In 2005, Jonathon B. Wright was surprised to hear that another fairy door had mysteriously appeared in a local downtown business, Sweetwaters Cafe (shown in image at right -- note the pennies for scale). Soon after, more fairy doors appeared at different establishments in the downtown area, and other nearby locations.
Wright was so intrigued by these new appearances that he decided to study of the phenomenon of urban fairies and their fairy doors, thus becoming Ann Arbor's first (and only?) fairyologist.
He keeps up with where the new fairy doors appear (and when some, sadly, disappear or are damaged). He also leaves journal guest books at the locations of fairy doors in public places so people can write their impressions of the fairy doors, ask questions, and draw pictures of any fairies they may have seen. Most of these sightings are by children, since they have better eyes to see the fairies -- and the fairies don't seem to be quite as scared of children as they are of us grown-ups.
He's been amazed at the little gifts that are left for the fairies by their doors, such as pennies, small pieces of candy, buttons, drawings, and other small trinkets. We all want to make the fairies feel welcome in our city, so of course we're going to leave them little goodies from time-to-time!
But then a new surprise revealed that these gifts were collected from time-to-time and neatly stacked in the fairy shop connected to The Peaceable Kingdom shop in Ann Arbor. Visit Peaceable Kingdom Fairy Annex and scroll down the page for pictures of the fairy store. Some of the wonderful and unusual items on the shelves are coins, baby teeth (!), feathers, origami crane, a crayfish claw, a ring, a carved frog, some pigs, and many more.