2020 September

September 2020 Marketplace Closings

Satchel’s BBQ closed its location at 221 W. Liberty in August after three years in business. In an email and a Facebook post, owner Hugh Morgan wrote that “some hard decisions had to made. Parts of our business are...

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A Mark’s Carts Reunion in Kerrytown

The Lunch Room Diner and Canteen in Kerrytown has been shut since mid-March, when owner Phillis Engelbert consolidated operations in her nearby Detroit Street Filling Station. Many items on the Lunch Room’s menu were added...

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Star Turn

Jan Conlin was seated at an outdoor table at Knight’s on Liberty when someone came out from...

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Human Electric Hybrids Grows Again

“Hello, I’m Electric!” reads a replica of a nametag on the window of Human Electric Hybrids in the Kerrytown Shops. In August, the electric bike and cargo bike shop consolidated its locations in Ypsilanti and...

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Rich Chang’s Dilemma

Chang is not your average tech entrepreneur. Instead of spending his days steeped in code or pouring over spreadsheets, he is trying to create the conditions for a tech savvy applicant pool to emerge in Washtenaw County so that...

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Of Rice & Men Fills a Main St. Vacancy

In March, the Blue LLama Jazz Club on S. Main was supposed to be celebrating its first anniversary. Instead, it was forced to end live performances, due to the state’s Covid-19 shutdown order. “This isn’t how...

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Wild Poke Is Now Wolverine Sushi

Brian Kung is no stranger to the restaurant business. His parents owned local Chinese places including Champion House and Emerald City, where he helped out as a youngster.But he emphatically did not want a culinary career....

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