Ypsilanti; Antiques & Automobiles

20 Apr

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After a late night of watching the Detroit Derby Girls udderly destroy the Madison Dairyland Dolls 205-53, we awoke to a cold and dreary Sunday. Not nice enough for outdoor activities, we got in the car and headed west. It is not uncommon to find us driving down a scenic road on a Sunday listening to Prairie Home Companion, and that’s exactly what we did.

There is a Vietnamese restaurant we’ve been wanting to try in Ypsilanti called Dalat, located on Michigan Avenue, so that was our first destination. It turned out to be a good place to eat, the menu is huge, pages and pages to choose from. We selected three different dishes, each being distinct and tasty.

Ypsilanti is about five miles east of Ann Arbor, it has a central downtown along Michigan Avenue, and a restored 19th century district called Depot Town, located on Cross St.  Like A2 Ypsi is also home to a university, EMU, so there is a lot of activity. Our next stop was just down the street from the restaurant, so we braved the gusting winds and walked down to Materials Unlimited. Upon entering we were greeted by the unmistakable sound of Billie Holiday singing in the background, setting the mood for our visit. You don’t even know where to look as you walk in,  inevitably your eyes travel upward, following the light of dozens and dozens of antique chandeliers dangling from the ceiling.  What’s your fancy? Art Nouveau, Victorian, maybe something Art Deco, it’s all here. From light fixtures to furniture, and mantles to stained glass, there are three floors to meander.The pieces have all come from the finest homes and businesses of a time gone by, and are all available for purchase.

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We were going to Depot Town to visit the Automotive Heritage Museum and Miller Motors Hudson. You might be surprised to learn that Ypsi has an impressive automotive history for a city of it’s size;  Hudson, Kaiser, Tucker, and GM all produced vehicles in this town. GM’s powertrain division (f.k.a. Hydramatic) produced automatic transmissions here too. Ypsilanti is home to the worlds last Hudson dealer,  which is now incorporated into the museum complex. You can see original Hudson memorabilia and cars on display. The museum highlights the importance of  this city and its manufacturing history.  There are rows of vintage cars, engines, and lots of photos to tell the story. This museum is a treat for the auto enthusiast, but even if you’re not, you will certainly enjoy the nostalgia of the collection.

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Before heading back east and home we picked up a couple of coffees and a chocolate chip cookie at a place called the Ugly Mug. It is a small space that roasts their own beans and serves really good coffee. The locals seem to like it here, as there was not a table available. That’s what cup holders are for, so we got ours ‘to go’.

One Response to “Ypsilanti; Antiques & Automobiles”

  1. Joe Grimm April 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    DetroitDvotion makes me hungry. I have to remember to not read it until after I have eaten.


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