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Briarwood, a mall of over 120 stores with top retail names, is off State St. north of I-94 and draws shoppers from far and wide. Anchor stores, JCPenney, Macy's, and Von Maur share space with specialty stores ranging from Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn to Eddie Bauer and a sleek Apple store. Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. North of the mall on State St. is Concord Center, where Cost Plus World Market offers housewares and edibles from around the globe.

Farther west, shopping centers cluster thickly around the interchange of Ann Arbor-Saline Road and I-94. They're dominated by national chains like Kohl's, Dick's, Best Buy, and Target.

Plymouth Road, is dotted with small shopping centers. In the Courtyard Shops, Bookbound welcomes readers of all ages and tastes with a large selection of new releases, bestsellers, classics, and children's books. Plymouth Mall, at Nixon Road, is home to the Asian-flavored Way 1 Supermarket and the small Om Market, an Indian and Pakistani grocery store. Across the street, Traver Village boasts athletic footwear at Tortoise and Hare.

Farther out Plymouth Road, east of US-23, in the old hamlet of Dixboro, Gibbons Antiques, three stores in one, stocks a unique inventory of collectibles and antiques, classic bicycles as Mike's Bikes, and an astonishing number of old buttons as The Button Lady. The Dixboro General Store offers a smattering of antiques amid country-themed new furniture and gifts.

On the west side of town, the Westgate shopping center at Jackson and Maple roads, anchored by TJ Maxx and Staples, includes beloved Nicola's Books, educational toy specialists Learning Express, children's resale boutique Grow With Me, and locally owned Mast Shoes. Across Jackson, the new Maple Village Shopping Center hosts a diverse family of national retailers, including Ulta, Sierra Trading Post, Stein Mart, and HomeGoods.

On the east side, Washtenaw Ave. between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti is dominated by restaurants and chain stores. At the Washtenaw-Stadium split is Ann Arbor's sole Trader Joe's outlet. At Platt, across from Whole Foods, Arbor Hills Crossing is home to Arhaus Furniture, Sur La Table, Anthropologie, and other upscale specialty stores. Keep an eye out for smaller, uncommon stores like art gallery Pierre Paul Design Studio, Allstate Home Leisure, and the charitable Ann Arbor Thrift Shop as you climb the hill toward Arborland, a "big box" center that's home to DSW Shoe Warehouse, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, and many more value-priced stores.

South Industrial Hwy. on Ann Arbor's southeast side hosts the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop, repurposing specialists the ReUse Center Shop as well as Urbanwood Marketplace, and, around the corner at Stimson and State, an enormous Salvation Army store. Along Packard, York, (expanded 2019), is known for its exhaustive wine inventory, sipping room, and specialty foods made by small, regional producers.

South of I-94 in a small shopping center at Platt and Ellsworth, Al Madina Trading, a self-appointed "Dubai fashion boutique," sells colorful, dazzling long dresses and hijab, while the Kasoa Africa Market specializes in West African goods and foods.

Michigan Avenue west of Ypsilanti is a sampler of American retail history, Michigan-based hypermarket Meijer, to Schmidt's Antiques, a fifth-generation family business that attracts customers from around the country to its sales of nineteenth-century European furniture and garden items.

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