Downtown Association of Ypsilanti


Listen Fridays at 9:20 on the the “Lucy Ann Lance Show”, 1290 WLBY

The mission of the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti is to promote the common economic interests of Downtown Ypsilanti businesses through activities which contribute to the public safety, marketing, growth, culture, entertainment and vitality of the community.  There are many advantages to joining the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti including networking, assistance in business planning, government and city news, local business information and publicity of your existing business.  Relocating a business or planning a new venture? Contact DAY to make the most of a new opportunity in Downtown Ypsilanti.  Visit www.daypsi.com.

 

Contact:

Downtown Association of Ypsilanti
P.O.Box 981410
Ypsilanti, MI 48198-1410

 


 

DAY Interviews:

DAY_724July 24, 2015: Man Up or Kid Down – Dave Heikkinen, President, DAY; Ben Edmondson, Superintendent, Ypsilanti Community Schools – The new superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools isn’t wasting any time addressing gang violence in the district. Ben Edmondson, formerly a principal in the Ann Arbor Schools, is challenging young people with a new mentorship program.

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DAY_703July 3, 2015: Elvis! Elvis! Elvis! – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Mary Decker, Co-Director, ElvisFest – The internationally-acclaimed Michigan ElvisFest, which is July 10 & 11 in Ypsilanti, draws Elvis tribute artists from throughout the nation. You’ll get a hip-shaking preview at this weekend’s Ypsilanti 4th of July Parade as well.

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DAY_626June 26, 2015: 38th Annual Ypsilanti Historic Home Tour – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Michael Newberry, Chair, Historic Home Tour – The YHF (Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation) invites you to tour homes that highlight Ypsilanti’s wealth of historic architecture. This annual event showcases the historic preservation efforts underway in Ypsilanti.

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DAY_612June 12, 2015: Michigan Firehouse Museum & Education Center – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Steve Wilson, Museum Manager, Jon Ichesco, Museum Board Member / Retired Ypsilanti Fire Chief; Max Anthouard, Ypsilanti Fire Chief – Located in the historic district of Ypsilanti, MI, the Michigan Firehouse Museum features an original 1898 firehouse complete with bunk area and brass pole. Exhibits focus on the history of fire fighting in the State of Michigan and fire fighting technology.

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DAY_529May 29, 2015: School Salute – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ypsilanti Community High School’s ACTech Valedictorian Kristine Green, STEMM Academy Valedictorian Sean Timbs, and Principal Justin Jennings – Ypsilanti Community Schools launched as a new district July 1, 2013. The district model is comprised of project-based learning, Small Learning Communities, International Baccalaureate curriculum and a variety of teaching methods.

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DAY_515May 15, 2015: Read Around Ypsi – Dave Heikkinen, President, DAY; Gillian Gainsley, Communications Coordinator, Ypsilanti District Library – The summer reading theme sponsored by the Ypsilanti District Library is very Ypsi-centric this year, encouraging kids and adults to read around town. We also talk about the free lunch program, the Summer Concert Series, and National Senior Health & Fitness Day.

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DAY_508May 8, 2015: A Garden of Song – Dave Heikkinen, President, DAY; Val Kabat, Ypsilanti Community Choir – It’s a spring sing offering bouquets of flowers in song! This year marks the Ypsilanti Community Choir’s 33rd annual Spring Concert. “A Garden of Song” is Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 PM at WCC’s Morris Lawrence Building, Towsley Auditorium. Visit www.YpsiCommChoir.org

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DAY_501May 1, 2015: Pure Ypsilanti – Dave Heikkinen, President, DAY; Deb Locke-Daniel, CEO/President, Ypsilanti Area Convention & Visitors Bureau – As Ypsilanti is now being promoted in the latest Pure Michigan campaign, it’s fighting a challenge by the Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau to merge with them. Is it just a money grab?

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DAY_424April 24, 2015: Community Chronicler – Dave Heikkinen, President, DAY; Mark Maynard, Content Manager, MarkMaynard.com / Host, The Saturday Six Pack, AM 1700 – He had a previous career as a historic archaeologist, so it’s no surprise that Ypsilanti’s Mark Maynard likes to uncover the people and places that define his community. Visit www.MarkMaynard.com

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DAY_417April 17, 2015: Farmers MarketPlace – Dave Heikkinen, President, DAY; Growing Hope’s Tanya Andrews, Development & Marketing Manager, and Laura Gillis, Redevelopment Manager – A crowdfunding campaign is underway to fund the creation of a permanent, year-round, indoor-outdoor Farmers Market in Ypsilanti.

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DAY_403April 3, 2015: Hyperion Coffee Co. – Dave Heikkinen, President, DAY; Dan Kubera & Alex Merz, Owners, Hyperion Coffee Co. – A new coffee shop opening in downtown Ypsilanti plans on bringing a unique experience to its customers. From micro and single sourcing of its beans to providing “cuppings” (think wine tasting), Hyperion Coffee Co. is the ‘coffee lab of the future’.

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DAY_327March 27, 2015: Dave Heikkinen, President, DAY; Yen Azzaro, Co-Owner, chin AZZARO – With its origins in Chicago and Ann Arbor, this art and design studio recently located to Ypsilanti. Owners Nick and Yen Azzaro bring a multitude of creative talents to the community, and their connections in the art world are giving Ypsilanti high profile exposure.

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March 20, 2015: American Diner Revival Eyes Downtown Eatery – Kevin Hill, Owner, Wolverine Grill – Another TV show is considering featuring an Ypsilanti restaurant in its line-up. Just down the street from Haab’s on Michigan Avenue (which was recently featured on a QVC show), the Wolverine Grill serves up locally-sourced food presented in a creative style not normally found at diners.

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DAY_306March 6, 2015: The Art of Making Things Happen – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; FLY Children’s Art Center’s Allida Warn, Teacher, and Linette Lao, Board Member – Art and design are entwined with science, history, storytelling, movement, technology and more. At FLY, they want kids to get comfortable with creating— knowing how to be curious, acquire new skills of all kinds, and then use them in wild and inventive ways. FLY is another example of how Ypsilanti is creating a culture of creativity.

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DAY_227February 27, 2015: Will the Eagles Rise in 2015? – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; EMU Football Coach Chris Creighton – Before arriving at Eastern Michigan University, Football Coach Chris Creighton coached at Ottawa University, Wabash College, and Drake University, winning seven conference titles, including two at Drake. Can he finally turn around the EMU program as well? He’s got a plan and the talent on the team to do it.

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DAY_206February 6, 2015: The Ypsilanti Freighthouse – Dave Heikkinen, President, DAY; Visual Compass Web Design’s Courtney Tavernit, Director of Business Development, and Vince Chmielewski, Owner; and Lauren Thomson, Historic Preservationist / Vice Chair, Friends of the Ypsilanti Freight House – A crowdfunding page has been set-up to help the Ypsilanti Freighthouse become an historical landmark and community center. If the $50,000 goal is reached, the MEDC will match the donations. Visit www.YpsiFreighthouse.org.

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DAY_130January 30, 2015: Ypsi Real Estate Market – Dave Heikkinen, President, DAY; Tyler Weston, Realtor, Real Estate One – We take a look at what’s selling in Ypsilanti, including business developments, apartment leases, and home sales. Realtor Tyler Weston also tells us why he thinks Ypsilanti is a prime place to work and live.

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Pastor-First-Lady-Shelby2January 23, 2015: Church Expands, Gains National Prominence – Pastor Don W. Shelby, Jr. and Evangelist First Lady Bonita A. Shelby, Burning Bush International Ministries – It’s a former car dealership renovated into a church, and now its expanding. Burning Bush International Ministries is adding more than 21,000 square feet and will seat 1,100 people. The Shelbys started Burning Bush in their Ypsilanti Township living room 25 years ago.

