AADL Talks to Rhonda Gilpin
One of Ann Arbor’s Heritage Businesses, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/13278|The Caravan Shop] has been an anchor in the historic [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/1683|Nickels Arcade] for over 80 years. Opened in 1927 by [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/13306|Frank] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/13307|Jean Karpp], it is known for its eclectic merchandize with an international flavor.
Recently, its current owner [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/13339|Rhonda Gilpin] talked with us about the history of the shop, how she came to own it and her goal of keeping it a family business. She talked about the pleasures and challenges of doing business in a college town. Rhonda is also the owner of [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/13324|Arcadian Antiques and Collectibles] located in the Nickels Arcade. She credits the "Think Local" initiative and the nice mix of new businesses for the improved retail climate in Ann Arbor.