Whether you’re in the market for a new bike or a pair of jeans, planning a dinner out, or looking for something to do over the weekend, use this Green Market Guide to find environmentally responsible shops, restaurants, and organizations. Where you spend your time and money matters.
Businesses and organizations listed are not sponsored or endorsed in any way by the University of Michigan. They are listed for informational purposes only.
Looking for a new (or new-to-you) set of wheels? Here are some locally owned shops that can help you get in gear.
- Great Lakes Cycling & Fitness
- The Local Bike Shop
- Midwest Bike and Tandems
- Sic Transit Cycles
- Wheels in Motion
Just need a tune-up? Check with your local bike shop about their services and fees. You can also check out Common Cycle, a local donation-run organization whose mission is to get more people on their bikes. They teach basic repair, maintenance, and riding skills. You can find their mobile repair station at locations around town. There is also a small bike repair station at the Central Campus Transit Station and several air pumps around campus.
Ann Arbor has many opportunities for Wolverines to share resources, services, and skills. These include reuse stores, housing and food co-ops, farmers and artisans markets, makerspaces, bike kitchens, tool libraries, and time banks, to name just a few. Making use of our shared resources— whether it’s time, talent, or physical goods—not only reduces our collective environmental impact but also builds community. For a complete list, visit www.a2share.org.
- A2TimeBank- Allows members to “buy” and “sell” skills using their own time and talents as currency
- All Hands Active- The AHA! Shop is a makerspace in downtown Ann Arbor
- Ann Arbor District Library- Libraries are the original sharing platform! Ours boasts not just books, music, and movies, but also art, musical instruments, tools, telescopes, energy and air quality meters, and much more
- Ann Arbor Free Skool- An all-volunteer non-hierarchical collective working to create free classes, workshops, and skillshares in and around Ann Arbor
- Ann Arbor Reskilling- A community group that aims to help people learn skills for resilient, low-energy living
- Inter-Cooperative Council - Student housing governed by cooperative practices such as shared work, democratic decision-making, and pooling of resources
- MHacks- The nation’s largest student-run hackathon, where students from all over the country come together to build software applications and hardware devices
- Project Grow Community Gardens- Provides Ann Arbor area residents with the resources to grow their own fresh, organic food
Buying previously owned merchandise and/or donating unwanted items to thrift stores is an easy way to help reduce waste, as well as to keep money in the local economy.
- Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop
- 2Dear Golden Vintage
- The Getup Vintage
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- Kiwanis Thrift Sale
- U-M Property Disposition
- The ReUse Center
- Salvation Army
- St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
- The ShareHouse
- Treasure Mart
- Value World
Restaurants and Cafes
Help support a greener marketplace by supporting businesses that “walk the talk.”
Michigan Dining is dedicated to sustainability. See information about their operations here.
IN THE COMMUNITY
- Arbor Brewing Company
- Big City Small World Bakery
- Café Verde
- Earthen Jar Vegetarian Cuisine
- Espresso Royale
- Frita Batidos
- Grange Kitchen & Bar
- Jerusalem Garden
- Jolly Pumpkin
- The Lunch Room
- Ravens Club
- Seva Restaurant
- Taste Kitchen
- Zingerman’s Deli
- Zingerman’s Roadhouse
These local grocers provide local, organic, or bulk options. For additional resources for food off campus, please refer to the Student Off Campus Food Guide.
- M Farmers Markets & Produce Carts- Seasonally at Michigan Union, Wolverine Tower, NCRC, University Hospital, Domino’s Farms, and Pierpont Commons. Check website for dates and times
- Student Food Co.- Fall & Winter Semesters on Tuesdays & Thursdays in Angell Hall
IN THE COMMUNITY
- Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market- Check website for dates and times
- Arbor Farms Market
- Argus Farm Stop
- Cobblestone Farm Market
- By the Pound
- Lucky’s Market
- People’s Food Co-op
- Plum Market
- The Produce Station
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods Market
You can check out the Washtenaw Food Hub for more ways to get involved with the local food economy at www.washtenawfoodhub.com.
Find environmentally and socially responsible goods at these local retailers.
- BGreen Today
- Crazy Wisdom
- Downtown Home and Garden
- Himalayan Bazaar
- Kerrytown Market & Shops
- Maggie’s Organics- Online Store, based in Ann Arbor
- Perpetua Boutique Organique
- Ten Thousand Villages
Activities and Recreation
Here’s a list of just some of the many recreational opportunities in the Ann Arbor area, including outdoor outfitters and local parks.
- Argo Canoe Livery- Offers kayak and canoe rentals. Operated by the City of Ann Arbor. Take a trip down the Argo Cascades on the Huron River with a rental or your own tube, kayak, or canoe!
- Bivouac Ann Arbor Gear Rentals- Outdoor equipment retailers and gear rental
- Gallup Canoe Livery-Offers canoe, kayak, paddleboat, and rowboat rentals and is surrounded by park trails and playgrounds. Operated by the City of Ann Arbor.
- Moosejaw - Outdoor gear and equipment
- Outdoor Adventures- University of Michigan Department of Recreational Sports outdoor trips and gear rental program
- Planet Rock Climbing Gym- Indoor climbing wall for all skill levels with gear available to rent
- REI- Outdoor gear and equipment for rental or purchase
- Matthaei Botanical Gardens-The Gardens are home to a set of fun trail loops, the U-M Campus Farm, and plenty of community activities
- Nichols Arboretum- Escape campus (without going too far) in U-M’s own park on the Huron River
- Leslie Science & Nature Center- Boasts about 50 acres of parkland, a critter house, raptor enclosures, and many opportunities for volunteering
- Pinckney Recreation Area- A nearby state park with lakes, trails, and campgrounds
- Waterloo Recreation Area- Another great nearby state park
- City of Ann Arbor Parks- Ann Arbor is home to 158 city parks! Find park locations and features on the website