April 2016 Biz Buzz

. April 3, 2016.
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Lattes in the library

What goes together better than coffee, and a good book? As part of the ongoing expansion of the Westgate Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library (2503 Jackson Ave.), local coffee shop Sweetwaters is opening a fully-stocked store for library patrons.

Cafe for Sale

Five years after opening Cafe Ollie at 42 E. Cross St. in Ypsilanti, owners and operators Danielle Scherwin and Mark Teachout have put the Cafe up for sale. The new owners will get to enjoy the January renovations to the space.

Coffee Closing

Craft coffee shop and tea room Elixir Vitae is closing its 117 E. Liberty St. location. The location at 326 Maynard St. will remain open.

Car-Sharing

After a trial run at UM, General Motors has launched their car-sharing service, Maven, in Ann Arbor. There will be around 35 different cars available at 20 different locations throughout town.

Italian Street Food

Just off Central Campus comes a new dining option, Piada Italian Street Food. Inspired by the food carts in Italy, the restaurant, which will be located at 311 S. State St., will open its doors in April.

New look for Vinology

The popular Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant got a makeover to celebrate ten years in business at 110 S. Main St. New flooring was put in and the kitchen received new equipment, in addition to other improvements in the dining area.

St. Elmo’s moves on

St. Elmo’s T-shirts are moving on from their 220 S. Main St. location after almost 30 years, but not far. The new location will be just a few blocks away on Liberty St.

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Monticello Van Odom – ‘In My Mind’

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Heavy Color’s River Passage

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Green Book is Worth the Trip

An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays