Biz Buzz: March 2018

. March 5, 2018.
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Poke Fish Offers Fast Seafood Option
Poke Fish has opened at 3500 Washtenaw Ave. in the shopping center on the south side of Washtenaw across from Arborland. The casual eatery offers poke bowls, sushiritos (think sushi burritos) and ramen. Poke (Hawaiian for “to section” or “to slice or cut”) is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer or main course Hawaiian cuisine.

Two Jerks Records Closing
The Ypsilanti purveyor of classic vinyl records is closing due to complications after the store was flooded by a broken pipe. The store, open since 2014, announced its closing in a February Facebook post thanking everyone who helped him make his “lifelong dream of owning a record store”possible.

Ricewood Barbecue Opens Inside Morgan & York
The popular food truck that garnered much success parked in the Morgan & York parking lot off Packard is now building a permanent space inside the popular wine and cheese shop. The menu will be identical to what was served from the food truck, but there will be additional seating available and the Chamorro-style dishes will be available year-round. In addition, the original Ricewood food truck will be converted to PoCai (still parked outside M & Y), and will serve poke bowls, acai smoothie bowls and offerings like banana-chia seed toast. A second truck is also in the works, slated to open in April called Kumite that will offer Pacific-Islander Cuisine.

Dolores Mexican Restaurant Opens After Long Wait
Dolores, run by husband and wife Andrew Epstein and Marcela Rubio, has opened at 6 S. Washington St., the former home of the Elbow Room in downtown Ypsi. It offers authentic Mexican specialties including tacos, tostadas, flautas, and a variety of mezcal and tequila.

Friend’s Closet Closing
The vintage thrift and consignment shop at 731 W. Cross St. in Ypsilanti has shut its doors, but owner Tay Doss is looking to open up a gallery space.

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DIYpsi Champions Local Artists (and here’s a PLAYLIST)

DIYpsi Aug 18 & Aug 19 at ABC Microbrewery I’ve detected an increasing amount of positive energy generating from the independent arts community of Ypsilanti over the last several years, grassroots efforts that stoke a sense of pride and celebration of the local culture scene, from First Fridays and Bona Sera, to the Threads All

Eighth Grade—Navigating Middle School Without Filters

If you missed Eighth Grade at Cinetopia, it’s finally officially playing this week at The State! Eighth Grade is this generation’s Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Welcome To The Dollhouse. If you’ve wondered what adolescence in the digital age is like, this movie’s strength is capturing Generation Z middle school life—while remaining universal.

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The Mountain—’Spinning Dot Children’s Theater Company’ Premieres Play on Immigration

When performing plays, actors use props, costumes and set pieces to immerse themselves in the story. Spinning Dot Theatre repertory company members Aya Aziz and Forrest Hejkal, who star in the North American premiere of Chelsea Woolley’s two-hander, The Mountain, had extra help preparing to portray children on a playground; they did some of their