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, 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. For your needs while in town, 911 iPhone Repair or University Flower Shop live in Nickels Arcade as well.
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.