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The Lucy Ann Lance Show, 1290 WLBY: “Taste of Ypsilanti” – Friday, 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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Main Street Area AssociationCelebrating the Return of the Plumbers & Pipefitters – Sydney Hawkins, Communications Director, AACVB – Each year our region plays host to hundreds of plumbers and pipefitters who come to Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti for training. The result is full hotel rooms, booked restaurants, and one huge party. Added to the  mix this year is the UA Plumbers & Pipe Fitters 5K and Pub Crawl. 100% of the profits will go to the Semper Fi Fund charity. Retired Major General Matt Caulfield and Retired Colonel Nick Marano, both of the U.S. Marines, will start and lead the race.
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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.Click & Listen: [audio:]


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.

  1. FrankM

    5 years ago

    Glad to see some new life in downtown Ypsi, with the ’60s facades coming down and the beauty of the buildings showing again. Hope the Terry Bakery and Tap Room carry on forever!

  2. Valerie Kabat

    5 years ago

    Ummmm . . . I think you might have missed a restaurant in Downtown Ypsilanti. Just sayin’.

    • admin

      5 years ago

      We talked with love about Haab’s during the show! The Downtown Association of Ypsilanti booked the guests and their intent was to showcase some of the new additions to downtown to show the growth. Haab’s will always be our favorite, that’s for sure! The London Broil, Chicken in the Basket, the White Fish, are all faves! The ambience (pressed tin ceiling, beautiful carved bar, and Old World feel) is incomparable. HAAB’S ROCKS!

      • Valerie Kabat

        5 years ago

        Love you guys!