Gas and Donuts
Though Gallup One Stop looks like a new building, underneath it's actually the station Chuck's father built, with the old porcelain tiles stripped off and a brick facade added. Gallup isn't running the store himself--he's leased it to Pradipkumar Patel ("everyone calls him Patel--I don't even know his first name," says Gallup, "and I've dealt with him for years") and his wife, Nisha. At press time Gallup One Stop wasn't quite open, but looked very close. Patel confirmed that Dexter Bakery would be supplying sandwiches, donuts, cookies, and muffins. Patel also confirmed that no one ever calls him Pradip.
Gallup One Stop, 2955 Packard, no phone at press time. Daily 5 a.m.-midnight.
"I built this place fifteen years ago," says Abraham Ajrouch, owner of Ann Arbor Gateway, the newly rebuilt Shell station and market at Eisenhower and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. The new building is three times the size of the old one, but it no longer has a car wash: "Ten, fifteen years ago it made sense to have the combination. Now people aren't so much for washing their cars. I'm serious!" says Ajrouch, who at one time owned six gas stations in southeast Michigan.