2018 April

Bus Shelters?

Q.  Bus stop shelters are a blessing in providing protection from rain and a place to sit.  How is it decided where they should be placed?A.  Many criteria are used to determine shelter placement, but the most important is how...

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Cat Fight

The article in the January Observer described litigation surrounding a home built by U-M...

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A2 to Lansing?

Like current Republican governor Rick Snyder, Thanedar is a businessman with no previous...

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The Gillies Brothers Branch Out

Brothers Ryan and Thad Gillies, co-owners with sommelier Kevin Hobart of the downtown destination restaurant Logan, are branching into “fast casual” dining. Mana will serve up build-your-own bowls inspired by Chinese...

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Coffee Works A2 Calls It a Day

After a not-quite-yearlong run, Coffee Works A2 left the corner of Packard and Woodlawn in February. In a farewell Facebook post, owner Matthew Bjurman wrote “We’ve enjoyed interacting with you in our quaint coffee...

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Hookahs at Stone Plaza

Feras and Nariman Al Shobaki have expanded the hookah selection at their Mediterranean Market into a new storefront a couple doors down in Stone Plaza. Though Inhale Smoke Shop opened in October, manager Mariam Omar says they...

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From One Substance to Another

A reader wrote in February to ask if we knew what happened to the south-side Ellsworth Liquor Shop. It turns out the store has been closed for over a year. City records show the owners have recently gotten approval to use the...

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A New T-Mobile Store in Maple Village

In late December, a new T-Mobile store quietly replaced the former RadioShack in Maple Village. Some customers didn’t even notice the change. “A lot of people still come in looking for batteries,” laughs...

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The Return of Cartridge World

Cartridge World, the printer and ink retailer that formerly had locations on South Industrial and Eisenhower, now has a new spot in Washtenaw Commons. New franchise owner Jennifer Meyer, who also owns a location in Brighton,...

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Back to Her Roots

“Louis Armstrong was my first introduction to jazz music, and he became my jazz hero,” Jane Fink recalls. “He made every member of the audience feel like the great jazz master was playing just for them. I...

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