TLS Vlog #1: My favorite places in Ann Arbor

Welcome to the inaugural episode of my new vlog series!

< Cue crazy + awkward dancing! >

I plan to take you with me on my adventures as I share a more personal perspective on how I live my Values in my daily life.

We’re spending a Saturday together in today’s episode!

I’ll go through my morning routine, fix some gluten-free pancakes, go on an Ellie walk and visit some of my favorite places in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

We’re visiting the Tea Haus where Lisa, the owner, will show us how to take our fancy loose leaf tea’s on the go.

I’ll tell you about some popular Ann Arbor spots and we’ll visit some friends and their cute pups along the way!

Finally, we’ll go exploring through the Treasure Mart, my favorite vintage thrift store.


Show Notes


Tea Haus
Thistle & Bess
Heavenly Metal
Zingerman’s Deli
Treasure Mart

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix

Camera I used to film this video: Canon PowerShot G7 X


This Post Has 57 Comments

  1. Cat

    Loved it Jess! So awesome to see your home town….and that vintage store….my idea of heaven!! Looking forward to the next one! X

  2. So much fun – I adored this!! I hope this is the beginning of many more vlogs 🙂 P.S. I’m a total tea nerd too + geeked out when you were in the tea shop

  3. Carrie Waller

    So cute, Jess!! Loved the tour! You make me want to come visit Ann Arbor (specifically the Treasure Mart!) ASAP =) xo

  4. Jess

    Jess!! I love this! So excited to see more of your videos! I really need to visit Ann Arbor! Also–what kind of camera are you using?

  5. Jessica Gonzales

    Awesome job!! I watched this as I was enjoying my first cup of Almond Tea from TeaHaus!! YUMMMM…

  6. Liesl

    This is awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time share – hoping there are more to come:)

  7. Paige

    Loved it so much! I would totally watch this every day if you did it : ) The quality was fantastic and it’s so fun seeing you in your current environment!

  8. Katie Holland

    That was great! Looks like a town I’d love, going to consider it for a weekend trip from Chicago 🙂

    1. Aw, it would be a fun weekend aways from the city for sure. You can take the Amtrack easily. : )

  9. Wonderful seeing and hearing you in your element! You’ve encouraged me to do the same with my town! Could you tell me where you got your music for the video and what program you used to edit? I’m a newb to vlogs. 🙂

    1. Wonderful! I hired a video editor to put this all together, so I can’t help you with music and video programs. So sorry!

    2. Megan Bowers

      Hi Shelly! I’m Jess’s video editor and I’d be happy to answer your questions. I use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit and use YouTube’s Audio Library for license-free music. Have fun vlogging!

  10. Martha G

    Great vlog! I loved how you edited it and it was so fun to see you out and about. Just curious, did you feel self conscious or was it fine because you know a lot of the owners of the places you shared with us. As an introvert I know it would feel weird having people stare at me as I talk to my camera, I wish that wouldn’t bother because I think vlogs are fun and I hope to see many more from you.

    1. Hah, it IS a bit weird to be talking into a camera on the streets. No doubt. I tried it in Target, too, and it was crazy strange. I think I’m getting more used to it… I keep thinking about you guys enjoying the show more than my momentary embarrassment to keep going. : )

  11. Brooke

    Jess! I love this! And those towel hooks…Swoon!

  12. Katie @ Live Half Full

    Ah this makes me miss Ann Arbor!!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Aw, I hope you get to come visit sometime and see all the new things popping up. So much goodness!

  13. ATX Counseling

    So adorable! Love this incredible Vlog!

  14. Ahhhh – this is great. Love your Vlog and taking a tour of your town. Your website, podcast and now vlog inspire me Jess. TY.

  15. Kara F.

    Haven’t been to Treasure Mart in forever! So fun seeing you at so many places around town I haven’t been – will have to check out Heavenly Metal and Thistle & Bess!

  16. Raina Shults-Herron

    I have been listening to your podcast for over a year, and I am thrilled you are doing a vlog! I love it! Great job. You are adorable on camera.

  17. Cami

    Yay! Finally got around to seeing this! 🙂 I’m on insta @camiryder I’ve been listening to your podcast since new years and I love it! It’s one of my faves! 🙂 come to brooklyn! xox Cami

  18. Meg Bosse

    I love this!! These are some of my favorite places in Ann Arbor too!

  19. Aw, that’s wonderful to hear, Kristina! I enjoy doing those Q+A shows, too! It’s great to know you enjoy them, too!

  20. Jessica

    Oh this is great, what a beautiful idea! Could you share with us what equipment you use – camera, lens etc to get such a stunning vid?! xx

    1. I used a Canon G7X and hired a video editor to put it all together. If you’d like a training video, I would search for tutorials on Youtube. : )

  21. Julia

    Great first vlog, Jess!! Ann Arbor looks like a nice place to live! It was great to see the Teahaus! I’ll have to try Arabian Nights with my next order! Lisa is awesome! I had emailed her for tea suggestions, and she sent me so many great suggestions! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Love the hooks! Thrifting is not boring! I love to do it when I travel! Looking forward to more vlogs in the future!

    1. : ) It’s wonderful to hear you enjoyed the vlog, Julia! It’s also awesome to hear Lisa is helping you get some great tea suggestions. : )

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