- So long, farewell: After being open for almost two decades, Ann Arbor favorite 1850s themed night club, the Circus Bar, will permanently close after the ninth of February.
- For the love of Jewelry: Princess Designs in Kerrytown has officially closed. The owner (Jones) is moving out of state to take care of her aging parents. But, all is not lost! You can still get her one-of-a kind jewelry online at her Etsy site, etsy.com/shop/jaspersjewels
- Massage please: Soothe, the fastest-growing on-demand massage and wellness company is now in Ann Arbor. So if you aren’t up for the troublesome drive to the spa, Soothe will happily deliver a licensed, vetted and certified massage therapist to you, wherever you might be! 1-800-960-7668 or soothe.com
- Moving up: A four-story development is planned for the northeast corner of Jefferson and Ashley streets in Ann Arbor. The highrise will consist of 21 two-bedroom condos and a handful of three bedroom penthouse units with rooftop patios.
- Hail to the victors: Swimming app, MySwimPro, created by University of Michigan graduates, Adam Oxner and Fares Ksebati, has been named Apple Watch App of the Year.
- Moving closets: Vintage clothing store, Friend’s Closet, has moved to Cross Street in Ypsilanti.
- New name: Sabor Latino is changing its name to Agave Tequila Bar with the restaurant’s relaunch.
- Get in the groove: Grove Studios, a rehearsal and performance space for the community, opened in January. The facility encourages collaboration and supporting new creative communities.
- Fresh bread: Authentic Mexican food spot, Tmaz Taqueria, has finished renovation and opened the bakery portion of the restaurant.
- A taste of Canada, eh? Lovers of smothered french fries rejoice in the expected opening of Smoke’s Poutinerie on South University in the former Dick Tyler’s Tavern space
- Way to go: Muth Law, P.C. The Washtenaw County Bar Association has voted Benjamin Muth their 2017 Outstanding New Lawyer.
- The perfect combination: Siris, a barbeque restaurant with a craft beer bar and cigar lounge will soon be opening at 207 N. Main St.
- A new harvest: The grand opening of Fresh Thyme Farmers Market on Washtenaw in Ypsilanti is scheduled for February 1.
- Medicine in the mitten: The UM Health System is changing its name to Michigan Medicine.
- Ali’s got a new face: The Packard Street Ali Baba’s will soon
be finished with the face lift to the building.
- More beautiful mugs: The Ugly Mug is rebranding and changing its name to Cross Street Coffee.
- Finger-lickin’: Ann Arbor Chef, Frank Fejeran, is opening a new fried chicken restaurant, Ma Lou’s Fried Chicken, as a tribute to his fellow chicken-lover and grandmother, Louise.
- #VapeLife: Exscape Smoke Shop & Vape Lounge has opened a new location on E. Williams Street.
Domino’s Pizza and Arbor Research are both launching new office building projects at Domino’s Farms. Domino’s Pizza is creating a 33,000-square-foot building on the north side of Domino’s Farms, expanding to their current space. Arbor Research is creating a new 49,500-square-foot headquarters building on the east side of Domino’s Farms. Both buildings should be completed
On Tuesday, November 6th, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Ten years ago, we had become the 13th state to legalize Cannabis for medical use. I voted for the medical cannabis law years ago because, in my view, cannabis is not a dangerous product, and too many people were being imprisoned for its use. At that time, however, I did not subscribe to the argument that there were legitimate medical uses for cannabis. How things have changed.
The Tiny Expo is a gem of an indie arts and crafts fair for vendors with original and unexpected products that make wonderful gifts but may not be an obvious fit for Ann Arbor’s mainstream art fairs. Shoppers who crave artistic, high quality products with diverse price points will find a rich variety of unique, handmade products to choose from.
Formerly long-vacant buildings in Downtown Ypsilanti are experiencing revitalization as small businesses and nonprofits are rapidly filling up spaces. Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), a nonprofit organization that, “provides access to the justice systems for those that need it most,” recently purchased the Smith Furniture building at 15 S Washington Street which became their headquarters. Decode