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More than just the home of Jiffy Mix, the city of Chelsea (pop. 4500) has embodied the virtues of progressive small town living for nearly 190 years. Classic neighborhoods surround its historic city center where festivals run all summer long. The city's picture-perfect downtown boasts the popular upscale bistro the Common Grill, just a block away from the award-winning Purple Rose Theatre --founded by local resident, actor Jeff Daniels. 

Pick up a bottle of Michigan wine at The New Chelsea Market. Drop by the Chelsea Gallery to take in some fine art or socialize over coffee and dessert. Take a class at the Chelsea Center For The Arts. The city may be overflowing with time-out-of-place charms, but it's very much attuned to what makes a downtown vibrant. And if that isn't here-and-now enough for you, DaimlerChrysler's Proving Grounds are situated just outside the city's limits.

Chelsea Features

Chelsea Alehouse, a year of lessons

The first year can be tough for any business owner. It's an opportunity to understand who your customers are and what they want. It's also the time where many businesses sink or swim. Concentrate checks in with Chris Martinson about what he's learned about running the Chelsea Alehouse ...and the local brewery scene in general.

Photo Essay: Our Public Art

Concentrate's photographer Doug Coombe believes that despite all the recent criticisms and complaints, Ann Arborites really do want and appreciate public art. To celebrate that sentiment he's put together a photographic tour of the area's public art - old and new.

Barefoot Education at Tantre Farm

Drawing interns and visitors from all over the world, Tantré Farms in Chelsea claims it does more than just teach organic farming techniques; it fosters sustainable life skills.

Guest Blogger: Julie Brunzell

Arts venues are the center stages of communities. Julie Brunzell, managing director of Chelsea's Purple Rose Theatre, writes on why the arts should be more at the forefront of our minds, and what theatres can do for downtowns.

Now Playing: Spontaneous Art

The name kind of says it all. Then again, maybe it doesn't. Spontaneous Art is a trio of guerilla (and sometimes gorilla) performance artists who have dedicated themselves to making life in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti region a little funkier, a little sillier, and, most importantly, a little less predictable.
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