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yet-chewy crust, the Margarita will do, and you will be happy. The menu also includes pastas, sandwiches, and soups. Vegans are also at home there thanks to the restaurant’s many takes on comfort food like the infamous Vegan Garbage Plate.

COAT OF MANY COLORS VINTAGE (1052 Wealthy St.) has kept the neighborhood classy for four years. Owner Matthew Fowler grew up wearing hand-me-downs, and then when he was old enough, he began buying vintage cloth- ing. He was literally “too cool for school.” The store offers stylish clothes, handmade jewelry, and art by local artists at very affordable prices. It’s also home to friendly pups named Rikki Tikki Tavi and Lady Troopa. Matt showed us several classic pieces, like a 1920s navy worsted wool gabardine suit and a handsome grey and taupe double-breasted tweed coat with 1 1/2” buttons. This January, the shop will host a concert by hipster heartthrobs The Soil and the Sun, Jacob Bullard, and The Meadowlarks that will benefit a Ukrainian orphanage.

The prettiest clothing in town can be found at PINK BLVD (974 Cherry St.). Owners Kirsten McLin and Debbie Otten are real fire- crackers. They fill the shop with their electric personalities as well as an amazing selection of women’s clothing, gifts, and accessories perfect for women from 16-60. Pink Blvd is a fun and affordable boutique with beautiful items by designers from around the country and the world. Let the friendly owners fuss over you as while updating your style to reflect your inner vixen. The Miss Me Denim jeans look great but are not over the top. The VFish dresses are fun and flirty. And the colorful Desigual tops will add a touch of Barcelona glamour to your wardrobe. See you on the boulevard!

WEALTHY AT CHARLES (738 Wealthy St.) is a Chicago-style urban home and garden

Friendly and talented, Lenn and Mike enjoy helping people turn a house into a home with just the right piece. Look for a special Garden Party this winter, when Mike and Lenn thank their customers for five years of success by bringing spring and summer indoors.

Every neighborhood needs a bookstore to be great. LITERARY LIFE BOOKSTORE AND MORE (758 Wealthy St.) is the home for bib- liophiles in East Hills. Housed in a former bank branch on the corner of Eastern and Wealthy, the neoclassical gem has huge windows, gour- met tea, and a fireplace cozy browsing. This bookshop has just the right number of books for successful gift buying. Look for excellent selections in world literature, medical novels, cookbooks, memoirs, Michigania, and travel literature. The children’s section is outstanding with nary a corporate movie tie-in. Buying a gift? Do as this reporter does. Run in at the last second. Give a brief description of the recipi- ent. Let the staff pick out the ideal book and wrap it. Get hailed as the best son in the world!


store owned by partners Lenn Beardsley and Michael Schimpf. The owners foster a sophis- ticated nature-friendly vibe in the store, which is inspired by their travels. The shop, which includes the fanciful garden next store, offers an eclectic selection of garden elements, gifts, artwork, and home accessories. You will find beautiful glassware and pottery, like Oscuro Cookware, that looks like it was plucked from the ocean. “We also offer flowers, because they pull all of the elements together,” said Lenn. A cocktail table on display was a sleek and low counterpoint to the more organic pieces.

Shop-a-holics will be thrilled by the window- shopping in East Hills. YOURS TRULY (959 Cherry St.) is a charming little card and gift shop with items ranging from sterling silver bracelets to the Elvis Presley Cookbook. The shop has a second-to-none card selection, from funny to fine art. Owner Susan Walborn works with local artists to help them develop their own card lines, keeping the shop fresh. Walk to the rear of the store and you will be in DAVID & BATHSHEBA (958 Lake Dr.). The charming bath and body boutique offers fash- ionable clothing made from bamboo as well as jewelry and small gifts. It also sells a range of apothecary skincare products from companies like Jardin de L’Olivier and Noodle & Boo.

ROWSTER NEW AMERICAN COFFEE (632 Wealthy St.) has been a maniacally high-

quality coffee roaster for three years. Owner Kurt Stauffer recently landed in a storefront, where he roasts small batches of coffee to create signature flavors like the Matrix Blend and the Milky Way. Pull up a stool and sample the cof- fee as you browse the gleaming coffee-making equipment on display. ART OF THE TABLE (606 Wealthy St.) is where you go when you love to make good food. Owner Amy Ruis’ specialty shop is chock full of kitchen gadgets, spices and sauces, a walk-in beer cooler, dozens of olive oils, and a dreamy knife display. The wine display is comprehensive but not confus- ing. Before attending a party, stop in for a nice cheese and a hostess gift if you want to get more invitations.

WEALTHY THEATRE (1130 Wealthy St.) is the heart of the East Hills. It was built in 1911 as the Pastime Vaudette to stage vaudeville shows and then became movie house. It was a warehouse during World War I, screened for- eign films in the 1960s, and then stood empty for 25 years. A neighborhood group saved it from demolition and re-opened it in 1998. The late Dirk Koning got the Community Media Center to take control of the theatre in 2005, but it took off when the brilliant Erin Wilson was made director. Wealthy Theatre hosts Halloween shows for neighborhood kids and screens Wizard of Oz sing-a-longs in sign language for deaf children. It also knows how to party by staging national acts as well as local artists like Karisa Wilson and the Dance in the Annex troupe. CMC members can enjoy bar privileges during shows. The selection is heavy on the Michigan brews, so come thirsty.

Proud of your neighborhood? Send me a invite to and maybe I’ll hang out in your little burgh.

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