Biz Buzz: September 2017

. September 1, 2017.
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Fill Up At The Detroit Street Filling Station

A new vegan restaurant with a full-service bar is coming to Ann Arbor just in time for the new school year. Situated in the building that used to house Argiero’s, The Detroit Street Filling Station is the third location of the popular Lunch Room set of restaurants and promises to offer international vegan cuisine and a menu that changes every season. According to co-owner Phillis Englebert, the bar features cocktails, mocktails and an “expertly curated beer and wine selection.”

The Detroit Filling Station, 300 Detroit St., Ann Arbor. For more info, visit thelunchrooma2.com.

Enter Sacred Space At The Grand Opening Of Ypsilanti’s Evenstar’s Chalice

Step into Evenstar’s Chalice to discover a world of beauty, wonder and sacred play. Evenstar’s describes itself as a “sanctuary of living altars” that celebrate your story with possibilities, charms, tokens, talismans, smells and visions. The Grand Opening Extravaganza will take place the weekend of 9/22 – 9/24. Check evenstarschalice.com for gatherings, giftings and other specials at the grand opening!

Evenstar’s Chalice Grand Opening Extravaganza, Sept. 22-24, 36 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. For more info, visit evenstarschalice.com.

Two Downtown Ann Arbor Buildings Sell For Total Of $50 Million

McKinley Inc. has sold the McKinley Towne Centre and Liberty Square buildings for $50 million to Plymouth-based real estate company Hillside Investments LLC. McKinley Towne Centre tenants include Llamasoft Inc., TD Ameritrade, AT&T and Bar Louie. The Liberty Square building is largely occupied by U-M and FedEx Corp. Combined, the two centrally located buildings represent 190,000 square feet of commercial space. Hillside has approximately 1.5 million square feet in its portfolio, including office, retail, industrial, medical and multifamily properties, and hopes to acquire another “couple hundred thousand square feet by the end of the year,” according to Jaimey Roth, Hillside’s principal of operations. McKinley wants to dispose of most of its office space to concentrate almost exclusively on multifamily housing.

Ann Arbor-Based Voice To Call Games For The Fighting Irish

Long-time Ann Arbor resident and national broadcaster Mike Tirico will join former Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie to call Notre Dame football games for NBC this fall. “Mike has been an elite play-by-play voice in both professional and collegiate football for more than a decade,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer for NBC Sports. “We look forward to hearing Mike call the first-ever game at the newly-renovated Notre Dame stadium against Temple on Sept. 2nd.”

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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