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Thompson & Co.

There’s a new restaurant in Ypsilanti located in a refurbished historic building in Depot Town on the site of the old Thompson Block building first built in 1869.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the managing partner of the new restaurant called "Thompson and Co.," Disa Brown.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Though many of Ypsilanti's hair businesses suffered financially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the loyalty of their long-term customers has helped many of them bounce back. Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg talk to Claire Broderick, one of several local stylists interviewed for this week's story about Ypsilanti's vibrant "hair artist" scene.


Frog Island
Eye on Michigan / eyeonmichigan.com

Construction of accessible fishing and kayaking facilities at Ypsilanti's Frog Island could be in the works.  A grant application will be presented at this week's City Council meeting.  WEMU's Heather Irvine has more.

City of Ypsilanti

Starting Monday, November 2nd, the City of Ypsilanti will start enforcing new parking time limits in Depot Town.  

Nelson Amos
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As the oldest professor at Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Nelson Amos says it was the current pandemic that finally convinced him it was time to retire.  When he leaves his job teaching guitar and music history at EMU next May, he will be 82 years old.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the music professor, who is also an artist and owns a storefront in Ypsilanti's Depot Town, about how he has pivoted to teach online due to the current public health crisis and how life has changed since he began his university teaching career in 1975.


City of Ypsilanti

As of Monday, parking enforcement is active again in the City of Ypsilanti.  

Wiki Commons

Plans to build an Amtrak platform in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town remain uncertain.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council has approved street closures to allow restaurants and bars to expand their seating areas outdoors because of COVID-19.  

The City of Ypsilanti has released information as to why they didn’t receive a federal CRISI grant that would’ve helped them build an Amtrak platform in Depot Town.


Ypsilanti Amtrak Plans Derailed For Now

Apr 1, 2020

Plans to build an Amtrak platform in Ypsilanti's Depot Town have been put on hold for now.  


#OTGYpsi: 734 Brewing Company Seeks To Shake Up Craft Beer Industry

May 23, 2018
734 Brewing Company
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Craft beer has become a major industry in Michigan, but it's been mostly run by white males.  A new brewery opening in Ypsilanti's Depot Town seeks to change that.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly sit down with Alex Merz, Brian Jones-Chance, and Patrick Echlin, co-founders of 734 Brewing Company, which opens for business on June 2.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

For as long as we’ve had settlements and communities, firefighters have been at work to protect residents in times of emergency.  While at first, citizens and neighbors volunteered to help douse a blaze when needed, formal fire departments with paid employees were developed and the commitment to serve has only grown.  Through generations, fire departments, and the equipment they use, have undergone an evolution.  89.1 WEMU’S Jorge Avellan explored that history, as you can, when he visited the Michigan Firehouse Museum in Ypsilanti as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

As part of our Black History Month coverage, we’re taking a closer look at a project in Ypsilanti, that once completed, will highlight African-American history in that area.


Lisa Barry

Thanksgiving is typically a time when family and friends get together, but not everyone is fortunate enough to have that experience.

An Ypsilanti restaurant is offering free Thanksgiving dinners Thursday as a way of giving back to the community.

On The Ground-Ypsi: An Invigorated Depot Town

Sep 27, 2017
Doog Coombe / Concentrate Media

Each week, WEMU is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.  Today, the focus is on the folks who are helping Ypsilanti's Depot Town prosper, including Ollie Food and Spirits owner, Mark Teachout. 

Lisa Barry

There are many ways to try and uplift a community, and several Washtenaw County artists are trying to do that by creating and installing wings around town.

I spoke with some of the wing creators and shares their purpose and passion about what started as a global effort:


Lisa Barry

Zingerman’s just reopened their refurbished creamery on Plaza Drive.  Now called "Cream Top Shop," it features an expanded retail space that includes seating.  In addition to eating lunch or a snack, you can sit and watch the employees make fine cheeses and creamy gelato.


Lisa Barry

Beatriz Vargas is the general manager of Maiz Mexican Cantina in Ypsilanti and came up with an idea to build a wall of stories and sentiments about what it means to immigrants. 

Amtrak Stop In Ypsilanti Continues To Take Shape

Sep 6, 2016
Amtrak
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The City of Ypsilanti continues to move forward with plans to construct an Amtrak stop platform. 


Amtrak
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Residents in Washtenaw County could have another Amtrak stop next year.


WEMU

Ypsilanti officials met with Depot Town residents to hear concerns over a plan to close two streets in the neighborhood to build the city's first passenger rail stop in decades. 

 

Ypsilanti Depot Town
WikiMedia Commons

Ypsilanti officials are seeking the public’s opinion on closing North Grove and North Park streets to vehicle traffic.


Amanda Leclaire / 89.1 WEMU

The Michigan Department of Transportation has approved a passenger rail stop in Ypsilanti.

Ypsilanti City Hall
WEMU / 89.1 WEMU

Funding for a Depot Town stop on a new Amtrak rail line could be closer to reality.


Ypsilanti Depot Town
WikiMedia Commons

The conversation on funding for the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority will soon come to conclusion. Ypsilanti City Council next week, is expected to make a decision on how to spend an expected surplus in property taxes from businesses in Depot Town. 

Korin Hancherlian-Amos / Piano's 'Round Town

Don't be surprised if you hear pianos being played around the city of Ypsilanti during the next few weeks.  You'll see them where you least expect it.


Ypsilanti Freighthouse
ypsifreighthouse.org

With four days left, The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse have $2,000 left to raise.


Bob Eccles / 89.1 WEMU News

Michigan Economic Development Corporation to provide matching funds, if goal is met on time.

One final push is being made to raise the funds necessary to re-open Ypsilanti's Freighthouse, this year. The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse hope to raise$50k by the end of February, through a crowdfunding campaign. 

Michigan Elvisfest
Michigan Elvisfest

It may be 35 years since his death, but Elvis fans still flock to a wide variety of events celebrating the "King." Outside of Graceland the place to be this weekend is the 15th annual Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti's Riverside Park.  


Bob Eccles

A nationally-recognized local brewer of organic tea and beer has signed a letter of intent to move into the Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.

Unity Vibration currently operates out of a facility on Ecorse Road in Ypsilanti Township. 

Early plans call for a kitchen and tasting room in the Thompson Block. 

Draft Magazine named one of Unity Vibration's beers as one of the 25 best of 2013. 

Zingerman's and Espresso Royale have also signed letters of intent to move into the Thompson Block.

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