2019 January

Two December Cafe Closings

Electric Eye Cafe on N. Main closed abruptly in December, giving short notice and few clues as to why. When one patron surmised that the difficult location and sparse parking at N. Main and Depot made it hard to draw in...

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Encore Records

The owners of Encore Records have been bracing themselves for the worst since the ground under their building on Liberty at Thompson was listed for lease last summer. The listing calls it “one of the last student high-rise...

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The Blue LLama Jazz Club

The Blue LLama Jazz Club is under construction on Main near Liberty, in the space last home to Rush Street Lounge. It’s the work of two Ann Arbor heavy hitters: owner Don Hicks founded software company LLamasoft, and...

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Sweetwaters Returns

Patrons who despaired about the closing of the Plymouth-Green Crossings Sweetwaters nearly a year ago got a happy ending this November, when the location reopened with a brand-new look and new owners: mother-and-daughter team Q...

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Ann Arbor Pharmacy

Ziad Ghamraoui, owner of the new Ann Arbor Pharmacy, says it is “not your average pharmacy.” His “boutique and apothecary” is more wholistic, and carries extensive lines of skin-care products. Ghamraoui,...

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Real Irish

Despite his lilting accent, his yearly tours to Ireland, and the name of his store–Real Irish–Stuart Marley actually grew up in Wales. His parents left Ireland, he says, and “were going to come to Philadelphia,...

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Hot Shot

Want the new, highly touted shingles vaccine? Happy hunting! In December, a pharmacy employee at...

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The Tiny Blue House?

Q. The tiny blue house at 717 W. Liberty has been vacant for many decades.  What’s the story?A. City Directory records indicate that the house has been unoccupied since 1988. There is evidence that it dates to 1864, and...

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Kosmo’s Kerrytown Closes

After nineteen years behind its small metal counter, Don “Kosmo” Kwon is ending the Kerrytown iteration of Kosmo’s to devote more time to his newer and larger Ashley location, Kosmo’s Bop Shop....

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