December 23, 2021

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Blink, and it seems like you’d miss this holiday season. It feels like Thanksgiving was yesterday, Hanukkah flew by, and now Christmas is on top of us. Yet, Ann Arbor still sparkles with glowing lights, eye-catching decorations, and most of all, festive windows painted by the Brush Monkeys.

This year, the all-weather artists painted seventy-five storefronts and businesses in Ann Arbor, and another eighty-six across Southeast Michigan, says Mary Thiefels, managing partner of Brush Monkeys and Tree Town Murals. (Brush Monkeys was featured in this WEMU-FM report a year ago.) 

Here are some views around town, with photos by the Observer’s LR Nuñez and me. Everyone here wishes you a wonderful holiday. Next week, we’ll bring you a special year-end issue looking at how Ann Arbor changed in 2021.

Micki Maynard, editor

A repairman made of snow tinkers with a car in the window at Mallek's Service on Jackson Ave., where a wreath on the door pays tribute to late owner John Mendler. Photo: LR Nuñez

What's caught this little robot's attention? A snowy display at Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair. Photo: LR Nuñez.

As evening approaches, the holiday lights come on inside Nickels Arcade. Photo: Micheline Maynard

Do you believe in Santa? Don't stop, declares Rock Paper Scissors on Main. Photo: LR Nuñez

The frosted window of La Dolce Vita on Main looks as delectable as the desserts inside. Photo: LR Nuñez

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