Friday, September 15, 2017

Back to School EATS

One of the best parts about coming back to campus in the fall is indulging in al of the great Ann Arbor restaurants you've been missing for the past 4 months. From our favorite coffee spots to some newcomers, here are Bivouac's favorite Back to School eats that you should definitely check out before you leave Ann Arbor.

Best of Brunch: 

Photo via Instagram @eat_this_

Angelo's - an Ann Arbor breakfast staple. With large portions and a huge menu, you can't go wrong... but get the raisin toast... always get the raisin toast.

Photo via Instagram @savas_ann_arbor

Sava's - odds that you've seen an Instagram or two from Sava's are probably high. You could go classic with some Avocado Toast or mix it up with their sweet potato latkes - whatever you pick you'll leave satisfied 

Photo via Instagram @bivouacannarbor

Fred's  - in the space that used to be Babo right under Sterling Lofts came another truly Instagramable yet delicious breakfast spot. With options on the lighter side such as refreshing smoothie bowls and breakfast sandwiches, Fred's is the perfect way to recover from a long weekend. 

For your mid-day caffeine fix:

Photo via Instagram @espressoroyalecafe

Espresso Roayle - because nothing beats $2.50 Latte Wednesdays! With multiple locations and plenty of seating, Espresso Royale is a great spot to meet up with friends to get a few hours of studying in between classes. 

Photo via Instagram @labannarbor

Lab Cafe - if you're looking for a cozy spot to study or grab a more unique espresso drink at, Lab is the place. With it's light and airy atmosphere and delicious drinks such as the vanilla rose or lavender latte, we always enjoy spending a few hours here studying or catching up with friends.

Avalon  - part cafe, part restaurant, Avalon is one of our new favorite spots. Whether you're stopping in for a quick coffee or sitting down to enjoy a snack from their yummy brunch menu, you can't go wrong. There's plenty of seating and is also a great spot (a little further off campus) to get away from some of the more busy coffee spots. 

Late Night Cravings:

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NYPD  - because you can't turn down a slice when you're walking by late at night (from the library of course)

Hunter House  - right next to NYPD, this diner serves up delicious sliders and fries any time of day (but somehow they taste better the later it gets?). Don't forget to top it off with a milkshake!

Photo via Fleetwood Diner Facebook

Fleetwood Diner - another iconic Ann Arbor stop. Hippie Hash day or night will always leave you satisfied. We dare you to try and resist it after a late night at Circus or Live. 

Ann Arbor Classics: 

Zingerman's Deli - Obama and Oprah approved. Not much else to say because if you haven't heard of Zingerman's do you really live in Ann Arbor?

Photo via Instagram @krazyjimsblimpyburger

Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger - while it may not be in the OG spot anymore, it's still just as greasy and delicious. Just be careful not to be caught texting in line and make sure you know you're order in the right order! ("Helpful Hints for Blimpy Virgins" -->

Photo via Instagram @bivouacannarbor 

Frita Batidos - a delicious, cuban-style burger that will melt in your mouth. Pair with a batido (similar to a milkshake) and some mouth-watering garlic cilantro fries. These burgers are well worth the line that you'll typically find there 

For When Your Parents Come to Town: 

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Knights - since we can't always afford to treat ourselves to nice meals out (broke college life, am I right), Knights is a go-to for when you're parents are in town and you can swing a few good meals rather than another night of ramen. 

Photo via Instagram @bivouacannarbor

Mani Osteria - woodfired pizza that's to die for and many steps above those greasy, late night slices you enjoy when the parents aren't around (we do it too, don't worry). But truly, anything on the Mani menu is a good choice & makes for a good parent's weekend choice

Photo via Instagram @bivouacannarbor 

Aventura  - a great choice if you're indecisive! Load up on a variety of tapas plates and a pan of paella and you're good to go! The patatas bravas is a go-to


Chela's Restaurant and Taqueria - now with a newly opened location on 5th ave in Downtown Ann Arbor,  Chela's is the spot for quick and delicious tacos, burritos, etc. They were voted the best tacos in Ann Arbor so you know they're good - they even serve breakfast! Chela's is a definite must this school year

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bivouac's Back to School Essentials

Classes, papers, exams - oh no! It’s that time of year again. As you move back onto campus make sure to stop into Bivouac to get your hands on all of our Back to School essentials. . Whether you’re a seasoned Michigan student or a new, incoming student we’ve got your back. From the latest trends to our wide selection of backpacks and accessories, we’ll have you stepping onto campus in style

For your first day of class:

There's no denying that we all want to dress to impress on that first day back. Bivouac carries tons of options so you look good and stay comfortable walking between classes. 
Start by slipping on a classic Patagonia pullover for when you leave the house on those crisp fall mornings. Paired with a pair of dark wash jeans and some fresh new, fall boots, you'll be turning heads. 

