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

. May 1, 2018.

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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Ypsilanti Art Incubator Bridging Artistic Communities

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“Girls are hot and good”

Q&A: Comic Artist Casey Nowak You may have seen comic artist Casey Nowak’s work around town without realizing it; their client-base and resume are varied and accomplished enough that major outlets and businesses have taken notice. They’ve done work for Cartoon Network, Ann Arbor District Library, BOOM! Studios, and Spry Publishing, among others, some of

Cinema Detroit

Independent theaters prove cinema isn’t dead It seems that every year, especially near awards season, fears concerning the death of cinema and movie theaters become topics of heated debate. The projected death of the movie theater may be premature. Three years ago, Vanity Fair ran an article just before the Academy Awards, pointing out the

Take Flight at A2 Aviary; Feathers Optional

Ann Arbor’s Aerial and Circus Arts Gym For those who have dreamed of running away with the circus— before you pack your bags, visit the Ann Arbor Aviary to perfect your aerial skills. Aspiring trapeze artists needn’t have any prior dance or gymnastics experience to enroll in the continuously-running introductory course. On a Friday evening,