My class schedule shakes out so that Tuesday and Wednesday are pretty awful, but the rest of the days of the week aren’t too shabby. And, in particular, Friday is awesome – just one class, first thing in the morning, and then freeeeeeedom!
Right now, things aren’t too crazy. The reading isn’t unmanageable, the panic about exams/internships/everything hasn’t really started yet, and I still have time to actually, you know, enjoy Ann Arbor. And so I do.
A couple weeks ago, I had to go to my bank (which inconveniently only has a branch on Main Street), so I decided to take the opportunity to browse through some stores on the way. I didn’t buy anything (after all, I’m a poor grad student), but I had a lot of fun browsing. And, as I was walking, I kept seeing restaurants and shops that are either new to Ann Arbor or that I simply hadn’t noticed before – there’s so many more places to visit!
First stop was Avtomobile (which I gather is actually pronounced automobile). This was a really cute store – a fun mix of random vintage things and Michigan-themed gear.
They also had lots of fun little treasures:
I loved this stack of Michigan sweatshirts:
And they make their own Michigan graphic t-shirts. These were pretty awesome; I almost caved and bought one:
Next stop was Cherry Republic, which features cherries in pretty much every imaginable configuration. I love stores with Michigan-made products.
They also had cherry soda, which I wanted to buy for the name alone – Boomchuggalugga. Awesome.
And, how polite of them:
Then, it was off to 10,000 Villages, which has long been one of my favorite stops on Main Street. They always have such unique products from artisans all around the world.
I loved these heart shaped stones:
And I thought the packaging on these chocolates was really fun:
Finally, I passed by the Selo/Shevel Gallery, which always has the best window displays. I didn’t actually go inside, but I had fun checking out the displays. This one was my favorite:
And finally, I went here. But that’s the subject of a whole ‘nother post 🙂