Worn in the image above: 
Women's Cotten Quilt Snap-T Pullover (In Birch White) 

Men's Synchilla Pullover - Available In Store in Various Colors  
Men's Kendrick Side Zip Boot 

Merrell Chateau Mid Pull Boot 

Men's Fall Fashion Essentials: 

Stylish, yet comfortable. Bivouac has everything you need to get through those long days of class that run into long nights at the library. Essentials include the 32oz Wide Mouth Hydro Flask - it will keep you water cool throughout the day to keep you hydrated and it will also keep your evening coffee hot as you head to study. Our new RX Protein bars contain tons of nutrients including eggs and nuts to keep you going during the day... speaking of keeping you going, don't forget your Goal Zero Flip 20 Phone Charger  to make sure you can always link up with friends for lunch and study sessions!

But, we know... you're not ALWAYS in the library. We all need a little break. The Eno Double Nest Hammock is the perfect accessory to have in your backpack - just string it up in the Diag in your hour break for a little relaxation. Top it all off with a warm Patagonia Reversible Bivy Down Vest , one of our Velvet Henley shirts (available in-store in multiple colors),  “The Matchbox” Slim Straight Leg Jeans , and Men's 6IN Premium Boot

Women's Fall Fashion Essentials: 

Vest season is one of our favorites - they are the perfect layer for early fall days. This Patagonia Retro Pile Vest is definitely one of our favorites - cute and comfy! Pair with a soft Michael Stars Long Sleeve V neck w/ Thumb Holes (shown in Heather Loden) and some trendy high-waist jeans from our newest brand, GRLFRND (GRLFRND Karolina High waisted, skinny jeans). For all of your walking across campus, a pair of classicSuperga Classic Cotu Shoes is the way to go (available in platform styles as well!). 

To keep you going throughout the day, much like the Hydro Flask above, a Swell Bottle (shown in Sparkling Champagne)  is a great accessory to keep your water ice cold and that mid-day coffee steaming hot. We have Swells in a wide variety or colors and sizes! For an extra pick me up, try our new Bizzy Coffee Shots - they contain two shots of espresso to keep you awake in that early 8am lecture! 

Backpack Essentials:
We know the struggle - you're leaving your house or apartment early in the morning and won't be back until later that evening... how are you supposed to know what you'll need throughout the day when things are always coming up?! Well that's college life and we've put together this guide to you can pack your bag and be prepared for anything.

From classes, to club meetings, and then the library - not only do you want comfortable clothes that look good but you also will need to be prepared for whatever the day will bring you once you leave the house. Bivouac has a large assortment of accessories, snacks, and other daily essentials that are a must to have in your backpack. First, pick up a Patagonia Men's Chachabuco 30L Pack with its various compartments and padded 15 inch laptop pouch, you'll have enough space for anything and everything you could need during the day, along with your MCard tucked in a Herschel Wallet (available online and in-store in various styles)

Make sure to bring along some sun screen and Kiehl's Facial Fuel Products. The Sunbum Face Sunscreen is the perfect thing to have in your bag for those spontaneous trips to the Arb or Diag on a sunny day (with your Frisbee of course). Kiehl's has an assortment of products that are great to have on a daily basis - the Eye de-puffer and Eye Alert keep you feeling refreshed during the day with their cooling extracts and blends of vitamins and caffeine to fight fatigue (both available in-store). Additionally, to make sure you're always on (Michigan) time, pick up a Timex Watch.
It goes without saying that the most important Back to School task is to stock up on Michigan gear. Bivouac bleeds blue so stop in to shop our assortment of Michigan gear, such as the "We Bleed Blue" shirt shown above!

