Marketplace

Saline Marketplace Changes

For eight years, Caffe Dolce has been tucked into the back corner of the Country Creek Plaza. This fall, it’s finally expanding. Owners Alex and Michelle Petrut need the room. On a recent day at lunch, their little...

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Pacific Rim

What’s your favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor?” I get that one a lot. For me, and I assume many others, the short list has long included Pacific Rim by Kana. Even when newer eateries turned my head, Pacific Rim was...

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Haifa Falafel opens

Haifa is the biggest port in Israel—in big contrast with Haifa Falafel. The sandwich shop, which was scheduled to open in the Glencoe Crossing shopping center in late September, seats only fifteen.The name and the photos on the...

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Arcadian Two heads south

“It’s amazing exposure. It’s a stand-alone. It has a cute, unique, homey feel—a beautiful courtyard,” says Rhonda Gilpin. And the parking. Don’t even get her started on the parking: “There are...

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Going Native at Home

Sitting near the butterfly garden of Connie Bank’s home in Webster Township on an August afternoon is like being transplanted into a Disney cartoon. Monarchs dance through the spiky milkweed, sunflowers, and Technicolor...

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Everyday Cook closes

“We’re closed,” Mary Campbell says flatly. “There’s nothing else to say.”The long, complicated odyssey of Everyday Cook came to an end in late August when Campbell announced in her blog that...

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Manchester Marketplace Changes

Main Street Pizza and Grinders changed its name in May to Mr. C’s Pizza and Grinders. A Manchester mainstay for fifteen years, the business was forced to make the change for legal reasons when a Main Street Pizza franchise...

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Shabby Chic at Rose Cottage

The off-white chaise lounge in the front window of Rose Cottage isn’t shabby chic, says owner Edna Middleton, but it goes with shabby chic, and she carries a lot of that.The chaise lounge aside, Middleton doesn’t...

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Whole Foods’ crowded world

What new trick does Whole Foods Market have up its sleeve for its new store scheduled to open in late September at Cranbrook Village in the old Mervyns? A bakery? A deli? Those are child’s play: Kroger has been doing them...

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Art lovers

The newlyweds who walked into the temporary OnSite gallery on Main didn’t look like wealthy collectors: they entered in grubby clothes, and their bikes were parked outside. Talking to them amid Angelis Jackowksi’s...

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Marketplace Notes

“It used to be when it was only the rich people that bought granite, they would seek you out,” says Shawn Keene. “You could be tucked back in [an industrial] park and do really, really well. Now that the...

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Chelsea Marketplace Changes

Scott Padden loves hearing people reminisce about the Inverness Inn, the roadhouse on North Territorial that he’s renovated and reopened. They tell him tales from the 1950s or earlier—about eating in front of the...

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New tricks for old muscles

Neil and Chuck Cole have aging baby boomers in their sights. The Coles, who run Dexter’s Bio Logic Engineering, have invented a strength training system to help everyone from frail eighty-year-olds to professional athletes...

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A breast-feeding business

Barbara Robertson says she catches flak for selling breast-feeding supplies. It usually boils down to this, she says: if breast-feeding is free, how come you’re in business?But Robertson didn’t open the Breastfeeding...

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Upstairs on South U

Sandria Haney knows jeans and knows how to give parties, which certainly explains why she’s opened a business called Party In Our Pants on South University. That background may also explain why Haney is rather grandly...

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Everyday Cook’s next step

“We’re not doing lunches,” says Mary Campbell of Everyday Cook, “but we’re not closed.” Campbell’s anxious to quash rumors that she’d given up on her combination restaurant and cookware store in Kerrytown after losing out on a...

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El Camino Real

Toledo’s Best Margarita (if you believe the Toledo City Paper) is now available in Ann Arbor. You’ll find it at Toledo’s Best Mexican Restaurant (if you believe the Toledo City Paper), also now available in Ann...

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