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Borders has been in Ann Arbor
since the '70s. It's a local business
- it was piloted here, in case you've
been living in a box. And even with
plummeting profits and bankrupt-
cy, the Liberty Street's Borders has
managed to keep some awesome
programs running.
Borders makes a point of bring-
ing in artists - both emerging and
well-established - for free con-
certs. Last year, artists including
Matt Nathanson visited, and Amer-
ican Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle
performed this February. This
weekend Indigo Girls, an Ameri-
can folk rock duo, is in town, and
last week saw Andressw Bird stop in
for a short set. Borders also has fre-
quent author readings. And though
it might now be a chain, it main-
tains its indie-flavored presence in
Ann Arbor as a local business just
as Shaman Drum does.
What makes it the best bookstore
in Ann Arbor? For one thing, it's
by far the largest. While it may not

afford the cozy bookshop feel some
bibliophilesyearnforits proportions
allow it to incorporate a expansive
selection of books, a sizable music
section and a quality coffee shop
(complete with, of course, comfort-
able seatingand study spaces).
The employees are great. What-
ever section you might be looking
in, they have a recommendation.
Some are listed on the bookshelves
as "staff picks," but more than that,
the staff actually knows what's
good - and they aren't only famil-
iar with headliners.
So although it might not be the
place to go for all your textbook
needs, if you ever want to browse or
just pick up that book your room-
mate said was amazing, Borders is
your place. Not only will it have that
ridiculously awesome book, but
you'll probably encounter another
couple great finds on your way out.
Not great for the pocketbook, but
perfect for the book lover.
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FLORIST
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GROCERY STORE
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If you don't know the Michigan your attention away from the stage be the best in a lot of cities other
Theater is the best theater in Ann and toward the ceiling. If you're not than Ann Arbor, but let's be frank
Arbor, then you really need to get impressed, well, you're a loser. -it doesn't have much competition
out more. Between concerts, lec- Ifnothingelse, the Michigan The- here. The Quality 16 serves a pur-
ture series, popular films, inde- ater has refreshments downpat. The pose, no doubt, but it doesn't have
pendent films and screenings of popcorn alone is worth the visit, and the historical background or aes-
classic films, the Michigan Theater with free refills on the large bucket, thetics to rival the Michigan The-
can meet everyone's entertainment it's a party all movie long. And speak- ater. And though the State Theater
needs. And if entertainment isn't ing of partying, a club membership has that nostalgic Ann Arbor feel,
your thing, the theater's architec- is a must for frequent theater goers. it just isn't as well-rounded as its
tural beauty alone makes it one of I mean, come on, you can drink beer counterpart down the street. No
Ann Arbor's best establishments. If while watching a movie. All the cool matter how you cut it, the Michi-
you ever go to an event there, stay kids are doing it. gan Theater is Ann Arbor's best.
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