July 2020 Biz Buzz

Wilma’s restaurant downtown Ann Arbor has officially closed its doors due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The restaurant faced challenges reopening after the ban on dine-in services, forcing them to close their doors in April.

Kickshaw Theatre, a nonprofit professional theatre that worked with the Actor’s Equity Association, closed its doors in early May. The current health crisis forced the theatre to close its doors for good.

Arbor Brewing Company has closed its location in downtown Ann Arbor. The company has been there for 25 years, serving delicious beer and food to locals. However, Arbor Brewing Company is currently looking for a new location. All other Arbor Brewing Company locations are well and active.

Logan’s Restaurant was an elegant, contemporary restaurant based on inspiration of “New American” cuisine. On June 8, the company closed after a 16-year run. 

Espresso Royale has also permanently closed due to struggles during the pandemic. Although some stores are still open in Lansing and Chicago, the Ann Arbor locations are closed.

However, those still interested in the coffee that was sold at Espresso Royale can purchase their coffee beans from M-36 Roasters. Two long time employees of Espresso Royale have moved their functions from a coffee house to a coffee roasting company. 10815 Plaza Dr., Whitmore Lake. 734-449-8910. m36coffeeroasters.com

In January, the antique store Treasure Mart was listed for sale. Unfortunately, the beloved store was unable to find a buyer and will be closing on August 1st, after 60 years of business. Consignors who want their items back should make an appointment to pick them up as soon as possible. You’re also able to donate items if that’s preferred.

Blue Front in Ann Arbor has closed its doors. This liquor store, which carried craft beer and wine, has a long history in Ann Arbor. Their large inventory has been liquidated. The COVID-19 pandemic did have a hand in the store’s closing.

Bank of Ann Arbor (or Arbor Bancorp) has announced that Arbor Bancorp. Inc. and First National Bank of Howell (FNBH) Bancorp have mutually agreed to terminate their Plan of Merger, which was originally announced in February. This termination does not reflect changes in either bank’s financial position. Both banks said they have discussed ways to do business with one another going forward. 125 S. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-662-1600. Bankofannarbor.com PO Box 800, Howell. 517-546-3150. nbh.com

Mikette Bistro & Bar is closing its french doors for good. However, the owners have tried to keep most of their staff, moving them to their other restaurants, MANI Osteria & Bar and Isalita. Long time customers of Mikette can get their classic burger, Le Mec Burger, from Isalita throughout the summer.

zoey & joey, a popular children’s hair studio and boutique, will close its doors permanently on July 19. The company cites the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic as the source of their closure. 
The beloved paper and bookbinding shop in Kerrytown, Hollander’s, has closed after almost 20 years in Ann Arbor. The pandemic has forced them to close earlier than owners Tom and Cindy Hollander had anticipated. After closing the store, the Hollanders plan to continue operating as a small, online business and have a new space for workshops and packaging. 3858 Bestech Dr, Suite B, Ypsilanti. 734-741-7531. hollanders.com

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