Most Frequently Asked Questions at T&B!


Today on Behind the Counter we are answering some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear from customers when they visit the shop. We probably get the MOST questions about our gorgeous book wallpaper that is behind the shop counter. I had personally been a huge fan of this Brunschwig & Fils design for quite some time. When I started renovating the shop, using this paper was the first design decision that I made and I’m so glad that I did. I still adore it 📚 Check out some of the other FAQs below!

Behind the Counter with Erica Kane Fink!


Today we would like to feature maker extraordinaire, Erica Kane Fink! Erica holds a BFA specializing in printmaking and mixed media painting from the University of Michigan. She is a woman of many talents, making these colorful bead and tassel necklaces that we carry in the shop, along with weavings, paintings and ceramics. Erica will be teaching a beginning weaving class at the shop in February. Her unique style, easily recognized by its creative use of color and patterns, explores themes of nostalgia, family and home. If that wasn’t enough, Erica is also a musician and plays in the band Eric and Erica. Learn some more about Erica in our latest episode of Behind the Counter below and check out her work the next time that you are in the shop.

Behind the Counter with Kimmy Scafuro of Kimmy Makes Things

Today we would like to introduce you to the woman behind the cat butts and tiny prints, Kimmy Scafuro of Kimmy Makes Things!  Kimmy trained at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and is now based in Philadelphia. She is most well known for her cat and corgi butt goods and the very popular tiny art prints of people like Beyoncé and Obama. She also paints custom portraits, and painted both the dog and Tenenbaum family portraits at the shop. What you maybe don’t know about Kimmy is that she designs textiles and prints for Anthropologie, she has two sassy cats, and she is one of my absolute dearest friends. Find out some more about Kimmy in our first VIRTUAL (!) edition of Behind the Counter from Philly below! 

Behind THEIR Counters- Small Business Saturday Edition


The holiday season is officially here!  It's time to gather together with friends and family to give thanks and celebrate one another.  It is also the holiday shopping season.  With more and more big box stores and chains popping up in communities across the country, it is an important time of year to remember your small, local, specialty stores.  

Shopping local has many, many benefits, including strengthening your local economy, creating more jobs in the area and creating a diverse, vibrant community.  Small business owners are experts in their crafts, spending tireless hours researching the best brands and products and how to create unforgettable experiences for their customers.  I know that at Thistle & Bess, we are constantly curating a unique collection of goods in order to make your shopping experience as enjoyable as possible.  

When you gather with your loved ones this week for Thanksgiving, please consider showing your local businesses some love.  In Ann Arbor in particular, we are so lucky to have such a lively community of small businesses.  It is thanks to thoughtful consumers in our communities that this thriving collection of small businesses exists and we are so appreciative to be a part of it at T&B.  

This week for behind the counter, we went to some of our favorite local businesses to ask the owners our usual questions behind THEIR counters.  If you haven't visited these businesses, check them out the next time that you are in Ann Arbor.  You won't be disappointed!  Thanks to Heavenly Metal, Sic Transit Cycles, Today Clothing, Spencer Ann Arbor, Sweet Heather Anne and The Lunch Room for playing along with us!  

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you so much for shopping small this holiday season!