2016 February

A2 Fix It

“The smell started five, maybe ten years ago,” says Sally Mitani, who’s lived on Arborview on the west side since 2000. “It smells from May to October but concentrates in hot, humid months … on...

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The Purple Rose at Twenty- Five

“This place was born the day twenty-two-year-old Jeff Daniels started his apprenticeship at the Circle Repertory Theatre Company in New York,” Guy Sanville says, sweeping his arm around the Purple Rose Theatre during...

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Cleansing the Waters

The biggest public works project in the city’s history–a $94 million reconstruction and renovation of the wastewater treatment plant–is almost done, and it smells marvelous.That’s the first thing to...

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Mipso

The members of the bluegrass quartet Mipso met as students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and chose the name because they wanted something unique–even now, they say, when you Google Mipso you find only...

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Comic Opera Guild

In the middle of a Sunday night snowstorm, tenors, altos, and sopranos trickle into the Northside Community Church. The singers introduce themselves enthusiastically, unwrap their scarved throats, and file into the first few...

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Charlie and Tanith White

At Cafe Zola, the waiter bringing coffee smiles at the attractive young couple but doesn’t recognize either Charlie White, 2014 Olympic gold medalist in ice dancing, or Tanith Belbin White, who took silver in the same...

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Buffett’s IUD

Charlie Munger, longtime right-hand man of Berkshire Hathaway boss Warren Buffett, expanded the U-M’s Central Campus with his new Munger Graduate Residence. In the long run, though, more locals may feel the impact of a...

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Community Sing

“You feel like you’re at a campfire!” says Ann Arbor rec supervisor Pam Simmons of the recently launched Ann Arbor Community Sing. The monthly sing-alongs at the Ann Arbor Senior Center attract grandparents,...

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Auto Parts Mania, Continued

Add AutoZone and Advance Auto to the auto supply shops multiplying on the west side at a rate that seems to stump even the employees. An employee at AutoZone, who blanched at the idea of being identified by location, let alone...

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Big Changes Ahead for South U

“A lot of changes are coming to the area, and leases aren’t necessarily being renewed,” says South University Area Association director Maggie Ladd. “Expect to see a little churn in the area while...

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Poetic Advice

The party guests talked about climate change, fracking, Syria, and Iran. “I called my representative and senator to thank them for voting against Keystone,” a woman told me–then asked me how many more...

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Wet Paint

There are advantages to living near the Rock. It’s a useful landmark for visitors, and we can check out its ever-changing appearance daily. We’ve even painted it ourselves twice, which is not as easy as it looks....

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VKitchen

My first memory of Vietnamese food has a dateline of Paris in the 1980s. Narrow stereotypes about what was tasty in Europe’s cities had been crumbling, all for the best. Nothing could have tasted fresher than that first...

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Germain Buys Mini

“I’ll throw some crazy stats at you. A person spends fourteen hours online shopping for a car now. They start looking at third-party sources like Auto.com. Ten years ago you’d go to a dealership. They’d...

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Pittsfield Place Fills Out

The Pittsfield Place development that fronts Meijer on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. is finally complete with the opening of Verizon, Bob Evans, Starbucks, and Texas Roadhouse. The last is by far the most interesting addition. The...

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A New Bike Store on Packard

“The problem, when you carry high-end merchandise, is people think you’re bike snobs. But you should see what our employees ride in on,” says Ron Schmid, general manager of Fraser Bicycle, which just opened an...

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A New Pretzel Bell Is in the Works

It’s out with the old, in with the older, on the northwest corner of Main and Liberty. Lena and its underground bar Habana, popular for its Thursday salsa-dance nights, closed on January 17 to begin renovations in order to...

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Sensors Inc.

“I get off the plane at six o’clock after doing a users’ conference in Duesseldorf, and my phone blows up,” recalls the president of Sensors Inc. “All of a sudden here comes an email and a text and...

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