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DAY_116January 16, 2015: Wayfinding – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Melissa Milton-Pung, Project Manager, Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development – A wayfinding project is underway in Ypsilanti to develop better directional signs and make it easier for visitors to find what they are looking for,

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Kevin HillJanuary 9, 2015: Update – Kevin Hill, DDA Chair/DAY Chair/New Chairman of the Downtown Development Authority – Here’s what local businesses and the City of Ypsilanti are doing to create an attractive environment for downtown businesses, patrons, and residents.

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Dave Heikkinen July 2013December 19, 2014: Downtown Update – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President – Coach Creighton and his EMU football players played a part in this year’s DAY-sponsored Christmas dinner for those in need, showing true community spirit.

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Day_1212December 12, 2014: Ypsilanti Community Choir – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ypsilanti Community Choir’s Val Kabat, Business Manager; Tony Comazzi, Bass Singer – Members of this outstanding choir joined us at our Christmas Show last week, and this week we find out more about the group which is hosting a free Christmas concert for all to enjoy.

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DAY_1205December 5, 2014: Buy Local Online Auction – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Tanya Andrews, Development Associate, Growing Hope – You can support local businesses and give the gift of a memorable experience to yourself or another through Growing Hope’s fourth annual Buy Local Online Auction. The online silent auction runs through Monday, December 8 at 8 PM. Bid now on great local goods and services. When you bid, you are part of helping Growing Hope to empower local communities to access, grow, and eat healthy food.

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DAY_1128November 28, 2014: Ypsi Grad Shares Her College Experience – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Debbie Swanson, Mom; and Emma Swanson, Junior, Macalester College – When we last talked with Emma Swanson, she had graduated from Ypsilanti H.S. and was on her way to college. She is now a junior excelling in her field of study and on the Water Polo team.

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November 21, 2014: The Business of Athletics – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Heather Lyke, Vice President & Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, EMU – Heather Lyke is the first woman to hold the full-time AD position at Eastern Michigan University.

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DAY_1114November 14, 2014: The Parish House Inn – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Chris Mason, Owner, The Parish Inn – This top-rated bed and breakfast is situated in an historic Queen Anne style house which started as a parsonage in 1893. The ambience is lovely, but it’s the cookies that keeps them coming back!

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DAY_1107November 7, 2014: New Washtenaw County Commissioner – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ruth Ann Jamnick, Newly Elected Washtenaw County Commissioner – Ruth Ann Jamnick was a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives. Prior to her election to the House, Jamnick served 22 years as the Ypsilanti Township Treasurer, and she served one term as that township’s supervisor following her time in the House. Now, she is once again getting back into politics, as she prepares to take over the retiring Washtenaw County Commissioner Rolland Sizemore’s seat on the commission.

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Paul SchreiberOctober 31, 2014: A Conversation with the Mayor – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber – Before he turns over the reins of the city to a new mayor, Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber reflects on his tenure and the future of the city.

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DAY_1024Library & Downtown Businesses Celebrate Halloween – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Gillian Ream Gainsley, Ypsilanti District Library – DAY and the Downtown YDL will host your little ghouls and goblins Thursday, October 30 from 5 PM-6:30 PM on Adams Street next to the library for a spooktacular event. While you’re enjoying Halloween Downtown festivities, drop by the Library Plaza to pick up candy and popcorn, play a game, win a book, and visit the Boo!Mobile. More activities on South Washington St.

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DAY_1017October 17, 2014: Keeping Downtown Safe – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ypsilanti Police Officer Brenden Harrison and Chief Tony DeGiusti – A new dedicated police presence in downtown Ypsilanti is helping keep the area safe. The position is funded through a partnership between the Ypsilanti Police Department and the Downtown Development Authority.

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DAY_1010Chautauqua at the Riverside – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Val Kabat, Program Coordinator – Founded by the late Tom Dodd in 2012, Chautauqua at the Riverside is now organized through the Ypsilanti Historical Society. Presentations are organized around the four traditional pillars of a Chautauqua: arts, education, recreation, and religion. The event is Saturday, October 18 at the Riverside Arts Center. Visit www.Chautauqua-Ypsilanti.org for details.

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DAY_1003October 3, 2014: DIYpsi – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Artisans Marcy Davy, Sherri Green, & Cre Fuller – Pronounced dip-see, the DIYpsi is a handmade art fair that takes place in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town biannually. It features the best indie artists our city and region have to offer for a one of a kind shopping experience. DIYpsi is slated for December 13 & 14. Visit www.diypsi.com for details.

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Day_926September 26, 2014: Non-Motorized Projects – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Bob Krzewinski, Chair, Ypsi Non-Motorized Advisory Committee – An update on the non-motorized master plan, which was approved by the City of Ypsilanti four years ago.

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Dr. Michael TidwellSeptember 19, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Dr. Michael Tidwell, Dean of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University – More than 100 alumni of the Eastern Michigan University College of Business were back on campus this week to talk with students about where an EMU degree can take them. The alums included prominent business leaders, young entrepreneurs, and even a pro football player.

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DAY_905September 5, 2014: New Retailer in Downtown Ypsilanti – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Mike Nix, Owner, Ypsilanti Running Company – This former college football player lost a hundred pounds and gained a love for running. Now, Mike Nix is hoping to spur others on to the sport with his new store aimed at runners.

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DAY_829August 29, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Amanda Edmonds, Democratic Candidate for Mayor, City of Ypsilanti – After winning the Mayoral Primary Election, Growing Hope’s Executive Director Amanda Edmonds is poised to become the next Mayor of Ypsilanti. She lays out her vision for the community.

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DAY_822August 22, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Gillian Ream Gainsley, Communications and Development Coordinator, Ypsilanti District LibraryOne of the greatest resources in any community is its library. In Ypsilanti, the library system is providing innovative programs to draw in young and old alike.

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Dave Heikkinen July 2013August 15, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President – DAY’s biggest event of the summer is coming up this weekend. Gospel Fest features a Gospel singing contest and a bevy of performers. Gospel Fest is Friday, August 15 & Saturday, August 16 on N. Washington Street in downtown Ypsilanti. Visit www.daypsi.com for details.

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Mike KabatAugust 8, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Mike Kabat, Owner, Haab’s RestaurantIn 1990, the United Association Instructor Training Program began meeting in Washtenaw County. Each year, Haab’s has commissioned a pewter-and-glass swizzle stick depicting a different aspect of the plumbing and pipe-fitting industry. As the collection expanded, the unique design of the swizzle sticks created a national reputation. Now the NJATC (National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry) and the Ironworkers International, which also meet here annually, enjoy unique swizzle sticks commissioned for them as well.

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August 1, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Haroun Mohammed, Owner, Got Burger – A lifelong Ypsilanti resident and EMU graduate has opened a new burger restaurant that offers prime-grade Certified Angus Beef at an affordable price. Haroun Mohammed says that sets his Got Burger apart from other burger places.

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Dave Heikkinen July 2013July 25, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President – Listen to today’s Ypsilanti update!

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day_718July 18, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President;  Rolland Sizemore, Jr., Washtenaw County Commissioner Ypsilanti’s Water Street development got a boost this week when the County Parks & Recreation Commission approved an agreement to purchase a portion of the land for a recreation center focused on youth.

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day_711July 11, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Debbie Locke-Daniel, Executive Director, Ypsilanti Area Convention & Visitors Bureau It’s been dubbed the Best Musical Festivals in the Midwest by the Chicago Tribune and it’s happening this weekend in Ypsilanti. Riverside Park will be transported back in time to pay tribute to one of America’s most recognized figures –Elvis Presley®. The 15th Anniversary of the Michigan ElvisFest is one of a handful of events that is sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

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July 4, 2014: James Dreher, President, Ypsilanti Area Jaycees – This year marks the 85th Ypsilanti 4th of July Parade, making it Michigan’s longest running Independence Day Parade. We think it is also the area’s most patriotic.

