Best New Business: Shinola
The best new business of Ann Arbor this year goes to Shinola. Being a girl that lives right outside Detroit, I’ve visited the flagship store a fair amount of times. Once I arrived in Ann Arbor and stumbled upon the new Shinola store here, I was pleasantly surprised to see this piece of the Motor City in a new location.
Tom Kartsotis founded Shinola in 2011. Since then, the company has gone global. Not only can you find Shinola shops all throughout the U.S., but you can also find them in place like Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, Denmark and the UK, just to name a few. They’re most popular and well-known for their handcrafted watches, but there are also other extraordinary items that this Detroit-based company produces. They have “leather goods,” which can range from their incredible journals, a beautiful handbag, a football, or even a dog collar. They have great gift items like sweatshirts, pens, dominos, tool sets, jewelry and much more. Additionally, Shinola paper journals are made in Ann Arbor in collaboration with Edward Brothers Malloy. Then there are the bicycles, which emit a classic vibe that’s paired with 21st century clean lines. You can almost smell the high prices as you walk by. The Shinola store in Ann Arbor also has a particularly fun feature: it houses the coolest urban study lounge in the store’s lower level.
Everything Shinola does is in the name of authenticity and art, and the company makes Detroit-loving Ann Arborites very proud.
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