2015 March

Downtown Hounds

If you need a quick doggie fix in downtown Ann Arbor, you’re in luck. There are plenty of pooches, purebreds, and hounds working side by side with their owners who will be glad to oblige–as long as treats and petting...

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Taken for a Ride

Uber in action is nearly impossible to see. Except for an identifying decal in their rear window, “Uber X” cars look like what they are: privately owned vehicles. But they’re out there. Just ask bar...

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The Elephant Under the Rug

“I want you to know that I never considered your father an alcoholic because his drinking never interfered with his job,” my mother-in-law confessed to her sons at the end of her life. Until that day, she had never...

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Closing the Frontier

Soybeans grew last summer in the fields of the three Nixon properties on the city’s far north side. Deer grazed in the woods, and frogs croaked in the wetlands.In February, the fields, woods, and wetlands lay beneath a...

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The Collector

“There is someone you need to meet,” Bill Martin says. On a cold Sunday morning, the developer and former U-M athletic director ushers me into his Lincoln SUV at the downtown Sweetwaters. We head out Newport and pull...

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Glencoe Hills

The huge Glencoe Hills apartment complex is a familiar sight to passersby zipping down Washtenaw between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Stretching north to Clark Rd., it’s now growing even denser, with several new buildings...

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A Space of Her Own

Dana McGrath was “ready for something more.” With the youngest of her four children preparing to leave for college and with more than a decade’s experience working as an interior designer and buyer at Merkel...

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Brillig Dry Bar

Low lights, a jazz trio, tables packed with people socializing, and a line waiting out the door to get in. All that’s missing is the booze.That’s the point at the Brillig Dry Bar, Nic Sims’ twice-a-month pop-up...

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Skating at Buhr

Looking for another outside winter outing? Within sight of Cobblestone Farm’s barnyard (Outside, January) is a strictly winter attraction: Buhr Park’s Outdoor Ice Arena, located at 2751 Packard Rd. A regulation...

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Treasury Department

The telephone rang on a Thursday morning. It wasn’t the usual time for calls asking for a donation to this or that charity, so, without too much thought, I picked up the receiver and said hello. The man at the other end...

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Stony Lake Brewing Co.

In late February, Jerry and Heidi Tubbs were waiting on their final state permits to open Saline’s first microbrewery, Stony Lake Brewing Co. Jerry says he was nervous about the location at first–they’re tucked...

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Salads UP 2015

Walking by the big window of the new Salads UP on Liberty this winter, I wondered why it’s so often so crowded. Wasn’t this the warm soup, roasts, and potatoes time of year?After a couple of early February visits, I...

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Ann Arbor Film Festival 2015

As more and more mainstream films make it their mission to deliver as much eye-popping spectacle per second as humanly possible, it’s refreshing to see a movie that actually asks its audience to wait. That’s a common...

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Washtenaw Community Auto Repair

We received sixty-three entries correctly identifying the Fake Ad for Washtenaw Community Auto Repair in the Winter Community Observer. The ad featured a list of automotive services offered, each with the letter ‘L’...

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Legal Beagles

Now that’s beginning to change, thanks to a public outreach campaign by city clerk Jackie Beaudry and her staff. A flurry of fliers and banners at dog-friendly locations and events like the Halloween party at Olson Dog...

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Zoup!

I usually tag along with minimal gusto when friends and family suggest franchise restaurants. Even the new “fast casual” places like Chipotle or Five Guys usually feel formulaic, devoid of novelty and charm.But...

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Stone School Road

Q. Late in the autumn, when Stone School Rd. reopened after months of being closed, I eagerly anticipated driving on a newly rebuilt road. So I was very surprised to find that it was still the same old road, with pretty much...

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Kroger’s secret

Stadium Pharmacy has been offering home delivery service for prescriptions since opening eleven years ago, says pharmacist and owner Xavier Tato. “Many patients are homebound and can’t come out to pick up their...

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