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Ingrud Ault at Literati Bookstore

Are We Really Thinking Local First?

...Or maybe the real question is: Are we spending local first? The latest Independent Businesses Survey gives a better idea of what Ann Arbor's locally owned commercial ecosystem looks like. The results, as might be expected, are both positive and negative.

Jon and Rachel-Monty's Beef Co

OpEd: Closing the Gap Between Food Producers and Consumers

The biggest barrier to consumer access to fresh, locally-grown food is the distance between food providers and suppliers, says Rachel Leemis, founder of Monty's Beef Company, a Piedmontese beef retailer that keeps its own herd of cattle. But new state support for rural development is planting the way for the state's 52,000 farms to meet this growing trend. 


The Business of Being Funny

As the old adage goes: "comedy is hard." Especially when it comes to turning a profit. Over the last six years, Ferndale's Go Comedy! Improv Theatre has evolved from a nightlife pastime to a growing business that teaches classes, hosts events and runs workshops for some of Metro Detroit's most notable businesses.


Jim Boyle: It's time to celebrate and reward Detroit's existing businesses

Existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park don't get the attention that startups do, but a new program is set to reward 32 existing businesses with $500,000 in prizes for their ideas for growth.

Mixologist Abs

The Rise of Metro Detroit's Mixologists

Five years ago metro Detroit was barely a blip on the craft cocktail radar. Today it's considered one of the hottest regions for mixology, boasting bartenders and a scene that rival any in the U.S.  Metromode's Nicole Rupersburg charts our cocktail culture's recent evolution. 

Andrew Palms on U of M North Campus

Where Did the Fiber Fever Go? The Case for Ultra High Speed Internet

Three years ago Ann Arbor was gung-ho about being the opportunity to become one of Google's fiber-to-premises communities. Now we're not even on the list of 34 potential sites. What happened since and why is ultra high speed internet important for a community like ours? Concentrate's Natalie Burg digs in.

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Breaking down city hall's bureaucracy at Open City's season finale

The 2013-2014 season of Open City concluded last week at Cliff Bell's, where a panel of city officials and a small business owner broke down the bureaucracy of city hall and discussed how to streamline licensing and permitting processes for Detroit businesses. Aaron Mondry has this recap.

A big game of Jenga at Five Points Alley in Cincy

Urban alleys become pathways to revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C., forgotten alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages, and becoming havens for pedestrians, public art and small businesses.

Eastern Market Peaches List

Detroit's other industry: Food and Agriculture in the Motor City

Model D launches a new series that will explore a different aspect of Metro Detroit's food and agriculture economy each month -- from food entrepreneurs and farmers to the logistics of food distribution in the region.

Sava Lelcaj in front of babo: a Market by Sava at Division and Washington

Where Did All the Retail Go? How and Why Ann Arbor's Downtown is Changing

Yes, there are more restaurants and fewer retail stores in downtown Ann Arbor than there have been in recent years. But don't freak out. Downtowns evolve, change and respond to what the community needs. And the changes are less drastic than you might think.


Will Metro Detroit's Tech Community Ever Be Color Blind?

Metro Detroit has a long history of cultural silos and regional segregation. So how does its tech and entrepreneurial community create opportunites for greater racial and cultural diversity? There's no easy answer but places like Silicon Valley are implementing aggressive and sustained efforts to bridge a divide local business leaders barely acknowledge.

Bonnie Penet at Mix in downtown Ypsilanti

Mix Studio Theater: Rethinking Retail Space

The promotion of mixed-use development has become a clarion call for progressive urbanists. But why limit the concept to streets and neighborhoods? How about retail spaces and storefronts? That's just what the Mix in Ypsilanti is doing.


Out of the Malls, Into the Trees: Oakland County Ecotourism?

How did Oakland County, a place famous for its wide selection of shopping malls, end up with metro Detroit's first ecotourism attraction? Well, it's funny you should ask. Metromode's Natalie Burg learns how West Bloomfield now speaks for the trees. 


Rock the red tape: Navigating City Hall

On Monday, April 21, a panel will discuss the best ways for entrepreneurs to navigate bureaucracy in City Hall for Open City's final event of the season.

Hilary Lowe and Michael Gustafson at Literati Bookstore

Fourth and Washington: Retail Rejuvenation

What a difference a successful retail business makes. With Literati bookstore serving as an anchor, the retail shops (mostly locally owned) along Fourth and Washington in downtown Ann Arbor have brought vibrancy and energy into an area that once lived in the shadow of Main Street's restaurant row.
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