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
In the nineteenth century farm families and townsfolk might combine shopping on Main Street with a visit to Hangsterfer’s Hall or Hill’s Opera House, or in the twentieth century to the Whitney, Orpheum, and Wuerth movie theaters
Erected 2001 by Ann Arbor Historic District Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ann Arbor MI 48104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main Street Shopping Expands (here, next to this marker); Downtown Movie Theaters (within shouting distance of this marker); Changing Retail Patterns (within shouting distance of this marker); Allen Creek Valley Shapes the Town (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Ann Arbor Railroad (about 300 feet away); Industry and Recreation on Allen Creek (about 300 feet away); Germans on Ashley Street (about 500 feet away); The Staeblers and the Germania/American Hotel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2016, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2016, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.