Owner Ed Davidson and the team at Bivouac stock their shelves with clothing and accessories for both civilization and the wilderness, with brands such as Lacoste, Citizen of Humanity, Levi's, and The North Face. Marc by Marc Jacobs logo stud earrings ($38) shield lobes from mosquito bites, and Patagonia's multiuse skirt ($55) accommodates hiking and biking with its recycled-polyester stretchiness and built-in shorts. Men's beige nylon surplus pants ($55) from The North Face dry quickly after getting caught in the rain, and the Cascade Designs Pocket Rocket canister stove ($39.95) boils a liter of water in fewer than 3.5 minutes, perfect for quick midcamping purification or midmeeting ramen noodles. Patrons can choose to visit Bivouac's historical storefront and browse the teeming racks, or shop Bivouac's website, which offers free gift wrapping and free shipping.
To help customers fully claim their favorite equipment, Style Flip provides completely customizable decals for many of today's personal gizmos. Users simply upload a photo that will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind decal to guard their gear from the earth's ravaging atmosphere. The shielding skins come in a variety of shapes and can be used for many popular products, including cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, and more. After etching the frozen memories onto bubble-free protective film, Style Flip mails the personalized sticker straight to your home.
Open for more than two decades, Orchid Lane is a fair-trade importer with a commitment to providing products produced only under humane working conditions for a fair wage. As well as offering plus sizes, maternity wear, and popular brands such as Kenzie, Betsey Johnson, Habitat, and Pura Vida, items that Orchid Lane designs and produces under its own label are sold in the store. Check out handmade clothes, such as a 100% silk wrap skirt made in India ($15+) or a 100% cotton pleated tank top made in Guatemala ($29), both of which are sure to become treasured wardrobe pieces that will never be let go, no matter how much a sibling begs or a poker game goes awry. Fashionable blue jeans ($39+) available in styles such as straight, flare, boot, and Smurf cut, turn a lunch with friends or a chess match with a mirror into just another occasion to look amazing. All jewelry items, such as necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, are handcrafted with natural gemstones, including amber, turquoise, emerald, ruby, and sapphire.
Stocking shelves with new and recycled duds since 1971, Ragstock fortifies wardrobes with a storefront brimming with new and recycled men's and women's clothing and accessories. In addition to mainstream garments, stores sling eclectic outfit accouterments such as neon suspenders ($9.99) and thick-rimmed spectacles ($4.99+) that allow shoppers to evoke the air of literature professors without blithely quoting Joyce.
When Adorn Me made its debut in 2004, it was designed to showcase stylish accessories and the handmade jewelry of parent company and downstairs neighbor The Bead Gallery. But today the boutique’s inventory includes everything from vegan purses and Vera Bradley bags to a white cutout dress by Skunkfunk, perfect for a summer party or hiding from pursuers in front of a picket fence. Grace hats, Espe wallets, and ensembles from Scrapbook Originals still balance beautifully with beaded baubles from The Bead Gallery’s in-house artists.
Steven Michael Lesse, who co-owns Abracadabra Jewelry & Gem Gallery with his wife Katherine, began crafting fine jewelry in the 10th grade, and refined his craft as a bachelor of fine arts student at Wayne State University. Since 1974, Abracadabra Jewelry & Gem Gallery has created original fine jewelry and wedding bands from aquamarines and emeralds, rubies and sapphires, garnets, opals, pearls, and an extensive selection of diamonds. Today, Lesse and his staff, which includes two full-time goldsmiths and five jewelry designers, create all jewelry from custom eco-metals, which are made in-store or exclusively for the store. Jewelry craftsmen work with customers to design, sketch, and construct custom pieces based on photographs, descriptions, or trips to Mordor, and specialize in one-of-a-kind classic and Celtic-inspired wedding bands. Based on the company's nearly 40-year tradition of serving the community, AnnArbor.com noted that “it is easy to see why customers keep coming back.