The cycle savants behind Town N Country Bikes take pride in their vast collective knowledge of all things velocipede. In addition to carrying a full array of bikes and products from lines such as Specialized, Kink Bikes, and Fit Bikes, they offer upkeep and repair services to keep two-wheeled companions in excellent condition, as well as rent bikes. The staffers help riders of all stripes find their ideal bikes and accessories based on individual experience level and the number of buses they're able to jump over at once.
Town N Country Bikes also caters to wintertime sports. Technicians keep skis and snowboards in gear with waxing services, allowing alpine adventurers to plummet down slopes at maximum velocity, and edge sharpening, which helps them carve deep into the snow, control their speed, and swerve around yodelers.
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.
Nestled in the Kerrytown Market & Shops, Elephant Ears swaddles babies in a bevy of fair-trade, organic, and sustainable apparel and accessories made from natural fibers. The store seeks out manufacturers with ethical business practices, and a large portion of its inventory is crafted outside of the United States, in countries such as Israel, Canada, and New Zealand. Bright colors, interesting patterns, and comfortable fabrics set apart Elephant Ears' cloth diapers, wearable blankets, and baby slings perfect for sneaking extra buffet portions.
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.
Founded by two wilderness guides in 1992, Moosejaw has merged an Everest-sized variety of top-flight outdoor goods with thoughtful, friendly service, leading CityVoters to name the retailer the Best Outdoor Apparel store for two years running. Beloved brands such as The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hard Wear, Marmot, and Arc'teryx decorate the walls, and Moosejaw's own product line has fanatics worldwide. Outfit a summer surfing trip with some funky boardshorts ($19.99–$59) and some Hyperflex Mesh gloves ($23.95) to ensure maximum tread when open-face slapping disorderly waves. There's an extensive array of footwear to pacify and protect your lower paws. Lace haters and hip Dutch tulip farmers can slip on the snug Merrell clogs ($70). Moosejaw's glut of gear covers a wide range of activities, from snowboarding and rock climbing to indoor sunglassing and extreme strollering.
People's Food Co-op and Café Verde began more than 40 years ago, when graduate students from the University of Michigan first partnered with a Detroit farmer to bring locally grown produce to Ann Arbor. These days, the co-op partners with farms all across Michigan. Items in the store are labeled to give an idea of how far they’ve traveled: “local” means it's from less than 120 miles away, whereas “made in Michigan” means the goods are sourced from somewhere in the state or made on top of a map of the state.
In addition to its expansive produce section, the co-op holds a hot-food bar, a salad bar, a deli, a bakery, and a café rife with the aromas of 100% fair-trade, organic espressos, macchiatos, and lattes. The friendly staff also forges a variety of café sandwiches and pastries, some of which are vegan-friendly and others of which merely nod politely.