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Ann Arbor’s South Side Business Collaboration Means Variety for Residents

businesses, ann arborThe south side of Ann Arbor, which has always been a great place to live, is turning out to be full of some of our city’s “best kept shopping secrets.” They’re rapidly becoming secrets no more, thanks to a recent initiative by several local business owners. Encompassing an area between I-94, State Street, Ellsworth Road, and Oak Valley Drive, the Southside Business District (SSBD) was recently formed in an effort to promote networking among, and visibility for, the businesses in the area.

The idea began to take shape when James Snider, owner of Arbor Motion car repair, was approached by  neighbor Huron Valley Ambulance (HVA) for a donation for their flu shot clinic. Snider began talking with the businesses around him, and the SSBD was the outgrowth of those conversations. Beginning with six businesses offering support and cooperation to one another, the SSBD has grown to nearly 20 establishments directly collaborating by promoting each other and even offering discounts to their neighbors’ clientele.

The group’s first formal monthly meeting was held in January. In June, they conducted their first business expo, which helped raise funds for HVA’s annual free children’s summer camp. Businesses involved in the expo included:

  • Airgas
  • Japanese Martial Arts Center
  • Andrews Office Warehouse
  • Network Services Group
  • Ann Arbor Flooring America
  • Real Estate One
  • Arbor Motion
  • Riverbend Timber Framing
  • Body Specs
  • Schooltech/Wolverine Sports
  • Enterprise
  • Scrap Box
  • Huron Valley Ambulance
  • Zingerman’s Bakehouse
  • Now that you’re in on one of Ann Arbor’s “best kept secrets,” let the Bouma Group help you find your perfect neighbors! Whether you’re relocating to the area, or buying a home in the south side’s Lake Forest or Stonebridge Estates, call the Bouma Group today. Thinking about a condominium on the south side? Take a look at Valley Ranch, or call our Condo Hotline. The Bouma Group is here to help with the entire home buying process.

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