Category Archives: Local Business

#RestockTheSwamp

Hey, guys. I created a hashtag. Feel free to use it online, free of charge… I’ll be charging for the red hats though. I’m looking for a Chinese supplier right now. Here’s the link to the Washington Post story noted above, which goes into some detail about how, despite his anti-establishment campaign trail promises to […]

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Pay your graphic designers, folks… or suffer the consequences

Earlier today, the website of a relatively new Ann Arbor brewery was taken down and replaced with the above message. And, since then, their Yelp reviews have gone into a tailspin. At last count, they had eight new one-star reviews, all calling for people to boycott the business on account of what one person called […]

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The Ypsilanti Garbage Report… Chapter Two: The DDA Responds

Last night, I vented online about the trash situation in downtown Ypsi, and, quite rightly, I was called out for it by Downtown Development Authority Treasurer Adam Gainsley, who asked in a comment why I hadn’t reached out to anyone at the DDA for their side of the story. Following, with his consent, is our […]

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The rehab of 209 Pearl is finally getting underway

As it’s been a while, I thought that I should give you an update on the renovation of 209 Pearl Street. Since my last post, things have changed a bit. Most notably, we’ve chosen not to have a loft apartment on the second floor, and instead build-out more offices for Landline Creative Labs. It wasn’t […]

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Author Michael Shuman will be speaking in Ann Arbor on Wednesday on the importance of local business ecosystems

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know that I think very highly of economist and author Michael Shuman, our nation’s foremost authority on the importance of cultivating, supporting and investing in local businesses. Well, he’s got a new book out called The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow […]

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