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. Touch 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); Harris Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); 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); Governor Alpheus Felch (approx. 0.6 miles away); William L. Clements Library (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2016, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 3 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.