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ABOUT

Thistle & Bess brings a smart, vintage flare to the Ann Arbor area, offering one of a kind antique treasures, along with well-curated goods, to the stylish hostess seeking a luxurious lifestyle.  As avid collectors ourselves, we travel the world looking for high quality vintage and antique treasures that are a bit quirky and seriously stylish.  We also aim to carry the most innovative new brands, handcrafted in cities all over the world, from Brooklyn to London.  Thistle & Bess provides unique products, whether it is vintage barware or a statement necklace, to a consumer seeking something a bit eccentric, collected and different.  Thistle & Bess strives to be an active member of the community, offering a gathering space for small exhibitions and events to feature local artists and products. 

Thistle & Bess began as an antique and vintage jewelry line in Brooklyn, NY, owned and designed by Ann Arbor-area native Diana Marsh.  Diana loves collecting antiquarian books, prints, and vintage and antique charms and pendants.  This passion for history drives her to seek beautiful and unusual trinkets that tell a story.  The shop name, Thistle & Bess was inspired by Diana’s Scottish and English heritage.  The tough but beautiful thistle is the emblem of Scotland and Bess is for Queen Elizabeth I, nicknamed “Good Queen Bess.”  As the jewelry line Thistle & Bess began to grow, Diana realized the need to bring more interesting and well-made products to consumers.  In a market dominated by chain stores, Diana envisioned creating a storefront that offered the customer fresh and exciting new products, unique in artistry and quality.  Diana thought that the quaint and creative Kerrytown area of Ann Arbor was the perfect community for her to realize her vision.  Thistle & Bess carries a variety of products, including jewelry, fashion accessories, barware, bath and beauty products, home accessories, paper and select children’s clothing and toys.  

Owner Diana Marsh with her dogs Arthur & Pippa All Photos by: Silver Thumb Photography

Owner Diana Marsh with her dogs Arthur & Pippa

All Photos by: Silver Thumb Photography

VISIT

Come visit the shop!  Thistle & Bess is located at 222 N 4th Ave in the charming Kerrytown area of Ann Arbor.  

PARKING:

There is metered parking nearby at both the Kerrytown Market and Shops and in the Farmer's Market Lot. The closest parking structure is located at the corner of 4th Ave. and & Washington.

 
 

PHONE

734-369-6092

LOCATION

222 N. Fourth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 HOURS

MON-SAT: 10-6p

SUN: 11-5p

Thursday, November 24- CLOSED

Friday, December 2- OPEN UNTIL MIDNIGHT

Saturday, December 24- 10-3pm

Sunday, December 25- CLOSED

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT'S NEW IN THE SHOP

CONTACT

STAY CONNECTED:

LET'S CHAT:

734-369-6092

 

DROP US A LINE:

diana@thistleandbess.com

 

COME ON IN: 

222 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

WHOLESALE OPPORTUNITIES:

Are you interested in selling your work at Thistle & Bess?  We are constantly looking for talented new artists to feature at the shop.  Drop us a line at diana@thistleandbess.com for more information.  

 

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

We have some great things planned at the shop for the holiday season!  See below for dates and brief descriptions of upcoming events.