State Street District

The Ann Arbor State Street District Neighborhood Association assists in planning for the future to provide a clean, safe, and vital neighborhood. The State Street District is home to the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

Dascola Barbers: A Staple of Ann Arbor

It all started 79 years ago when Bob Dascola’s father, Dominic, moved from the Upper Peninsula to pursue his academic career at the University of Michigan. Dominic Dascola (Dom) graduated from the University of Michigan in 1936 with an LS&A degree. He continued in academia and earned a Masters degree in Linguistics while working as a barber at the Michigan Union.  

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Bob Dascola pictured with what you can see in the background as what he likes to call his 'happy mirror' covered with the photos of his long-term customers, family Christmas cards and so on.

Bob Dascola pictured with what you can see in the background as what he likes to call his 'happy mirror' covered with the photos of his long-term customers, family Christmas cards and so on.

Dom’s love for learning continued on when he opened a barbershop of his own where he started learning through the people he connected with. As Bob says about working at Dascola Barbers, “this is a cultural and intellectual experience.” Bob does not just cut hair, he builds lasting relationships with his customers. The biggest reason why Dascola Barbers has thrived for as long as it has and has maintained its name as an Ann Arbor staple is because of the relationships with the people. In addition to emphasis on good relationships, Dascola’s is a local family business that adds to the vitality of downtown.  

Walking into Dascola you will instantly feel a sense of home and family. The environment is welcoming and immediately transmits historic energy. As you look around the walls you will see the history in pictures of the many loyal customers. Photos depicted the history of people that have been with Dascola from childhood to adulthood. Also you will see the wall dedicated to the beautiful and talented singer, Celilia Bartoli. Celilia is good friend of Bob Dascola’s and is well known for her opera career in Rome, Italy. She is not the only famous face to see Bob, but also, the Disney star, Ethan Steiner from ‘Newsies’ is a regular of Dascola. Bob prides himself on creating an experience at the barbershop, a time to conversate while freshening up your look.  

A picture Bob referred to as the 'best photo taken' of him and Celilia Bartoli.

A picture Bob referred to as the 'best photo taken' of him and Celilia Bartoli.

So if you go to Dascola Barbers be prepared to not only leave with a slick new haircut, but a smile on your face and feeling of warmth in your heart. It is not just a place focused on cutting hair, but caring for the people.






December 1st make your way down to the District and check out all of the specials your local businesses have to offer! Holiday season is fast approaching and lucky for you the District is offering specials starting at 6:00pm and will continue until close. Come dine in the District while getting deals on clothing, food, beverages, etc.  

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping and supporting local businesses in downtown Ann Arbor! Moonlight Madness is a night dedicated to the deals to help you save money and spend time in the vibrant neighborhood. The ambiance will LITerally be glowing as the State Theater lights the marquee.  

Shop until you drop or until you get hungry, then head to one of the many delicious eateries in the District and find more specials on food and beverages. Though many specials are going on all over, it is especially important to support local businesses this season and Moonlight Madness makes it easy. A couple of local business owners in the District are looking forward to seeing you on December 1st, and here’s what they have to say... 


Kate from Verbena, a hip boutique offering a stylish selection of dresses, casualwear & accessories for women, explains the importance of participating shoppers during Moonlight Madness:  

“Every sale for us really does mean so much. We try to make a personal connection with all of our shoppers and it’s great to see repeats of people who live here and come downtown, we love to get to know them and see our locals come out.”


AJ from Bivouac, a gear shop providing apparel, footwear & supplies for camping, climbing & other outdoor pursuits, speaks on why you should come out December 1st:

“It’s important to come out to support local businesses. Ann Arbor is alive on State street all the way through midnight. It’s a fun time to come out and check out all the specials going on.”  

    Mark it in your calendars, December 1st, starting at 6:00pm it is Moonlight Madness and these sales will drive you mad (in a good way). Bring your families and friends out to enjoy the neighborhood plus the specials, it’s a perfect way to start the holiday.


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Free UMMA Event: Curatorial Dilemmas

Did you know that the University of Michigan Museum of Art puts on FREE events almost every day of the week? I didn’t, but as soon as I discovered this, I had to check it out. They have a variety of events each week that not only educate you on the process behind Museum production, but also knowledge on the stories behind the exhibits. Understanding the curation in the representation of a culture, an artist, artifacts, etc. will help YOU as the Museum attendee learn the most from the experience.  

