CITY INSIDER — ANN ARBOR

krista nye nicholas, partner and principal interior designer of cloth & kind, shares her fave spots in the city

Krista Nye Nicholas is co-owner of CLOTH & KIND, a full-service residential & commercial interior design studio with offices in Ann Arbor, MI and Athens, GA, and projects nationwide. Led by award-winning Principal Interior Designers, Krista and her partner Tami Ramsay, CLOTH & KIND’s élan vital is creating spaces with history and heart, with story and substance. The pair recently opened a shop, located in Ann Arbor, MI (and online) which is brimming with one-of-a-kind relics and curated finds for the home. Krista is sharing her favorite spots in Ann Arbor.

ARTSY OUTING:UMMA is the most spectacular museum and I feel so fortunate that it’s in my own back yard. It boasts works that have been collected over 150 years and is hands-down one of the finest university art muesums around.

BRUNCH SPOT: Sit outside at Cafe Zola. The people watching is almost as good as the delicious bites.

BEAUTY TREATMENT: The Silk Peel Facial at K. West is a must. Your skin will literally glow for days.

KILLER WORKOUT: Love the BPM Cardio class with Sara Hoffman at Vie Fitness & Spa – that girl has the most amazing energy and the class always gets me in the best mood.

DATE NIGHT GO-TO: Spencer is super romantic with shared tables (that require you to cozy up close to your honey), divine food and an impressive wine list.

FLORIST: Our friends at University Floral Shop are wicked creative.

BBQ: Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Mic drop.

LIVE MUSIC VENUE: The Blind Pig is old school, grungy and f’ing fantastic. 

COFFEE SHOP: Our neighbors at Mighty Good in Arbor Hills make a mean almond milk latte and it’s an also just an awesome place to chill and get some work done.

HOTEL FOR OOT GUESTS: Stay in Detroit, y’all! It’s not far, and The Shinola Hotel or The Foundation Hotel will make it well worth the 45 minute drive.

UNDER THE RADAR DEAL: I can wander through the various meandering floors of Treasure Mart for hours and hours on end. You’ve got to be prepared to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince in there, but it’s endlessly inspiring.

COCKTAIL HOUR: Aventura for tapas and killer cocktails.

TO DO ON A FULLY OPEN SATURDAY: Ummm… this sounds like heaven! I’d start with a long walk through the Nichols Arboretum with my husband Mike and our dog Rosie, followed by a leisurely brunch at Cafe Zola – complete with mimosas or bloodys! Chill time in the afternoon to listen to podcasts outside by the pool at The Racquet Club. Then Mexican street food for dinner at Islaita with good friends, followed by cocktails and music at The Last Word