Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Iron Giant of Ann Arbor window display

There is a store in Ann Arbor that has — hands down — the best window displays in town. I make a point of walking a particular way just to see their window whenever I can. Every time it changes, I am freshly awed. Bergdorf's got nothing. These windows rock. The store: Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair. This display is a perfect example of the level of detail: family photos and embroidered portraits on the wall, the mother knitting and father with can in hand. The movie playing on the tv? The Iron Giant. Brilliant. Curiosity finally got the better of me and I went in to see what it's all about. Now I love it even more.

The Robot Supply & Repair is a store front for 826Michigan, a non-profit helping students with their writing skills. They offer tutoring, workshops, inspiration… the list goes on. They even have a publishing arm. It is a chapter of the larger national organization, 826national, started by writer and personality extraordinaire, Dave Eggers. Check out their web site to find out more:


  1. I love that store! It is so much fun!

  2. i'm so excited you posted this! and i'm so glad 826 won the hoiday window contest! it is a super fun window, i can't wait to see what's next, and i hope it involves mustaches.
    p.s. i did the cross stitch for that display :)

  3. That's so cool!! Do you know who does the windows? I loved the cross stitch! And I didn't realize they had won the contest.