Just like the image above, we have curated Bivouac's must have items for Back to School our fashion lovers. Start off with the new North Face Isabella Backpack - it is large enough to carry your daily essentials with multiple, easy access panels and pouches along with a fleece lined tablet compartment. Include the Kiehl's Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist - it instantly re-hydrates and refreshes skin and protects skin against daily aggressors. The Kiehl's Hand Salve will keep your skin smooth and hydrated, even in the driest winter conditions. 
Just like the mornings where we don't know exactly what we'll need for the day, we also never know what exactly the weather will do... it is Michigan after all. Grab a tote sport umbrella for those unexpected downpours and a pair of happy socks to keep your feet happy and dry. Along with your new umbrella and extra footwear, our new Michael Stars Suede Baseball Cap is a must. Make sure to check out our newest women's  Retro Brand Michigan Apparel so you can show your school spirit on game days and all over campus! 

Bivouac wishes you a smooth and successful start to this coming school year! Keep an eye out for more campus suggestions coming soon! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Personal Shopping the Bivouac Way

Personal Shopping- Now Made Easy at Bivouac

Are you leaving for a big trip soon? Gearing up for your next adventure? Or do you have an event coming up where you have to dress to impress?

Look no further! Bivouac is here to help with the start of our personal shopping services! We’re ready to handle all of your shopping needs to make your experience as quick and easy as possible. From offering fashion advice to selecting everything you’ll need for a successful trip, we are equipped with a knowledgeable staff that is excited to help.

What exactly will our personal shoppers do?

Firstly (and probably most importantly), they save you time. No more browsing around not knowing exactly what you’re looking for. We know how busy you are, so with the help of a personal shopper, we will pre-shop the store for you after discussing your needs and style. Then, at your convenience, we will present the items to you in-person at the store to make sure we’ve selected the perfect items for you. You can test and try on, plan out your outfits, and add accessories to complete the look.

So, what are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment with a personal shopper today and get ready to tackle your next adventure. We will help you pack and prep in no time!

Book your appointment here!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Introducing Free Same Day Delivery

Don’t have time to pick up in-store? Don’t worry - Bivouac is now offering FREE same day delivery within a 5 mile radius of the store! Whether you need a product last minute for a trip or just don’t want to deal with parking downtown, we’ve got you covered.

When you are placing your order online, enter your billing and shipping addresses. If your shipping address is within a 5 mile radius from Bivouac, a “Free Same Day Delivery” shipping method will appear.

Once your order has been received, a staff member will get in contact with you to schedule a delivery time! *You must be home to sign for the delivery*

We look forward to continuing to make your shopping experience with Bivouac as convenient and enjoyable as possible!

Learn more here

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Become a Bivouac VIP Today!

Haven’t you heard?! You can now earn points & rewards for shopping local at Bivouac!

It’s simple: all you have to do is enter your phone number next time you’re at Bivouac and you’re all set. You’ll instantly start earning points with every dollar spent. After earning more and more points, you will receive rewards that can be put towards your next purchase! See? It’s that easy!

For every dollar you spend, you receive one point. Once you earn your first 200 points, you will receive your first reward - $10 off your next purchase! Rack up even more points and the rewards increase.

By becoming a Bivouac VIP, you will also earn access to special insider deals, double point days, and much more! It’s time to start rewarding your lifestyle… become a Bivouac VIP Member today!


Currently, you can only redeem your points on in-store purchases. If you have an existing rewards account with us and have made an online purchase, simply email us at with your name, phone number, and online receipt number and we will be happy to add the points to your account!

If you are not an existing member but want to earn points on your online purchases, follow this link to FiveStars to register. Let us know that you have registred by emailing us at and we will add your online purchase to your account.

If you’re not from the Ann Arbor area and (sadly) can’t come visit us in-store don’t fret! You can still sign up on FiveStars and order online. However, points can still only be redeemed in-store at this time. If you earn a reward and want to use it on a purchase, simply call us at (734) 761-6207 and we will happily place an order for you over the phone and use your reward.

