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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

New gallery opens in Depot Town

Craig and Michelle Shankwiler, pictured above, as well as Naomi Rentfrow opened Shankwiler 123 at 35 E. Cross Nov. 24. The storefront is an art gallery, a drop-off location for an eBay store, wholesale stained glass supply store and above all, a great pla Photo by Christine Laughren

Craig and Michelle Shankwiler, pictured above, as well as Naomi Rentfrow opened Shankwiler 123 at 35 E. Cross Nov. 24. The storefront is an art gallery, a drop-off location for an eBay store, wholesale stained glass supply store and above all, a great pla
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Shankwiler 123 sells fine art and vintage sports cards and collectales

By Christine Laughren
Dec. 8, 2008    ·    8:08 p.m.


It’s a definite gamble starting a new business in this economy. That’s why Shankwiler 123, newly opened in Depot Town, is combining several businesses into one brick and mortar location.

The store, at 35 E. Cross where Real Kidz use to be, is an art gallery, a drop-off location for an eBay store, wholesale stained glass supply store and above all, a great place to buy sports cards and collectables.

“Obviously in this economy, one thing isn’t going to make it so we’re combining,” co-owner Craig Shankwiler said.

Craig, his daughter Michelle and his girlfriend Naomi Rentfrow opened the store Nov. 24, but Craig said he has been selling baseball memorabilia for several years. However, he said he had to open at a storefront because, though, the baseball cards have sold well over the years traders are apprehensive about him selling items from his home.

The baseball memorabilia is the big seller according to Craig.

“We go through about 1,000 cards a week,” he said pointing to a glass display case littered with cards in the front of the store. “That Joe DiMaggio card alone is about $1,000.”

Another of Craig’s passions is glass. Glass bowls, plates and windows are scattered throughout the store. He said he hopes to make more if the business becomes successful.

Michelle said she became involved after she lost her job at a small production studio in Ann Arbor. She said she had run an eBay store for some time and was glad to join forces with her father to help him.

She said one of her focuses is to create an art gallery. Paintings currently hand in the gallery and Michelle is working on finding more artists to display their work.

“We really think it can thrive under the right circumstances,” Michelle said of the storefront.

As a lifelong Ypsilanti resident Craig said there was no question he would open a storefront in the city and he said he thinks Depot Town is a great place to have a store. Craig said he also wanted a storefront because he wanted to wean away from his construction business, Shankwiler Construction.

Shankwiler 123 is having a grand opening reception Saturday from 5-9 p.m.



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