the merchandise displays in my store change nearly every day

As new goods arrive, most everything finds a new home. A designer’s dream-come-true: I get to redecorate all the time! Here’s pictures of some treasured merchandising from then . . . to now. Welcome to my world.

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  • 208 n. 4th avenue
  • in between the teahaus and motte & bailey booksellers


  • hours

  • monday — friday 10 – 6
  • saturday 10 – 5
  • sunday 12 – 5 
  • online store 24/7


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Heavenly Metal is closed as of June 30, 2019.

After 17 years of business, I’ve decided to shutter my lovely little store. The retail industry has changed dramatically; it’s much harder to make a go of it selling pretty things. I am so so so grateful to the thousands of people who supported my store, who appreciated and complimented me on the goods I brought in, who I could count on to come in for birthday, anniversary, holiday, and general gifts. I know I have left a big hole in town and on 4th Avenue: it was a very difficult decision. I apologize for letting my shoppers down. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Vicki’s Wash & Wear Haircuts

The one constant in my life has been cutting people’s hair. I grew up cutting my three brothers’ hair . . . and never stopped! I cut people’s hair throughout high school and college and beyond. With my U/M degree in film in hand, I found myself up north running a small movie theater in a town where I knew not a soul. By the time I left I was cutting everyone’s hair. I returned to Ann Arbor, got my professional license and found a home for me and my clients. I cut inside Saguaro Plants five years, then created my fun 50’s-decor shop, Vicki’s Wash & Wear Haircuts on E. Ann St in 1985. 

At the same time, I was asked to take over the helm of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. I moved the festival into my Ann St. location sharing my skills with hair clients and the festival for the next 15 years. I retired from the festival and opened my dream gallery: Heavenly Metal, which surrounded my haircut shop on Ann St. When the space on 4th Ave. became available, I moved both businesses around the corner.

I admit I am a jack-of-all-trades kind of woman: I like multi-tasking. It’s always been an easy task for me to cut hair along with running an arts organization and being the owner, buyer, and merchandiser for a gallery/gift shop. Imagine having your haircut surrounded by art!

About my haircuts
I do dry-cut commonsense haircuts that grow out well. Designed around your particular head of hair and face, your hair is cut to do what it does inherently. I cut all lengths of hair and all hair types. Curly hair? Bring it on! Straight, fine hair? Not a problem. I instruct my clients to throw away their brushes and hair dryers. Use your fingers, I say! I encourage my clients to bring in pictures, or better yet, let me create the best cut for ones hair, face, and lifestyle. I cut men, women, children, and am available for new clients. I do not wash or blow dry, use a curling iron or give perms or color treatments. I charge $45 cash or check for all cuts. Plus, I am a WCBN radio DJ one night a week so I guarantee great music for you during your cut!

As of July 2nd, my haircut business has moved to my home!
I converted my sweet little garden shed, nestled against my tiny goldfish pond and lovely garden, into my haircutting shop. If you’d like to enjoy a peaceful, chemical-free wash & wear haircut on the Old West Side, please email me or phone me at 734-663-4247. I’m one block from the Ann Arbor Y. Find me at








What was Heavenly Metal?
Heavenly Metal was a curated collection of handcrafted jewelry, gift and art goods, purses, women’s clothing, and footwear from around and beyond the USA . . . ever-changing with the seasons and our whims . . . in one lovely space.

Our wish for you was: embrace the notion “you are as beautiful as you feel.”

Wear it. Live it.

We were located in downtown Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district. Walking through our front door was like a breath of fresh air as you took in the cozy feel, vibrant colors, vintage and repurposed display pieces, and of course all of our wonderful merchandise.