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day_627June 27, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Jason Branham, Owner, Maiz Mexican Cantina We find out what prompted this popular restaurant to move from its Washtenaw location to Ypsilanti’s Depot Town.

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Dave Heikkinen July 2013June 20, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President – Known as the ‘happiest 5K on the planet’, this is a unique paint race celebrating healthiness and individuality and it’s coming to Ypsi this weekend.

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day_613June 13, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Kathy Sharp, Founder Russian Ballet Theatre School – In a beautiful studio space on Cross Street in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town, the Russian Ballet Theatre School offers the artistry and beauty of training in Vaganova ballet.

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June 6, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Henry (Hank) McQueen, Executive Director, Ypsilanti Community Schools Foundation – The mission of the Ypsilanti Community Schools Foundation is to advance the promise of success for all students through the generation and distribution of resources to be used to enrich teaching, inspire learning, promote excellence in education, and reward dedication to these tenets through grants and scholarships.

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May 30, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President – Here’s what you need to know about Ypsilanti’s thriving community.

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day_523May 23, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Leslie Leland and Bonnie Penet, MIX Owners – A successful downtown Ypsilanti store is now expanding into the Ann Arbor market. MIX is opening its second store in the Nichols Arcade.

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day_516May 16, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President:

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day_509May 9, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President:

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Dave Heikkinen and Pastor May 2014May 2, 2014:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Serving the City of Ypsilanti – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Pastor Tony Weatherly, Community Volunteer  – Pastor Weatherly is involved with Oxygen Youth and the new Refuge Teen Club at the downtown Ypsilanti Salvation Army, along with Love Ypsi.  The work he and other volunteers are doing with are youth is making a positive impact.

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Dave Heikkinen and Little LeagueApril 25, 2014:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Let’s Play Ball! – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Joe Mead, Director, Ypsi Arbor Little League – Formerly known as the Ypsilanti American Little League, the newly-named Ypsi Arbor Little League is kicking off its season this Saturday (April 26) at Candy Cane Park with some 200 players.

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day_418April 18, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Tribute Rosies Nancy Zajac, Jeannette Gutierrez, and Kim Godek – At the height of production during WWII, a B-24 rolled off the assembly line in Willow Run every 55 minutes. The women who worked at that plant became known collectively as Rosie the Riveter, and were instrumental in saving the world. Today they hope to save the plant and its history.

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day_411April 11, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Kathy Wyatt, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office; Michelle Rose-Armstrong, Coordinator, Safe & Supportive Schools Building – Ypsilanti High School students experiencing problems have a new place to find assistance.

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March 28, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Emergent Arts’ Tim Henning, Artistic Director, and Paul Bianchi, Assistant – The Emergent Arts Company is dedicated to the process of creativity, especially in theater arts. With a wide vision of what makes theater, they explore the classics to the modern, from improv to original works, and shtick to Shakespeare.

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March 21, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Kevin Hill, Owner, Wolverine Restaurant / Ypsilanti DDA Treasurer / DAY Chairman – This downtown businessman is championing the creation of the Michigan Music Hall of Fame.

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March 14, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Henry (Hank) McQueen, Executive Director, Ypsilanti Community Schools Foundation – The mission of the Ypsilanti Community Schools Foundation is to advance the promise of success for all students through the generation and distribution of resources to be used to enrich teaching, inspire learning, promote excellence in education, and reward dedication to these tenets through grants and scholarships.

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day_307March 7, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Katrease Stafford, Reporter, The Ann Arbor News – After reporting on the Ypsilanti area for the The Ann Arbor News, Katrease Stafford is moving on to The Detroit Free Press. She reflects on Ypsilanti and its future.

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day_228February 28, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Melanie Depray-Learst, Teacher, New Tech High School; Students Will Olvera, Llora Dehart, and Louis Wells – New Tech students helped to develop a line of school spirit wear while taking into consideration the science, demographics, marketing, pricing, and appeal of their products.

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day_221February 21, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Julia Collins, Ypsi Studio – A new report out shows one in three Americans are overweight. It’s time to find out the latest in exercise and finally getting fit.

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day_214February 14, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Carols Franklin, Owner, Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center – This stylish boutique-style business specializes in books, music, art, clothing, jewelry and beauty products.

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February 7, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, Owner, Heikk’s Decorated Apparel / DAY President – How should Ypsilanti develop the Water Street area? Some in the business community say a Dollar Store and a low-income housing project is the wrong direction to take.

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January 31, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Hrair Tanielian, Manager, Sidetrack Bar & Grill – In the heart of Ypsilanti’s Depot Town, right next to the railroad tracks you’ll find The Sidetrack. There has been a bar at this location since the mid- to late-1800s, first catering to railroad workers. Today the Sidetrack is known for its burgers and classic saloon atmosphere.

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January 24, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Heather Lyke, Vice President & Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, EMU – Heather Lyke is the first woman to hold the full-time AD position at Eastern Michigan University.

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January 17, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ypsillanti Police Chief Tony DeGiusti – After serving as Ypsilanti’s interim Police Chief since the October retirement of Amy Walker, Tony DeGiusti has now been tapped as the new head of the department.

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January 10, 2014: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President – Why businesses and residents are moving into Ypsi’s downtown.

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January 3, 2014: Katrease Stafford, Ypsilanti Reporter, The Ann Arbor News – The November election, Water Street, and economic development are expected to be top news stories in Ypsilanti this upcoming year.

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December 20, 2013: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ted Coutilish, Associate VP of University Marketing at EMU – More than 1,800 students will graduate from Eastern Michigan University this Saturday at the EMU Convocation Center.

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December 13, 2013: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Val Kabat, Ypsilanti Community Choir – The sounds of the season kick off this weekend with the Ypsilanti Community Choir on our Hometown Christmas Show, as they also prepare for their upcoming concert.

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December 6, 2013: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President

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November 29, 2013: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department – During the season of giving, our Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department gets into the spirit making sure area children don’t go without.

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November 22, 2013: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Coach _________ Brooks; Jaylen Johnson, Student Athlete – The State of Michigan’s top basketball player is from Ypsilanti Community High and is soon to be a Louisville Cardinal.

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November 15, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Stocking Stuffer Capital of SE Michigan – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Paul Balcom & Eli Morrissey, Owners of The Rocket If you are looking for some really cool stocking stuffers this Christmas, look no further than downtown Ypsilanti.  The Rocket will take you back in time with its nostalgic candy, games, and novelty items, along with the coolest products around.

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November 8, 2013: Gillian Ream Gainsley, Communications & Development Coordinator, Ypsilanti District Library – From the Downtown Tree Lighting to a Gingerbread Village display, Ypsilanti is gearing up for a festive holiday season.

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November 1, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ralph Lange, Ypsilanti City Manager Police from multiple jurisdictions in the Ypsilanti area continue to look for the killer of an EMU football player.  Ypsilanti’s City Manager explains how they have banded together.

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October 25, 2013: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; EMU Student Body President Desmond Miller; EMU Black Student Union President Brandon Britt – Ypsilanti and EMU Campus Police are beefing up patrols to increase safety in off campus areas following the murder of a student athlete in the University Green apartment complex. Hundreds of EMU students held a march, rally, and candlelight vigil for Demarius Reed Thursday night. Student leaders say they want justice.

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Dave Heikkinen and Mark DuckerSeptember 27, 2013:   Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Mark Ducker, Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout – Crews of filmmakers will set out between Friday and Saturday to write, film and edit a short film in just 24 hours. Entries will be submitted on Saturday night, and the top entries will be screened & honored on the evening of September 29 at the EMU College of Business auditorium at 6 PM.  The winner receives $1,000 and the IPSY trophy!

