Ann Arbor

BYOC is Back

A regular customer of the former location on E. Liberty, Jessica Cichowlas secured a new storefront in a plaza along the burgeoning Jackson Rd. corridor in Scio Twp.

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Goodlyfe Smoothie Arrives

Brothers Naz and Pulla Algehaim recently opened Goodlyfe Smoothie in Arbor Square Plaza at Carpenter and Ellsworth. It’s their fourth fast-casual eatery, following others in Belleville, Canton, and Clarkston.

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Eric the Great

Eric Parker was a self-described “earth traveler” who lived by his wits and took great pride in his independence as a schizophrenic, unhoused man. He was highly intelligent, a lover of birds and animals, and a solo explorer of Ann Arbor and southern California. His last year of life was spent under the care of the author, his aunt, who deeply misses her firstborn nephew, a complicated, remarkable human.

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The Litmus Test

Jeff Hauptman’s office on the seventh floor of the 777 Building at Eisenhower and State has stunning views north to the U-M campus and downtown. But when he toured the building seven years ago, what really stayed with him was what he saw when he looked down—and saw how much space was used for nothing but parking cars.

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How DiBella’s Made a Fire an Opportunity

Exactly twenty-two years after its original launch in Cranbrook Village—the owners’ first venture outside of New York state—DiBella’s Subs reopened on May 15, twenty-five months after a fire at a neighboring business under construction forced a total rebuild.

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Pita Way’s Big Ambitions

Based in Waterford Township, Pita Way now has twenty-nine locations (all but three in Michigan) and aims to grow to 100 in three years. On May 13, it opened its first Ann Arbor location, at Jackson and Zeeb in an out-lot fronting Meijer. In June, they’ll unveil their remake of the former NeoPapalis space on the ground floor of Z West at the corner of William and Thompson streets downtown.

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Louie’s Tale

In early May of 2023, Sarah Stein, general manager of the restaurant Anna’s House, was prepping for the 6 a.m. rush. Her gaze lighted on the pond just beyond the patio. A mother duck glided serenely across its surface, followed by eleven adorable ducklings. One of them immediately stood out: unlike his brown or yellow siblings, his feathers were white.

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Coffee at Foundry Lofts

One visit to the former Wolverine Sushi on E. Huron convinced coffee entrepreneur Josh Langenheim to expand out of the Youngstown, Ohio area for the first time. He’s since spent 2,100 hours personally attending to the build-out of his coffee and cocktail bar StoneFruit Social.

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Question Corner | June 2024

Q. I love the Hoyt Trail at Parker Mills County Park. However, sometimes the odor from the nearby wastewater treatment plant ruins a visit. Is there a way to know when the odor will be bad?

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MIFarmLink

Dohner compares MIFarmLink to “a matchmaking service that connects farmland owners and seekers who would otherwise never meet.” According to the Conservation District, land access is the greatest barrier for beginning farmers; meanwhile most farmland owners lack a succession plan. MIFarmLink neatly solves the problem with an online tool that lets owners list their available properties and farmland seekers post their professional profiles.

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Lyme Disease Outbreak

“The number of cases has exploded,” says Beth Ann Hamilton, communications coordinator for the Washtenaw County Health Department.

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Main St. Mystery

The nine-story building was developed by DTE’s real estate division, and floors two through seven once bustled with nearly 400 company employees. But in March of 2021, with many of them working from home, DTE vacated the building and listed 105,727 square feet of office space for sale. California-based REalta Capital purchased it in late 2022 for an estimated $21 million.

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Emerson Turns Fifty

Emerson celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in April at Michigan Stadium. “We raised a significant amount of money,” Beckerleg emails, “with the bulk of it going to support our financial aid program—including a new middle-school scholarship in honor of Jean Navarre.

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No Parties?

August will see the first city council primary in at least twenty years with just one contested race. Six folks pulled petitions to collect signatures but only one turned them in: Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, who is running for a third time in the Fourth Ward.

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