This holiday season, feel great about shopping small to support businesses in Ypsilanti! Area businesses have gone above and beyond to make holiday shopping as easy as possible to encourage shopping local. To help get started, we’ve put together a quick-glance guide to shopping around Ypsi for everyone on your list. Don’t forget to pick up something for yourself- You deserve it! 

Top Retail to Shop 

Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center: Blackstone specializes in African American literature, and is connected to the industry’s largest active book inventory. In-store visitors can browse books, select games, documentaries, jewelry, and more. 

Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center

The Conjure Goddess: Items sold are carefully crafted and positively intended, aiming to empower and connect buyers. Browse manifesting oils and candles, cosmetics, and sage products to get started.  

Thimbleberry: Take care of a few folks on your list with one visit to Thimbleberry! Buy handmade ceramics, knitted mittens, holiday themed decorations, and artisan goodies ideal for everyone.   

Thimbleberry display

World of Rocks: This specialty store carries rare gems, fossils, and crystals. Help design and create a piece of custom jewelry for your loved ones with gems you select at the store!   

World of Rocks

Evenstar’s Chalice: Evenstar’s carries spiritual supplies that make the soul smile. Choose from prayer beads, candles, and services like tarot card readings. Writers will enjoy the colorful journals sold here.  

Evenstar's Chalice

View more retail shops in Ypsilanti here.  

Support Local Artists 

This, That & the ODDer Things: Pick out Holiday treasures, stocking stuffers, and mystery pre-made gift boxes that are ready to be gifted. Browse artwork, tarot decks, spell kits, and one-of-a-kind finds here. 

This, That & the ODDER Things

Nelson Amos Studio: Give the unconventional gift of artist services like specially made cards, custom framing for all sizes, oil portraits, and local images of Ypsilanti to share the love of Ypsi.  

Twisted Things: Find the work of 50+ local artists creating organic apothecary products and curious goods including oddities and ethically and sustainably sourced animal and plant items.   

Vendor Markets: There are many talented artists in the area sharing their work at vendor showcases and events including the upcoming Krampus Market taking place at The YPSI, and the Holiday Extravaganza later in December at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse.   

View more holiday markets and events here.  


Ypsilanti-Themed Presents  

Stone & Spoon: Artisan kitchen, home, and garden goods make great gifts for every loved one! From Ypsilanti magnets to specialty cookbooks and crafted cutting boards, find a perfect present here.   

Stone and Spoon

Brick & Mortar Modern General Store: Find Water Tower-themed presents and Michigan-made products at this modern general store! Along with home décor and great presents, the creative owners also specialize in custom framing.  

The Rocket: Shop thousands of Super Cool gifts like inspiring Rosie the Riveter items, Ypsi T-shirts, and baby onesies. Browse holiday ornaments, themed novelties, Pop! Figures, and all sorts of prepackaged candy.  

The Rocket ornaments

Stardust Ypsi: (Temporarily closed) Ypsilanti’s Galactic Gift Shop carries art prints, keychains, mugs, and a large selection of goodies relating to Ypsi, created by local artists. Check out the 4-in-1 gift containing a unique candle, ornament, and cocktail/mocktail glass perfect for any Ypsi fan.  

Unicorn Feed & Supply: Visit the only Unicorn store around and pick up an “Ypsi Sparkles” pin and T-shirt, exclusive Rainbow Ypsilanti socks, plus LGBTQ themed gifts, sticker books, all-things mermaids, and adorable stuffed animals.  

Unicorn Feed & Supply

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The Coolest Clothing 

Puffer Reds: This family-owned business and well-known entertainment destination carries the latest apparel and fashion exclusives. Shop new sneaker launches, and dozens of brands like Nike and Purple Brand for all ages and style preferences.  

Puffer Reds showroom

MIX: Browse a curated collection of artistically chic clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Each piece is a fashion statement and work of art. Brands include Comfy USA, Rundholz, and Kadem Sasson.  

Mix exterior

Love at First Try: Pick out tops and bottoms, curvy love apparel, and the latest fly, fun, feminine fashion.  Follow their facebook page for style ideas and the latest arrivals.   

Gentle Vibes Vintage: Retro clothing and psychedelic relics are found here! Step back in time and find awesome deals on all things vintage including purses, hats, printed ties, and more.  

Gentle Vibes Vintage

One DNA: Shop the gender-neutral collection leading the unisex trend, offering eco-conscious items made to wear and repair over time. Limited quantities are available, so buy early this holiday season!  

