The Main Street Shopping Experience
Main Street was the shopping center for the town and surrounding countryside. Businesses were locally owned, sometimes by families who lived above the shop. In early years goods were often custom made on the premises.An 1870s shopper could buy "live geese feathers," fresh oysters, smoked haddock, coal, traveling trunks, caskets, and even a “wooden, cogwheel clothes wringer." Upstairs you might have your straw hat bleached, artificial teeth set,or a new gown made “after the most approved Paris fashion.”
In the nineteenth century farm families and townsfolk might combine shopping on Main Street
Erected 2001 by Ann Arbor Historic District Commission.
Location. 42° 16.769′ N, 83° 44.912′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Liberty Street on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ann Arbor MI 48104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Allen Creek Valley Shapes the Town (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Thomas the Apostle Church (approx. half a mile away); The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club (approx. half a mile away); Rackham School of Graduate Studies (approx. half a mile away); Law Quadrangle (approx. 0.6 miles away); William L. Clements Library (approx. 0.6 miles away); Martha Cook Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Michigan Central Railroad Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Also see . . . Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit Program website. (Submitted on May 2, 2016, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 92 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.