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Dave Heikkinen and Ty MopkinsSeptember 13, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Puffer Reds  Teams Up with the MLB -– Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ty Mopkins, Buyer, Puffer Reds – This downtown Ypsilanti store has a national reputation and is known for its relationship with major sports teams.

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Dave Heikkinen and Jake AlbersSeptember 7, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Birthing a Business – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Jake Albers, Manager, SPARK East – Since its launch in 2008, the SPARK East Business Incubator has become a magnet for innovation-based businesses of every size and description – from entrepreneurs and start-ups to mid-sized companies.
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Dave Heikkinen James Dauphine Pastor Edwin FergusonAugust 30, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Praise Under the Tent – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; James Dauphine, Strong Tower Ministries This multi-cultural block party is a celebration of praise, going back to school, and community involvement.  The community is invited to “Praise Under the Tent” on Saturday, August 31 from 2-7 PM at Strong Tower Ministries, on Spencer Lane near Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti.  School supplies and backpacks will be given to children.

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Dave Heikkinen and Geoff LarcomAugust 23, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: – Eastern Michigan University Preps for New School Year – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Geoff Larcom, EMU Executive Director of Media Relations Next week is a big week for Eastern Michigan University and Ypsilanti, as students and faculty get ready for the new school year.  Geoff Larcom tells us that EMU’s incoming class of freshmen is expected to break previous enrollment records.   The EMU football team opens its season against Howard on Saturday, August 31 at 6 PM at Rynearson Stadium.
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Justin Jennings and Dave Heikkinen

 

 

August 16, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of YpsilantiThe New Ypsilanti Community Schools – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Justin Jennings, Principal, Ypsilanti Community Schools High School The merged districts of Ypsilanti and Willow Run will start the new school year as one.  The new high school principal talks about his background (he played pro basketball), the unique options available for high schoolers, and what it’s going to take to make these programs successful.
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Monique Wells Dave Heikkinen and Joi Jensen

 

 

August 2, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: New School Year Launches New Ypsilanti Community Schools District – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ypsilanti Community Schools’ Cheerleading Coach/Pupil Accounting & District Enrollment Coordinator Monique Wells, and Booster President Joi Jensen – A merger of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run School districts is bringing many changes to the community.  Among them, a new principal and athletic director will welcome students to the home of the Grizzlies at the high school.
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July 26, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Gospel Night at DayFest – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Brennon James Dauphine, Strong Tower Ministries An array of gospel singers, dancers, and bands will be featured at Ypsilanti’s DayFest tonight.  Every Friday evening in summer, the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti brings the community free outdoor music, food vendors, and great entertainment at the corner of Washington & Michigan Avenue.
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Dave Heikkinen July 2013

 

 

July 19, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: DayFest – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President –  Every Friday night on a downtown Ypsilanti street corner you can sway to the sounds of great local music hosted by DAY.
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Dave Heikkinen and Chris Slaughter

July 12, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Michigan Elvis Fest – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Chris Slaughter, Elvis Fest Committee It’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go, cat, go… to the 14th Annual Michigan ElvisFest! This weekend Elvis lives in Ypsilanti.  Check out nine Elvis Tribute Artists, and other amazing tribute entertainers, include: Roy Orbison, The Blues Brothers, and Paul McCartney.
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Rutherpool June 2013

 

June 28, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: New Rutherford Pool Breaks Ground  – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Leigh Greden, Executive Director, Office of Government and Community Relatiuons at Eastern Michigan University; Lisa Wozniak, Friends of the Rutherford Pool – Two years ago Ypsilanti’s Rutherford Pool closed.  There was no money to fix the pool which had deteriorated after some 40 years of use.  The City of Ypsilanti, challenged with enormous budget problems, didn’t have the resources to maintain the pool but thanks to a community group’s efforts to raise $1 million dollars Rutherford Pool is coming back to life.  Also in the photo are Lisa’s two sons, Ben and Zach Simon, who appreciate the community’s efforts to restore their pool.
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June 21, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Downtown Ypsi Update – Dave Heikkinen, DAY PresidentRetailer Puffer Red’s, which has a national reputation, is coming out with another new shoe this weekend.  Watch for huge crowds to descend on downtown Ypsilanti, as the latest LeBron (the Heat Repeat!) shoe hits the pavement.
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Dave Heikkinen and Katie Johnson

 

 

June 14, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Medical Marijuana – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Katie Johnson, Manager, StickyYpsi Michigan voters may have approved medical marijuana, but that was just the beginning of what has become a very complicated situation for caregivers and their patients.  Earlier this year the Michigan Supreme Court overruled the Michigan Court of Appeals and limited the role of marijuana dispensaries.  StickyYpsi is a member-based cooperative of caregivers and patients.
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Dave Heikkinen and John Ichesco

 

 

 

June 7, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Fighting Fires and Budgets – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; John Ichesco, Former Ypsilanti Fire Chief In strained budget times, public safety departments are trying to find new ways to maintain services.  In Ypsilanti the firefighters union is fighting efforts to merge the fire and police departments.  We talk with Ypsilanti’s recently-retired Fire Chief about his ideas to solve the budget crisis while maintaining public safety.
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Dave Heikkinen and Donna Debutts May 2013

 

 

May 31, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Donna DeButts, Community Relations Coordinator, Ypsilanti District Library Two granting agencies are committing funding to help Ypsilanti teens “Dream It. Make It,”  the title for this year’s summer library program.  We also find out that after nearly 18 years of service to the Ypsilanti District Library, Donna DeButts is retiring today!  Thanks for Ypsilanti’s Terry Bakery for the delicious treats and retirement cake they sent along to celebrate!
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Dave Heikkinen and Kevin Hill May 2013

May 24, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of YpsilantiDAYFest – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Kevin Hill, DAY Board – DAYFest (formerly Crossroads) is the new name for Ypsilanti’s historic Downtown Summer Festival. Located on North Washington Street, just to the north of the West Michigan Avenue intersection,  DAYFest is entering its 8th season this summer with an exciting entertainment schedule that blends blasts from the past with a variety of new acts as well.  DAYFest happens on most Fridays through the summer months, starting June 14.  Visit www.daypsi.com for details.
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Dave Heikkinen and Mark TeachoutMay 17, 2013:   Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Branching Out to Depot Town – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Mark Teachout, Co-Owner, Café Ollie and the Michigan General Store – The Downtown Association of Ypsilanti champions the downtown area along Michigan Avenue, but also builds connections with its Depot Town business community to the north as well.  There we find a unique collection of businesses and introduce you to two of them.  Café Ollie’s is a “vegetarian, vegan and meat too establishment”, while the Michigan General Store focuses on Michigan products, including beer and wine.
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Dave Heikkinen and Corrine Skikorski

 

 

May 10, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of YpsilantiYpsi Food Co-op  – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Corinne Sikorski, General Manager, Ypsi Food Co-op Located on River Street near Ypsilanti’s Depot Town, the Ypsi Food Co-op is Michigan’s only solar-powered grocery store.  The Co-op sells natural foods with an emphasis on organic and locally-grown and made produce and groceries.
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Dave Heikkinen and Skip Lawver

 

 


May 3, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Gerald “Skip” Lawver, Assoc. Professor, EMU Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance / Washtenaw County Cyber Coalition –
Learn the latest in cyber security and technology to keep your family and business safe.  EMU offers week-long Cyber Quest and Cyber Security camps for high schoolers this summer.  Call Prof. Lawver at 734.487.3170 for details.
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Dave Heikkinen Val Kabat Jennifer Scramstad Lawson Karl Osterland

 

