Jun 30, 2017

Constructed between 1915 and 1917, this historic landmark has welcomed visitors, students and residents for one hundred years.

Located near the intersection of South State Street and North University, Nickels Arcade stretches 261-feet from State Street to Maynard Street. An arcade is a covered walkway enclosed by a succession of arches supported by columns.

Nickels Arcade has been registered with the National Register of Historic Places since 1987 and is one of the few glass-ceiling urban arcades in the country. Now through July 13, 2017, the Ann Arbor District Library is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nickels Arcade by hosting an exhibit featuring a collection of historic photographs, maps, architectural photography, and more showcasing the history of Nickels Arcade.

Nickels Arcade was completed in 1917 after Tom E. Nickels decided to build a European-style shopping arcade. He purchased the land to Maynard Street and hired a local architect to design the stunning corridor in the turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts style. The second and third floors of the three-story glass atrium are occupied by offices and shops.

There is a long tradition of unique businesses in Nickels Arcade. With a distinct blend of boutique stores and one-of-a-kind shops, there is something for everyone. The mosaic-tiled corridor of Nickels Arcade is home to more than a dozen businesses.  

The oldest store in the arcade is a barber shop, which has changed owners throughout its 100-year history. The oldest business still owned by the same family is Van Boven Clothing, a haberdashery founded by Peter Van Boven, Sr. in 1921. Today, Van Boven remains an upscale men’s boutique featuring stylish apparel from suits, blazers and more.

If you love gifts and collectibles from around the world, stop by The Caravan Shop. For more than 75 years, the shop has been carrying unique gifts like Russian nesting dolls, jewelry boxes, hand-carved Santas and more.

Be sure to also check out MIX, a women’s clothing and accessories boutique with one-of-a-kind inventory. After four-and-a-half successful years in downtown Ypsilanti, the owners decided three years ago to expand their operation by opening a storefront in Ann Arbor.

The intimate shopping experience provided by the arched corridor and beautiful architecture cannot be found anywhere else in the area. What do you love about shopping at Nickels Arcade?

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