Planning a shopping trip for your family? Supporting small businesses in Ann Arbor is a great place to start. From bookstores to jewelry stores, and from clothing to artwork, this list will cover all of your small business shopping needs.
Small Business Saturday takes place nationally on November 25. Join the community in showing the businesses we love a little extra love this year!
The FOUND Gallery has a beautiful collection of home decor, jewelry, bags, paper goods, and items from featured artists. FOUND constantly has new pieces from a large variety of artists. FOUND owners pride themselves on providing unique items and displays that are always new and changing.
415 N 5th Ave. Ann Arbor. 734-302-3060.
Four Directions is a small family-owned business that sells crystals, minerals, fossils, jewelry and artwork. They source their products from all over the world to provide a variety of unique pieces. Four Directions has stones and crystals ranging from $10 smaller stones to rare and larger pieces, so there is something for every collector.
211 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-996-9250.
Comic book lover, or not, Vault of Midnight is a worthwhile stop on a shopping trip around Ann Arbor. The Vault of Midnight strives to present its selection of comics, games, graphic novels and other products as unique, fun, and accessible to all.
219 S. Main St. Ann Arbor. 734- 998-1413.
Started by a University of Michigan grad, BYOC (bring your own container), is a small business that focuses on reducing single-use plastic consumption. BYOC encourages customers to bring in their own containers, purchase a new container, or take one from their free donation shelf. From there, BYOC employees will guide customers through the process of filling their containers with the products that they desire. They offer a variety of household products such as cleaning agents, laundry detergents, hand soaps, and shampoo.
255 E Liberty St, Suite 215, Ann Arbor. 734-492-3933.
Ann Arbor Running Company is the one-stop shop for all of your running needs. They carry men and women’s running clothing, running shoes, fitness watches, running gloves, and more. All employees have been through “Shoe School” training and have a range of knowledge about running supplies. Ann Arbor Running company also has three locations all in Ann Arbor, making it a convenient place to shop no matter where in the Ann Arbor area you are from.
901 W Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor. 734-662-2400.
209 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor. 734.997.5223.
2621 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor. 734.623.9640.
826 Michigan Robot Supply Co. carries toys, puzzles, games, crafts, paper products, household gadgets and more. It is the perfect place to shop to find items that spark your creativity and innovation. All of the proceeds made through this small business go directly to supporting 826 Michigan, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students in Ypsilanti.
115 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor. 734-761-3463.
Ferne Boutique is a woman-owned and operated small business in downtown Ann Arbor. They offer women’s clothing that provides looks ranging from professional attire to loungewear. Ferne’s employees seek to help customers find pieces that fit their needs and help customers style their individual pieces into beautiful outfits.
217 S. 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor. 734-369-2526.
From customizable and pre-made gift boxes for any occasion to ‘Swiftie Gifties” for the Taylor Swift lovers in your life, Rock Paper Scissors seems to have gift options for all. Rock Paper Scissors prides itself on being a small, woman-owned and operated business since 2012. They also offer sweet treats, paper products, candles, bath and body products, and more!
216 S. Main St. Ann Arbor. 734-531-6264.
If you’re looking for a cozy local business to purchase your books from, Literati Bookstore is a great place to shop. Literati Bookstore offers books from a wide range of genres, so everyone can find a book that fits their interests. If you love to talk about books or can’t find a book that sparks your curiosity, Literati’s knowledgeable staff is always willing to help suggest some of their favorites for you to try.
124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. 734-585-5567.
Bivouac has been a great place to shop in the Ann Arbor Area since 1971. Originally created to be an army surplus store, Bivouac has since expanded to selling a variety of clothing and accessories. Bivouac carries a large selection of brands and has clothing for nearly every lifestyle.
336 S State St. Ann Arbor. 734-761-6207.
V2V is a locally owned business that carries beauty and wellness products, clothing, accessories and shoes. V2V has a knowledgeable staff that is always up to date on the latest trends to help you find items that are perfect for your wardrobe.
415 N 5th Ave, Ann Arbor. 734 665 9110
Booksweet is another cozy local bookstore that strives to be a community space where readers and writers can gather to converse. Through their local author section, Booksweet supports and promotes authors in the area. Their small team of employees care deeply about the shop and are always available to help customers find the perfect book to read.
At 16 Hands Ann Arbor customers can find jewelry, art pieces, beauty and wellness items, accessories and more. 16 Hands seeks to represent both emerging and established artists through their diverse collection of items. The owners passion for the environment and sustainability shines through their business operations, and they have been a recipient of the Washtenaw County ‘WASTE NOT’ award multiple times. By shopping at 16 Hands, customers can find beautiful items, support small businesses, and know that they are purchasing sustainably all at the same time.
407 N 5th Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1110.