April 26, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  “Liberator” Concert – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Val Kabat, Ypsilanti Community Choir; Jennifer Scramstad Lawson, Daughter of YCC’s Founder Denise Zellner; Karl Osterland, Composer – Ann Arbor composer Karl Osterland debuts his new work commissioned for the 30th Anniversary of the Ypsilanti Community Choir.  It is inspired by the B-24 “Liberator”, which contributed to so much of the Allies’ efforts during World War II.  The free concert is on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 PM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on North River Street in Ypsilanti.
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Kevin Hill

 

April 5, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Ypsilanti’s Positive Vibe – Kevin Hill, DAY Board Member / Owner, The Wolverine Grill – We are watching with great interest the resurgence of downtown Ypsilanti, as a number of restaurants and retail shops have opened up over the last few years.  So, what does the future hold?
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Dave Heikkinen Dorothy Kryskowski  Lavonte DavisMarch 29, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: – DAY President Dave Heikkinen, Ypsilanti H.S. Business Teacher Dorothy Kryskowski, and Lavonte Davis, Ypsilanti H.S. Student Lavonte Davis took his Ypsilanti High School Basketball team to the state quarterfinals, and now the community is helping him get to an international business competition.  It’s a story of an exemplary young man and a community who cares.  Read more about Lavonte, the first ever Ypsilanti High School Student to win the Michigan DECA State competition, as he heads to Nationals, here.  Listen to our interview at the link below, as well.
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Washtenaw Camp Placement AssociationMarch 22, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Helping Disadvantaged Kids Experience Camp – Mark Swanson, DAY Board Member/Owner, Terry’s Bakery; Washtenaw Camp Placement Association’s Jane Talcott, Executive Director, and Bill Fennel, Board Member – Washtenaw Camp Placement Association has been sending high-risk kids to summer camp since 1962.  The life skills learned at camp can lead to positive behaviors as the campers return to school and their community.  Learn how the program works and how you can help.  Washtenaw Camp Placement Association is in need of sleeping bags and duffle bags to provide to the young campers.  Donations may be made at the WCPA office at 3135 S. State (near Briarwood Mall) or by calling 734.971.4537.
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March 15, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti –– Dave Heikkinen, DAY President – You heard last week about Ypsilanti’s efforts to engage the community in shaping its future.  After participating in some of the community gatherings, Dave reports with his impressions.  For more info about Ypsilanti’s Master Plan, visit www.ShapeYpsi.com.
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Dave Heikkinen Teresa Gilloti Anne StevensonMarch 8, 2013:   Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti – Ypsilanti’s Master Plan – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Teresa Gilloti, Ypsilanti City Planner; Anne Stevenson, Steering Committee, Shape YpsilantiEfforts are underway in the city of Ypsilanti to plan what the town will look like in the future.  Ypsilanti is drafting a Master Plan, the guiding values for decisions about land use, housing, transportation, equity and sustainability.  In addition, Shape Ypsilanti wants your input and is hosting a number of community events.
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Dave Heikkinen and James Dreher

 

 

March 1, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; James Dreher, Management Development VP,  Ypsilanti Area Jaycees Don your Easter bonnet and get ready to meet the Bunny.  The Ypsilanti Area Jaycees is sponsoring its traditional Easter Egg Scramble and Marshmallow Drop, but new this year as well is Breakfast with the Easter Bunny.  Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is March 16 at the Recreation Park Senior Center in Ypsilanti.  The Easter Egg Scramble and Marshmallow Drop is March 23, 11:30 AM at Frog Island Park.  Click here and watch this video to see the Easter Bunny in downtown Ypsilanti!
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Dave Heikkinen and Bethany Schultz

 

 

February 15, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Bethany Schultz, 350.0rg – A new movement to get residents to support local businesses is designed to encourage less energy use.
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February 8, 2013:  Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Downtown Photography   – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Lindsey Hall, Lindsey Hall Photography Located in downtown Ypsilanti’s Michigan Heritage Building, photographer Lindsey Hall’s specialty is baby and family photos.  Lindsey is the newest member of DAY.
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Dave and Boo Boo – Photo by Lindsey Hall Photography, Ypsilanti, MI.

 

 

February 1, 2013Downtown Friday with the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Hamilton Crossing   – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Marquan Jackson, Director of Family Self-Sufficiency, Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities – In partnership with Washtenaw United Way, EMU’s ISCFC is helping a newly-renovated public housing program make its mark in Ypsilanti.  The work involves providing residents with best practices in social support services.
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January 25, 2013:   Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: The Value of an Ypsilanti Education  – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Emma Swanson, Ypsilanti H.S. Graduate – Home from her first semester at Minnesota’s Macalaster College, we catch up with this Ypsilanti High School graduate whose parents own Terry Bakery.
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January 18, 2013:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Kiwanis Club of Ypsilanti  – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Shataura Clayborne, Kiwanis President/Eastern Leaders Executive Board – The Kiwanis Club of Ypsilanti has been serving the community for more than 90 years.  The good work of these members has extended to helping the Salvation Army, SOS Community Services, Hope Clinic, Meals On Wheels, and many other  organizations.  The Kiwanis Club of Ypsilanti meets every Wednesday at 12 PM at the EMU Student Center and the third Thursday of the month at 7 PM at rotating locations.  For more information, email ypsikiwanispres@gmail.com or visit www.ypsilantikiwanis.weebly.com.
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January 11, 2013:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  The Marketing of EMU – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ted Coutilish, Associate Vice President for University Marketing and Communications – In its most recent marketing endeavor, EMU goes Gangnam Style, playing off a popular song and hoping for as many online hits as the tune has generated.
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January 4, 2013:  Downtown Association of YpsilantiYpsilanti Youth Orchestra – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Verna Hayes, President, Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra This retired Ypsilanti English teacher was drawn to the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra after her husband helped to co-found it.  Verna Hayes, also a Kiwanis member, is one of those beautiful community souls who make Ypsilanti a great town.
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November 30, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Morgan Clothing – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Alex Easley, Owner, Morgan Clothing – After opening his downtown Ypsilanti store a few years ago, Alex Easley has become a fixture in the community.  He and his wife have six children, and he teaches bible school, is on the board of the Ypsilanti Huron Braves Pee Wee Football, and was recently named to the Downtown Development Association.
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November 16, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Model Kit Making – Dave Heikkinen, DAY; ModelCave Owners Jon Cassino and Melissa Barnes:  ModelCave on West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti stocks thousands of plastic model kits and everything needed to build them.  From the five-foot long model of the WWII Battleship Bismarck to models of Old Spanish Galleons and even Warcraft action figures, the shop is an example of how old-fashioned fun can still be so entertaining.
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November 9, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Kicks & Fresh Threads – Dave Heikkinen, DAY; Puffer Reds’ Daisha Mitchell; Ty Mopkins – They sell the world’s most exclusive kicks and are also known for the season’s freshest threads.  Puffer Reds in downtown Ypsilanti attracts clients from all over the world.
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November 2, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: The Christmas Stocking Stuffer Capital of SE Michigan – Dave Heikkinen (middle), DAY; The Rocket’s Co-Owners, Eli Morrissey & Paul Balcom – They stock their unique downtown Ypsi shop with great stocking stuffers for Christmas.  From novelty toys, kites, books, and candy to animal masks and humorous gag gifts, The Rocket is one of the coolest shops around.
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October 26, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: The Future of the City of Ypsilanti – Dave Heikkinen, DAY; Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange – Earlier this year Ypsilanti residents rejected an income tax and a debt millage request.  Now, the new city manager is being forced to make cutbacks.  Ralph Lange knew when he took the position the decisions he has to make aren’t going to be popular, but he says he’s going to get Ypsilanti on financially solid footing.  He’s set to unveil his 5-year budget turnaround plan on October 30.
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October 19, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Downtown Development Authority – Dave Heikkinen, DAY; Adam Sniezek, EMU Drum Major; Dr. Amy Knopps, EMU Marching Band Director – Founded in 1894 entirely by students of what was then the Michigan State Normal School, the “Normal Band” was a vital part of the rich musical heritage of the University. In 1915, chairman of the Conservatory of Music, Frederick Alexander took control of the Michigan State Normal College Band (the university name was officially changed in 1899), marking the first time a music instructor, employed by the school, directed the band.  The EMU Marching Band has a long tradition of musical and entertainment excellence. The Marching Band performs for all home football games and travels to one or two away games each year.
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October 12, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, President, DAY – A look at how downtown Ypsilanti is on the rise.
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October 5, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Downtown Development Authority – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Tim Colbeck, Director, Ypsilanti DDADowntown development continues to grow in Ypsilanti with the news this past week that the old Elbow Room will soon become a Mexican Restaurant. We get an update on projects the DDA has helped to fund through its popular grant program, and what the future holds for Ypsilanti’s retail, restaurant, business, and residential properties in the downtown region.
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August 24, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti – EMU by the Numbers:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Kevin Kucera, EMU Associate VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Service – Eastern Michigan University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest for the tenth consecutive year and a “great value,” in terms of its tuition and education, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. Eastern was selected as one of 153 institutions by The Review in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” on PrincetonReview.com.
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August 17, 2012:  Coming soon!

