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Making way for the further mallification of Ann Arbor, this month Eastern Accents, Herb David, and Mahek all cease operations

Cities are living things. They grow older, like all of us, and they change. They evolve, or they die. I get that. I’ve grudgingly come to accept that the best things in life are transient. That realization doesn’t make it any easier, however, to accept it when good things, that genuinely make me happy, go […]

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The Onion’s Ann Arbor franchise collapses

Word hit the street today that The Onion’s local satellite operation, the Ann Arbor A.V. Club, would be closing up shop, after just three months in business. According to Michigan Radio, Bobby Mitchell, the franchisee running the publication, has said that “lawyers” are involved. As Mitchell has been described in the press as a “lifelong […]

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A little bit of Ypsi coming to a town near you…. maybe

AnnArbor.com has a piece by Tom Perkins today on Sandee, Bill and Andy French and their plans to franchise the popular Depot Town restaurant Aubree’s. I’d known that they had aspirations in this direction for a while now, but I had no idea how serious they were about it. According to the article, they even […]

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According to a source, I was right about 7-Eleven and Starbucks considering Ypsi

Remember how, a couple of days ago, when talking about the new retail development taking shape on Cross Street, right across from Eastern Michigan University, I said that I thought that it was likely the developer, O’Neal Construction, was already in negotiations with Starbucks and 7-Eleven? Well, if I’m to believe this email that I […]

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The future of Cross Street

AnnArbor.com has a story today about O’Neal Construction buying up the block of Cross Street that used to house Ted’s Campus Drugs and our local art supply store, Art Attack. Judging from the comments following the article, I’d say that people are happy to see the project in the hands of O’Neal, which was the […]

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