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Shopping - Downtown Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti has two historically rich commercial districts: its downtown on Michigan Avenue and Depot Town, nestled next to the Huron River on East Cross. Depot Town hosts one-of-a-kind shops, including Jim MacDonald Antiques, Apple Annie's Vintage Clothing, Two Jerks Records, and Dennis's Music, which sells used and new musical instruments and accessories. Salt City Antiques carries oriental rugs and modern-retro furniture from more than a dozen dealers, while offerings from Artifact & Whimsy range from new handmade crafts and jewelry to vintage furniture. Baron Glassworks studio, on Railroad Street, showcases luminous hand-blown pieces, while Nelson Amos Studio features the artist's portraits, landscapes, and cityscapes of Ypsilanti landmarks. The Eyrie is a Michigan-centric artisan gift shop, while the MI General Store stocks Michigan-made craft beer, wine, candy, snacks, and condiments. Coin collectors head to Old Towne Coin & Gold, while Schultz Outfitters lures area fly fishermen with its selection of rods, reels, lines, tying supplies, waders, and more.

Downtown Ypsilanti stores promise a variety of unique finds, including restored architectural antiques and period lighting Materials Unlimited, upcycled and repurposed furniture and home goods at a2vintage, and eclectic vintage treasures and Bowerbird Mongo. Ypsilanti Cycle a popular bicycle shop; World of Rocks sells fossils, meteorites, geodes, shells, and minerals; the Rocket stocks novelty toys and candy; and Puffer Red's is a source for urban clothing and shoes. True to its name, Mix offers a wide variety of new and used wearables and artful objects, Madd Gear Boutique sells sleek, alluring, evening wear for women of all sizes. A high-end women's boutique, the Purse Junki, offers the latest in fashion trends. At the Model Cave Hobby Shop, a vast array of new and vintage model building kits draws enthusiasts from as far away as Toledo and Kalamazoo.



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