2020 February

The Wind Turbine Atop the VA

Q. What is the history of the red, white, and blue wind turbine that sits atop the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Fuller Rd.? Does it ever spin in the wind? Has it always been painted like an American flag?A. The...

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Elixir Vitae Serves Its Last Cup

Elixir Vitae, the homey, independently owned coffee, tea, and snack shop on Maynard across from Nickels Arcade, has closed its doors. With its dim lighting, well-worn couches, and reasonable prices, the laid-back shop evoked Ann...

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The Coffeshop Vanishes

Has someone placed a curse on 305 S. Main? Following in the footsteps of predecessor Oasis Cafe, trendy coffeeshop BeanBerry Cafe closed just two months after opening, and weeks after we wrote about it in our January issue. A...

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Tuesday Morning Leaves Town

Tuesday Morning, a Dallas-based discount retailer that offers home decor, closed its Carpenter Plaza location in December after five years. In previous decades it had made its home in Woodland Plaza and Glencoe Crossing. Tuesday...

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Antelope Antique Closes

In January, Antelope Antiques on E. Liberty was holding a final sale as it prepared to close on January 25. Amy Lagler made the difficult decision after her husband and business partner Karl Lagler’s unexpected passing in...

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The Big Salad on Plymouth Closes

The Big Salad, which opened in 2013 in Plymouth Road Plaza, closed in November. The company didn’t respond to a request for more information, but according to its website, its U-M Hospital location is still open....

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Another Aldi

Aldi is spending more than $5 billion to remodel its more than 1,800 U.S. stores and add 700 more by 2023, including one on the crowded Carpenter Rd. corridor. At a compact 22,000 square feet, it doesn’t look like much of...

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Clothes Mentor Opens at Maple Village

“When we opened the door at ten, the place just filled with people!” exclaims Jan Johnson, owner of the Clothes Mentor franchise in Maple Village. On a cold day in December, more than fifty people were waiting in...

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