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Ann Arbor Guide 2003-4
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Within Ann Arbor's natural charm and collegiate reputation hides several unique shopping districts. In addition to many major consumer centers, these areas host a variety of rare and unusual, quaint and authentic shops.

Jump to  Ann Arbor Farmers' Market  |   Briarwood Shopping Center  |   Carpenter Road Area  |   Depot Town  |   Fourth Avenue Area  |   Kerrytown  |   Main Street Area  |   Plymouth-Green Roads Area  |   Saline-Ann Arbor Road Area  |   South University Avenue  |   Stadium Boulevard Area  |   State & Liberty Streets Area  |   Washtenaw Avenue Area  |   West Jackson Road Area  |   Bookstores

Major Shopping Areas

Ann Arbor Farmers' Market

Year-round, with seasonal produce from local growers and locally made handicrafts offered in a friendly, open-air setting. Flower and vegetable seedlings in spring; berries and produce in summer; apples, cider and pumpkins in fall. Hours: We & Sa 7am-3pm (May-Dec); Sa 8am-3pm (Jan-April). Artisans' Market with dozens of Michigan artists participating, Su 11am-4pm (May-Dec). Metered parking. HC-E. Kerrytown Pavilion (315 Detroit Street).....994-3276

Briarwood Shopping Center

With 987,000 square feet of retail space, Briarwood is one of Michigan's largest malls containing over 130 retailers. The mall is anchored by three department stores: Sears, JC Penney and Marshall Field's, and features a dozen restaurants. In the vicinity are banks, gas stations and hotels. Mall hours: Mo-Sa 10am-9pm, Su 11am-6pm. HC. S. State Street at I-94.....761-9550

Carpenter Road Area

The area's first Meijer pre-dates Showcase Cinema (14 screens) and the subsequent emergence of hotels, restaurants, strip malls and businesses like Kroger, T.J. Maxx and Staples. South of Washtenaw Avenue, in Pittsfield Township.

Depot Town

This restored 19th-century business district near the former train station in Ypsilanti is again doing brisk, stylish business. There are antique dealers, gift and hobby shops, restaurants, a pool parlor, a food co-op and a stone-oven sourdough bakery--with parking lots adjoining. The Automotive Heritage Museum is here and hosts the annual Orphan Car Show. Ypsilanti Farmers' Market takes place We & Sa 7am-3pm (May-Dec) in the old freight house. New Year's Jubilee and Ypsi Heritage Festival happen here. At E. Cross & River Streets, Ypsilanti. Ypsi Area Visitors & Convention Bureau.....483-4444

Fourth Avenue Area

Parallel to Main Street is this extension to the downtown shopping scene. At the north end of Fourth between Catherine Street and Kerrytown, the big draw is the People's Food Co-op, a community-owned cooperative providing whole foods, organic products and more since 1971, 216 N. Fourth Avenue (994-9174). Other specialty stores include Birkenstock shoes, Wooden Spoon Co-op and Resource Center (used books), and Vicki's Salon. The end of Fourth Avenue south of Huron (includes Washington Street East of Fourth Avenue) experienced a revival several years ago and offers restaurants such as Eastern Accents, The Blue Nile for Ethiopian and Shehan Shah for Indian, plus popular independent bookstores Common Language and Aunt Agatha's.


A restoration project that has become the retail shopping focus of north-central Ann Arbor. A 19th-century lumber mill, warehouse and feed store have been converted into the setting for an interesting mix of uses, including specialized food and wine retailers, boutiques, gift and craft shops, plus principal stores Workbench and Kitchen Port. Over 26 businesses share the wooden-beamed, brick-walled space adjacent to the Farmers' Market and a mere stone's throw from the famous Zingerman's Delicatessen, as well as the popular consignment shop Treasure Mart. Open every day--call for hours. HC. 407 N. Fifth Avenue .....662-5008

Main Street Area

The stretch of Main Street between William and Catherine and neighboring avenues is the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. It features an array of galleries, bookstores and gift shops (including Jules, Peaceable Kingdom, Renaissance, Kilwin's Chocolates and Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room). Seasonal sidewalk cafes and over 50 restaurants in the immediate area. Ample parking in the Fourth Avenue & William, Fourth Avenue & Washington and Ann & Ashley parking structures and the First & Huron and Ashley & Williams lots. Further south is the South Main Market, with a deli, wine store, bakery and specialty stores. Main Street Area Association sponsors monthly promotional events and activities. 668-7112

