The Biz Buzz: What’s New, What’s No Longer, What’s Next

. May 1, 2018.
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Aunt Agatha’s closing

After 26 years, Ann Arbor’s fabled home for mysteries, thrillers and true crime books on S. 4th St. will shut its doors this August. An email to customers expained “As in the great Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, there are many culprits (contributing to) our demise – we are getting older; constant street construction; Amazon; and fierce local competition.” All remaining books are 20 percent off in May, 30 percent off in June, 40 percent off in July and 50 percent off in August.

Bead Gallery Shutting its doors

After a 32-year run at 311 E. Liberty St., The Bead Gallery in Ann Arbor is closing. A Facebook post says “We have loved being a part of the downtown Ann Arbor community… We want to thank all of you for your continued support over the last three decades, as we have grown and changed.”

Terry B’s becomes Fillmore Bar & Grill

Following its brief shutdown in March, Terry B’s in Dexter has reopened as the Fillmore Bar & Grill. The new menu promises a variety of exciting dishes with fresh, locally sourced ingredients made from scratch.

Glasshouse Brewing closes, sells site

Just short of its second anniversary, the Ann Arbor brewpub has closed and is finalizing an agreement to sell its 4,000 square-foot space on Liberty between Stadium and Maple. No word yet on the buyer or future plans.

Nexient earns $1.5 million grant, looks to hire hundreds

The Silicon Valley software development company, Nexient, seeks to hire 300 people over the next three years. In addition to the grant from the Michigan Economic Office, the company will concentrate on the hiring effort as well as building additional infrastructure and expanding equipment at its largest office, on Oak Valley Drive in Pittsfield Charter Township. More info on Nexient here.

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Purple Rose Theatre says, Welcome to Paradise

Platonic soulmates and a pitch-perfect cast By Emily Slomovits When people think of the word “relationship,” they usually think of a romantic one. And indeed, in much of pop culture and entertainment, romantic relationships are given the primary focus and are considered the ones to strive for. But in Welcome to Paradise, The Purple Rose

Hymns of the Huron

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Update on Riverfront DTE Energy Site

After lying vacant for years, the site of a former DTE Energy plant at 841 Broadway St. has a new development plan, approved 10-1 by Ann Arbor City Council on July 1. The conceptual plan, designed by Detroit-based Roxbury Group, includes condos, a restaurant, a hotel, commercial space, a canoe/kayak launch, an event pavilion, a

You Know You Want This

Kristen Roupenian’s You Know You Want This is a collection of short stories that revels in the mystifying aspects of interpersonal relationships without ever feeling the need to justify them.