Thrift Shops: Thrift shops in Ypsilanti offer several options for toys, clothing, shoes, decorations, fixtures, and all kinds of goods. Visit the Ypsilanti Thrift Shop downtown, and the Thrift Depot in Depot Town for hidden treasures!  

Antique & Vintage Finds 

Salt City Antiques: Explore two stories of Mid-Century furniture and antiques, clothing, books, and jewelry. Find a selection of retro holiday decorations and gifts that will happily bring folks back in time.  

Salt City Antiques

Jim MacDonald’s & Apple Annie’s Vintage: This Depot Town storefront carries silver goods, apparel and hats, a selection of old and new toys, Kit-Kat clocks, and all things vintage. 

Materials Unlimited: Browse three floors of beautiful, historic household furnishings and fixtures. From stained glass masterpieces to century-old supplies, enjoy shopping for a loved one in this picturesque space. 

Materials Unlimited

Ambient Antiques: Shop from a personal collection of carefully chosen antiques! From seasonal-themed throwback items, to picking out a great piece you know someone will love, Ambient has it all.  

View more antique & vintage shops in Ypsilanti here.    

Hobbies & Special Interests 

Ypsilanti Running Company: The friendly staff is ready to help pick out the best gear for walkers and runners. Find stylish outdoor apparel, plus top quality running shoes and protein bars for stocking stuffers.  

Ypsilanti Running Company

Schultz Outfitters: Fly-fishing is a year-round activity! This fly shop & guide service specializes in angling, instruction, and fly-fishing trips. Schultz carries rods, reels, fly lines, and everything a fly-fisher needs.   

ModelCave: Choose from model cars, planes, statues, boats, and more at this single stop model building shop. The storefront offers new and vintage kits, tools and paint supplies, and plenty of fun.   

Model Cave

Olympia Skateshop: Stock up the skaters in your life with the right goods so they’re ready to visit the two Ypsilanti skateparks nearby! Buy footwear, apparel, skateboard decks and hardware here.  

Comics and Board Games: Searching for comic books or specialty board games and pieces? Check out Fun 4 All Comics & Games for new weekly comics and several games.  Golden Rhino Games serves the tabletop gaming community by carrying a wide variety of games and hobby supplies.  

For the Love of Music  

Grove Studios: Give your loved one personal studio time and Grove Studios swag! This 24/7 creative space offers gift cards for self-service music, DJ, podcast, photography, video projects, plus Grove sweaters, hats, and more.   

WaxBar Ypsi: Spend time browsing through brand new and used vinyl records with fresh arrivals coming in daily. Purchase a few records personally picked by you for the music lovers on your list! 

Wax Bar records

Technical Equipment Supply: Discover hard-to-find music, branded beanies, books, skating decks, and totally unique gifts at this low-key, cool music and skate shop.  

Ziggy’s: Support local musicians and artists by buying merch of all kinds. Comic books, CDs, cassettes, and tote bags are available! Ziggy’s carries Michigan-brewed beer and is a perfect idea for another present.  


More records & CDs to browse: Search through vinyl records and nostalgic collectibles at A2 Vintage. The thrift shops and Blackstone Bookstore also carry a number of CDs and records to choose from.  

More Great Gift Suggestions in Ypsi 

Gift Cards: Pick up gift cards to area restaurantscoffee shops, and breweries, and support small businesses through the holidays! The folks on your list will enjoy picking out their own merch or meal at their favorite spot on their next visit.  

Sweet Treats: Everyone loves a perfected slice of cheesecake from 24th Cheesecakerie, offering several flavors, including vegan options. Bring home a dozen of Dom Bakeries donuts to bring the flavor of Ypsilanti to your out-of-town guests. 

24th Cheesecakerie boy eating cheesecake

Tickets: Theatre groups like Horizon Performing Arts and Eastern Michigan University Theatre are returning to the stage! Keep an eye on their schedules and buy advance tickets for the theater-goer.  

Workshops: Art hubs like Riverside Arts Center and Be Creative Studio as well as stores like Unicorn Feed & Supply and Stone & Spoon host creative workshops for all ages. Surprise someone with a fun day creating something new together.  

Be Creative Studio

Give Back: Groups like the Secret Santa Society of Ypsilanti are giving back by supporting dozens of local families by collecting, wrapping, and delivering gifted donations. Sign up to be a volunteer shopper for a designated family, then drop donations off at the Michigan Firehouse Museum during select hours. After drop off, spend time exploring the museum with updated displays and holiday decorations!

This guide includes many, but not all, of the wonderful small businesses and shopping ideas Ypsilanti has to offer. Visit the area to explore more and discover amazing places all over to help support this holiday season.  


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