2009 February

Take that, Starbucks

When the developers of Plymouth Green Crossings decided their office-retail mix should include a coffeehouse, they surveyed people in the area about which one they’d like to see move in. “I think [the developers]...

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Bicycle Stampede

Or the Boys’ and Girls’ Glee Club of Ann Arbor. Or Candy Death Squad. By any name, they’re a self-described “hard-core” late-night bike-riding group.Weather permitting, they tear through town every...

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Charlie Louvin

Charlie Louvin was one half of the Louvin Brothers, almost the last in classic country music’s sequence of great brother duets. They came on the scene in the late 1940s with a truculent brand of gospel harmony singing...

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Act of faith?

With Borders reeling from old debts and falling sales, the bookseller’s board fired CEO George Jones in January. Yet new CEO Ron Marshall not only left his investment firm to take the job, he also promised to buy 200,000...

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December 2008 Crime

Ann Arbor crimes were slightly up in December, 2008 over the previous year, with 63 burglaries (54 in 2007), 7 sexual assaults (5 in 2007), and 19 vehicle thefts (13 in 2007). One number fell slightly: there were 7 robberies in...

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AXIS Coffeehouse

At 6:30, the scheduled starting time for the AXIS Coffeehouse, the only people in the multipurpose room of the Malletts Creek Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library are teen services librarian Sharon Iverson and intern Cherie...

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Dinner at the Melting Pot

The new Melting Pot on Main Street may be the quintessential winter restaurant, a gemütlich gathering place that taps into the primal urge to draw together around a fire when snow falls. There will be no loners here hunkering...

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Dream House

Valerie Laken played a mean second base on the O Team—the Observer’s co-rec softball team—a few years back. I usually played catcher, and I enjoyed chatting with her on the bench or over postgame beers. She had a house on...

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Snow Patrol

Every time it snows, Ann Arbor community standards supervisor Mike Rankin fields dozens of complaints about unshoveled sidewalks. His small staff then warns the property’s owners that they’re legally required to...

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Good food on campus

The U-M’s latest restaurant may lack the aged patina of its brethren in the Michigan Union and Michigan League, but it more than makes up for that in wonderful food. The Glass House Cafe opened quietly this past fall in...

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Luke Bergmann

I like to think that I am more comfortable in Detroit than most Ann Arborites. I know my way around the city and make a point of visiting often. Although I exercise caution occasionally, I haven’t felt much fear in the...

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Maitelates Chocolates

When transplanted to a new land, even the most adventurous diners will miss the tastes of home—and yearn to rekindle family memories connected to food. Maite Zubía, thirty-one, came to Ann Arbor four years ago from Chile when...

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