This store in NY has some really pretty items, in all different colors and styles. Quality is decent and good selection if you want to complete an outfit.
This mall has everything you could look for, but beware of crowds. It's been shut down before because there were too many ppl inside. Good location, near the new IKEA.
This store is above the Bead Gallery in Ann Arbor, and it shows in the creativity of their things. Generally the jewelry, purses, accessories are a little expensive, but they're very nice.
This shop is really quaint with a specialty in children's books. Not recommended for everyday book shopping, but it's nice to buy something special there.
The Montclair Book Center has a great location right off of Bloomfield Avenue. They have a huge selection of new and used books on every topic imaginable. The best part is that even new books will be discounted from their retail price.
Bed Bath and Beyond is not a bad store, just a little expensive for students, that is unless you get on their mailing list and they send you lots of coupons. If you don't worry too much about having matching sheet sets and things, you might be better off going to Marshalls in the same shopping complex and buying home goods there.
The Bead Gallery has a great selection of beads and findings, etc and they also have jewelry made by the staff for sale (which is nice to buy or get ideas from). They also offer classes if you want to learn a new technique.
Planet Rock is a good place to start if you want to try indoor rock climbing. Their beginners' day package is reasonable (~$30) and the staff is really friendly and helpful.
Kerrytown is great for its atmosphere - especially on Farmer's Market days (Wed and Sat). The merchandise in the stores themselves is pretty pricey though, and mostly gift items, so it's not completely practical.
If you're used to good shopping, Briarwood is not too exciting. They have basic necessities, but not too much variety or good deals. There are better malls in the Detroit suburbs and also good outlets near Frankenmuth.