2020 April

Dream Deferred

The Holiday Inn Ann Arbor near the University of Michigan has been rebranded as the DoubleTree by Hilton Ann Arbor North. Guy Hollerin’s, the restaurant in the Holiday Inn for more than fifteen years, is now the Arbor Tree...

Read More

Thai Spoon Replaces Bangkok Cuisine

Bangkok Cuisine has reopened under new ownership as Thai Spoon. The extensive menu is largely unchanged, with many standard Thai favorites like curries, stir fries with sweet chile or brown sauce, noodles, soups, and half a...

Read More

Mr. Alan Shoes Is Now Snipes

The big sign at Mr. Alan’s Shoes, on Washtenaw Ave., came down in early December and was quickly replaced with a new sign–Snipes.Mr. Alan’s TV commercials were ubiquitous on Detroit TV in the 1980s and 1990s....

Read More

What’s Happening at 2111 Packard?

The four-tenant shopping center at 2111 Packard is looking at big changes. Over the decades, the site has been home to Century House, a small department store; Hollywood Video, a downright large video rental store; Jack’s...

Read More

Residential Fences?

Q. City regulations prohibit residential fences from being solid. Why must fences be see-through?A. Some fencing can be solid; the limitations apply only to the front parts of a property. City zoning coordinator Jon Barrett...

Read More

Just Imagine Closes

After a decade downtown, Bill Harris will close Just Imagine–his book, toy, and musical instrument store on Chelsea’s W. Middle St.–at the end of March and retire. “My wife and I have plans to finally do...

Read More

Covid-19 Assistance

This list of resources responding to the Covid-19 pandemic was published in the April 2020 Ann Arbor Observer. Please add comments (button at end) to post updates and additional resources.– Help is available: If you face a...

Read More

Coffee at the Corner

“It’s symbolic of my journey,” Russ Furrha says about the corner of Stadium and Main, where he is opening Drip House Coffee Co. He played football on two of the other corners–at Pioneer in high school,...

Read More

Prickly Pear Closes

Prickly Pear has been a Main St. institution since 1991, when Gary Pearce and his wife, Mary Miller, opened it as newlyweds. Pearce, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, was chef at the Campus Inn, but it was his...

Read More

Coming to Chelsea

Jason Povlich–owner of Chelsea’s Jet’s Pizza and music venue the Rumpus Room–says he plans to open the Grateful Crow restaurant in the Clocktower Complex this spring. The restaurant, in the space Chelsea...

Read More

All That Glitters

We don’t need the Farmer’s Almanac to tell us that we live in one of the top ten cloudiest states. Good news though! Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, so maybe an early spring? In the meantime, what...

Read More
  • 1
  • 2

Upcoming Events