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Big Changes at Small Stores



"fast" versions and, more lately, a "slow" counter culture, one that advocates that we pay more, buy local, and buy quality.

In some ways that's the retail theme of this new millennium, and there is no shortage of examples in Ann Arbor. Here are updates on two that are quietly following their own slow, less-is-more paths.

Busy Hands is known to most people as an extremely high-end knitting supply store, but owner Rebecca Konieczny ("you pronounce it Rebecca K," she says drily) wishes to correct that image.

From its beginning almost eleven years ago, Rebecca K says, Busy Hands has been "a place to buy things made by hand or things to make them yourself." Accessories like Laurel Burch bags, or jewelry ("I look for vintage-like things") have always been part of the picture. Then, last year, she began selling real clothes. There's not much, but it's of high quality and, with one exception, made in the United States.

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