Plymouth-Green Roads Area

The northeast corner of town is a hotbed of development with several big draws: Manna for Asian groceries and Foods of India for Indian groceries and carry-out border a CVS drug store at Broadway & Plymouth; North Campus Courtyard Shops offers everything from Jerusalem Market (a Middle Eastern grocer) to Stamp Friendzy rubber stamps, in addition to eateries like Café Marie, Ayse's (Turkish), Saica (Japanese), Subway and Lucky Kitchen (Chinese); Plymouth Mall is anchored by The Merchant of Vino, Carpenter Bros. Hardware and a branch of the public library; Traver Village includes a Blockbuster Video, 24-hour Kroger and Nicola's Bookstore; Plymouth Green Mall features Busch's ValuLand and various eateries and boutiques. Convenient to U-M's North Campus, research parks, Domino's Farms, as well as on-off ramps for US-23.

Saline-Ann Arbor Road Area

Main Street south of the city curves into this rapidly developing shopping area. Woodland Plaza is home to Busch's ValuLand and Blockbuster Video. Cranbrook Village boasts Mervyn's, Pier 1 Imports and Ethan Allen furnishings. La Colonnade has specialty shops. Oak Valley Centre includes Target, Office Max, Hollywood Video, Music-Go-Round, Chuckee Cheese and a spacious Asian grocery store. Across the street is the area's second Meijer store, restaurants and national chains such as Kohl's, Linens-n-Things and Best Buy. Located near I-94 ramps.

South University Avenue

From East University to Washtenaw, 'South U' is home to many student and University-oriented businesses (including several bookstores), as well as shops and restaurants that cater to a more general clientele--clothing and jewelry stores, a great wine selection at Village Corner, oddities and toys at Middle Earth and plenty of fast food. The Galleria houses a new post office and specialty businesses. The parking structure at Willard and Forest allows for ample parking.

Stadium Boulevard Area

West Ann Arbor and Scio Township are served by this extensive commercial shopping district which runs between Pauline and Miller. It includes fast-food chains, the main post office and Kid Kingdom indoor playground, plus drug stores, appliance and hardware shops and video outlets. A state-of-the-art Kroger is located just south of Westgate. Westgate itself is anchored by T.J. Maxx and offers a branch of the Ann Arbor District Library, Barry Bagels, the popular Thai restaurant Siam Kitchen and more. Maple Village includes a K-Mart, Frank's Nursery & Crafts, a Secretary of State office and Dunham's sporting goods.

State & Liberty Streets Area

Adjacent to U-M's central campus, this area is a shopping stronghold featuring useful and playful boutiques, bookstores, record stores and cafes. Students and townies rub elbows in clothing spots like Bivouac and Van Boven (a campus landmark for over 70 years). Trend-setting Urban Outfitters is a downstairs neighbor to the State Theater. The historic Michigan Theater graces Liberty Street, along with John Leidy Gifts and Harry's Army Surplus. Adding a continental flourish is Nickels Arcade, a 1915 terra cotta and glass construction housing unique boutiques and services. Best bets for parking are the Maynard and Liberty Square parking structures, and the District Library lot at Fifth Avenue between Liberty and William.

Washtenaw Avenue Area

A well-trafficked business corridor which includes many plazas covering practically every aspect of consumer desires, from waterbed showrooms to scuba diving gear, auto dealerships to appliance stores. Arborland Mall at Washtenaw and US-23 features Ann Arbor's second Borders Books & Music, Starbucks cafe, Toys 'R' Us, Hiller's for groceries, Office Max and more.

West Jackson Road Area

As Scio Township continues to rapidly develop, mini-malls have cropped up in former farmland which used to cradle only light industry and car dealerships. Weber's Inn is a distinguished mainstay of the area; Arbor West Center has a laundromat; Independence Plaza features home goods; Parkland Center and Jackson Centre hold a variety of specialty stores. Quality 16 cinema recently opened next to Bel-Mark Bowling Lanes, and another Meijer opened at Jackson and Zeeb.


Ann Arbor is a haven for book lovers, and prime hunting ground for collectors. A bookseller's trade journal notes that "Ann Arbor boasts the highest number of antiquarian books and booksellers per capita for any city in the U.S." And a study showed that per capita book buying in Ann Arbor is the country's highest.

