2009 January

GM’s Cassandra

“I was the resident Cassandra,” Marina Whitman recalls. “But I have to say that even in my most Cassandra-like moments, I never conjured up what’s actually happened.”Whitman was a vice-president of...

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Boos for the Big House

Last month we asked six local architects to evaluate downtown’s newest buildings. This month they turn their eyes to the U-M campus. Campus buildings earned some of our panel’s harshest criticism—and their highest...

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Urban style

It sounds as if it has something to do with investment banking, but Citi Trends, which opened in December in Glencoe Crossing Shopping Center on Washtenaw, calls itself “a value-priced retailer of urban apparel and...

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Missing pigs

Three bronze pigs have gone missing from the playground at County Farm Park. According to Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation deputy director Tom Freeman, the metallic mother and her three piglets that once clustered near the...

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Going with the Flow

Sparkling in the sunshine on a perfect fall day, Mill Creek cascades over rocks and meanders through quiet pools as it flows toward the Huron River. Turtles sun themselves on rocks, and minnows dart through the water. But from...

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Chanticleer

The first question you have to ask about Chanticleer—the twelve-voice, all-male choir from San Francisco coming to St. Francis of Assisi Church on Thursday, January 29—is “What do they actually sound...

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Postcard Passion

Aikenhead’s business, Boulevard Postcards, may be the only one in the area that deals exclusively in old cards—most postcard merchants also trade in magazines or books. The Detroit native and trained photographer has a day...

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Overheard on Miller

Walking down Miller in the first snowstorm of the season, two men bowed their heads to the wind as their boots crunched the newly fallen snow. “So what do you think about this weather?” asked one.”I like...

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Changes at Fantasy Attic

With one master’s degree in clothing and textiles and a second in the history of clothing, Monica Ladd is uniquely qualified to run a costume shop. But after twenty-three years of dressing people up, Ladd’s ready to...

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Behind the veil

Like a flashy lure, Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair demands attention. From the street, large windows give an unobstructed view of comical, lounging robots and kid-friendly shelves lined with boxes of mechanical arms,...

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Inauguration celebration

The day after Barack Obama was elected president, Stefanie Thacker made plane and hotel reservations for herself, her husband, and their two daughters to be in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration. As an African American,...

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Ecofriendly products for Fido

Lisa Pearce’s dog, Pepper, sleeps on a bed made of pop bottles, and it’s a lot more comfortable than it sounds. The bottles have been recycled into a soft, fluffy fiberfill called IntelliLoft that cushions dog beds...

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The Sale of Chelsea Hospital

After nearly forty years of independence, Chelsea Community Hospital is giving up its autonomy for the safe harbor of a giant health care empire.The impending sale to Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, part of Novi-based Trinity...

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Steve & Barry’s closing

All 250 Steve & Barry’s stores, including the Ann Arbor location on State Street, were scheduled to close by early 2009. The twenty-year-old chain’s rapid growth was based on a single idea: selling...

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The Village Attic opens

“It’s kind of like a miniature Bed Bath & Beyond,” manager Debra Cook says of the Village Attic, the new second-story annex of the Village Apothecary on South University. Garry Turner owns the building as...

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Protecting a Jewel

On an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon in October, seventy-three-year-old Bob Miller is in a bold mood. A descendant of Freedom Township’s early German settlers and a volunteer local historian, he’s bent on...

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Ulta Beauty opens at Cranbrook

Ulta Beauty, a fast-growing cosmetics and (mainly) hair care superstore, has opened in Cranbrook Village next to David’s Bridal. In an email, manager Gena Juncaj described Ulta as a “comprehensive beauty shopping...

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Good-bye Pfizer, hello Sushi

The restaurant business attracts plenty of passionate, food-obsessed dreamers who quickly discover they’re in over their heads. Maybe the industry needs more computer scientists.Here’s how Umi Sushi, a...

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A cake for Miley

“It’s the weirdest thing,” says Cake Nouveau owner Courtney Clark. “There I am in Disneyland surrounded by all these kids—fans with Hannah Montana shirts on—making a birthday cake for such a big...

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