Click here for more information!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Exploring Peru and Machu Picchu

Peru is a hot destination right now.  The allure of visiting one of the 7 Wonders of the World is drawing tons of people to visit Machu Picchu.  When planning my trip to Peru I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I knew the main attraction was taking the classic picture on the famous Machu Picchu. Besides that one moment I didn’t truly understand how amazing Peru can be!  I definitely would say the Incan Ruins and the Peruvian food were really the highlights of my trip.

I booked my trip through (Bivouac’s recent travel partner).  One of the perks is having a packing list curated by the professionals at Bivouac, so I knew I would be well prepared for my trip.  A couple standouts from that list are:

  • Wool baselayers (crucial for layering and for multiple day use without the smell)
  • Sunscreen (while the expected temperature only said 60 degrees, the sun is VERY STRONG because of the elevation)
  • Water Purifier (unless you want to buy 50+ bottles of water, bring a purifier and water bottle)

City Sights

I arrived in Lima at around midnight and couldn’t wait to check in to my hotel to drop by bags. I stayed in Miraflores, a vibrant neighborhood with many restaurants and bars, so after checking in I went out to explore the town.  If you want to try a local Peruvian beer my favorite was Cusquena Dorada!

My city package included private car and tour guide so the following morning I visited the archaeological museum Larco Herrera, Catacumbas at San Francisco Church, and the various neighborhoods around Lima.

For lunch we stopped at a outdoor mall overlooking the ocean, Larcomar. I had an Incredible lunch of Conchitas a la Parmesana at Popular, and for dinner I ate at Huaca Pucllana which is located at a Pre - Inca ruin site from the 5th century. The local favorite cocktail is called Pisco Sour, as the name suggests it is a sour but refreshing. I ate Alpaca and Guinea pig for the first time and I have to say, they taste like chicken. Just kidding. They are both unique and delicious though.

Planes, trains,

The next morning I took a flight to Cusco, located at 11220 feet above sea level. I met up with my guide who suggested I chew some coca leaves to help prevent altitude sickness.  

We spent the day in Cusco and visited temple of the sun or Coricancha, the ruins at Tambomachay, Q'enko with huge rock carvings, Sacsayhuaman which overlooks Cusco and is home to the Sun festival, Inti Raymi. Every June 24th, locals recreate the traditional Inca ceremony to celebrate the god Sun.  Dinner was at the MAP cafĂ© which was another highlight meal of the trip, having one of the best dinners I’ve ever had.

The next morning we travelled to the Sacred Valley, only an hour away from Cusco is Pisac.  We stopped at hillside Andean farm and I got to feed llama, alpaca, vicuna, and look at some local tapestries.  We also visited the archaeological ruins and then the local artisan market where I got to try a local delicacy of corn on the cob with Andean cheese.  The kernels are 4 times as big as american corn, and empanadas baked in clay ovens with smoky flavors.

After, we headed to a Inca salt mine, Maras.  On our way back from the salt mines, the guide spotted potato harvests, therefore it was “Huatia” time,  which is a traditional way to celebrate the harvest by building a stone oven, make a fire inside and wait for it to go out before throwing some potatoes inside and bring the oven down. Wait for an hour or so before digging in between the stones and dirt, finding these beautifully cooked fresh potatoes.

After lunch at Pakakuna Restaurant in the outskirts of Urubamba, we took off to Ollantaytambo., the only Inca City that is still inhabited today.  Visited more ruins and went to our hotel to get a good night rest before Machu Picchu.

Next up, Machu Picchu!
We embarked on an early morning train ride to Machu Picchu, otherwise known as Aguas Calientes. We had to get off at kilometer 106 since originally planned 104 was blocked by a landslide.  We took a 4-hour hike on part of the Inca Trail and stopped at a hidden Waterfall.  (picture)Huinay Huayna. We hiked to the Sun Gate which has great views of Machu Picchu.

My next adventure was a guided 9-hour bus tour to Puno.  We stopped at Racchi ruins climbed to a viewpoint and the Temple of WIracocha. I was definitely ready to check into Casa Andina, a premium hotel, at the end of the day.  

Last on my list was to visit Lake Titicaca, the highest natural lake in the world. We chartered a boat and toured around the lake. We  stopped to visit various reed islands and had  the opportunity to sample a freshly caught trout by a fisherman who served it with potatoes. Have I mentioned the food was fabulous?!


