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Posted on Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 5:59 a.m.

Michigan-focused gift shop opening in Ypsilanti's Depot Town

By Katrease Stafford

A new gift shop, The Eyrie, will open in Ypsilanti's Depot Town by the end of April and will sell predominately Michigan-made products.

Owner Janette Rook said her 750-square-foot business at 9 E. Cross St. will sell about 95 percent locally made items and the rest will be from California.

The Eyrie will be the second Michigan-focused store to open on Cross Street.

The MI General Store, at 44 E. Cross St., is a gourmet specialty shop featuring Michigan products. MI General primarily sells wine and beer with a small selection of chocolate, sweets, snacks and cheese.

Rook said her products include handmade baby items, soaps, hand creams, unique home decor, seasonal potted plants and garden items.

"I've been wanting to open something like this for a while," Rook said. "There's just a lack of stores that have locally made products, so I decided to create it myself."

Rook plans to operate as the sole employee, as her business expands. Rook said she chose the area and space due to the desirable location and affordable rate.

"I looked all over Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and the space was more affordable here," Rook said. "The space I have has giant windows and a garden space. It's kind of amazing and unique. Depot Town is fun and it has such a cute vibe."

Rook's business is located along the Huron River and next to Stealth Hydro and near Frog Island Park.

City records show J&K Worldwide LLC. purchased the property in 2011 for $305,000. The assessed value of the property is $148,800.

Rook said she's made a few cosmetic changes to the property, giving it a more open feel. She tore the carpet out and "exposed the bones of the place." Rook has decorated the space with cases and armoires.

"I painted one wall a deep turquoise along the full length of the building and the rest is white, with sheers hanging," she said. "The windows are really the focus. The store has big tall windows, it's just amazing."

Rook said she partially chose the location because of the feel Depot Town has with several unique stores and businesses.

"It just has a nice feeling and when I come down here on the weekends it has a lot going on," Rook said. "It feels relaxed, you see people playing guitars outside."

When the store opens, its hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for her at or 734-623-2548 and follow her on twitter.


Nicole Streeter

Sun, Apr 21, 2013 : 1:29 p.m.

You'll be able to find my companies products there as well! Yay! Help support small business and our local economy. The shop is AMAZING and full of wonderful and unique items.


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 4:22 p.m.

All the best to you!


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 3:54 p.m.

Looks like a thumbs down troll paid a visit on this one.I counter acted and gave everyone thumbs up.To the troll: na now there ( don't know how to make a sticking tongue out symbol )


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 6:18 p.m.

Peter....Thanks I'll keep that in mind for future use


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 5:59 p.m.


Korin Amos

Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 3:01 p.m.

Best of luck to you. I'm glad the garden is being used. The Nelson Amos Studio, formerly located at this retail space, focuses on local art, mostly of Ypsilanti. Visit us on the next block at 23 E. Cross next to Fantasy Attic Costumes. Check out our website at We also do custom framing.


Sun, Apr 21, 2013 : 2:06 p.m.

Thanks so much and definitely will do!

Danielle Arndt

Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 2:35 p.m.

This is great! I love these types of stores and love seeing how many new businesses are coming to Ypsi! Is there a Michigan-themed store like this in the Ann Arbor area already?


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 1:05 p.m.

good luck! i'll be visiting!


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 11:23 a.m.

Looking forward to coming in and shopping!! Best of luck to you, I love these small & local stores that are loping up. How is the parking for your store?


Sun, Apr 21, 2013 : 2:04 p.m.

Thank you! Yes, there is parking in front and a lot in back of the building.

Nicole Streeter

Sun, Apr 21, 2013 : 1:30 p.m.

You can park in front, or around back, there is a HUGE parking lot.

Susanne Brace

Sun, Apr 21, 2013 : 2:14 a.m.

Frog Island is an extremely short distance to walk, and there is tons of parking. So even if there isn't a huge parking lot right next to the store, it is still easy to get there!


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 10:24 a.m.

Do they have Game of Thrones stuff?


Sun, Apr 21, 2013 : 2:04 p.m.

No, not yet at least - maybe some fine MI artisan will get to work on some GoT items. Great show, though!

Nicole Streeter

Sun, Apr 21, 2013 : 1:30 p.m.

Not that kind of gift shop,, but go to and you kind find almost anything.