2021 May

Pond Depths?

Q. How deep are Barton Pond, Argo Pond, and Geddes Pond?A. All three are impoundments, with water levels controlled by dams. According to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), the dam heights at...

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Scrabble Heaven

Chuck Armstrong is a polite, soft-­spoken, and engaging man. You’d never guess he is a barracuda at Scrabble. Did you know there are competitive Scrabble tournaments? I certainly didn’t when I first started...

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Red Shoes Has Closed

Red Shoes, the beloved gift shop that sold artwork, vintage items, and unusual objects, closed following the death in December of owner Catherine Thursby, who died of complications that followed surgery, according to her...

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Detroit Cookie Co.

Lauren Roumayah has opened her second Detroit Cookie Company location at 609 E. William, previously Hunter House Hamburgers. Though she got her degree from Wayne State in fashion merchandising, the lifelong baker says she...

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Kanbu Sushi Downtown

In December 2015, Nick Ma opened Nagomi Sushi Downtown, an offshoot of the original Nagomi Sushi on Plymouth Rd. (Observer, March 2016).This past December, the lease came up for renewal, giving Ma’s cousin, Tiffany Kim, a...

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Flash Food

After recently deciding to increase my recycling efforts at home, I wondered what I could do to reduce food waste. A family member reminded me that they’d seen a Flash Food cooler at a local Meijer. That led me to the...

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