Biz Buzz: July 2017

. July 5, 2017.
Updates in Washtenaw County business
Updates in Washtenaw County business

Clean Eating:
A new American Restaurant in Ann Arbor, First Bite, held a soft opening in mid-June at 108 S. Main Street offering made-from-scratch food with locally sourced ingredients and no GMOs. A great addition to the A2 food scene for vegetarian and vegans. Not to fret carnivores, they have chicken dishes, too!
734-369-4765 | facebook.com/1stbitefoods

Shawarma Outdoors:
Just in time for the beautiful weather, Ann Arbor Middle Eastern staple Jerusalem Garden has expanded to include a patio space at its 314 E. Liberty restaurant.
734-995-5060 | jerusalemgardencafe.com

Works Well With Others:
GoWork has opened in Ypsilanti at 9 S. Washington St. The new coworking space offers both open and private workspaces—with lease options ranging from single days to a year— and hosts events focused on business and creativity.
734-985-0847 | goworkcowork.com

Up-and-Coming:
The Neutral Zone welcomes Molly Raynor as its first ever full-time Literary Arts Director. Raynor, an early and influential participant in the NZ’s Lit Arts program fifteen years ago, returns to Ann Arbor after a decade-long stint in the Bay Area where she developed two nationally recognized after-school Creative Writing programs for teenagers. She replaces Jeff Kass, who founded the Literary Arts program and held the position on a part-time basis since 1998. Kass will continue to teach at Pioneer High School and begins work this issue as Assignment Editor here at Current. To donate in support of The Neutral Zone’s Literary Arts Programs, which include The VOLUME Youth Poetry Project, The Short Story Workshop and Red Beard Press, head to neutral-zone.org.

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Domino’s Farms Aids Ann Arbor’s Need for Office Space

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

A Physician’s Perspective on Legalized Cannabis

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.

Tiny Expo at Ann Arbor District Library—A Curated Holiday Gift Fair with Flair

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.

New Tenants in Downtown Ypsilanti

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