Downtown Ann Arbor

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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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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Winter Fun on U-M Campus

The holiday season has come and gone, but winter is only beginning here in Ann Arbor. Despite the gloomier forecast, there are still plenty of things to do around the University of Michigan campus when it’s chilly outside. Here are a few of our favorites: Catch a Flick Curl up in a chair with some…

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Frosty Fun at the Milan Let's Chill Winterfest

Each year, after the holidays wrap up, and the long, deep freeze of winter takes hold, Michiganders tend to go into bear-like hibernation, only emerging from their cozy homes long enough to go to work, go to school, or run necessary errands. But in recent years, the small town of Milan has given…

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A Marvelous Year: 2019 Recap

2019 has been a stand-out year for the Ann Arbor area, full of vibrant community events and festivals. This year, Ann Arbor was voted best small college town in America, the #1 location for family vacations, one of the best cities to live in the country, and much more! Read on for a few highlights…

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