After words. Real bargains in current and recently out-of-print books; 30%-90% off. Two floors of discounts. Hours: Mo-Sa 10am-10pm, Su noon-8pm. HC entrance. 219 S. Main Street.....996-2808


Ann Arbor District Library Book Shop. Recycling nearly 200,000 books each year, a fundraising effort by the Friends of the AADL. Hours: Sa 10am-4pm, Su 1:30-4:30pm (Sep-Apr). 343 S. Fifth Avenue.....327-4211

Aunt Agatha's. Offers new and used mystery, detective and true crime books, featuring a comprehensive selection and pleasant atmosphere. Also carries mystery jigsaw puzzles, movie posters and curios. Hours: Mo-Th 11am-7pm, Fr-Sa 11am-8pm, Su noon-5pm. 213 S. Fourth Avenue.....769-1114

Bargain Books. Acres of remaindered books at discounted prices in a former warehouse. Hours: Mo-Fr 9am-9pm, Sa 10am-9pm, Su 11am-6pm. 1621 S. State Street.....662-6192


Barnes & Noble. Over 200,000 titles, all genres, plus over 1000 books on tape, a 2,500 sq.-foot children's section. Barnes & Noble bestseller discounts and an in-store cafe. Hours: Mo-Sa 9am-11pm, Su 9am-9pm. 3235 Washtenaw Avenue.....973-0846


Books in General. This used bookstore has a good selection of all kinds of books, with an emphasis on science & technology. Hours: Mo-Sa 11am-8pm, Su noon-5pm. 332 S. State Street, above Bivouac.....769-1250

Borders Arborland. Over 200,000 titles of books, music, video and DVD. Borders bestseller discounts. Hours: Mo-Sa 9am-11pm, Su 9am-9pm. 3527 Washtenaw Avenue.....677-6948


Borders Books & Music. A browser's paradise with more than 200,000 book, video and music titles, plus a cafe. Many scholarly books, sale books, children's and computer sections, plus 2000 periodicals in 10 different languages. Discounts on bestselling cloth books and CDs; all DVD titles discounted every day. Hours: Mo-Sa 9am-11pm, Su 9am-9pm. 612 E. Liberty Street.....668-7652


Christian Crossroads. Christian books, videos, a large selection of Christian-music CDs & cassettes, expanded children's section and devotional items. Hours: Mo-Sa 10am-9pm. 2755 Oak Valley Drive.....662-6556


Common Language. Gay, lesbian and feminist works from around the world, plus a multicultural children's selection to promote a wider world view and understanding of a variety of lifestyles. Sponsors literary reading sessions and book groups. Also jewelry, sex toys, cards and music. Hours: Mo-Sa 10:30am-8pm, Su 1-5pm. 215 S. Fourth Avenue.....663-0036


Crazy Wisdom. Specializes in holistic health, psychology and spirituality, plus cards, jewelry, music, incense and crystals. Offers a tea room as a "quiet place for reflection and renewal," features live music Fr & Sa evenings. Also publishes the Crazy Wisdom calendar three times a year. Calendar lists over 400 classes on holistic practices, including yoga, tai chi, herbs and meditation. Hours: Mo-Tu 10am-10pm, We-Sa 10am-11pm, Su 11am-7pm. 114 S. Main Street.....665-2757


Crescent Imports & Publications. Specializing in Islamic books and books relating to the Middle East, Third World and Black history. Gifts, clothing and rugs also. Direct mail. Hours: by appointment. 3934 Trade Center Drive.....665-3492. Fax.....677-1717


David's Books. That's David's face painted outside the doorway which leads up the stairs to this loft bookstore--further down the wall is a mural of five famous authors to test your literary knowledge. Wide selection of used, out-of-print and rare books; good collection of chess books, used magazines and paperbacks, plus author T-shirts. Hours: Mo-Th 10am-9pm, Fr-Sa 10am-10pm, Su noon-7pm. 622 E. Liberty Street, 2nd floor.....665-8017


David's Books & Media. Now there's a David's Books in Ypsilanti too, conveniently located downtown, right next to the Michigan Avenue Branch of the Ypsilanti District Library. Contains not only the usual selection of books (and magazines, comic books, and "brain games"), but also a Media Minilab and a cell-phone service center. Hours: Mo-Th 10am-9pm, Fr-Sa 10am-11pm, Su 12 noon-6pm. 215 W. Michigan Ave......527-7137.


