Biz Buzz: August 2017

. August 1, 2017.
Updates in Washtenaw County Business

Old-time general store with a modern twist:

Old-time general store with a modern twist: Along with her husband Zachary, Sherri Schultz is opening the doors to Brick and Mortar General Store at 21 E. Cross St. in Ypsilanti. Schultz, a long-time organizer of the DIYpsi Art Fair, wants the store to reflect the same DIY spirit. Consequently, they’ll stock a bevy of hardware and art supplies, and intend to provide instructional workshops for those who want to turn their inner visions into tangible projects. They’ve even found an environmentally friendly toilet paper made from sugarcane and bamboo. Brick and Mortar will be open in early August.

Self-driving buses to be built in Saline

French company NAYVA is spending $5.5 million to set up an assembly plant on the east side of Saline. The 21,000 square-ft facility expects to build 20 of its 15-passenger fully electric self-driving shuttle buses this year. The buses are being used to give tours at UM’s Mcity, a testing ground and research facility for autonomous vehicles. NAYVA, the only company currently authorized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to operate on open roads and private land, is hiring for the assembly facility with job listings posted on indeed.com.

Terry B’s welcomes a new chef

Taking over as the head of the kitchen is Adam Boonstra, who at one time worked under renowned Terry B’s chef Doug Hewitt. Some new dishes complement the old favorites at the Dexter restaurant located at 7954 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road. Check out terrybs.com for updated menu additions.

Taco Mania Continued:

Look for La Taqueria Ann Arbor to open in the space formerly occupied by Maize & Blue Deli at 106 E. Liberty St. The menu will feature a fusion of flavors including, Latin, Asian and “American,” whatever that is. Looks like 11 tables plus seven counter seats will be available on the inside of the restaurant. The plan is to offer outside seating on LIberty Street and a full-service bar as well. Owners are looking to hire kitchen and serving staff. Interested parties should email jobs@lataqueriaannarbor.com for more information.

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Domino’s Farms Aids Ann Arbor’s Need for Office Space

Domino’s Pizza and Arbor Research are both launching new office building projects at Domino’s Farms. Domino’s Pizza is creating a 33,000-square-foot building on the north side of Domino’s Farms, expanding to their current space. Arbor Research is creating a new 49,500-square-foot headquarters building on the east side of Domino’s Farms. Both buildings should be completed

A Physician’s Perspective on Legalized Cannabis

On Tuesday, November 6th, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Ten years ago, we had become the 13th state to legalize Cannabis for medical use. I voted for the medical cannabis law years ago because, in my view, cannabis is not a dangerous product, and too many people were being imprisoned for its use. At that time, however, I did not subscribe to the argument that there were legitimate medical uses for cannabis. How things have changed.

Tiny Expo at Ann Arbor District Library—A Curated Holiday Gift Fair with Flair

The Tiny Expo is a gem of an indie arts and crafts fair for vendors with original and unexpected products that make wonderful gifts but may not be an obvious fit for Ann Arbor’s mainstream art fairs. Shoppers who crave artistic, high quality products with diverse price points will find a rich variety of unique, handmade products to choose from.

New Tenants in Downtown Ypsilanti

Formerly long-vacant buildings in Downtown Ypsilanti are experiencing revitalization as small businesses and nonprofits are rapidly filling up spaces. Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), a nonprofit organization that, “provides access to the justice systems for those that need it most,” recently purchased the Smith Furniture building at 15 S Washington Street which became their headquarters. Decode