been around Ann Arbor for
almost 30 years. The store is reminiscent of the small
shops in Europe, filled with Jazz music, dimmed yellow
lights and out-of-print, old books.
"I've always been interested in books and got into
book collecting. I went to this bookstore on Fourth
Avenue in New York and decided to open a bookstore
(in Ann Arbor)," Platt said.
Most of the books are largely about literature and
the history of Michigan. Platt also buys collections of
different subjects and the first edition of many books,
including "The Wapshot Chronicle" and "Dealing or the
Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Block Lost-Bag Blues."
Platt is planning for the 30-year anniversary of the
store in September.
"I'm my own boss, and I have my own library. I enjoy
being around books. People ask me what it takes to
open a bookstore. You have to enjoy handling books,"
The Dawn Treader bookshop carries first editions of many books, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
514 E. Liberty St.
A father rushed into Dawn Treader bookstore to find
his son with a handful of books, and they both went
straight to the cashier. The son passed his father the
books, one by one, and his father did not hesitate to
pay for any of them. The books at Dawn Treader, like
other used bookstores, combine low costs with a diverse
Although Borders is right down the street, Dawn
Treader remains quite busy, with a wide range of cus-
Corby Gillmore, the current manager of the store, has
been managing Dawn Treader for five years. His father,
Bill Gillmore, opened the store about 30 years ago. Bill
began working in a bindery - a store where books are
bound - and eventually accumulated enough books to
open a bookstore.
Dawn Treader carries many used, rare and out-of-
print books so most of its customers are students and
It also has first editions of many books, including "On
the Road," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Fear
and Loathing in Las Vegas." Most of their customers are
students and collectors.
Faith-based organizations help in spiritual quest at 'U'
* Guild House Campus Ministry, 802
By Emily Beam
® University of Michigan Hillel, 1429 Hill St.
* Campus Crusade for Christ
* InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
a Muslim Student Association
As freshmen arrive this fall, they will
be confronted with a myriad of oppor-
tunities to explore their interests and
find their niche in campus organiza-
tions. While many choose to distance
themselves from religion altogether, the
transition to college marks a chance for
students to explore their spirituality and
faith in a realm separate from their par-
Away from their families and home-
towns, students may find themselves
questioning their faith and the tradition
in which they were raised. Reverend Jeff
Bryan of First Presbyterian Church said
that college is time for big questions.
"God can handle your questions,"
Bryan said. "What better place to go
with your big questions than the people
Rabbi Jason Miller of the University
of Michigan Hillel said that spiritual
exploration can play a crucial role in stu-
dent's college experience.
"College is a time for research, and
that's a student's main job. And I don't
just mean that in the academic sense,"
The Zen Buddhist Temple offers
weekly Sunday worship services and
meditation, as well as a five-week medi-
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Interfaith groups like the Guild House
work to foster understanding and toler-
ance between students of all traditions.
While the Guild House does not offer
religious services, they hold regular
Sunday dinners and sponsor an annual
Alternative Spring Break trip to Hondu-
ras. Students come to the house from a
variety of backgrounds.
"Most of them are searching ... for
some kind of experience," Reverend
Judy Jahnke said. "They're not sure what
to label it sometimes."
While some students struggle to jug-
gle coursework, activities and religion,
others find that the pursuit of their spiri-
tuality makes this balancing act a little
"It's helped me be a lot more organized
and aware of what I'm doing," said LSA
Senior Alex Smith. "I think that's made
dealing with a lot of commitments quite a
bit easier." Smith regularly participates in
meditation at the Zen Buddhist Temple.
Christian students encounter churches
that hold worship services and organize
events throughout the school year. St.
Mary's Student Parish has a number of
events during Labor Day weekend that
target new students, like salsa dancing, a
candlelight vigil and a barbeque, accord-
ing to Father Tom McClain.
Despite its smaller student population,
First Presbyterian Church hosts retreats
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Father Thomas Firestone conducts mass in St. Mary's Student Parish