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Kristen Jackson / Sweetwaters

This week, "Art and Soul" focuses on the culinary arts in Washtenaw County.  WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster talk to Kristen Jackson, the owner of two Ann Arbor Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea locations.  She talks about her efforts to connect customers with locally made food and baked goods to keep community connections strong by creating a comfortable "third place" for people to visit and enjoy.

Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

80 percent of Americans drink coffee, and global consumption is projected to rise by 25% in the next five years.  Some is sustainably-grown, some isn’t—and impacts can add up.  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores how the price of coffee can affect far more than your wallet.  

U-M Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy

Are you a coffee shop frequenter or do you prefer a fast food restaurant? A University of Michigan researcher has codified the "cool factor" of both types of places. While coffee shops and fast food restaurants have both enjoyed strong employment growth in recent years - 2 to 3 times faster than the economy overall.