I used to shop there back in the day.
End of an Era: Blue Front is Closed
February, 2014. Just killing me.
My memories of campus life are either closing or moving to hitherto undisclosed locations lately, it seems. I did an awful lot of shopping at the Blue Front. I wouldn't have minded picking up a keg one last time, or indeed, a light snack on my way to a meeting (a long time ago, it would have been class).
NOOOOOOO!!!!! I used to buy there in high school and college underaged. I don't think I even had to use a fake ID.
I want my Nebraska fake I.D. from 1992 back. That crap was still on the wall as recently as three years ago.
This is really depressing. Can't say that the place necessarily had anything great, but I lived up the street in undergrad and I always had good memories of popping in there either before walking to class or on my way back home.
I lived across the street my last year of school and was there so often they always just made me go grab my own keg from the dungeon. I never trusted that jenky conveyor belt, but it always got the job done. I may have switched the caps on occassion and upgraded my keg as well...
I may or may not have switched a cap or two myself. Buying a premium keg there must have been a total crap shoot.
I did that many a time. My roommates and I had a keggerator and would get our replacement kegs at BF. I'll never forget when we got a half barrel of Bell's Two Hearted for it. Man, that was a fun week
I've ever seen in a beer store. Has anyone ever seen one in any other?
What? Next you'll tell me that that Southside Grill is closed!
Blue Front - so many memories.
When I see that, the first thing that comes to mind is going to the cash machine out front and getting a receipt back that read:
I'll have to pour out some natty light in homage. I spent a lot of money there my last year of school. I was usually the first person there when they opened on home game days.
Bummer, that's something of an 'iconic' party store in A2. I never knew many people who went there but football saturdays and hockey weekends its one of the familiar sights of State & Packard.
What a bummer. Notorious underage seller
But maybe not as notorious as Ralph's around the corner.
Anybody get any story on why its closing?
No! I used to scrounge around for cans and bottles to return there to get myself a pack of cigarettes (back when it was only marginally horrible to smoke). All my old places are fading away with history, like the Fab Five.
Frigid winter 1985, walked by there and could get beer and snacks, in time to catch the news and Three Stooges late night, at my rental house by Yost.
Loved the newspaper selection too. Always cool in those days occasionally buying an out of town paper and reading their big sports stories.
That any Thano's Lamplight (now gone) for deep dish Sicilian pizza and beer.
will be/has been missed. So many haunts and dives have gone by the wayside. Character's gotta count for something, right?
You're going to tell me that Blimpy's and Steve's Lunch are done, too.
At least Red Hot Lovers is still around... RIGHT?
Ah, for the days when I could eat chili dogs and chili cheese fries with impunity.
I won't tell you about The Bagel Factory, either.
This is just cruel...Steve's was where I learned that grease cured hangovers...
Been going there since the 70's. This sucks. I can't take any more bad news.
because they also sold liquor and joe is the man, but count me on the list of alums who is sad to hear of it closing
Damn. First place that ever chose not to card me. RIP Blue Front.
Sad to see it go. Didn't their keg volume plummet after the new driver's license with deposit law/rule?
Clerk there made fun of me for buying milk on a Saturday night once.
I lived up the street for two years in college. A year or two later, I was back in town to watch a football game and stopped in for a beer. The old guy at the counter looked up and said "What happened? I never see you anymore! Are you ok?"
Yeah, I think we went there pretty often.
That place just looks like college.
In my first years on campus, I usually went to Village Corner, and in later years Big 10 party store. Now Blue Front and Big 10 are gone, and VC moved away from campus. Brutal.
That is a correct statement. Ageless ...
I'm tired of Ann Arbor eras ending. Can we continue building a new one, please? I'm looking at you MBB!
I was either a Champions or a Campus Corner guy, but this is still a bummer.
My favorite memory about Blue Front is when my buddy Nate and I were walking by as a guy was delivering cases of beer. He left his truck open when he went inside, and when he came out he was down two cases of Miller Lite.
I bought precisely 1 keg in my college years (not sure if proud because I managed to only be the purchaser of one, or sad, don't worry we still did plenty of drinking); the keg was from here. I definitely had to go down into the basement and throw it on the janky conveyor myself, fun stuff!
Hell, we ended up going through SIX for one party (M defeats ND 1991 Grbac to Desmond). You must have been quite the successful moocher!
what about village corner?
or the bagel factory?
or Bolgo's ice cream?
</boom - old man'd>
Damn -more memories gone by the wayside. I was a Sigma Chi and our house was on State so we definitely did Campus Corner but when it came to cheap, cheap beer the Blue Front more than held it's own for keggers.
BTW - you'll be amazed at home many people have no idea how to properly tap a keg. At least one skill I learned in college has come in handy through the years.
going in that place while attending a summer camp at UM in high school. I think every college town in America has a place like that.
At least for now.
So now The Blue Front, Village Corner, The Bagel Factory, O'Sullivans, the Full Moon, the One Eyed Moose, to name a few places I might have frequented, all live on in memory. The Pretzel Bell closed when I was a kid, that was from a generation earlier.
