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Songbird West Flies Again

The west-side branch of Songbird Cafe reopened in February. Owner Jenny Song had closed it last June, citing staffing shortages; her original cafe on Plymouth Rd. continued to operate. I kept driving by the closed cafe, looking...

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Belly Deli Disappears

In 2013, Eric Joh, who was friends with the founders of the No Thai noodle chain, came up with a suggestion. How about a restaurant that specialized in the Vietnamese sandwiches called banh mi?The idea led to Belly Deli. Taking...

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Grizzly Peak Gets an Update

In late January, Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. announced with fanfare its return from extensive renovations, alerting customers to its revised menu and lineup of craft beers. But after reading through the new items, which included a...

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Crazy Wisdom Closes Its Store

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore shut its doors on Main St. for the last time on Feb. 15. Founded by Aura Glaser in the Kerrytown area in 1982, purchased by Ruth Schekter and Bill Zirinsky in 1989, and moved to a building they bought on...

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Gelman Plume a Superfund Site?

Q. Why do local governments want the EPA to declare the Gelman dioxane plume a Superfund site? A. From the 1960s into the 1980s, Gelman Sciences discharged manufacturing wash water into ponds on its Wagner Rd. property. Bacteria...

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Affordable Geddes Lake

A scant 115 transfers make it onto our map from January and a few from December that weren’t recorded in time for last month’s map. Five of these went for more than $1 million, led by 5333 Pleasant Lake Rd. in Lodi...

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Spaced Out

Paas, a retired architect, was inspired by a Midland fourth grader’s drawing of the sun and...

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