Biz Buzz: April 2018

. April 4, 2018.
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New Asian-themed restaurant to open in Mark’s Carts space
Mana, co-owned by brothers Ryan and Thad Gillies, who also own the Logan restaurant in Ann Arbor, is set to open to new eatery in the space at 211 W. Washington St. in late spring or early summer. The menu will be inspired by Chinese street food and so far includes make-your-own bowls of noodles, rice or quinoa with protein and a variety of toppings like pickled vegetables, and an Asian sandwich called roujiamo made in China for thousands of years.

Massage Mechanics on the Move
Just in time to celebrate its seventh anniversary, Massage Mechanics has moved from Depot Town to a new space in downtown Ypsilanti at 7 S. Washington St. Check out the new space at their open house from 6-9pm on Friday, April 6th.

Stovetop Roasters opens cafe in Braun Ct.
Stovetop, a local coffee roasting business on Jackson Rd., is opening a cafe in the Below the Bar space at 327 Braun Ct. in Ann Arbor. The cafe is slated to feature signature drinks and will highlight a new coffee each weekend. Hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am – 2pm.

French restaurant opens in former Creekside Grill space
The Standard Bistro & Larder, now open at 5827 Jackson Rd. in Ann Arbor, has the meats. The restaurant features whole-animal butchery and a meat-aging process and uses scraps and bones, un-used in main dishes, for stocks, including head butcher Sam Larson’s favorite French Onion soup. Some of the space is devoted to a retail area that features a full-service butcher shop, pastas, and baked goods so patrons can take home the restaurant’s ingredients to try out recipes themselves.

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Film Review: “The Favorite”

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The Art of Paying Attention

Mother and son make high art of “the tiny majority” We live in an age of attention deficit disorder, surrounded and distracted by devices, games, apps, and ads competing for our eyeballs and mouse clicks. But if we pay attention, a pair of artists, Karen Ann Klein and her son Barrett Klein, show us the

Mad as a Hatter

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DuPont’s Floodplains Flows Onward

Water can be purifying, it can clean and soothe and nourish. It can also be something so formidable as to wear its way through soil and rock. Fittingly, then, Chris DuPont has titled his forthcoming album Floodplains, evoking a subtle but potent force of nature where a river mimics the unpredictable bends of life, depositing