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Near the U-M's Central Campus, the State Street area attracts throngs of students mingled with townies. The boutiques Pitaya and Verbena have trendy bohemian apparel for young women on a budget, while Urban Outfitters boasts street-smart fashions and funky housewares. Along with a deep selection of outdoor adventure equipment, Bivouac offers trendsetting clothes and brand-name outerwear like Patagonia and Woolrich. The clothing racks at The Getup are filled with high-quality men's and women's vintage outfits. M Den offers t-shirts and athletic wear U-M related while The Victors Collection sells designer clothing brands subtly embellished with U-M indicia for Wolverine fans who prefer a more professional look.

Book and music stores are growing scarcer all over, but on Liberty east of Division, Dawn Treader does a thriving used-book business, Literati for new books and events on Washington, and Encore Records houses a staggering selection of vintage vinyl and used CDs. Upstairs on State, Wazoo Records is a campus institution, selling new and used CDs and albums of both mainstream and indie music.

Between State and Maynard stretches Nickels Arcade, a glass-roofed walkway lined with boutiques, offices, and galleries. Its quaint European charm is mirrored in the shops and their wares: fine menswear and shoes at Van Boven; imported brush and comb sets and cigars and cigarettes at Maison Edwards; meticulously restored antiques at the Arcadian; dramatic handmade jewelry at Ten; offbeat collectibles at the Caravan Shop; antique maps and prints of the Great Lakes at Parrish Fine Framing & Art; and edgy, artsy women's clothing at Mix.

Although most of South University Avenue is devoted to student food and drink, retail attractions include the street-wear clothing store Motivation and Underground Printing, the flagship of a college-wear chain whose owners started the business as U-M undergrads.



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