Tag Archives: James Marks

Ann Arbor’s Whiplash lands at 457 on Inc. magazines list of America’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies

I’m not sure why my old friend James Marks didn’t mention it to me when I saw him a few days ago, but it looks as though his merchandizing logistics company, Whiplash, has landed a spot near the top of the “Inc. 5000” – Inc. magazine’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the […]

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Wayfinding in Ypsilanti… if we’re going to do this, let’s do it right

I don’t know how it was decided… maybe someone important got lost on his or her way through Ypsilanti… but word has apparently come down that we need to institute a comprehensive wayfinding system across the city, so that people, from here on out, will know which way they need to point their cars if […]

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After a long, successful run, Ypsilanti’s SPUR Studios to close in July

It just became official that SPUR Studios would be closing on July 31, after six years in operation. Launched during the summer of 2009 by James Marks, the founder of Ypsilanti screen printing shop VG Kids, the constantly buzzing hive of interconnected studio spaces has served as home for dozens, if not hundreds, of local […]

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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Josh Chamberlain

Tonight’s interviewee is Josh Chamberlain. I first met Josh when he was about eleven years old. If I’m not mistaken, it was at his sister Amelia’s first birthday party, probably right around the time that the black and white photo of them to the right was taken. Josh turned out to be a pretty incredible […]

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Patrick Elkins breaks in, sings song

A few nights ago, we got a text message from Berkeley. The former-Ypsilantian on the other end wanted to know if we’d be home at 7:00. I told him that we would. And, a little while later, the doorbell rang. It was Patrick Elkins in gin-soaked top hat. We talked through the door. He said […]

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