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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

Salt City Antiques heads to Downtown Ypsi

Carol McEachran says Photo by Christine Laughren

Carol McEachran says "help" when she thinks of all the items she has to move to her new location at 115 W. Michigan Ave. Salt City Antiques will close its doors in Depot Town April 30.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Antique store closes doors in Depot Town April 30

By Christine Laughren
Apr. 14, 2009    ·    9:51 a.m.

It’s all about survival for Salt City Antiques owner Carol McEachran. That’s why she is moving her business from Depot Town to Downtown Ypsilanti.

“Too many of my clients want me to stay in business and I’m not ready to retire,” McEachran said as she sat behind her counter cleaning glass dishes with Windex.

Although there is still quite a bit of packing to do, McEachran said she hopes to be moved into her new location at 115 W. Michigan Ave. by Mother’s Day. She said she would be open by May 15 for sure if she couldn’t hit her original target.

After five years in the space, McEachran will be closing her doors at 15 E. Cross St. April 30. She said she hasn’t even had time to think about what she will miss about Depot Town. But after some reflection she said she would miss seeing the people she has come to see everyday in the area.

“The summer car shows were always fun too,” she said.

Salt City Antiques follows its old neighbor Nelson Amos Studio with the move. The painter moved from his space at 9 E. Cross St. to 23 E. Cross St. last year.

“When I realized it was not favorable for me to stay here I thought I would have to close,” she said. “But it was brought to my attention that space (on Michigan Avenue) was open.

“It’s a big deal when I can move and not have to close,” she said.

Except for all the packing and unpacking, McEachran is looking forward to the move to Downtown. The space that was once occupied by vintage clothing store Mother Fletchers and more recently the Ypsilanti Barack Obama Headquarters, will now be packed with two floors of antique furniture, rugs, books and more.

McEachran said the additional window space would give her the opportunity to display more of her retro selection as well. And in general, customers will have more merchandise to choose from with 1500 more square feet of display space.

“The move also gives us the chance to have later hours where other stores are open late,” McEachran said.

The long-time antique dealer said she plans to stay open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The store will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

McEachran said she has been painting and cleaning to get the new downtown space ready.

Salt City displays merchandise for more than 12 antique dealers. McEachran said all of them are excited about the move.

“I hardly got the words out of my mouth and they were just ecstatic about the move,” she said.

Other merchants in downtown are excited to have a new neighbor as well. McEachran said several downtown business owners have already welcomed her.

“I’m sure I’ll get to meet more people in downtown,” she said “It’s just a new adventure on another street in Ypsi.”

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