It started with Muck Boots—great for gardening and winter weather, too. If you need a little more oomph and protection to your footwear, we've added Keen Utility. Then we got REALLY into hats a few years ago, from great vendors like San Diego Hat Company, Broner and Tilly Endurables. Now, we're pleased to boast full lines of casual & outerwear from three venerable American clothiers: Carhartt, Stormy Kromer and Filson. If you're looking for a tough, multi faceted hiking & work pant, Tru Spec's 27/7 Xpedition pants may just fit the bill. If you're looking for a locally made beautiful coat, come down and check out our display of wool coats custom-tailored out of Pendleton blankets by Ann Arbor's own Sheri Dufek. Need a little support? check out Whistle Creek Hiking sticks. One way or another, we're going to help you stay warm in the winter, functional in the summer - and look fantastic at the same time.
From our year 'round attached greenhouse to the lush spring sidewalk display of annuals and perennials, we never lack for beautiful live plants, and we've got everything you need to keep them growing—from fertilizers and mulch to garden tools and sprinklers. Early each September, we also have the largest selection of bulbs in Southeast Michigan, and more than forty different varieties of amaryllis for the holidays. We have plants for every home, dorm, office, and even commercial locations. Have a basement apartment or office? We can help you green things up with grow bulbs that replace normal bulbs in your lighting fixtures - you won't even notice - but your plants will! Our greenhouse is a nice little oasis for those dreary, cold, Michigan winter days ... stop by and rejuvenate - and green up!
Greenhouse & Outdoor Plants
We pride ourselves in the selection of houseplants we offer - from swamp dwelling carnivorous fly traps & pitcher plants, to dry desert cactus & succulents - we strive to bring you the best & brightest blooming and greens there are. Working with local growers and greenhouses, we're able to hand select (and special order) plants to suit your decor. Walking through our door thinking you're afflicted with a Black Thumb? Talk with one of our plant specialists and leave here with the confidence that gardening is for everyone! We have two Master Gardeners and two School of Hard Knocks plant specialists that can assist you in choosing the right plant for your living space. January you can get an early fix with our seed starting supplies - everything from seeds to peat pots and grow lights. Starting in March, we start the season off with Pansies ... and from there the growing season is off with the addition of plant starts for your veggie garden, perennials & annuals, fruit plants, flowers, tropicals - you name it, and we'll have it. The season winds down with mums, but our greenhouse is always in bloom! It's easy being Green at Downtown Home and Garden!
Our spacious, drive-thru barn gives us ample space to display all of our outdoor furniture. From durable teak furniture from Kingsley-Bate that will last you a lifetime to our simple and elegant French bistro dining sets from Fermob, chances are we've got something that's perfect for your deck or patio. Finish your perfect backyard space with the last outdoor cooker you'll ever buy, the Big Green Egg. It's a grill, a smoker, and an outdoor oven all rolled into one. Once you've had a taste of the restaurant-quality succulent smoked brisket you can make so easily at home, you'll never go back to that old kettle grill.
When you get right down to it, experienced chefs know that ingredients and technique are far more important to cooking good food than the equipment you use. But every kitchen needs certain reliable tools, which is what we keep in mind when we choose stock for our kitchen department. We don't automatically go for gadgets that promise miracle results and come in this year's designer colors; we tend toward frugal, time-tested choices whenever possible. Just like our store, the products we sell will be with you for the long haul. Our featured lines include All-Clad stainless and MC2 cookware, Le Creuset enameled cast iron and stoneware, Lodge cast iron, cutlery from Zwilling J.A. Henckels and Victorinox, and canning jars and equipment from Ball and Weck.
Dog Gone Department (and the newly added Kit Kat Korner!)
At Downtown Home and Garden, we make sure there's something for everyone - and every dog! We hand pick gear that our furkids would use ... practical for town and trail, and we strive to be a 5 Paw resource. We offer quality gear from Hurtta, Ruffwear, Muttluks, Dog Mocs and Pet Releaf to just name a few. Our dog department is growing, so stop by with your pup and see how we're doing. Always a treat behind the counter, and the water bowl is fresh!
The grain elevator in our store had a 1903 Edison motor that took seed up to the second floor to be stored out of the way. The chutes that the grain came down to fill bags are still here, though we've long since moved on to a different system for selling seed. In the old days we sold to farmers and people on the Old West Side who kept backyard chickens and geese. Now our customers feed songbirds. The box store chains can't touch our prices on 25- and 50-pound bags, nor do they offer the variety of seed that we do. If you'd like smaller amounts of bird food, we'll weigh out any amount you want, from a pound on up, on our beautiful 1929 Toledo Scale. We feature many different bird feeders, from a modern selection of Droll Yankees to traditional rustic cedar feeders.
DHG's "The Breadbox"
The hub of our store is known as The Breadbox - but it's much more than just a place to make your purchases. In addition to catching up on the local chit chat, we'll tempt you with a slice of coffeecake, scone, or muffin, and freshly brewed coffee. Where else in Ann Arbor can you get a small cup of coffee for $1 ($2 for a large, unless you saddle it with a pastry, then it's also a buck!) In a bagel & cream cheese mood? We can help you feed that urge too! Don't want to brave the hordes at Zingerman's Deli just to get a loaf of bread? We can hook you up with a full loaf, half loaf, and can even slice it for you with our bona fide bread slicer. After a lengthy search for a cold beverage offering (some of us shouldn't drink coffee, according to our coworkers) DHG is proud to offer Spring Grove Soda from Spring Grove, Minnesota. A quality, cane sugar soda, Spring Grove has been around since 1895, and as we all know, if you're around that long, you must be doing something right. Have a sweet tooth craving? We're happy to help you with that - Herman the German Candies are here! We also feature Ann Arbor locally-roasted coffee from Coffee Express, locally micro roasted beans from Milan Coffee Works, popcorn from Ann Arbor's own Bur Oaks Farm, and local Dixboro Maple Syrup. We shop local whenever we can, and we hope you will, too.
In November and December, our store transforms into your one-stop holiday shopping destination. We've got a fully-stocked Christmas tree lot behind the store, along with a massive selection of wreaths, swags, bunches, and roping. All the outdoor furniture we display at the front of the store is put away and replaced with shelves and racks full of retro, funky, and just plain beautiful ornaments. And our toy department is full of timeless classics—no batteries, passwords, or instructions necessary. During the height of the season, the smell of roasting chestnuts mingles wafts through the tree lot!