Drake’s Sandwich Shop

For generations of Ann Arbor people, Drake’s was the first place they ever drank limeade, and the last place they saw selling loose Oreos out of a jar. If you need a Deep Dive Into Drake’s, there is a treasure trove of photos and scanned articles on AADL’s Old News site.

Drake’s Sandwich Shop, 1965. (C) The Ann Arbor News.

Did you know the Bloomfield Candy Shop originally opened at that space, in 1914? Neither did I. Mr. Bloomfield sold it in 1918. Truman Tibbals, the beloved proprietor of Drake’s, acquired it in 1935. No, I don’t know who owned it in the 17 years between. What am I, Wystan?

Drakes, Ann Arbor MI, counter

Above: a wonderful gallery of Drake’s in the early 90s, prior to its closing, on Flickr.

Drake’s closed in the mid-90s. I was on the Ann Arbor email listserv (I think there was only the one back then?) and word hit the list that Drake’s booths were being removed but would be provided free to a good home. I angled to get one, but couldn’t pick it up soon enough, and it went to Datastat for their employee break room.

This is what it looks like today, as a Bruegger’s. Yes, expatriates, Michigan Book & Supply is a nice two-floor Walgreens now. I’ll write about that space at a future date.

6 Replies to “Drake’s Sandwich Shop”

  1. The wallpaper on my computer is a photo from the late 1890s-ish of two women rounding the corner by what is now that Walgreen’s. They appear to be sisters, both carrying baskets that at first I thought were picnic baskets but probably what they brought to go shopping. The building mostly had doctors’ offices in it at that time.

    1. Was my favorite. As I recall it was a four deck sandwich. Peanut butter and jelly, and also ham and cheese, mayo, with lettuce as I recall. But darn, that was over 30 years ago.

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