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The Grand Hotel

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It was a 240-mile, 29 1/2 hour, people-powered tricycle ride from Flint to Mackinaw City. Then, it was a swim from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island, with a 50-foot barge in tow. It concluded with Mr. B and His Band performing at the Grand Hotel as part of the annual Labor Day Jazz Weekend. Renowned Ann Arbor boogie-woogie pianist Mr. B, Mark Braun, stopped by the WEMU studio's early labor day morning to share the experience and discuss what the charitable 'Joybox Express-Sprint 4 Flint' will mean for the YouthQuest program in his embattled hometown of Flint, Michigan. 

Michigan Ladder Company

This week, we launch what will be an occasional series that will introduce you to some of the people, places, and things that help comprise who we are as a community.  These are parts of our community that, in some way, are making a difference, and yet, you may not be at all familiar with them.  That’s why this feature series is called “Hidden in Plain Sight.”

Today, we take you to Michigan Ladder Company.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan spent time with the folks at the Ypsilanti factory that makes products found everywhere from Washtenaw County, to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, to the White House


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The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has added its first new room in more than a decade.