Neighborhood Spotlight: Ypsilanti

By: Scott Davis | March 21, 2018

Ypsilanti, or as the cool kids call it, Ypsi, is one of metro Detroit’s underrated gems. The city has a style of its own that is fun, spunky, and old-school which can make for a great day trip. So if you need a go-to spot this upcoming spring, here are five places in Ypsilanti that highlight the city’s uniqueness.

Depot Town

Located just off Hewitt Road in downtown Ypsilanti, Depot Town is the area’s most popular shopping district and an absolute must-see destination. Compiled of antique and speciality shops, a farmer’s market, coffee shops, and three museums, Depot Town is a great way to spend a sunny spring afternoon. With a vintage feel and numerous shopping options, Depot Town is not only a great spot for shopaholics, but a great representation of how fun Ypsilanti is.

Yankee Air Museum

One of the best family destinations in Ypsilanti is the Yankee Air Museum. You and your family can see classic plane models and innovations in numerous interactive exhibits and events. If you need some more adventure, you can book airplane rides on the B-17 Yankee Lady, B-25 Yankee Warrior, C-47 Skytrain, or the Waco Biplane!

Materials Unlimited

Featuring three floors of antique lighting, hardwood, home decor, furniture, and more, Materials Unlimited is a great place to discover some beautiful vintage home goods. You can easily spend hours looking at over 3,000 antique items for any place in your home. Be sure to visit their website to see their latest featured and new products.

Ollie Food + Spirits

There are plenty of great places to eat in Ypsilanti, but one of the most popular destinations is Ollie Food + Spirits. A great place for brunch, lunch, or even dinner, Ollie’s has great food and drinks anytime in the day. They’ll be hosting a special Oberon Beer Dinner to celebrate the upcoming summer beers on Monday, April 2.

Dreamland Theater

If you’re looking for a way to cap off your night with some entertainment, check out the Dreamland Theater.  The non-profit theater focuses on puppet shows and other entertainment shows, and has been a staple in the community since 2002. Check out their calendar for upcoming shows!