Tag Archives: Shop Ypsi for the Holidays

Fuck Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday. According to executives at American Express, who dreamed the whole thing up in 2010, it’s a day when Americans should eschew big box chains and fast food franchises, and spend their money closer to home, at independent shops owned and operated by people in their own communities. While I’ll acknowledge […]

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The new Director of Ypsilanti’s Heritage Festival, Andrew Clock, on the future of the event

As I believe most of you know, word went out a few months ago that the group of individuals behind Ypsilanti’s annual Heritage Festival were looking, after several years, to hand the reins off to a new generation of leaders. There were a few open meetings, that interested individuals were encouraged to attend, and, ultimately, […]

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Portland, Maine study shows dramatic impact of buying local

I haven’t taken the time to look into the methodology of the study in any great detail, but, according to our friends at BALLE, the folks at the Maine Center for Economic Policy have completed a study showing that dollars spent at locally-owned businesses yield almost twice as much in the way of local economic […]

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Join the 700 Club this weekend

Within the last 48 hours, I’ve become aware of two really great projects that refer to themselves as “Three Fifty.” First, my friend Erica is organizing a global warming vigil here in Ypsi tomorrow (Saturday) evening. It’s scheduled to take place at 6:30 PM, on the section of Michigan Avenue that runs over the Huron […]

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