La Belle Maison at 333 S. Main St in downtown Ann Arbor, MI has beautiful housewares that have been carefully selected from international destinations and are flea-market inspired with unique treasures.
In need of a ‘birthday recovery kit’? How about ‘Hander-pants?’ Wondering what ‘hander-pants even are? If so, head into Middle Earth in downtown Ann Arbor, located by the U of M campus on S. University. They sell unique and funky gift items- books, jewelry, toys and accessories. They have fun houseware and office items, such as jumbo fridge magents, and many gag items.
For the last few weeks we’ve had many clients and vendors stop in & bring us gorgeous and generous treats & sweets! Pictured above is a homemade snowman (with a festive light up top!) decked out with candy and sweets on a wonderful Christmas tray with more candy, from Bank of America! It displays perfectly in our lobby welcoming clients and guests to take a piece for the road =] Happy holidays, from The Bouma Group.
Motte & Bailey Booksellers is located in downtown Ann Arbor on Fourth St in Kerrytown. They have a variety of books from Religion to Art, from the Civil War to Music… something for everyone!
Selo/Shevel Gallery is located on Main St. in downtown Ann Arbor, MI. The gallery specializes in ceramics, glass, textiles, wood, & imports from all over (Italy, Japan, Tibet, etc.)
Right downtown Ann Arbor on Main St. is 16 Hands Gallery. The 16 Hands is a collection of different artists coming together bring their unique styles to Ann Arbor. From wall art, jewelry, home accents, lighting sculptures, and more!
In Ann Arbor, summer is full of events! Top of the Park, Art Fair, Summer Festival, etc., but what about fall?
In October there’s the Halloween Farmer’s Market in Kerrytown. Bring the kids that Saturday for trick-or-treating with the local vendors. They also have pumpkin carving! Sunday the Artisan’s Market & Kerrytown Shops have a kid costume parade with haystacks and stories, AND a treasure hunt! Also in Kerrytown, the Spice Merchants will have pumpkin dip & ginger cookies out Oct. 23 from 12-2. Hollanders School of Paper & Arts has many unique classes held the rest of the month- Letterpress Printing, journaling, Collage Techniques, & Paper Marbling.
And in November Ann Arbor holds the Jewish Book Fest at the Jewish Community Center. Have “Lunch and Learn” and shop the books for sale. It’s film counterpart is held mid-May. Nov. 13th Michigan A Cappella Fest (MACFest) will be at Rackham Auditorium doing a showcase of all 15 UM a’cappella groups.
Stay tuned for Winter events!
Located in downtown Ann Arbor on Liberty St., is the A2 Bead Gallery. They offer classes on beads, metals, stones, wire, & glass. And for the experienced crafter they offer a plethera of various beads… seed beads, pendants, gemstones, gold & sterling silver, bone, wood, oriental, etc. beads. They also have work stations that allow you to work right there!
If Ann Arbor hasn’t made itself clear already as to how unique and fun it truly is, than right now its screaming at the top of its lungs, because we in downtown Ann Arbor have something that no other city does… FAIRY DOORS! To me, the idea of the fairy doors almost seems like something from the imagination of London or an area overwhelmed with history.
Its quite an interesting story behind how the fairy doors came to be and alot of fun to venture around the town looking for them. But if you dont have the time to stroll the streets of downtown, head to the website for a list of where you can find them. The door above is built-in to the main door to The Ark on Main St.
Four Directions is located at 211 S Main right next door to Falling Water, in downtown Ann Arbor. Four Directions sells gemstones, fossils, metal art, pottery, candles, and jewelry for all ages and tastes. Browse for unique finds or pick up a thoughtful, one of a kind gift for a friend– and take advantage of their in-house giftwrapping!