Category Archives: Local Business

“We’re seeing real consequences of growing inequity play out locally,” says Mary Jo Callan, director of the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development

Late last year, the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) moved from Ann Arbor to downtown Ypsilanti. Following is a brief conversation I just had with Mary Jo Callan, the director of OCED, on why they decided to make the move, and what she and her organization are presently doing to help […]

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ZipCap: empowering America’s most loved local businesses by transforming customer loyalty into working capital

In spite of the billboards around town by local banks claiming to support homegrown businesses, the truth is, when our small “mom and pop” stores need capital, it’s almost impossible to come by. When a local restaurant, for instance, needs capital to grow, or to make it through lean times, there are few options, in […]

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Pointless Brewery & Theatre to explore the intersection of brewing and improv

If all goes according to plan, Tori and Jason Tomalia will soon be the proprietors of new brewery situated between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti that will cater primarily to lovers of improvisational comedy. The brewery, which they’ve dubbed Pointless, will be just a few doors down from our friends at Hut-K Chaats, at the intersection […]

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Paul Saginaw reminisces about his uncle “Chickie” the bookie, Stef Chura sings of alien love, and local historian James Mann insists that he’s not a ghost… on episode 8 of The Saturday Six Pack

Any lingering doubts that I might have had about this past weekend’s show faded away five minutes before we went live, when local historian James Mann barged into the AM 1700 studio demanding that I touch him while on the air, and confirm for the people of Ypsilanti that, despite the claims of a well-respected […]

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Gut bacteria, in-studio photography and preserved vegetables… on the upcoming Saturday Six Pack

This Saturday, I’ll be back on Ypsilanti’s AM 1700, hosting The Saturday Six Pack. I’m still trying to pull everything together, but here’s what I think we’ve got lined up thus far. First, I’m not sure if he’ll come through for us, but I’m told that local song and dance man Jim Cherewick, who came […]

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