at acme mercantile
west end books
moosejaw outdoor store
the get up (vintage)
state + michigan theaters
it's safe to say, ann arbor (a2) is decidedly rad. we visited a2 before, when ben's brother was attending the university of michigan (here).
but this time we spent our long holiday weekend in a2 to see ben's parents- they are on sabbatical there at uofm.
see a pattern? ann arbor lures people to its cute, sleepy-college-town self because of uofm. it's a great school and has many fancy academic programs. for fancy people.
not to mention, the food scene ROCKS and there are so many shops and treasures that can't be missed. i made a list before we left for ann arbor of all the places i wanted to visit and i got so excited when all the things were in little clusters, right near each other-
so i'd be like, "oh i want to go there!"
and then another place i wanted to go to would be right next door. or across the street.
that's what i like about small towns- it's all pretty close together.
i hope it's ok i mention that my in-laws said they were worried we'd get bored in ann arbor since we live in new york city.
on the contrary.
we all need a little ann arbor every once in a while.
or rather, when you live in the city- you need a little small town sometimes.
thanks to design sponge (ann arbor city guide), nytimes (36 hours in ann arbor), yelp, trip advisor and amanda (lives in a2) for all the guidance on a2 to dos, to sees and to eats.
p.s. is anyone else in denial picnik is shutting down? i need a support group... right. now.