local businesses

Ann Arbor Art Fair
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The annual Ann Arbor Art Fair, which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, is back this year taking place July 15th through the 17th. WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Sandra Andrade, the executive director of the Ann Arbor Main Street Area Association, about what that means to area business owners and their special plans for this year's fair.


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Many businesses struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has been a time of opportunity for some entrepreneurs in the greater Ypsilanti area. Lisa Barry and On the Ground Ypsi project manager Sarah Rigg talk to one Ypsilanti store owner, Jen Eastridge, who kept an established business running and even opened a second, new store during the global health crisis.

FoolMoon
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The annual FoolMoon public art and lighting event held in Ann Arbor had to pivot to an online experience last year, shortly after the start of the pandemic.  This year, it is "re-imagined" with an outdoor component meant to support local businesses with the theme "Shine Your Light A2."

Lisa Barry talks with event executive director Jennifer Goulet about what is planned for this year's FoolMoon event.


Susan Pollay
Susan Pollay

Susan Pollay has been executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority since 1996.  She decided to step down from that position at the end of this year and talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about how she has seen the city change and grow in her 24 years in the position.


Wiki Commons

The Ann Arbor Main Street Area Association is encouraging residents to consider having their New Year’s Eve dinner catered this year to support local businesses during the pandemic.  


Danijel Matanic

They call themselves "The Brush Monkeys," and, every year for the past 15 years, they have created art in downtown Ann Arbor business windows hoping to boost local shopping efforts.  Despite the pandemic and more shopping online due to health concerns, the Brush Monkeys still created their annual window displays this year.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to one of them, also the co-founder of TreeTown Murals, Mary Thiefels, about this year's effort.


Online Shopping
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The holiday season is upon us, and, for many, that means, among other things...time to shop.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Jun Li, an associate professor of technology and operations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, about what that means to local retailers and the overall shopping trends now and once the coronavirus pandemic has passed.


A2Y Regional Chamber

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says customer confidence will be essential for businesses when the State of Michigan lifts its COVID-19 indoor dining ban on December 21st.  


A2Y Regional Chamber

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says takeout orders will be essential for the survival of restaurants and bars during the next three weeks.  

Wiki Commons

As local businesses continue to be affected by the pandemic, the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says shopping local will help keep them open.  

Pxfuel

The decision to cancel or delay football and other sports this fall is expected to have a major impact on the local economy.


A2Y Chamber Helping Businesses Get Ready To Reopen

May 14, 2020
Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber / a2ychamber.org

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is helping local businesses get ready to re-open once COVID-19 executive orders are lifted. 


Ann Arbor Art Fair
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The 59th Ann Arbor Art Fair opens to the public on Thursday, and the annual event has a mixed impact on the local business community.


#OTGYpsi: Economic Boost On The Way For Ypsilanti Township Corridor

Jun 13, 2018
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The Ypsilanti Township corridors of Michigan Avenue and Ecorse Road has been struggling to keep local businesses up and running.  Now, the township has pledged to revitalize the areas.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Clyde and Brandan Montgomery, co-owners of C&B Mortgage Solutions, and Khadija Wallace, who runs Joyful Treats Catering, about the revitalization effort.


a2energy.org

Ann Arbor businesses can tap into a new city fund to cover upfront costs for energy efficiency upgrades.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ann Arbor Pace Program

City Approves Sidetrack Tax Abatement

Jan 23, 2013

Ypsilanti's city council has approved a tax break to help with renovation and expansion of the Sidetrack Bar and Grill in Depot Town.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles. 

The final numbers won't be in for a couple of weeks, but local businesses appear to have done well in 2012.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.