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The spring and summer is all about getting out, going somewhere new and shaking off those cold-weather blues — even though, to be fair, this winter was super mild. Anyway, there are some new things brewing downtown, which means more opportunities to explore. Here are three very different businesses — that are new or reformed — you should check out on one of your strolls around town.

The Wednesday Evening Farmers Market, located at 315 Detroit St. in the Kerrytown District, begins again for the season on May 2. Running from 4:30 – 8:30pm, featuring later evening hours with the same vendors from the daytime market, the evening market focuses on agriculture-related products, allowing daytime workers to pick up some fresh midweek produce or a delicious snack or meal from one of the food carts. The season runs through Wednesday, September 26.

The popular fondue chain The Melting Pot has re-opened its downtown location, 309 Main St. The location boasts a rooftop patio — overlooking one of busiest sections of town — where patrons can enjoy the summer months while relaxing next to the Melting Pot's waterfall. For more information, call 734-622-0055.

The Tecumseh-based gift shop Rock Paper Scissors is opening a new location on 216. S. Main St. The store, which will open by June 1, carries unique items, letting customers to quickly shop for someone special or pick up an item they have always wanted for themselves. From wine glasses to personalized invitations of all kinds to quirky decor, the shop has something for everyone.

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Laith Al-Saadi & Friends – Annual Birthday Bash

It goes without saying that Laith Al-Saadi is a treasure of the Ann Arbor music community. But if you haven’t yet experienced this bipedal force of nature with his signature beard, shredding guitar, and astonishing singing voice, then clear your schedule next Saturday… Laith Al-Saadi’s Annual Birthday Bash Sept 29 The Michigan Theater 8pm INFO

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

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  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