' + ret.debug + '

Category Archives: Ypsilanti

That moment when you realize that you’ve just purchased Ypsilanti’s most popular public restroom

We’ve known for quite a while that people piss against our building. It’s painfully obvious on hot summer days like this. If you attempt to enter the building from the back, you have no choice but to navigate through a low-hanging cloud of excited urine molecules anxious to take a trip up your nose. I’d […]

Also posted in 209 Pearl | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 […]

Also posted in 209 Pearl, Architecture, Art and Culture, Landline Creative Labs, Local Business, Locally Owned Business, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

The balls on Iggy Pop’s father

As we haven’t shared any good Iggy Pop stories in a while, I thought that I’d share this little anecdote that I picked up on Reddit a little while back. Speaking of Iggy, I meant what I said a few months ago when I was talking with The Patti Smith Group’s Ivan Kr├íl on the […]

Also posted in Ann Arbor, Art and Culture, History, Special Projects, The Saturday Six Pack, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Three ways to turn a local kid on to reading and change the world for the better

I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of books lately. First it was the conversation I had with New York Times bestselling author Shaka Senghor about his discovery of literature in prison and how transformative that was for him. Then, a little bit after that, I heard local historian Matt Siegfried, standing in front […]

Also posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Ypsi’s third annual Wurst Challenge raises over $6,000 for FLY Children’s Art Center, sends me running to the hospital, and propels Team Smoot to legendary status

The third annual Wurst Challenge, by all accounts, was a huge success. Records were broken. Over $6,000 was raised for FLY Children’s Art Center. And, perhaps most importantly, all ten of our competitors were still ambulatory by the end of it. No stomaches had burst open. No ambulances had to be called. I’d like to […]

Also posted in Art and Culture, Special Projects, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Connect

Sidetrack ad Aubree’s ad BUY LOCAL... or shop at Amazon through this link Banner Initiative Slade