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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Heavy Color’s River Passage

Toledo’s future beat/psy-jazz/hybrid electro duo Heavy Color recently premiered a new music video that commemorates an inspiring musical odyssey charted by one of its songwriters back in 2015. The group formed several years ago around the collaborations of Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their Toledo’s answer to cerebral ambient electronica acts like Four Tet, Caribou,

Green Book is Worth the Trip

An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

The most recent book of Kalamazoo-native Bonnie Jo Campbell is as visceral as it is honest. A compilation of short stories, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters explores the lives and relationships of women in rural settings. With varied character perspectives, the book runs the gambit of trials and tribulations: sexual assault, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancies, neglect,

Sweat and the Exonerated

Two shows ground today’s polarized political climate in the lives of people who struggle. In these tense political times, politically charged theatre is perhaps the opposite of the escape people are looking for in their entertainment. But The Exonerated, to be performed in February at the University of Michigan and Sweat, to be performed in