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Google Building, Downtown Ann Arbor

Google Building, Downtown Ann Arbor

Google Building, Downtown Ann Arbor

Did you know that Larry Page, the CEO and co-founder of Google, is an University of Michigan Alum?! This could be why he chose Downtown Ann Arbor for one of Google’s 70 locations in 40 different countries around the globe! In each of their office buildings, Google tries to express the personality of the city it is located in through different murals and decorations, so no two offices are ever alike. So stop by the Google Building, located at 201 S. Division Street, and see how Google expresses Ann Arbor!

Arena Grille & Pub, downtown Ann Arbor

Arena Grille & Pub, downtown Ann Arbor, MI | Ann Arbor Restaurants & Bars

Arena Grille & Pub, downtown Ann Arbor, MI | Ann Arbor Restaurants & Bars

The Arena is located downtown Ann Arbor on the corner of 4th and Washington.  They provide a full lunch & dinner menu, 24 beers on tap, 4 large projection screens plus 22 other flat screens ( including one in each booth and in bathroom) for all major sporting events.  They also have 2 Golden Tee games, pool table, dart board, internet jukebox, and free Wi-fi.

Ann Arbor Forecasted to Add 8000 Jobs

Is Economic Recovery Beginning in Ann Arbor?

In an article published in the Business Review, according to University of Michigan economists George Fulton and Don Grimes, the Ann Arbor area will be adding more than 8000 new jobs in multiple sectors over the next 3 years. They estimated that Washtenaw County added over 4000 jobs in 2010 after 4 consecutive years of job losses, supporting a slow, but steady economic recovery. The unemployment rate in Washtenaw County is expected to decline to 6.7% by 2013 from an average of 8.6% in 2010.

A few of the major sectors slated to add jobs include:

  • Local Manufacturing, including Automotive
  • Health Care Service Providers
  • Private Ambulatory Care Services
  • Regional Government
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Restaurant Services

Many small businesses are beginning to hire, but still remain very cautious. While we are far from a full recovery, these are steps in the right direction for the Ann Arbor area. You can view the full report here: The Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County in 2011-13.

We are beginning to see recovery in the Ann Arbor real estate market as prices begin to stabilize and even increase a bit under $400k. Spring is right around the corner, housing inventory remains low, and mortgage interest rates are at historic levels making this a great time to sell your home. To learn more about what’s happening with prices and inventory in your specific Washtenaw County neighborhood, visit our Subdivision Hotline or contact us today at 734-761-3060 or

Middle Earth, downtown Ann Arbor

Middle Earth, downtown Ann Arbor, MI | Ann Arbor Specialty Shops

Middle Earth, downtown Ann Arbor, MI

In need of a ‘birthday recovery kit’? How about ‘Hander-pants?’ Wondering what ‘hander-pants even are? If so, head into Middle Earth in downtown Ann Arbor, located by the U of M campus on S. University. They sell unique and funky gift items- books, jewelry, toys and accessories. They have fun houseware and office items, such as jumbo fridge magents, and many gag items.

For those perfect occasions!

Occasionally Gift Shop located in downtown Ann Arbor provides the perfect gift basket for any U of M football fan, you can also get individual items to support your favorite team! Main items include t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, footwear, & Ann Arbor themed college games. Occasionally Gift Shop also allows you to have the entire family participate in the sporty fun with childrens clothing & stuffed animals.

50th Anniversary Celebration of Peace Corps Founding in Ann Arbor

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps, which occurred right here in Ann Arbor. After hearing a late night campaign speech by Senator John F. Kennedy on the steps of the Michigan Union on October 14, 1960, University of Michigan students began a grassroots efforts, leading to the creation of the organization envisioned by Kennedy in his call to service. The celebration will continue with events in Ann Arbor and around the country throughout 2011.

The anniversary celebration marks 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. It will also serve as a platform for connection with millions of people who may not know about the Peace Corps, as well as reconnecting long-time supporters. The objective of the 50th anniversary celebration is “to utilize (the celebration) as a platform to support the agency’s mission and legacy by honoring our past, demonstrating our effectiveness, and inspiring the next generation of volunteers through education and engagement.” This further supports the three primary goals of the Peace Corps: helping the people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women; helping promote a better understanding of Americans by the peoples served, and helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the parts of Americans. Continue reading