COVID-19 may have upended many Easter plans, but local shops are finding creative ways to help the Easter Bunny fill those Easter baskets and bring smiles to area homes.
122 W Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
Free local delivery and free shipping for orders over $25.
Downtown Ypsilanti novelty store the Rocket is making special deliveries and shipping out gifts galore. Owner Eli Morrisey says customers can choose from a variety of candy and gifts online including beloved Detroit-based Sanders candies, Peeps, chocolates, jelly beans, art supplies, puzzles, games, science kits, kites, and character-themed items. “People are ordering a lot of activity stuff because everyone is kind of stuck in their houses right now,” Morrisey says.
They are offering local delivery in the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor areas. Orders must be placed online Friday if you want it delivered to your porch by Saturday. Customers can either order items a la carte or call the store for help in creating the perfect basket. Customers can include in the notes section online that they would like their purchases to be part of an Easter basket.
107 E Liberty St.
Easter Sunday Noon-6pm (Call for updates on hours)
Curbside pickup/$5 local delivery
Does the Easter Bunny need a little help getting those chocolate bunnies and jelly beans for your children’s baskets? Easter may be a little different this year, says owner Chera Tramontin, but it doesn’t have to be without chocolate bunnies. Call the Ann Arbor Kilwins store directly or email the store with your order. See the main website for available products but be sure to call the Ann Arbor Kilwins store directly or email your order so the local store is supported with the sale. Tramontin says she is shipping out orders daily and if customers order Easter items by Thursday, they should arrive by Saturday, barring any shipping delays. The store is also offering curbside pickup and $5 local delivery. “We’re masked and gloved for safety,” Tramontin says.
Get premade Easter baskets ranging in price from $27 to $57. Every basket will have a bunny, cream egg and jelly beans and any additional desired items added. Individual items for sale include solid chocolate bunnies in milk, dark and white chocolate sold in 2.75 ounce, 7 ounce and 14 ounce sizes. There are also assorted cream eggs, bags of malt balls and jelly beans. Ice cream is available for sale curbside. “Sorry, no delivery on ice cream,” Tramontin said.
114 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
10 miles for $10 delivery/USPS Priority Flat Rate Shipping/Personal Unicorn Shop Calls
Owner Jen Eastridge’s store motto says it all: “Feed your unicorn, feed your happy place.” Families can schedule a Unicorn Shop Call for a personalized virtual walk through the store via Facebook or Google Duo. Whether helping the Easter Bunny fill a basket of goodies, or celebrating a birthday, Unicorn Feed & Supply has something for everyone and the virtual call is an awesome way to escape quarantine if just for a little while! “I had a parent of a child who did one of our calls tell me that her daughter told her it was the best birthday she had ever had,” Eastridge said. “It’s rewarding for me to help them celebrate and make things special.”
The store has everything from stickers to puzzles, games, stuffed animals, hand-crafted cards, clocks by Modern Moose, unicorns, socks and other items to make the young and young at heart smile. Their Shadow books are perfect for reading while snuggling up with your little one. It may calm their nighttime fears with an engaging story and a picture cast on the wall when you shine flashlight through its pages.
There are pocket necklaces, with bunnies or other critters attached by a ribbon so they don’t get lost. Felt finger puppets, bibs and baby toothbrushes are perfect for the littlest members of the family. A 1000-piece sloth puzzle may be just the ticket for a family activity. There are also large floor puzzles for younger children who are itching for something to do. For your budding entomologist, Eastridge said, they have small critter cages for bug collecting. There are also other educational items, like question books about outer space, sharks and the solar system.
To schedule your Personal Unicorn Shop Call, text YOUR NAME and “Unicorn Shop Call” to 734-961-8610.
2465 W, Stadium Blvd.
Check Facebook page for limited hours for curbside pickup/delivery
Need gift ideas for Easter? Go to the Learning Express Ann Arbor mini website for some options. Owners Gary and Molly Fitzpatrick are working hard between their three stores, including the one in Ann Arbor. They had overwhelming success for their Bunny Buckets and could not take anymore orders for those, but are still offering items for sale on a mini website and limited local delivery and curbside pickup Thursday and Friday for Easter items. Check their Facebook page for updated information on sales for Easter and beyond.
Creative toys, science kits, legos, chalk, plush bunnies, and activity books are just a few of the many items available on their website.
216 S Main St.
Easter Sunday (Hours may vary, check out their Facebook page)
Free shipping for orders over $30/Limited local delivery
While they may have sold out of Easter baskets after selling 700 of them, owner Lisa Mattison Roberts says the store still has many items to help the Easter Bunny fill your child’s Easter basket and even some items for the adults in your household. The store has Stay at Home Kiddo Kits, with activities and products for every age range, gender and price point. Their custom-themed boxes have everything from games to books, stickers, art supplies, toys, mugs and journals. Currently a Michigan-themed box has a bag of Cherry Republic chocolate covered cherries, a Michigan Coloring book, a mug, pencil set and bag of Michigummies. If you order a themed box and the store runs out of an item, they can swap it for an item that is in stock.
The store is offering free shipping for orders over $30 with a “stayhome” code. While they are not doing in-person sales, they are happy to work with families locally to get their items to them. Mattison Roberts says store hours vary, but all calls are being routed to her cell phone so she can be available to customers for orders and questions.
103 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline
Carryout, contactless curbside pickup, free local delivery, $10 Ann Arbor delivery and drive-through style pickup
What says springtime more than an adorable Easter Bunny cake or beautiful buttercream flowers? How about a scrumptious chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake? The Enchanted Oven wants to put the extra-special in your Easter holiday and all of your special occasions. Easter orders should be placed by Thursday and owner Amber Wardia says they are offering contactless curbside pickup. The bakery sanitizes between each pickup.
The bakery uses organic fair trade chocolate and other high quality ingredients in their products. Check out their website, Facebook page and Instagram for their latest available treats and carryout menu items. They have cakes, pies, breads, rolls and oh so many delicious treats for sale so place your orders online, email, call or Facebook message. Check out their Facebook page for any new daily deals.