August 10, 2012:  Taste of Ypsilanti

August 10, 2012:  Today’s show celebrates the foodie culture in downtown Ypsilanti, which is experiencing a tremendous growth and interest in culinary endeavors.  Special thanks to the Ypsilanti Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti, along with SPARK East, for making our ‘Taste of Ypsilanti’ possible.

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SPARK East, where we broadcast today’s show from and showcased Ypsilanti’s diverse restaurants.

Ypsilanti Convention & Visitors Bureau – Celebrates Ypsilanti’s heritage August 17-19 at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival at Riverside Park.

For more than 30 years, the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival has brought the community together to share its history, culture, food, arts and the company of its neighbors. For 2012, the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival will bring you even more of what makes the Ypsilanti community great!  Click here for details.

This year’s festival will feature Ypsilanti area artists, performers, and musicians, many of whom travel the around the country and around the world, performing for their friends and neighbors. Heritage Fests main entertainment stage will be moving to the Riverside Beer Garden, under the Big Top, where  performers will be on stage all the way until midnight (don’t worry, families are welcome inside!)

 

Kyle DeBord, Manager, SPARK East – Since its launch in 2008, the SPARK East Business Incubator has become a magnet for innovation-based businesses of every size and description – from entrepreneurs and start-ups to mid-sized companies. Here you’ll find work-ready office facilities equipped with the latest technology. Networking events and educational programs. You’ll have access to an amazing array of business development centers, consulting expertise and educational programs. All concentrated within a two block area of downtown Ypsilanti. All dedicated to your success.
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Terry Bakery – Mark Swanson, Owner– Its iconic sign featuring two little bakers with a giant rolling pin is the first clue that you’ve encountered something quite delicious in downtown Ypsilanti.
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B-24’s Espresso Bar Eats & Entertainment – Martha Rumford, Co-Owner – Downtown Ypsilanti’s Expresso Bar opened a new location inside the Ypsilanti Library Whittaker branch, making it the first such venture in Washtenaw County.
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Around the Home: Enhancing Your Home’s Comfort with Minor Upgrades – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Laura Spear, Washtenaw Door & Trim – Choosing your doors and moldings is the basis the rest of your interior design will build on.  Washtenaw Door & Trim, a locally owned and managed business, has been considered the “Door and Trim Specialists”, serving the greater Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti area, since 1974.
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Bona Sera Café  “Wonder Woman” and Annette “Bad Fairy” Weathers, Co-Owners:  The latest restaurant to open in downtown Ypsilanti, Bona Serra Café, started as an underground supper club known for its secret dinners that raised thousands of dollars for various charities.  Now an official destination (although the underground supper club continues as well), perhaps it’s time for “Wonder Woman” and “Bad Fairy” to fully reveal themselves, given their superb culinary creations.  (No amount of prodding could encourage “Wonder Woman” to step out of the shadows.)  The 3,000 square foot cafe is located in the Michigan Avenue building once occupied by J Neil’s Mongolian Grill.
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Wolverine Grill – Kevin Hill, Owner; with an interview also by Dean Erskine with Leni Sinclair, Legendary Rock Music Photographer – Kevin Hill has been working on getting the Michigan Music Hall of Fame established in Ypsilanti, so it should come as no surprise that his downtown restaurant is showcasing the work of Leni Sinclair on Saturday, August 11.  Sinclair, once married to John Sinclair with whom she co-founded the White Panthers – created to show support for the Black Panthers during the turbulent 1960s – has chronicled the local music scene through her stunning photography.  This will be a rare opportunity for music fans to meet Sinclair and enjoy and purchase her work.  Sat., August 11, 8 AM-3 PM at The Wolverine Grill, 228 West Michigan Ave.
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Red Rock Downtown Barbecue – Jerry Jefferson, Lead Cook:  Red Rock Downtown Barbecue, seated in the center of Downtown Ypsilanti, offers a new take on the dining experience for the Ypsilanti community. With a 500 lb capacity Rotisserie Smoker hanging out the back, Red Rock is able to offer in-house smoked Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, Saint Louis Style Ribs, Chicken and in-house smoked Bacon.
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Additional Photos from ‘Taste of Ypsilanti':

Downtown Association of Ypsilanti’s Kevin Hill and Dave Heikkinen.  Together, along with the DAY board, they have created a new buzz about Ypsilanti and its growing business community.

Dave Heikkinen walking east on Michigan Avenue

 

Sign pointing the way to downtown Ypsilanti’s Crossroads Music Festival, which offers a bevy of musical talent at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Washington Street Friday evenings throughout the summer.

 

The Michigan Heritage Building at 133 W. Michigan was once the site of John Wagner Tailor and was built in 1905.  Today it houses Heikk’s Decorated Apparel, where he creates t-shirts and other printed and embroidered items for the area universities and many others.

 

Inside Heikk’s, Dave shows us the old bank vault (it was the site of the old National Bank of Ypsilanti as well) and a beautiful mural created by Alexander Maestro-Velerio in 1920.

 

The Rocket is a cool downtown Ypsilanti shop that sells fantastic stocking stuffers, retro candy, and great gifts you won’t find anywhere else.

 

Make sure you check out the door of The Tap Room when you enter.  It has a rather unusual history behind it.

 

 

 

 

August 3, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President;  Lois Richardson, Ypsilanti City Councilmember A champion of Ypsilanti’s downtown, Lois Richardson recalls a time when empty storefronts dotted the landscape along Michigan Avenue.   She is running for another term on City Council in the 1st Ward.  Listen to our previous interview with challenger Steve Pierce, here.  Tyrone Bridges is also running in the 1st Ward and has been invited to appear on a future edition of our program.
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July 27, 2012:   Downtown Association of Ypsilanti15 Year-Old Singing Sensation Dymond Harding: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Dymond Harding, Winner, Pave the Way Project National Pop Music Competition – This Lincoln H.S. student is fast making a name for herself in the pop music world. She recently performed at the Crossroads Music Fest in Ypsilanti and will also be performing this summer with Carlos and Salvadore Santana! (Photo: Dymond’s dad Rickey Harding & brother Rickey Jr., with DAY’s Davie Heikkinen and Dymond.)
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July 20, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti Crossroads Music Fest: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Headliner Anne McCue, Guitarist-Singer-Songwriter – Heart’s Nancy Wilson has described musician Anne McCue as “my Aussie clone.”  She makes her home in Nashville by way of Australia and is performing at tonight’s Crossroads Music Festival’s “Folk/Roots Fest.”
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July 13, 2012:  Downtown Association of YpsilantiThe Color Run: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Deb Locke-Daniels, Ypsilanti Convention & Visitors Bureau – This is one 5K that you are guaranteed to look completely different and perhaps more colorful after completion.  It’s just one of the unique events this summer in Ypsilanti.
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July 6, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President – Update on downtown happenings.
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June 29, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti – Ypsi Rising: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Jessica “Decky” Alexander, Assoc. Professor, EMU’s CMTA/Director, EMU Academic Services; Callie McKee, EMU MFA Student/Director of UM Educational Theatre Company – Bread shaping, baking, creativity, and conversation are the hallmarks of a new group known as Ypsi Rising. Community members get together to bake bread at Beezy’s Café while discussing issues relevant too Ypsilanti.
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June 22, 2012:  Downtown Association of YpsilantiMIX Theater: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Jim & Paul Manganello, Frantegello Theater Company / Creators of The Mute Quire
Before ink meets paper, a printer and his apprentice battle over the soul of poetry, drama, and nonsense as they work to publish the plays of the recently deceased Shakespeare.  Photo:  “Lucy Ann Lance Show” Producer Keiko Collins; Paul Manganello; Dave Heikkinen; Jim Manganello.
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Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber – Marking the 100th episode of our weekly interview with DAY, Mayor Schreiber and DAY President Dave Hiekkinen reflect on the growth of their community, the positive direction they are moving in, and what the challenges are ahead.  The scrumptious cookies and cake celebrating DAY’s 100th episode were made by Terry Bakery in Ypsilanti.  Thank you, Swanson Family!
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May 25, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: A Partnership Between Neighborhoods & Police: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Steve Pierce, President, Ypsilanti Community Policing Action Council (CoPAC) – The idea of neighbors policing their own neighborhoods received a black eye following the fatal shooting of a Florida teen by a community watch coordinator. However, neighborhood watch programs have been successful at alerting police to potential crimes and keeping communities safe. In Ypsilanti, the Community Policing Action Council brings citizens and cops together to find solutions to quality of life issues with a mission of fostering a safe environment.
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May 18, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Fashion, Funk, & Fame: Dave Hiekkinen, DAY President; Daisha Mitchell, Puffer Reds  Buyer / ’12 EMU Graduate of Apparel, Textiles & Merchandising – Ypsilanti’s downtown is fast-becoming known for its unique fashion sense and the retail stores to go along with it. One of its longtime anchor stores, Puffer Reds, routinely gets lines of customers waiting for the debut of the next superstar sneaker. DAY recently teamed up with its membership and EMU to present a fashion show featuring the local creations and showcasing the talents of students from the Apparel, Textiles & Merchandising department. We talk about the program with graduate Daisha Mitchell, and find out how Puffer Reds is expanding into other fashion lines, as wells as its kicks.
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May 11, 2012:   Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Donna DeButts, Community Relations Coordinator, Ypsilanti District Library – From Crafternoons to Computer Classes, and even Japanese and a GED Study Group, the Ypsilanti District Library is the place to learn.
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May 4, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; and Ypsilanti High School Seniors  Olivia Heator, Emma Swanson, Ariel Powdhar, and Chris Terrell, along with Ypsilanti Public Schools Communications Director Emma Jackson – These 2012 Ypsilanti High School graduating seniors tell us how the Ypsilanti Public Schools have prepared them for college and what they hope to do in the future.
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April 27, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Maia Hardy & Noah Pylvainen, EMU Students in Urban and Regional Planning – These students have tackled what they believe was a disconnect between Ypsilanti and EMU in a unique and creative way. Asking Ypsi gives students and the community an opportunity to have a discussion with one another in a new way.
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April 20, 2012:  Downtown Association of YpsilantiDave Heikkinen, DAY President; ER Couture’s Robin Miller, Assistant, and Edna Shelby, Co-Owner – A stylish new ladies boutique has opened in downtown Ypsilanti and it’s the collaboration of two former dress and design shops.  Together the former owners of Studio Glamour Fashion and Rita’s Designs have a larger, better positioned boutique that combines their experiences and adds to the growing fashion presence in the downtown with the MIX, Puffer Reds, Morgan Clothing, and Heikk’s Decorated Apparel as well.
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April 13, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; John & Shawn Cool, Red Rock Downtown Barbecue A complete renovation of the building that once housed T.C.’s Speakeasy on West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti has turned it into the home of pulled pork, beef brisket, and ribs. Shawn Cool and his parents, John and Nancy, say their focus is on the quality of their food. Red Rock Downtown Barbecue has an in-house smoker and a full liquor license.
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April 6, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Angela Barbash, Founder/Chief Consultant, Reconsider – Aligning Finances with Values: Angela Barbash at one time managed people’s money as a licensed securities investor. Now she helps them become educated and informed stewards of their assets by offering financial consulting services through her new company called Reconsider. Her mission is to attract and engage people passionate about their community, education, and economics who want to support an independent, resilient, and sustainable local economy. You may recall that Angela is also with the New West Willow Neighborhood Association board, a community that has worked aggressively to make their homefront safer through citizen patrols and other vigilante efforts. We ask her about her take on the death of Trayvon Martin, who died after an encounter with a Neighborhood Watch person in Florida.
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March 30, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Bethany Schultz, Managing Director, and Jesse Morgan, Co-Founder, Community Records: Community Records L3C (CR L3C) is a social mission organization that builds community by bringing together diverse populations through collaborative participation in music & music education. They offer teambuilding and creativity workshops, group songwriting classes, instrumental music lessons, as well as community concerts.
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March 23, 2012:   Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Kevin Hill, Owner of The Wolverine Grill -This chef and downtown Ypsilanti supporter is combining his two loves in his latest venture. When The Wolverine Grill on Michigan Avenue closed last fall, Kevin Hill decided to buy it. He reopened its doors this weekend with a newly refurbished interior and a fresh menu that utilizes local ingredients. In addition, The Wolverine Grill will pay tribute to Michigan’s rich musical heritage throughout its decor. Kevin is also the founder of the Michigan Music Hall of Fame.
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March 16, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Dr. Derrick Gragg, EMU Athletic Director – EMU’s Athletic Success Growing: Facility improvements, a football MAC trophy, and four wrestlers and the Women’s Basketball team all participating in NCAA tournament events this weekend, illustrate how Eastern Michigan University’s athletic program is achieving success.
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March 9, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Heather Freeling, Owner of Thomas Blondi Salon– Heather Freeling has one of the most diverse backgrounds as a business owner that we have ever encountered.   Trained as a cosmetologist, she studied at the Vidal Sassoon Academy, but she also has experience in fire fighting and law enforcement.  A year ago she bought the Thomas Blondi Salon in downtown Ypsilanti and is now garnering a reputation for being able to serve an eclectic client base who value creativity and a cutting-edge approach to hair care.
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March 2, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  The Corner Health Center – Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Julie Seagraves, Corner Health Center Development Director; & Dr. Kathryn Bondy Fessler, Corner Health Center Medical Director – The Corner is Michigan’s first, largest, and most comprehensive teen health center.  Serving primarily young people ages 12-21, the Corner’s mission is to increase their access to health care, reduce risk-taking, and understand the long-range implications of their health behaviors.
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February 24, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  The Masons in Ypsilanti – Jimmy F. Moore, Past Master; Charles E. Slater, Past Master/Current Junior Deacon; Roosevelt Barrett, Worshipful Master; Dave Heikkinen, DAY President – How the Masons, an organization often thought of as a secret society, are building community in Ypsilanti.
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February 17, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; James Mann, Historian/Author of Wicked Ypsilanti

The author of Wicked Ann Arbor and Wicked Washtenaw is back with an upcoming book on Ypsilanti’s wicked past.  He regales us with stories about  the nearly 200 year-old town.
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February 11, 2012:  Downtown Association of YpsilantiDave Heikkinen, DAY President; Brian Brickley, Tap Room Ypsilanti’s long time downtown bar is known for its great food and music, as well.  Its open mic night on Thursdays is legendary, and the Tap Room has been featured in several movies.  But do you know why the handle to the front door is only 3 feet high?
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February 3, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ypsilanti City Councilperson Ricky Jefferson – City Income Tax Proposal; Water Street Property Millage:  Ypsilanti voters will be deciding whether to approve a city income tax, as well as a Water Street debt retirement millage.  Councilmember Jefferson explains it’s indicative of tough financial times for the city.
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January 27, 2012:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti (DAY):  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President – Each week on the DAY segment, we meet pioneering business people who are working hard to make Ypsilanti a great place to enjoy.  This week Dave gives a look into a business that is just in its infancy, as he shares his idea to manufacture and sell high quality music boxes.
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January 13, 2012:
Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Kent Baumkel, Kent’s Confections:  The New Normal – Making a living by putting together a blend of opportunities, Kent Baumkel’s eclectic career path is the result of her various jobs and being a graduate of the MEDC Shifting Gears program.  She calls it the “new normal” for today’s work world.
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January 6, 2012:  Downtown Association of YpsilantiDave Heikkinen, DAY President; Victor Swanson, Owner of “A Touch of Soul by Biggies” – This downtown Ypsilanti restaurant recently moved to its new location at Harriet & South Huron after the former building he was in foreclosed.  Victor holds a BA in Business from EMU and knows what makes the downtown tick.
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December 23, 2011:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Debbie Swanson, Co-Owner of Terry Bakery & Ruth Ann Jamnick, Former State Rep/Township Supervisor/Treasurer – There aren’t as many family-owned bakeries left in our region, but Terry Bakery in downtown Ypsilanti is thriving thanks to a delicious product line and a lot of hard work. Click & Listen:

 

December 16, 2011:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Kevin Hill, Chairman, DAY Board / Founder of the Michigan Music Hall of Fame – It appears that grant funding for both the Rutherford Pool and the pedestrian bridge under Michigan Avenue will help make both a reality. Dave and Kevin talk about the impact improvements on the surrounding area have on the downtown region.
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December 9, 2011:  Downtown Association of YpsilantiDave Heikkinen, DAY President; Ypsilanti Community Choir:  Christmas Concert – Since 1983 the Ypsilanti Community Choir has been part of the local arts community, providing diverse music and community service to the city of Ypsilanti.  It’s hard to believe when you hear how professional they sound, but the Ypsilanti Community Choir accepts anyone with an interest in music without audition.  On Thursday, December 15, the Ypsilanti Community Choir joins forces with the Washtenaw Community Concert Band for their annual Christmas Concert.  (7:30 PM, Pease Auditorium)
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December 2, 2011:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Leslie Leland & Bonnie Penet, Owners of MIX & the new MIX Marketplace
After launching the successful MIX store and theater in downtown Ypsilanti, Penet and Leland have teamed up once again to create a marketplace of gourmet artisan and cottage foods, farm products, art, gifts, and crafts.  Currently open selected weekends, plans include a permanent installation for the concept.
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November 25, 2011:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President – Shopping today?  Why not head to downtown Ypsilanti, where Dave Heikkinen tells us a bevy of unique stores await to be discovered and enjoyed.  Dave gives us a tour.
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November 18, 2011:  Downtown Association of YpsilantiDave Heikkinen, DAY President; Stefan Graf, Owner of Illuminart – This Ypsilanti company is lighting the way for companies such as General Motors and Walt Disney Imagineering, & Ford Motor Land Development.  They offer cost effect lighting design solutions to the architectural community nationally and internationally.
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November 11, 2011:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President
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November 4, 2011:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Nick & Reyes Arreola, Owners of Dos Hermanos – Ypsilanti’s Downtown Grocery Store
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October 28, 2011: Dave Heikkinen, DAY President; Dr. C.Keith Harrison, Professor of Sports Management at the University of Central Florida’s Devos Sports Business Management / EMU Scholar-Baller Team
– Scholar-Baller’s mission is to inspire youth and young adults to develop leadership skills and to excel in education and life by using their cultural interests in sport and entertainment. Saluting student athletes for their academic and sport achievements, the Scholar-Baller program started by Dr. C. Keith Harrison collaborates with more than 50 universities, including Ypsilanti’s EMU.
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October 21, 2011:  Kevin Hill, DAY Board of Directors; David Strenski, Solar Ypsi:  Ypsilanti’s Solar PowerCity Hall, the Ypsilanti Food Cooperative,  River Street Bakery, and Adams S.T.E.M. Academy all operate with solar powered panels through the efforts of SolarYpsi.  The man behind it is Dave Strenski, who has reached over 1500 people with his solar presentation at SolarYpsi.org.  The mission of the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti is to promote the common economic interests of Downtown Ypsilanti businesses through activities which contribute to the public safety, marketing, growth, culture, entertainment and vitality of the community.
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September 30, 2011:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY Chair;  Ty Mopkins, Puffer Reds – After phasing out its CD products, this popular downtown Ypsilanti store has expanded its offerings of “kicks.”   Puffer Reds has a nationwide reputation as a premier store for Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma, and Timberland.  
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September 23, 2011:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY Chair; & Robert Belous, New Principal at Ypsilanti H.S. – Ypsilanti H.S. has undergone a redesign that the district hopes will improve its outcomes.  The transformation includes dividing into two distinct areas:  Global Leadership and Public Policy Academy and the improvisational Academy of the Arts.  Belous shares with us his goals and vision for the future of Ypsilanti High School, and why he thinks its poised to become a success in the community.
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September 16, 2011:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY Chair; & Tim Colbeck, Ypsilanti Downtown Development Director – Beautiful upgrades are underway in Ypsilanti, including the downtown area.  Tim Colbeck tells us it’s all thanks to the Facade Grant program and the forward-thinking of the business owners spearheading these improvements.
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September 9, 2011:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY Chair; & Max Cassino and Melissa Barnes, Owners of Model Cave:  Another business is opening up in downtown Ypsilanti.  The owners talk about their passion for models and why they chose Ypsilanti.
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September 2, 2011:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti – Dave Heikkinen, DAY Chair; & Summer Medel, Owner, Good OmensFrom new and used books to antiques and even a tarot card reading, Good Omens is as eclectic as the town it resides in.
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August 26, 2011:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti – Dave Heikkinen, DAY Chair; & Eastern Michigan University Football Coach Ron English – After a tough season last year, EMU Football Coach Ron English is confident his team is on the right track this year.  He tells us about the challenges ahead and who he’s counting on to get the job done.
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August 19, 2011:  Downtown Association of Ypsilanti:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY Chair; & Eric Maurer, Maurer Management

After renovating many historic buildings throughout Ypsilanti, Eric and his wife Karen recently announced that  they would not be acquiring any more properties.  He talks about what’s behind the decision, and emphasizes their commitment is still solidly in Ypsilanti.
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August 12, 2011:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY Chair; &
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August 5, 2011:  Dave Heikkinen, DAY Chair; & Kathy Asani, Owner of Abe’s Coney Island – Abe’s Coney Island:  It’s as famous for its legendary breakfasts as it is for once hosting President Clinton.  Abe’s has been a fixture in downtown Ypsilanti, and is especially noted for being the only 24/7 business in Ypsilanti.
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