If you’re ready to venture out to shop and support local, feel good knowing businesses around Ypsilanti are ensuring a safe visiting experience. From in-store safety and video-call shopping over the phone, to curbside pickup and delivery options, businesses around town have found new ways to help keep shoppers and visitors safe.
Our partners Dave Lorenz of the globally-recognized tourism brand Pure Michigan, and Tom Daldin of Emmy award-winning PBS Show Under the Radar Michigan, teamed up to travel around Michigan and highlight how businesses are helping keep visitors safe. During the tour, Dave and Tom checked in with our friends at Puffer Reds, Unicorn Feed and Supply, and 734 Brewing Company. See the video interviews with these beloved Ypsilanti spots on what they’re doing to keep their space clean and ready for everyone.
Unicorn Feed and Supply
With an idea inspired by her childhood sticker collection filled with rainbows and unicorns, Jenn Eastridge, owner of Unicorn Feed and Supply, chats with Dave and Tom about the magical shop's beginnings and what they’re doing now to go above and beyond adhering to safety protocols for the ultimate shopping experience.
Along with traditional in-store shopping, the team offers shop calls via Facetime. Someone on staff will show you around on phone video and prepare your order for curbside pickup, allowing visitors to gain the sense of joy shopping here brings. Among so many gifts and inspiring pieces, window facemasks like Jenn is sporting are available here!
Just two storefronts down from Unicorn is Stone & Spoon, a home goods shop carrying various goods and plants, and also owned by Jenn! You can find the shop following the same protocols and practices for more downtown fun.
Did you know Puffer Reds has been in business over 40 years? Opening in 1979 as a music store providing the latest hip-hop, R&B, and jazz albums, the shop shifted into carrying designer jeans and screen-printing their own T-shirts. Due to customer interest, this helped Puffer Reds grow from a small record store into a premiere apparel shopping destination. Now, Puffer Reds carries the latest apparel collections in lifestyle fashion plus exclusive sneaker drops!
The shop is stocked with sanitizer and cleaning practices have been put in place to ensure a safe shopping experience. Check out the interview with co-owner Eric Williams as David and Tom learn more on what the shop is doing to help keep visitors safe.
734 Brewing Company
734 Brewing Company’s passion for the Ypsi community shows through their crafting specialties and collaborations with local leaders. Opening their doors in 2018, 734 crafts brews so tasty even those not into beer can order anything and like it. The menu consists of classic craft styles of beer including IPA and stout beers, and also specialties like the apple wine, seltzers, and a new line of spirits.
734 continues to make their beer accessible to surrounding communities by starting a delivery service bringing beer to your door. Listen in as Brian and Patrick, co-owners of 734 Brewing Company, speak with Dave and Tom about safely visiting/ordering a tasty beverage!
Before visiting, see which businesses have taken the Pure Michigan Pledge. This pledge was created to help keep Michigan visitors, businesses, and communities safe during these times.
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