Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Saturday February 25, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Elmo's Hideaway

 

continued

friends, including a teenage Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then still known as Lew Alcindor).

The Hideaway isn't fancy-it's essentially a long, narrow room with a serving counter, a stage, and a back room. But Morales hopes small groups will use it to tap into some big dreams of their own.

Morales ran track in high school, but since his school-in a rough neighborhood near Harlem-didn't have a track, he trained running up and down the hallways. He got so good that the U-M gave him a full scholarship. He says he and then-athletic director Don Canham ended up like son and father, and he credits Canham with teaching him how to be a successful man. "I identify with Jimmy Stewart's character" George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, Morales says. "I carved out a good life for myself."

He was Community High's gym teacher for many years, inspiring kids to be more fit. On the side he ran the T-shirt business and, with his wife, Susan, Bodies in Balance fitness-"We were the first ones to bring spinning to Ann Arbor," Morales says. "It's gentle spinning, not Nazi spinning." This spring he turned his other T-shirt shop, on East Liberty, into Arbor Annie's and Arbor Andy's, selling high-quality tie-dyed clothing and accessories by appointment only. It's "gorgeous stuff," he says-"forty-dollar, fifty-dollar tie-dyed dresses . . . the same fabric and tie dye for men, but T-shirts, dress shirts."

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Ann Arbor Nightspots: Blind Pig Ann Arbor Nightspots: Blind Pig
Mary Szybist - Longing for God Mary Szybist - Longing for God
Private Walk? - Question Corner: February 2017 Private Walk? - Question Corner: February 2017
Crime Map Crime Map
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Today's Events Today's Events
Calendar This Week - Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales Calendar This Week - Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales
Four Directions - I Spy: January 2017 Four Directions - I Spy: January 2017
Exit Interview - As she departs for California,... Exit Interview - As she departs for California,...
Map of Restaurants with price $12-$20 Map of Restaurants with price $12-$20
spark
custom blinds and window treatments, flooring, and furniture
top of the lamp. All your in home lighting needs.
Become of Fan of the Ann Arbor Observer on Facebook
Your guide to summer camps and activities for kids.
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor