All posts by Laura Eliason

Changes at Briarwood Mall

Swimwear, loungewear and intimates brand Aerie is open in the space adjacent to J.Crew. Sister brand American Eagle is relocating from its current location in the East Wing, to the store space next to Aerie. Express/Express Men will eventually take over the space left vacant by American Eagle later this summer and will temporarily move

Building healthy communities in Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Health Department recently announced the planned distribution of $30,000 in grant funding through its Building Healthy Communities program with awards to Food Gatherers, Growing Hope, and the Farm at St. Joe’s. Food Gatherers, which engages partner agencies, will identify strategies to improve the quality of programming and to increase the amount and

Y-Fi students launch their first micro museum

Willow Run High School closed in 2013, but now its administrative wing will reopen this summer, temporarily, as the ADMIN Micro Museum, a multisensory art space. Powered by Y-Fi, the Ypsilanti student art movement, with the guidance of museum professionals, the space will convert former classrooms into experiential galleries. The free museum will be a

Debit cards helps teens learn finances

While financial independence is a first step toward adulthood, it’s still terrifying to think about handing a debit card over to a teenager. Greenlight, however, came up with a solution: they offer a debit card for kids that is monitored by parents through an app which provides teens and parents with two different experiences. Parents

Washtenaw County community opens a space to support Ypsilanti families

The struggle to find affordable housing in our community is real for many families, and once housing is secured, some families have trouble paying the bills. The Giving Room was created in November, 2019, in recognition of this need, as purely a donation space. Ypsilanti Community Schools students keep an inventory of donated household goods

Longtime downtown Saline favorite closes

After 37 years in business The Pineapple House in downtown Saline is closing, owner Joy Ely announced in February. Ely said she plans to continue her interior design business and sell home decor products through social media, a new website, events and markets. Find The Pineapple House on Facebook @PineappleHouseLtd for updates.