Wild Side Smoke Shop plans to open in downtown Ann Arbor next week
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
Wild Side Smoke Shop — the tenant taking over the former Sole Sisters space on East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor — plans to open on April 23 after a month of renovations.
The smoke shop, which has dozens of locations throughout Michigan including one on Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, carries items such as hand-blown glass tobacco accessories, hookah products, cigarette rolling papers and lighters.
The 1,300-square-foot space was only on the market for about 30 days after Sole Sisters closed at the end of January.
The windows of the smoke shop are currently covered in plastic and the window reads: “Wild Side Smoke Shop Grand Opening 4/23.”
The owner of the shop could not be reached for comment, but building owner Michael Yi said he chose Wild Side as a tenant because the owner was “eager and ready to go.”
He added: “We talked to the landlord of their other [Ann Arbor] location and they told me [Wild Side] is a very good tenant. Also, the fact that they have many outlets throughout the state persuaded me to go with them.”
Wild Side joins another nearby smoke shop, Bongz & Thongz, which is located a few storefronts down at 119 E. Liberty St. Other downtown Ann Arbor smoke shops include Stairway to Heaven on South State Street, 42 Degrees on East William Street and Foggy Bottom Bayou on South State Street.