shop ypsi for the holidays: 2008

Last year, Linette and I, together with a lot of wonderful volunteers, waged a little guerilla Shop Ypsi for the Holidays campaign. As you may recall, it was built around a small brochure that listed the various locally-owned businesses in Ypsi, and gave a few examples as to the kinds of unique gifts you could find in this quirky little town that we so love. The idea, of course, as our friends Murph and Amanda so eloquently expressed in their supporting Ann Arbor News editorial was to keep more of our holiday shopping dollars here in town, and away from the big box retailers. (And hopefully attract a few folks from Ann Arbor and the surrounding towns in the process.)

As you might recall, that campaign started with an invitation here on the site for people to leave their local gift ideas… Well, I’d like to pose the same question to you here again.

So, what would make a good local gift?

A pair of Maggie’s Organic socks from the Food Co-Op?

A Mug Club membership from the Corner Brewery?

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  1. Brackache
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    I want urban chicken eggs!!!

    The kind that make more urban chickens!!!

  2. The Exterminator
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    I want the old 1970’s Starship Troopers boardgame I saw in Apple Annies (or is it Silver Spoon… crap).

  3. Paw
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    A drink card entitling the owner to one free beer at each downtown establishment.

    Art supplies for the budding tagger from Art Attack and Cogdon’s Ace.

    A loaf of fresh baked bread from the Co-Op bakery every week/month for a year.

    A charitable gift in your name for the Corner Health Center or Growing Hope.

  4. Brent
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Gift certifcates for dog walking/cat care/vacation visits from Deanna and Lisa of Walking the Dog. One of Ypsi’s most underrated businesses!

  5. kalliope
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    A gift membership to Ann Arbor’s ultimate frisbee league ( They have leagues that integrate people who have never played before with old masters, and not only is it fun, but you get in shape meeting lots of cool, new people.

    A really fun gift I received once was $20 in singles and my friend came with me to hold my bags as we bought all of the best treasures we could find at the Kiwanis thrift shop down on First, near the blind pig. We still play the crazy board games we found there and have a laugh. so manic.

  6. Schlomoid
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    A 30-day MM gift certificate for Ypsi prostitutes.

  7. Sarah T
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    It will be more difficult this year with Quinn’s, Gordon’s and, I suppose for some of us, that terrifying little stuffed bear store gone. I plan to shop the hell out of the Rocket. Another good idea is a membership with Good Scents, a local cut flower CSA. They have a site here:

    The music store might also have lessons.

  8. Posted November 12, 2008 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    I vote for Paw’s proposed drink card. Awesome.

  9. Chelsea
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    If the recipients are *also* local, how about gift cards to all those Ypsi chicken restaurants I’ve been reading about?

    Also, if I’m not mistaken, gang, Mark and Linette make and sell interesting things, too.

  10. Posted November 12, 2008 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Good luck trying to work out a mutually beneficial local marketting scheme with mark involving his severed unicorn heads, hahaha!

  11. Chelsea
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Well, yeah: I *was hoping SUHs wouldn’t have to come into play.

  12. amanda
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    i love the idea of the bread of the week/month from the co-op… and think it would be an awesome thing for other businesses to sell, too… like a coffee a week @ bombadill’s, a soup a week at beezy’s, a cheesecake/month from the new cheescake place…

    here’s one i’d appreciate getting– a little “save energy stocking stuffer” kit from ace’s– some compact flourescent light bulbs, rechargeable batteries, insulation strips for doors, window-plastic, etc…

    does clover computers in depot town have gift certificates for computer repair services? who wouldn’t like to have that on hand already for the inevitably stressful time when a computer breaks…

  13. designated devil-worshipper
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Do drug dealers sell gift certificates? How about giving the gift that keeps on giving?

  14. Jill
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    I love Lisa and Deanna from Walking the Dog! I don’t live in Ypsi any more, but they did a great job walking my dog Cody (of “Hosanna” at the Heritage Fest Parade fame).

  15. Posted November 13, 2008 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to get (and give) Four Square raised garden beds from Growing Hope — Maybe with a couple big red recycling tubs full of compost!

  16. Brackache
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Those coffeepot robot-head lamps from the Shadow Art Fair were pretty swell.

  17. Sonic Reducer
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    I like the local posts best, mark.

    An entire week of nonpolitical posts about Ypsi and Ypsi people would be a great gift.

  18. Posted November 14, 2008 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    @Lisele: I think Growing Hope also offers a “package” of seeds/seedlings to fill your raised-bed garden with. Seedlings won’t work as a December gift, but seeds could make a stocking stuffer.

  19. KP
    Posted November 16, 2008 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I would like a gift certificate to the Ugly Mug.

  20. Posted November 18, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    A home energy audit from the Clean Energy Coalition – 124 Pearl Street, Suite 402.

  21. dennycee
    Posted November 30, 2008 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    A “Friend of the Library Membership” or books off the “Friends” bookstore shelves.
    A Growing Hope Calendar
    Devil Ducks from the Rocket
    That flat out hugemungous geode that I have been watching at the World of Rocks or a piece of a meteorite or that Trilobite Fossil
    Wine making kit from U-Brew on Washtenaw
    Flex Ticket pack for the Midwest Sliders at Oestriek -semi-pro baseball in Ypsianti -I’M THERE!!
    A pass to one of the Guided Historic Walking Tours that the Riverside Neighborhood Association is offering
    A gift certificate for a spa day at 11 West Salon
    Muffins from Terry Bakery
    One of Lesley’s Purses from What is that Gallery or one of David’s mugs or t-shirts
    An “Ypsilicious” t-shirt from Heikk’s on Michigan (with a matching pair Ypsipantis)
    A whole cheesecake from the Old World Bakery
    Cookies from Queen of Hearts
    Gift certificate for anything at Cafe Luwac, Ugly Mug or Bombadills
    A night at the Parish House or Queens Inn – just spoil me
    Passes to the Ypsilanti Firehouse Museum or the Auto Museum.
    Those earrings I’ve had my eyes on at Studio Glamor Fashions
    Certificate for a Spinning Class or Yoga at Ypsi Studio – BETTER YET! – a massage
    Girt certificate for Tai Chi with Greg at the Riverside Arts – maybe ticketsw for aprodution by PTD
    Any of those local hand crafted lotions at Simply deVine
    One of those candle things at Glemps
    That piece of pink Swiss polka-dot Fenton glass in the window at Look in the Attic
    OMG! – that antique mirror at Materials Unlimited- the one as clear as a brook
    I’m thinking ink or piercing at Liquid Swordz

    This is my short list. Shopping local is not hard.

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