Monday, November 28, 2005

Dixboro General Store

Today, in my quest for my favorite brand of Christmas tree ornament, I went to the Dixboro General Store. Dixboro is a "community" on the outskirts of Ann Arbor - I call it a "community" because it's still part of Ann Arbor, but far enough away for people who live there to feel like they live out in the country. DGS had all those things that people hate about country houses: the cutesy little signs in the old-timey handwriting, the lopsided snowmen, tons and tons of Yankee candles, and those wooden reindeer that still have their log shape. Truth be told, I kind of like that stuff, but not all at once, and not all over the place. It was pretty overwhelming. DGS, of course, has Ann Arbor prices. It was pretty shocking to see how much those reindeer cost. Also, DGS says they're an authorized dealer of Old World Christmas ornaments, but they had a terrible selection. They had about ten different ornaments, and when I did some serious looking online, I found a store that has all the kinds of ornaments, in the hundreds. It was sad.
To give the Dixboro General Store some props, I used another Newcomers Club coupon and got a free Yankee Candle (and they aren't cheap) and 20% off something else I bought there. If I had more money and the ambition to have a completely country house, I would go there again, but until that day, I'll stick to my side of town.

Dixboro General Store - C+

9 comments:

Chargenda said...

Gotta love that Michigan-style down country decorating style.

casey said...

I love Yankee candles. I went to the Yankee Candle factory in Springfield, MA. It was amazing ... but odor overload.

equippedtofascinate said...

My clean cotton candle is almost gone for anyone trying to find a good christmas gift for me...just a thought.

PNSexplosion said...

Despite its proximity to A2, I feel like they hate gays.

Chargenda said...

but it is called the "dicks" boro country store.

amanda's brother said...

Country kitsch makes me extremely uncomfortable. Logdeer are creepy; they're only about 1 step removed from those little model airplanes made from sliced-up soda cans.

PNSexplosion said...

Charlie, you're Dixie Normous.

Dustin J. Harder said...

pleas please PLEASE dont go through and "all country house" phase. My mom went through that and I venture to say that decor may have been a small part of what messed me up yo!

amandarama said...

We're going the "shabby chic" route right now, and it's pretty sweet. The all-country houses do kind of creep me out, especially when they're modern houses in subdivisions. If you live in the COUNTRY, then have a country house!