Dawn Treader. More books than shelf space in this great used selection, many rare books and first editions. Cited as "an absolutely fabulous shop with something for everyone" by The Used Book Lover's Guide to the Midwest. Hours: Mo-Th 11am-8pm, Fr-Sa 11am-9pm, Su 11am-6pm. 514 E. Liberty Street.....995-1008


Falling Water Books & Collectables. Literature, science, personal transformation, health, creativity and children's books. Discount on hardcovers. Hand-crafted jewelry, fountains, greeting cards, incense and gift items from around the world. Hours: Mo-Th 10am-9:30pm, Fr-Sa 10am-11pm, Su 11am-7pm. 213 S. Main Street.....747-9810


Jewel Heart Store. A broad selection of Buddhist and spiritual titles, plus books on Western psychology. Also Tibetan carpets and antiquities, Himalayan handicrafts, and Buddhist ritual supplies. Hours: Mo, We & Th 10am-6pm, Tu 10am-7:30pm, Fr & Sa 10am-8pm, Su noon-4pm. 207 E. Washington Street.....994-3385


Kaleidoscope. Fanciful and nostalgic, this endearing browser's bookshop stocks 50,000 books and 10,000 collectable postcards, with modern first-edition sci-fi, mysteries and children's literature. Vintage memorabilia, toys, albums, movie posters and sheet music. Hours: Mo-We 10am-6pm, Th-Sa 10am-8pm, Su 1-5pm. 217 S. State Street.....995-9887

Leaves of Grass Rare Books. In its 30th year, specializing in Americana, books about books and American & British literature. Mail-order service; appraisals. By appointment only. 2433 Whitmore Lake Road.....995-2300

Michigan Book & Supply. A full line of new and used textbooks, medical books, some trade books, U-M clothing & memorabilia and office supplies. Art department located on second floor. Hours: Mo-Fr 9am-6pm, Sa 9:30am-5pm, Su noon-5pm (except summer). Extended hours during textbook rush. HC. 317 S. State Street.....665-4990


Michigan Union Book Store. New and used textbooks for all courses, reference books, U-M clothing and school supplies. Hours: Mo-Fr 9am-6pm, Sa 10am-5pm, Su closed. Limited hours during summer.

530 S. State Street in Michigan Union.....995-8877


Motte & Bailey Booksellers. Buys and sells used and rare books, specializing in history, science and non-fiction. Hours: Mo-Fr 10am-8pm, Sa 10am-8pm, Su 11am-4pm. 111 E. Ann Street.....669-0451


Nicola's Books-Little Professor. All book genres. Offers 20% discount on all books used in an educational setting, 15%-30% off New York Times bestsellers, frequent buyers' cards, a good children's selection, a wide variety of magazines including imports, book discussions, story times and author signings. Hours: Mo-Sa 9am-9pm, Su 9am-6pm. Westgate Shopping Center.....662-4110


North Campus Commons Bookstore. A Barnes & Noble branch serving students who live and study on U-M's North Campus, with engineering, art, architecture and music textbooks, plus school, office and art supplies. Hours: Mo-Th 9am-6pm, Fr 9am-5pm, hours expanded during first two weeks of classes. Summer Hours: Mo-Th 9am-4pm, Fr 9am-3pm. 2101 Bonisteel Boulevard.....668-6022

Our Lady of Grace Bookstore. A Catholic bookstore carrying gifts, icons, rosaries, holy cards, statues and medals. Hours: Mo-Fr 9am-6pm, Sa 10am-3pm. 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive (in Domino's Farms).....930-3747

Shaman Drum. Specialty bookstore which focuses on the humanities, with strong sections in literature, poetry, anthropology and cultural & gender studies. New and used textbooks & course books on the second floor. Hours: Mo-Sa 10am-10pm, Su noon-6pm; 2nd floor Mo-Fr 10am-6pm, extended hours during textbook rush. 311-315 S. State Street.....662-7407 or (800) 490-7023


Talking Book World. Over 7,000 titles of books-on-tape to buy or rent. Hours: Mo-Fr 10am-8pm, Sa 10am-6pm. 3540 Washtenaw Avenue.....677-8888


Ulrich's. Textbooks, trade books, supplies, U-M insignia items and posters. Art, engineering and computer supplies are located in a nearby annex. Hours: Mo-Fr 9am-6pm, Sa 9:30am-5pm, Su noon-5pm (Sep-May) Limited hours during summer. 549 E. University Street.....662-3201


Waldenbooks. Books in all genres, including enhanced selection of children's and computer books, romance and sci-fi; also magazines. Waldenbooks bestseller discounts. Hours: Mo-Sa 10am-9pm, Su 11am-6pm. Briarwood Mall.....669-0785


West Side Book Shop. As enchanting as used bookstores come, with a good selection of antiquarian books, used books and photographs of American Indians by Edward Curtis. Hours: Mo 11am-6pm, Tu-Sa 11am-10pm, Su noon-5pm. 113 W. Liberty Street.....995-1891