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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Dustin Krcatovich

Local illustrator and writer Dustin “Dusty” Krcatovich will be moving to Portland shortly. Here’s his official exit interview. MARK: Here’s your first question… Were you born in Michigan? And, if not, how old were you when you first moved here, and what were the circumstances surrounding the move? DUSTIN: I was born and raised in […]

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Big Business vs. Small Business…. who’s right?

Today, in response to an interview that I’d posted recently with the founders of the Ypsi/Arbor small business support group Small & Mighty, a reader by the name of KJC posted a link to an article titled “Small is not Beautiful,” implying, I think it’s pretty clear, that many of us are misguided in our […]

Posted in Economics, Local Business, Locally Owned Business, Mark's Life, Observations, Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

BALLE founder Judy Wicks on the origins of Urban Outfitters, the birth of the Localist movement, and the necessity of local ownership

Recently, while in Grand Rapids, I had the occasion to meet Judy Wicks, the founder of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, and the woman who, ten years ago, brought the Business Alliance for Living Local Economies (BALLE) into being. Since the meeting, we’ve been chatting by way of email… Here’s the interview. MARK: Having […]

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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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