By now we are at day 10 of my trip and all that is left is flight to Peru then DTW. Trips like this are so paradoxical and have a way of making me feel I was gone for so long, yet also feeling like I was there such a short time. This is why I am grateful for cameras. Taking pictures helps me remember all I did and saw, and blogging about it helps ingrain it into my memory.

To me, traveling is a way of life, but I don’t always want to take ordinary trips. Sometimes I need the wild and unknown, sometimes the luxury of a 5-Star hotel, yet don’t want to be left to totally navigate myself in a culture I am not familiar with and being surrounded by people whose language I don’t speak can at times be intimidating. This is why having an arranged trip with a local guide can make, and will make all the difference. They know the culture, language, and all the best places to go!

- AJ Davidson

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bivouac's Father's Day Gift Guide

As June comes into full swing, there’s plenty to be excited about from the weather finally starting to warm up to the school year coming to a close. To add to the excitement, we also get to celebrate those special men in our lives - our fathers! Stop by Bivouac from now until Sunday, June 18th to find him the perfect gift to say thank you! From the preppy dad to the outdoorsy (or somewhere in between!), we have the perfect selection of gifts to show him some much deserved appreciation!

The Preppy Dad
 Treat your dad to a classic look starting with this lightweight button down from Vineyard Vines (a Bivouac favorite). Paired with a pair of premium denim from Seven for All Mankind and the Sperry Top Sider Gold Cup Boat Shoe, your dad will be ready for a night out on the boat. To finish off the look, add the Vineyard Vines Anchor Belt and one of our stylish Jack Mason watches, available in a variety of colors.

Adding Kiehl’s into you dad’s day will leave him feeling fresh with the Body Fuel, Age Defender, and Original Musk Scent!

Get The Look In-Store!
Vineyard Vines Classic Tucker Performance Shirt
Vineyard Vines Anchor Belt
Sperry Topsiders Gold Cup Boat Shoes
Seven for All Mankind "The Straight" Denim
Kiehl’s Body Fuel, Age Defender, and Musk
Jack Mason Watch

The Trendy Dad
For the dad who’s always on the go, but still wants to look good doing it - start with a pair of premium denim from Bivouac! The Graduate straight leg jeans from AG are a comfortable and stylish fit he’ll never want to take off. For a (subtle) pop of color, try the popular Schott Bomber Jacket! A pair of Sperry sneakers and classic Rayban aviators will polish off the look.

If your dad already seems to have his style figured out, you can’t go wrong with a Swell bottle. It will keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks steaming hot for 12 hours (yes, they really do live up to the hype). Another unique idea is a package of Whiskey Stones! After a few hours in the freezer, these stones can be added to any drink to keep it cool without melting and watering it down like ice would! They’re perfect for those summer nights out on the patio.

Get The Look In-Store!
Schott Bomber Jacket
Faherty Pocket Tee
AG "The Graduate" Denim
Aviator Raybans
Detroit Grooming Co. Grooming Oil
Trixie Milo Whiskey Stones
17oz. Swell Bottle

The Outdoorsy Dad
We have the perfect assortment of gifts for the dad who loves the great outdoors. Start with our linen Patagonia shirts that are perfect for the warmer weather with their lightweight, breathable fabric. For added comfort, try a pair of our Arc’teryx shoes and some Smartwool running socks… both perfect to keep him going on the trails. And, when there’s a moment to relax, he can string up one of our Grand Trunk Hammocks and crack open his new Yeti Rambler (which has been keeping his favorite beer cool for him all day).

Get The Look In-Store! 
Patagonia Warm Weather Wear Linen Shirt
Arc’teryx Shoes
Camelbak Lobo Backpack
Grand Trunk Double Nest Hammock
Smartwool PhD Running Socks
Smith Sunglasses
Yeti Rambler

The Michigander

We have the perfect collection of gifts for Great Lakes lover to show some mitten state pride. From the local diehard wolverine to the Michigan craft beer lover, we’ve got a wide range of apparel and accessories to show some Michigan pride

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Retro Brand Michigan Sweatshirt
Michigan Awesome “Hand Crafted” T-Shirt
Michigan Awesome "Michigangster" hat
Block M Yeti

Faherty Linen Shorts