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Posted on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

Rock Paper Scissors opens today on South Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor

By Lizzy Alfs

Downtown Ann Arbor shoppers looking for eclectic gifts and stationery products now have another store to browse: Rock Paper Scissors on South Main Street.


Gift shop Rock Paper Scissors is celebrating its grand opening on South Main Street.

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The Tecumseh-based gift shop is celebrating its grand opening Friday in the former 16 Hands gallery space at 216 S. Main St. in a building owned by Ann Arbor-based Curtis Commercial LLC. 16 Hands moved to a new location in Kerrytown Market & Shops last summer, splitting a second-floor space with Hollander’s Kitchen & Home.

Rock Paper Scissors owner Lisa Roberts signed a lease for the roughly 2,300-square-foot space on South Main Street in April, hoping her “fun and fresh” store appeals to the Ann Arbor clientele.

The store carries a mix of products, from wine glasses with a chalkboard base to aprons, picture frames, personalized stationery and wedding invitations.

Roberts, who is the daughter of Michigan football defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, runs the two stores with her mother, Ann. Roberts grew up in Ann Arbor and went to Pioneer High School, and opened her first Rock Paper Scissors store in 2011 in Tecumseh — where she currently lives with her husband and daughter.

Roberts said the renovations, which included installing new floors and painting, were right on schedule.

“We’re thrilled the way everything came together and we’re excited to be here and on Main Street,” she said.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 11:34 p.m.

If they ever expand, they can call the annex "lizard Spock". :)

Dexter Bear

Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 7:23 p.m.

Congratulations on opening in Ann Arbor, I am super excited for you!!! The store looks amazing and fun! To the negative commentators: like one of the signs in the photos says, "be nice or leave". Independent retail is HARD work, and those who are bold enough to do it are obviously going to get a lot of jealousy from those who have a lot of time to spare being negative. We should be applauding the people who start businesses that are the heartbeat of our downtowns, not tearing them down!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Haters gonna hate, I suppose...

Jay Thomas

Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 6:57 p.m.

At this point anything NOT A RESTAURANT is much appreciated. Good luck.


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 9:39 p.m.

Unfortunately, this used to be the location for 16 Hands...a great shop that had to relocate because of greedy landlords.


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 5:31 p.m.

The kids lunch boxes look adorable...I'm going to have to check this place out! Good luck to the new business!


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 5:26 p.m.

I'm not a big fan of these kinds of stores. Not my bag, but they seem to do well in towns like A2 and the name is cute. Good luck!


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 5:10 p.m.

Their Tecumseh store is AWESOME! Good luck, ladies at both locations!


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 4:26 p.m.

Another store with little bits of nothing special. I give it 6 months at best.


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 3:39 p.m.

When I saw that Rock Paper Scissors was opening, I thought it was this:


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 2:57 p.m.

put a bird on it


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

lol. arborlandia.


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 12:53 p.m.

OMG, I'm so excited about this. When we lost Pen In Hand, I was bereft. Maybe this is a potential replacement?


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 12:40 p.m.

Well, this is......odd. But intriguing. BongznThongz is odd but not intriguing. I'd be much more likely to stop in here.


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 5:15 p.m.

BongznThongz is overpriced that's their problem


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 4:39 p.m.

Odd? Sort of reminds me of this:


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 1:55 p.m.

I do all my grocery shopping at BongznThongz.

Peter Baker

Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

What's odd about it?