Biz Buzz—November 2018

. October 31, 2018.
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 River Gallery in Chelsea ClosesBizzBuzz_River-Gallery

After almost 20 years, River Gallery of Chelsea is closing its doors. Co-owner Patti Schwarz explains that the gallery accomplished what it set out to do: provide a place to exhibit high-end art and local artists. Schwarz, who is also an art consultant, said it was time to close the retail part of the business while extending River Gallery’s heartfelt thanks to its patrons of almost two decades.

 Ann Arbor AI Firm Opens Location in London

Clinc, Inc. has recently opened a location in the prestigious financial district of London, England. The local Ann Arbor firm creates conversational artificial intelligence software that interacts with the customers of financial institutions. The expansion to London is a significant move for the firm as its first international office.

 TinkerTech Opens in YpsilantiBizz-Buzz_TinkerTech

TinkerTech has opened in downtown Ypsilanti at 216 W Michigan Avenue. The makerspace seeks to be a place where creative endeavors become a reality and offers everything from work spaces to 3D printing to laser cutting. What makes TinkerTech unique is its endeavor to prioritize inclusivity and to provide an atmosphere that will attract and support people beyond the typical makerspace user. TinkerTech also offers workshops and camps.

 Gross Electric Takes Over Top of the Lamp

Top of the Lamp in Ann Arbor has recently closed its doors on Maple Rd. The inventory has been purchased by Gross Electric, a third-generation family-owned and operated lighting and electrical supply distributor at 2232 S Industrial Hwy where customers can continue to shop for lighting fixtures and home accessories, as well as receive lighting and lamp repairs.

Laurie Gross, president of Gross Electric, was recently appointed to the American Lighting Association (ALA) Board of Governors. Gross, an active member of the ALA, a national trade association representing the residential lighting industry, says “I am honored and excited to join the Board of Governors.” Gross joins a team of 12 members—four manufacturers, four sales representatives, and four showrooms—for her three-year term, beginning January 2019.
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 Relax at New Ann Arbor Spa

In August, Spavia opened its first location in Michigan in the Arbor Hills Shopping Center at 3070 Washtenaw Ave, with a grand opening celebration in October where attendees met the staff, learned about the services they offer, and toured the spa. At Spavia, guests can enjoy a signature, hot stone, deep tissue, sports and four-hand massage, and treatments with skin care, beauty and body such as facials, tanning, anti-aging wraps, and wax treatments.

To schedule an appointment, call 734-545-7979 or visit spaviadayspa.com/ann-arbor-mi.

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