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Nearby Shopping in Ann Arbor

From fine spices, herbs and teas in Kerrytown, to independently-owned bookstores and funky vintage dresses in the Main Street District, there’s plenty of interesting spots to browse in Ann Arbor, MI. With four distinct commercial districts, Ann Arbor provides everything from University of Michigan memorabilia and unique clothing to handmade jewelry and antique home goods. Here’s the best five shops and stops to peruse on your next shopping spree in Ann Arbor. 


Underground Sounds

Listen up music lovers – Underground Sounds is about to become your new favorite shop. Ann Arbor’s independent record store with a killer selection and incredible atmosphere, Underground Sounds stocks nearly 10,000 vinyl records and CDs in their cozy space.

Whether you’re looking for the latest releases or a specific something you’ve had your eye on, their staff can help.  

Insider Tip

The space is small and fills up quick, so be patient – it’s worth it!

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Dear Golden

What started in 2008 as a shop selling exclusively vintage clothing has turned into the wonderfully-funky Dear Golden.

With everything from timeless vintage pieces to antique quilts to modern accessories and clothes, Dear Golden has something for all styles. Plus, the charming, exposed brick interior has a light and bright feel that makes shopping here a total breeze. 

Insider Tip

They’re closed Monday & Tuesday.

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Literati Bookstore

Literati Bookstore opened in 2013 in quaint downtown Ann Arbor. With shelves packed with books and a calendar full of events, Literati keeps a book in everyone’s bags and friendship in everyone’s lives. This is as much a bookstore as it is a gathering place for book lovers, bringing community to our quaint college town. 

Shop books in all genres or simply swing by to socialize. While you’re there, pick up stationary, pens, and even Literati gear so you can rep the bookstore even when you’re not in Ann Arbor.

Insider Tip

Want to support Literati even after you go home? Sign up for their Subscription Program and get books sent straight to your door all year round!

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Thistle & Bess

Every home could use a bit of vintage flare. Find goods both old and new at Thistle & Bess, an Ann Arbor favorite for thoughtful goods. A self-described treasure trove for the “stylish hostess seeking a luxurious lifestyle,” Thistle & Bess stocks everything from high-quality vintage to old-world antiques. 

Shop everything from barware to necklaces, candles to cups, all sourced from around the world. They also host workshops and events if you’re in the mood to learn more about art and antiques.

Insider Tip

Shop locally handcrafted goods from makers like Unwilted Flowers, incredibly realistic paper flowers that are perfect for a gift.

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Kerrytown Market & Shops

Step back in time at Kerrytown Market & Shops, one of the most unique shopping destinations in Ann Arbor. The shopper experience here is second-to-none, born of a community of shopkeepers doing what they love. 

Learn about art and the artists who make it as you shop their creations, whether that’s jewelry, toys, or even sausage and smoked fish. Kerrytown also hosts various special events so you can experience the market in a whole new way.

Insider Tip

Check out sales, specials and events at First Fridays Kerrytown from 5-8 pm.

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