Ypsilanti Citizen Community Sidetrack

Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Beezy's buzzing with business

Bee Mayhew, owner of Beezy's Cafe at 20 N. Washington St. dishes up some vegan soup for a customer. Beezy's opened its doors Nov. 10 Photo by Christine Laughren

Bee Mayhew, owner of Beezy's Cafe at 20 N. Washington St. dishes up some vegan soup for a customer. Beezy's opened its doors Nov. 10

New cafe opens its doors

By Christine Laughren
Nov. 21, 2008    ·    10:16 p.m.

Someone once told her she was a good cook but a terrible chef. And that’s the way Bee Mayhew, owner of Beezy’s Café, likes it.

“I don’t try to make anything too fancy,” she said preparing tomorrow’s French Toast. “It is what it is, not too fancy, simple and honest.”

Beezy’s opened its doors, at 20 N. Washington St., Nov. 10. While whipping up some eggs, Mayhew said the feedback has been great and she has had a steady stream of customers since she opened.

The café sells everything from coffee and espresso drinks to fresh soup, salads and sandwiches. Mayhew said she learned to cook at a little restaurant in Petoskey called the “Roast and Toast.” After almost a decade at the restaurant, Mayhew headed south and started plans for what would become Beezy’s.

She said she has always liked to experiment with food and use all the scraps, leaving very little to the to the garbage.

“By the end of the night all we have to take out is one garbage bag,” she said pointing to a 32-gallon garbage can.

After years of living on a small budget, Mayhew knows the very definition of “waste not want not.” She says she tries to have as little waste as possible, right down to the soft cloth napkins available with every meal.

Some of the food scraps are given to Growing Hope, an Ypsilanti-based non-profit, other scraps sit in sealed buckets for eventual compost.

Mayhew also said she would like to have a worm compost, solar panels on the back doors an herb garden on top of the walk-in cooler in the back of the café, outside.

She looked in other cities and towns including a space in Milan, but Mayhew said she didn’t find anything that jumped out at her.

“The one in Milan was a really nice space, and we wouldn’t had to do any work to it, but it just felt empty,” she said.

However, as soon as she walked through the doors on Washington Mayhew said she fell in love with the space. Three rooms separate her cafe in the 147-year-old building; the third room is not finished yet but Mayhew has big plans for it.

Walking through a piece of fabric draped over the doorway, Mayhew points to a stack of wood flooring yet to be installed. She said the flooring was from fallen Ash Trees around Washtenaw County.

“In some of these pieces you can see where the Emerald Ash Borer was,” Mayhew said rummaging through the planks.

Pointing to the front of the dusty room Mayhew said she plans to put a soapbox at the front window so she can have “Soapbox Saturdays,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Patrons can get on the soapbox and do some spoken word or discuss the issues of the day.

The room will have outlets along the far wall so people can take advantage of the wireless Internet and Mayhew said the room is scheduled to be finished by the New Year.

Mayhew said she looks forward to the years she will spend at 20 N. Washington St. And her outlook is bright.

“I want to be an old lady - with God knows how many more tattoos and piercings - and see my daughter here with her children, while I’m back making them food,” she said looking out from the kitchen toward the tables.”

But for now, she will continue to make her food, her way and be a great cook. Who cares about the chef part?

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