Won't miss that place. My second day on campus (I was a transfer student in summer school) I decided to be a big shot and buy a bunch of beer for my new friends in the dorm and spent the night in jail. They let me out in the middle of the night and I didn't even know how to get back to the dorm or find a cab or anything. I guess the unbelievably bad fake ID I had worked in NYC but not VC! I did come home to a sympathetic young lady who I met the first day on campus who eased the pain however. Of course I found out afterwards that VC was not a place to be messed with of you had a bad fake ID.
Ended up getting a suspended sentence as long as I did some community service which I did. Mom and dad were very proud.
about Gepetto's Pizza. All a guy could eat Wednesdays (?) was awesome for a money conscious student.
...and the Pizza House was actually a House...not a brick monument. North Campus was a frozen (open) tundra.
Those were the days my friends.
My freshman year in 89-90
Lived at LA's, Gepettos, Mr Spot, and Blimpy. Loved me some LA's fried food!
I know. Back in my day, we used to hunt reindeer up there.
Oh man, I remember fasting the whole day in preparation for All-You-Can-Eat at Gepetto's. Unlimited slices and fountain drinks for $5.00.
I feel old as hell.
And pick up a case of Goebel's at the Beer Vault, right? Right!??
A case of Huber Bock bottles only $6.99. Under $10 out the door for 24 beers. Drank a lot of Huber's, let me tell you....
No mention of the Blue Front Persuaders?
saw 'em a million times.
Damn I lived near the corner of Hill + State for 2 years and went there a ton. You'd think a business like that, with a built in customer base, would never close.
I lived around the corner in grad school (1983-84). Loved the place for its character. I remember running into Bill Frieder there and congratulating him on a recent basketball game.
Aside from beer, it was a newspaper stand with a wide range of magazines, but especially newspapers from all over the country. In that sense, it really belonged in a prior time.
My brother, who was in school at UM in the 60s, told me that in those days the Blue Front sold more Sunday New York Times than any store outside the New York City area. That was probably true back before the NYT was a national paper.
RIP, Blue Front.
What does "Wave83" mean?
...rate for their college parties?
The place also smelled. Would get my paper there though and head over to Ralph's Market next door... Someone mentioned Steve's Lunch earlier. THAT was a great place and a good place to literally rub elbows with UM athletes. Rightup there with Crazy Jims and Drake's for terrific experiences that younger Wolverines sadly will never experience.
I'm familiar with all of the other places but what/where was Drake's?
Drakes was a slice of history. An old-fashioned malt-shop and diner, right on the edge of the Diag.
http://michigantoday.umich.edu/a8404/ The comments in this article give one a flavor for how cool this place was. Grilled cheese like mom used to make, penny candy, home made hot cocoa all for incredibly low prices. The wait staff dressed in retro uniforms. Ann Arbor's oddest collection of people would hang out in those real old booths, eating, reading, discussing politics, enjoying great jazz music or music from bygone eras. You felt like you were transported back in time! Very mellow compared to the coffee house hangouts of today probably because there were no laptops and iphones.
Getting Hippie Hash at the Fleetwood Diner at 2:00AM after a spirited night downtown is something every UM student should experience. Not sure how they are still open,lol...
Not only are they still open, but are full to the brim any weekend night after midnight.
Drakes was a candy shop and old-fashioned cafe. Until the end, the decor was straight out of the 1920's. It was located where the Bruegger's is now on North University.
Best malted milk balls in the city. Used to schedule an 11:00 at the MLB, so I could hit it at noon. Good times.
I wrote a check for a case of beer when I was an 18 year old freshman. The cashier asked for my ID, and as I reached for my fake, I immediately realized "whoops. Can't do that". So I told him I forgot my wallet. He said "Look, I know you're not 21 but I need to see your real license because you're writing a check." I have been forever grateful to that dude.
Viva Blue Front.
That is an awesome story. +1 to you sir.
I used to live on Arbor street right accross from Blue Front. They supplied many kegs for our house. Definitely don't know what I would of done from age 18-20 without Blue Front :/. You will be missed!!
All of my fake id's were in there!
my last visit there was prior to the first UTL game; taking the son and neice around campus with my brother. Grabbed a sixer of something tasty; drank it on the porch of our old house on White Street.
That must have been a great day.
Nooooo! I used to buy from there in undergrad, sometimes multiple shopping trips per day. They sold 40s to the homeless guy who once pooped in our keg bucket. One time I made out with a guy there and we got a free keg. I'll pour some Mickey's out....
Blimpys, now the blue front. I guess this means that I am offcially old. Next I will find out that Dooley's changed names!
Visited the Blue Front a number of times during my UM days. Even made aspecial trip there one time to buy a Sports Illustrated as there was something to do with Michigan on the cover (can't remember now what it was). Sad to lose another iconic piece of the past.
I used to live across the street a couple separate times. Primo was the old Asian guy who owned it at the time (mid-late 90s). After I had been gone for a couple years, I stopped back in. He immediately recognized me and said, "Where you been? Sales down."
Ann Arbor just gets less and less familar with every passing year. Why? Why must things change?!
Ate at Pizza Bob's a couple years ago and was glad to see it still there. Used to be Pizza Bob's Uptown & Downtown back in my day. Couple doors apart.
I don't know about recently but it was easy to buy alcohol there underage 10 years ago.