Downtown Ann Arbor

Top Takeout Spots in the Ann Arbor Area

Ann Arbor area restaurants need our support now more than ever. With the COVID-19 crisis keeping folks in their homes, small businesses like Amer’s Mediterranean Deli, Ray’s Red Hots, The Brown Jug, and many others are dependent upon takeout and delivery orders to keep them going (and their staffs…

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10 Ways to Support Small Businesses

Anytime a business has to change its operations, or limit its sales, tough situations can ensue. The Ann Arbor area is full of unique, locally-rooted, beloved small businesses that span many industries – and we know the whole community wants to support them as much as possible right now as we're…

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The Ann Arbor Area is Still Here for You!

The Ann Arbor area is a vibrant, eclectic, unique community, full of wonderful and special shops, eateries, theaters, museums, galleries, and more. Many of these businesses and organizations have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting mandates for closures of dine-in restaurants, bars…

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Manchester's Tour de Barn Quilts

While driving around the rural town of Manchester, along its “Tour de Barn Quilts” route, I felt inspired to cue up the Dixie Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces.” Why? Because that’s the kind of easygoing, verdant, plenty-of-breathing-room vibe that envelops you as you follow a rutted dirt road over a narrow…

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The Huron River Water Trail

What flows for 104 miles and draws more than 2.5 million people each year? Southeast Michigan’s own Huron River! For kayaking, canoeing, fishing on a fly, and other freshwater pursuits, the Huron River Water Trail is a Michigan treasure worth exploring. Meet the Huron River Water Trail--104 miles of…

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Vibrant History Abounds with Heritage Tours

You don’t need a “Back to the Future” DeLorean to visit Washtenaw County’s past. Any car, or even just a smartphone, will do. Yes, Washtenaw County’s Office of Community & Economic Development recently began translating heritage tours into “story maps” via an app called Vamonde. “It’s this exciting…

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Votes for Women 100: A Suffrage Celebration

“In humanity, to believe in a thing means to get up and to do something.” - Jessie Phelps, co-founder of the Michigan state Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) Equal Suffrage League. In 1920, women across Washtenaw County and the entire United States celebrated the ratification of the…

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Great Minds Think A Lot: Khadija B. Wallace

In October 2019, as Khadija B. Wallace’s grandkids candied apples that would be delivered as a “thank you for your business” gift to several clients of Joyful Treats – Wallace’s Ypsilanti-based catering service – the original vision for the company was made manifest. “The idea was, this would be our…

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An Unexpected Art Destination: Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti is positively bursting with arts and culture. One thing you may not know about Ypsilanti is just how many art galleries, rotating art displays, arts festivals, and art-focused shops we have. There is always somewhere to view – and purchase - the latest from local artists, and beautiful and…

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