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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Grove Studios Grand Opening

If you’ve been following the pages (printed or online) of Current this past year, then you’ve probably heard a bit about Grove Studios already. Grove is a grassroots effort to provide musicians and artists from all around the Detroit metro area and western Washtenaw County a rehearsal and creative space for their work and development.

Audiotree Music Festival (Kalamazoo) – Sept 22/23

The Audiotree Music Festival returns to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place next Saturday and Sunday. The lineup features more than 20 artists, including Father John Misty, Khruangbin, Chicano Batman, Diet Cig, and many more! While the names we dropped in the previous paragraph are nationally renowned artists signed on to notable labels like Sub Pop or

saajtak featured among a genre defying lineup at blind pig – sept 13

  Genres are irrelevant. No one proves that assertion better than Detroit’s saajtak. Formed five years ago at U-M’s School of Music, saajtak’s made quite an impression with their stormy fusion of free jazz, noise experimentation, electronica, space-rock and opera. Their newest EP, Hectic, came out earlier this summer. Hectic EP by saajtak Thurs, Sept 13 saajtak

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