Dexter’s Encore Musical Theatre Company launches a $2.5 million building purchase and expansion project. The company has purchased the historic Copeland building from the Dexter Community Schools and is turning it into a 250-seat, thrust-stage theater with state-of-the-art light and sound systems.
Banfield’s Bar & Grill, considered by some the “Cheers” of Ann Arbor, will not reopen. Owner Harry Hawkins died earlier this year, and the property is for sale. Tom Thompson Flowers is also a pandemic casualty. Customers appreciated Thompson’s naturalistic, Japanese-inspired designs, and nonprofits his generous support of their causes.
Ann Arbor’s annual downtown trick or treat is canceled, but local businesses are offering Halloween-themed prizes, activities, and items for sale. Main Street Area Association.
Workit Health won an Ann Arbor Spark Fast Track award for high growth. The Ann Arbor company pairs virtual clinical, therapeutic, and behavioral health services with prescription medications to help people detox and recover from addiction at home. Stress and isolation caused by the pandemic have led to a twenty-seven percent rise in alcohol sales nationally, and according to the American Medical Association, drug overdoses are up in forty states.