TV commercials seem even clangier, louder, and more annoying than usual this holiday season. I’ve been slow emerging from my annual early-weeks scroogey funk, But in the last 24 hours, that nice anticipatory sense has started kicking in. A lot of credit goes to great things happening in downtown Ann Arbor. A sampling:
- Sweetwaters put together a special blend of Sky High Blend coffee in support of Skyline High crew teams. The athletes were peddling it and offering samples in front of the Washington St. store this chilly Saturday morning, and it was so rich, smooth, and delicious that I actually anteed up $15 bucks for a bag. Sweetwaters will give me a free cuppa when I bring in the empty bag, a la Starbucks best promotion. And the rowers say their teams get just over $7 for every bag they sell.
- An even further-reaching public/nonprofit partnership comes from the Main St. Association. It’s called the 12 Days of Giving. If you shop at dozens of participating stores from Dec. 12 – 23, they’ll donate part of sales or collect donations benefiting the selected nonprofits on each of the 12 days. More info at:
- Finally, my sweet tooth got its jumpstart over at Downtown Home and Garden this morning, where local chef Brigitte Romero was baking up traditional French madeleines in Mark Hodesh’s funky little 1935 Magic Chef oven. If you want to know while Proust’s obsession lasted for a century, taste one of these intense partries. Brigitte is selling them, of course (734-332-3438). And maestro Hodesh has more big plans for the next month, including an xmas party with smoked goose on Dec. 3 and a 30-member gospel choir performing during Midnight Madness.