Shopping at New Standard was an uplifting experience. They really seemed to care about me. The dispensary was well lit and clean. It had a modern feel – and yet very approachable. My budtender appeared very knowledgeable. It was clear that she did not have a ton of experience, but ably guided me in my purchase. New Standard had a decent organic flower inventory on hand. Clearly my choices would have been broader if I would only purchase conventionally grown flower. However, with the amount I smoke, I’m unwilling to compromise on what goes into my lungs.
But I picked up some awesome sounding party favors – Kiva Terra Espresso Beans – Dark chocolate! I can hear me now at my next, post COVID dinner party – Espresso bean anyone?
For all you bike riders, New Standard has a covered bike parking area in the rear of the parking lot.
Coming into Ann Arbor from the North
If you’re coming into Ann Arbor from the North, off M14, New Standard will be the first dispensary you’ll come across. It’s in one of the older homes on the west side of Main St at Depot. It’s a tricky parking lot to get to, if you’re coming from the South. But they have overflow parking on the other side of Rip Van Winkle’s mattress store.
Coming into Ann Arbor by Train
New Standard is the closest dispensary to Ann Arbor’s Amtrak train station. It’s only two blocks west of the train station.
What’s Near this Dispensary
New Standard is located near some of Ann Arbor’s best activities.
Ann Arbor Walking Loop
New Standard is located by one of Ann Arbor’s best walking loops – you loop around the river. Catching the brand-new trailhead is a little tricky. First, walk west up Depot on the north side of the street. Just as you pass the Pineapple building (which has a pineapple above the main doorway). Follow the sidewalk around the back (not toward the train station) You’ll walk behind a few buildings and then go under the river. Whether you go over the Argo Dam or head around towards the left, this is a really fabulous 2-3 mile walk.
Kayaking, Canoeing, & Tubing at Argo Park Canoe Livery
Kayaking or tubing at Argo is pretty darn close to New Standard. This is a wildly popular activity, so plan to come here during the weekday. (In season, of course.) Rentals are available at the Argo livery. The park itself underwent a major renovation over the 2021/2022 Winter season and is looking mighty fine.
If you have your basketball with you (you didn’t forget it did you? Next time…), check out Wheeler Park’s basketball court. It’s just a block east Between Summit and Depot. You can also get a picnic table here and set up a nice spot to relax and have a picnic of Casey’s carry out. There’s a public restroom here – a rare find in Ann Arbor.
Main Party Store
Pick up a cold one at the Main Party Store, as you head into town. They have a large selection of wines, including premium vintage wines in their cellar.
Ann Arbor Distilling Company distills from SCRATCH, sourced from Michigan farms. They create gin, vodka, whiskeys, and more. Try the Water Hill Absinthe. This is a very fun place to visit. It’s upbeat and funky.
Check out Casey’s Tavern for your absolute best burger. It rivals any of Ann Arbor’s best burgers, consistently voted Best of Ann Arbor Burger. A joint, burger, and a beer. What more can one ask for?
Mon-Thur: 11am – 7pm
Fri-Sat: 10am 8pm
Sun: 10am 6pm
No. Curbside PU only
1st Timers, Birthdays, College Students, Seniors 60+, and Veterans/Active Duty Military