Original Cottage Inn is gone, HomeGoods is opening and other Washtenaw County business news

Original Cottage Inn is gone, HomeGoods is opening and other Washtenaw County business news

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — There are a lot of changes happening in the business world around Washtenaw County, including the end of the 75-year run of The Original Cottage Inn in Ann Arbor.

Here’s a roundup of recent Washtenaw County business stories you may have missed.

The Original Cottage Inn will become a new business in Ann Arbor

The Original Cottage Inn Pizza has been a downtown Ann Arbor fixture for 75 years, but its time will soon come to an end.

The business announced that its space at 512 E. William St. is closed and currently undergoing renovations, with plans to reopen as an entirely new business called Coratti’s Pizzeria Bar and Bocce.

Read the full story here.

HomeGoods is set to open new location in Ann Arbor

A sign and fence at Ann Arbor’s Arborland Mall is a sign of the pending arrival of a popular home decor business.

HomeGoods is taking over the building at 3645 Washtenaw Ave. that was occupied by Bed Bath & Beyond until it closed in early 2023.

Read the full story here.

Bring Your Own Container stores in Ann Arbor & Plymouth for sale

The filling station and zero-waste stores in Ann Arbor and Plymouth are in line for a makeover as their owner is looking to sell the business.

Owner of BYOC Co. Emma Hess recently announced that she is ready to make a career transition and hopes she can find new owners to continue the sustainable business.

Read the full story here.

Luxury boutiques are on offer at the new Dexter store, run by a mother-daughter duo

A mother and daughter are sharing their passion for sustainability and fashion with their new business in Dexter.

Cass & Co. Thrift & Gift Upscale had its grand opening at 7980 Ann Arbor St. in early December. The store sells a range of clothing, with a strong focus on women’s fashion.

Read the full story here.

New Himalayan restaurant coming to the former Fresh Forage location near Ann Arbor

A taste of Himalayan cuisine has come to a new restaurant near Ann Arbor.

Owner and chef Tasi Sherpa confirmed that Base Camp Restaurant is bringing a mix of flavors from India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan to 5060 Jackson Road, Suite A in Scio Township.

Read the full story here.

Ann Arbor Coffee expands to Ypsilanti in the former Cultivate Coffee space

A One Ann Arbor coffee shop plans to breathe new life into a space that was once home to Ypsilanti’s popular Cultivate Coffee and Tap House.

Vertex Coffee Roasters plans to open a second location in early spring at 307 N. River St., which housed Cultivate Coffee and Tap House until it closed in February 2022.

Read the full story here.

‘Up up and away!’ Cheesecake Superman is a superhero at 24th Cheesecakerie

Sean Brezzell lets his creativity shine with his cheesecake creations at 24th Cheesecakerie in Ann Arbor.

The cheesecake business has been operating in Briarwood Mall since 2019, but recently expanded to a new, larger space inside the mall in August 2023.

Read the full story here.

Every day is a holiday with this event planning business coming to Ypsilanti

Elise Post doesn’t need an excuse to turn every little party into a big deal.

Post has run her own party planning business called Yours Truly Events & Novelties since 2019 and opened her first brick-and-mortar location at 114 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti.

The business is breathing new life into the former Unicorn Feed & Supply building in downtown Ypsilanti, which closed and moved completely online in late 2023.

Read the full story here.

Love is in the air with the speed dating events of this Dexter mother-daughter duo

Adia’s mother met her husband through speed dating in 2018, and now the 14-year-old is helping others connect in the same way.

Adia started The Perky Wallflower in Dexter in 2021 with the help of her mother, Sara Clemm. The weekly speed dating event is hosted on Tuesdays at Erratic Ale, 8080 Grand St.

“We wanted to do something where we could give back to the community in some way, and it was just great for us to be able to connect people and be a part of their stories,” Clemm said.

Read the full story here.

Side Biscuit has your Super Bowl snacking needs covered with a game day menu of wings and more

Owner and chef Jordan Balduf brings a bit of his hometown to everything he creates at Side Biscuit in Ann Arbor.

The Buffalo, New York resident was struggling to find wings he liked in Ann Arbor, so he decided to start his own business and quickly realized he loved sharing a part of New York with others.

“A lot of our specialties and products (at Side Biscuit) are actually regional specialties from Buffalo, so a lot of Western New York transplants come in and it feels like home,” he said.

Read the full story here.

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