The Main Street Shopping Experience

The Main Street Shopping Experience (HM1S0M)

Location: Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Washtenaw County
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N 42° 16.769', W 83° 44.912'

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Founded in 1860, Mack & Company grew to be Ann Arbor's largest department store. In 1870 it advertised dress goods, household goods, flannels, shawls and cloakings, "selling everything cheap." By 1900 it had become Main Street's premier shopping destination, wooing customers with promises of first class service. In the 1920s shoppers could visit Mack's post office, bank, beauty shop, and pharmacy, enjoy an occasional fashion show or sing along while a pianist played sheet music for sale.Christmas at Mack's meant elaborate store window displays, a huge decorated tree on a revolving musical stand and the largest toy selection in town. Overwhelmed by the 1930s Depression, Mack closed with its final sale in 1939.

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 with a visit to Hangsterfer's Hall or Hill's Opera House, or in the twentieth century to the Whitney, Orpheum, and Wuerth movie theaters
HM NumberHM1S0M
Year Placed2001
Placed ByAnn Arbor Historic District Commission
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Date Added Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 273363 N 4684466
Decimal Degrees42.27948333, -83.74853333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 16.769', W 83° 44.912'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 16' 46.14" N, 83° 44' 54.72" W
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Area Code(s)734, 313, 517, 586
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301 S Main St, Ann Arbor MI 48104, US
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