    The event, Curatorial Dilemmas: Representing Africa at UMMA with Pamela McClusky was the second program in a series of three comprised of different curators from Museums around the country. Pamela McClusky came from the Seattle Art Museum where she is the curator of African and Oceanic art. McClusky focused on connecting artworks and cultures while installing the African, Australian and textile galleries. Pamela states, 

“It’s a chance to rethink how we present [the artwork] with entirely new interpretations.”  Negative stereotypes are often associated with Africa, but that is not an accurate representation. She goes on to say, “So many people think of Africa as alien, but there are so many familiar elements — and look at how it interacts with the rest of the collections.” 

Pamela McClusky pairs a visual presentation with her lecture to depict images that help illustrate her points of discussion.

Pamela McClusky pairs a visual presentation with her lecture to depict images that help illustrate her points of discussion.

    Pamela McClusky starts the presentation by telling more about her travels and interactions with the people of Africa. She has taken on the responsibility to properly educate her audience by curating African art and in doing so she must create the ideal art installation. In her lecture she discusses how she feels her job is an opportunity and an obligation to bring awareness to those who attend the Museum on the most accurate representation of the culture.  

    While discussing the accuracy in representing Africa, Pamela talks about Peter DiCampo, a photojournalist and humanitarian. DiCampo started the What Went Wrong Foundation in hopes to reframe the conversation on foreign aid through in-depth photojournalism, crowdsourced reports, and data visualization. DiCampo’s work is relevant to Museum curators who are working to educate their audiences on the reality of the continent. At one point in the lecture Pamela discusses how difficult it can be to witness Museum guests underappreciating or not understanding the lives behind this artwork. The cultural story needs to be better represented and the artwork needs to be known in order to truly be curated.  

This event is just one of many put on by UMMA and they are all FREE. Take the time to visit your local Museum and learn more about the processes behind the exhibits. You can gain important knowledge, meet interesting people, make valuable connections, and get inspired. Visit to keep up with their FREE and educational events.  

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Rock The District Returns On April 22nd


Last year's inaugural 'Rock The District' drew in over 3,000 music fans to downtown Ann Arbor


The State Street District is hosting its second annual Rock the District music festival. Building off of the success of the of 2016’s inaugural show, the District is once again providing a completely free concert on the corner of Maynard and East William. A jam-packed line up of live performances, curated by hosted by Sonic Lunch’s Matthew Altruda, includes Theo Katzman, The Go Rounds, Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful, Chris Dupont and Girls Who Care.

I am so proud of this year’s Rock The District lineup and beyond excited to dance the night away with thousands of Ann Arborites to some jaw dropping incredible music.
— Matthew Altruda

Theo Katzman, of the band Vulfpeck, headlines this night of artists, all of whom have roots in the state of Michigan. As Katzman has appeared in multiple funk shows with his band, he is eager to perform in front of his native Ann Arbor as a solo act to showcase his Rock and Roll sound.

The Kalamazoo quartet, The Go Rounds, have also been a constant in the Michigan music scene over the past 5 years. Their powerful and dynamic live shows have earned them a reputation as one of the best live bands in the Midwest.

In partnership with Ashley’s Downtown, this 5pm-10pm event will feature a beer garden providing cold beverages throughout the night. This Maynard block party serves as the perfect Ann Arbor venue featuring multiple access points and its surrounding of fabulous places to step away and grab a bite to eat.

With the continued support of our partners, the State Street District is looking forward to growing this event into the future
— Frances Todoro

This amazingly free event, open to all ages, could not be possible without the support of Ann Arbor’s 107one. Ann Arbor’s State Street District is inviting families, students and everyone in between to come out and experience this exciting Saturday night.

Welcome Bob and Patti Stern to the District and the State Street Art Fair, July 21, 2016

Yes, we do Windows!

We started in 1993 with a vision of using vintage windows as home accessories and giving them another life as art. By appreciating the historic value and the beautiful craftsmanship of nineteenth century leading and beveling, we have enjoyed blending the beauty of these materials to create our own one-of-a-kind art pieces. We believe each person who appreciates our work is honoring their personal history and their past.

Our newest items are clock head curio cabinets created from architectural artifacts. While mimicking the human form they are both functional and whimsical~ a new twist on the ‘grandfather clock’.

Most of our windows date from the mid nineteenth to the early twentieth century. They are transformed into art by applying various finishes to the frames. The frames are painted for antiquity to create either patina or hand-rubbed, weathered glazed finishes.

Bob & Patti Stern

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