Plymouth Road Plaza Opens
For the less theoretical-minded, here's how you can spend your money there. Two of the four shops--Great Clips and LaVida Massage--service the outside of the body, and two--The Big Salad and Starbucks--feed the inside.
The Starbucks has a drive-thru, and after about 2 p.m. if you order a dark coffee, it's likely to be made fresh, through a single-serving cone filter, rather than pumped from an air pot, because "we just don't get that much call for dark roast in the afternoon," says the considerate counterperson.
The Big Salad is a new chain. Franchisee Kevin Vlazny is new to the game too. Only twenty-six years old, from Dexter, the EMU hotel and restaurant management grad says he wanted a franchise rather than his own restaurant because "I'm young, and I wanted to learn from someone else." He was attracted to the Big Salad because "healthy food is a natural match for Ann Arbor," and "because I didn't want to be store number 200" in a more established chain.
In fact, he's store number five, and only the third franchisee in the chain John and Beth Bornoty started in Grosse Pointe Woods in 2008. If the Bornotys' ambitious plans come to fruition, though, there will be a Store 200--in the year 2020.