I encountered Earth Wisdom Music at a national conference for psychotherapists 5 years ago. I've been back to the conference most years since, and every time I look forward to visiting the EWM booth. Minda Hart has the BEST T-shirts I have ever seen collected in one place ...more- the funniest, wisest, most beautiful, most irreverent. First, the shirts are all top quality. You can get funny stuff on CafePress.com, but the quality there is crap - the designs are obviously pixellated and blown up way farther than the original images can ever support, and the shirts themselves vary both in thickness/quality and in size range. Not so Earth Wisdom Music's T-shirts! Most come in a huge range of sizes, they are all of solid, quality cotton, and the funny things they say and depict are always designed for a T-shirt and look great. They also last practically forever. I must own about 2/3 of Minda's selection of funny T-shirts, and all are still wearable . . . despite getting a LOT of wear, over the past 5 years. The comments and depictions are also among the funniest I have ever seen, anywhere, and I include on CafePress.com, whose primary (only?) real advantage is the ability to search thousands of motifs at one time. Nope. EWM's shirts are *still* funnier, wiser, more pithy, more moving. I've worn a lot myself and have given many as gifts - I even buy them in March, when the conference is held, for the next Christmas. (My mother-in-law got the one with a cartoon of the Dalai Lama opening an empty box and exclaiming with joy, \"Just what I always wanted! Nothing!!\") Even if I've seen or heard the joke elsewhere (very rarely), EWM's shirts make them look *great.* Minda is also helpful and friendly and tries to help you lay your hands on just the size you want. They aren't all funny; some are beautiful hand-painted works of art, or feature gorgeous Celtic embroidery or designs. Regardless - the T-shirts are all top quality and truly several cuts above even a good T-shirt. And that's just the T-shirts! Minda also offers an incredible selection of handmade, hand-painted silk and silk velvet and sometimes beaded jackets, capes, dusters, and scarves, in some of the loveliest colors and configurations I've ever seen. She has a wide range, from the small silk scarf you can't resist, all the way up to serious wearable-art formalwear. (Yes, I own several of these too.) Her burnout-velvet peacock scarves and wraps are simply gorgeous. Again, the quality is absolutely top-of-the-line, and the items are things you can wear for years. They aren't the current fashion - they are timeless. I haven't even mentioned the music!! The truth is, in a conference setting, where I can see and stroke and drool over the sumptuous, silky, jewel-toned fabrics and laugh over the T-shirts, the CD cases really don't stand a chance. Next year! Next year!view less
BEST selection of vintage dresses and costume jewelry. Ann Arbor's vintage loving community is lucky to have this place. They not only carry premium women's vintage, but Men's vintage as well. The prices are fair and the staff is knowledgable and friendly. You can tell the o...morewner really cares about vintage clothing and her customers.view less
I have been waiting for Maurice's to come to Ann Arbor for YEARS!!! I have been shopping at the Petoskey and Howell stores for at least 10 years. So excited for the grand opening this week!