Dream On Futon. Collins and her husband, John, planned to close Dream On at the end of March. The Collinses have sold futons, frames, slipcovers, shoji screens, and Asian-Žinfluenced gifts in their shop on the corner of Ashley and Liberty since 1994. They are closing be-cause, as Doreen frankly tells the constant stream of well-wishers, "We can't pay the bills anymore." The gracefully modern brick, stone, and glass corner building, owned by developer Phil Conlin, has always been a kind of bellwether of the downtown economy. Originally a Sears tire store, its most memorable incarnation to many Ann Arborites was Crow Quill Graphics, part of a counterculture triangle with the Fleetwood Diner and Mr. Flood's Party (where West End Grill now is). The death of Flood's bouncer Roger Davis, who was shot outside the West Liberty bar in 1975, is commemorated by a stone wall outside Dream ..."/>
Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Wednesday May 04, 2016
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

End of the Dream

 

continued

Doreen is both an intentional and unintentional keeper of the counterculture flame. With her pleasantly singsong Louise Lasser voice (she looks a bit like her too), it's not sur-prising to learn that she came to futons via "fifteen years making granolas, trail mixes, and nut mixes for the tri-state food coop warehouse. It was a blast. I just loved that job, but I was killing my body. Once I threw my back out, I could just look at something the wrong way and be down for two days." In the eighties, John began managing Great Lakes Futon on Main Street, and Doreen sat down at her sewing machine and taught herself to make traditional Japanese futons, eventually starting a production facility out near the Ann Arbor Airport. After Great Lakes closed, the Collinses continued to manufacture futons, selling them from their home until they opened Dream On.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News
Food Gatheres Grillin fundraiser 2016
Link to view the Ann Arbor Observer 2016 Media Guide
Follow the Ann Arbor Observer on Twitter
Holiday Inn Ann Arbor. Comfortable Hotel, a home away from home.
Become of Fan of the Ann Arbor Observer on Facebook
A link to the Summer Camps and Activities guide
Volvik L P G A championship