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Work begins on downtown Ypsilanti co-working space

A new co-working space called The Back Office Studio is under construction in downtown Ypsilanti and should be open this fall.

Construction workers with JC Beal Construction have begun working on 13 N Washington with a target of having the space completed in time for a Halloween opening. In the meantime, The Back Office Studio team is recruiting its first patrons.

"We're looking for second stage companies in any industry," says John Newman, general manager of The Back Office Studio. "We're not going to be incubating startups. We ware looking for established companies looking for office space or collaboration space."

The Back Office Studio is also looking for freelancers and other new economy professionals to fill out its space. The plan is to start at the ground floor of the 9,000-square-foot building and go from there.

"We're going to start on the first floor and expand into the second floor," Newman says.

The co-working space will enable users to have 24/7 access to the building through a key card. Memberships are available to $100 a week or $25 a day trial memberships. Regular memberships where people can access a desk on a first-come-first-serve basis are available for $200 per month. A membership where the user has access to a private desk go for $350 per month. Users will also have access to the stereotypical co-working options, like coffee, snacks, conference rooms, and WiFi.

"We're working to have a really robust wifi," Newman says.

Newman and his partners purchased the building earlier this year with the idea of turning it into a new economy hotspot. They want to complement the Ann Arbor SPARK East Incubator in downtown Ypsilanti by creating a space for more mature companies.

"We want to add to the vitality of downtown Ypsilanti," Newman says.

Source: John Newman, general manager of The Back Office Studio
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Mother's last words inspire launch of The Little Bird Cafe in Ypsilanti

Joanne Kwiatkowski died of breast cancer three years ago, leaving a hole in the life of her daughter, Beth. But Joanne also left her daughter with some words of wisdom.

"She asked me that I live my life and not let anybody hold me back," Beth says. "That's what inspired me to do this crazy thing and spend all of my money on it."

That crazy thing is Beth's own coffee shop, The Little Bird Cafe in Ypsilanti. Beth has worked as a coffee buyer for Whole Foods for years. She loved going into work everyday and seeing people who eagerly awaited her work with coffee. Today she works in a more corporate capacity for the upscale grocer. While Beth likes her current job, she wants to get back to interacting with customers on a regular basis.

"I'd like to do my own thing and not be in the corporate world anymore," Beth says. "I think I would be perfect for it."

So Beth is in the process of launching The Little Bird Cafe, a craft coffee shop that specializes in espresso drinks and pour-overs. She bought a small commercial building at last year's Washtenaw County Tax Auction. The 1,200-square-foot structure at 908 N Congress was an abandoned party store that Beth used to jog past in Ypsilanti’s Normal Park neighborhood.

"I said this would be the perfect place to open my coffee shop one day," Beth says.

The city of Ypsilanti recently approved the zoning for The Little Bird Cafe. Beth is now starting to gear up to renovate the building with an eye of opening the doors in mid 2016.

Source: Beth Kwiatkowski, owner of The Little Bird Cafe
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Grizzly Peak celebrates 20 years by refreshing with renovations

Grizzly Peak Brewing Co is hitting a stage of development most other restaurants only dream about. It has been in downtown Ann Arbor long enough that it has become a fixture of the local brewpub scene. However, that longevity comes with a price paid through renovations. The popular brewpub is spending a significant part of August renovating its interior with an eye on the future.

"The idea is to do something of a facelift," says Stacy Baird, general manager of Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. "The restaurant has been around 20 years. It’s a local favorite. But obviously 20 years is a long time. The idea is to make us a little more current."

The work included new light fixtures at the tables and fans in the dinning rooms. Workers are also rebuilding the entrance area to make it more open and hospitable to merchandise sales. While construction is going on the kitchen is also refreshing the menu with a few new items with new ingredients, such as beet pesto and goat cheese pizza.

"They are simpler things with more flavor," Baird says.

Grizzly Peak Brewing Co was closed for three days last week, and has had certain parts closed here and there for the rest of the month. Work is expected to wrap up in the next week or two so the entire restaurant can be open to commemorate its 20th anniversary in September.

Source: Stacy Baird, general manager of Grizzly Peak Brewing Co
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Growing demand leads to second bike house in downtown Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann Arbor is set to cut the ribbon on its second bike house tomorrow, and the first spots in it are reserved for employees working in city's center.

A bike house is a small, secure facility where users can store and access their bicycles, sort of like a locker room for bikes. Renters pay an annual or monthly fee to rent a space in the bike house.

Local high-growth tech startups Duo Security and DeepField helped inspire the construction, offering to prepay for reserved spots in the new Ann Ashely Bike House for their employees. Both companies call downtown Ann Arbor home and have been hiring dozens of new employees, mostly young people, over the last year.

"We have a lot of young people who tend to bike to work," says Lorne Groe, CFO & COO of DeepField. "The average age of our employees is in the late 20s. Our current space wouldn’t allow us to have bikes in the office. It's also not the best place to have bikes."

Other local businesses have jumped on the bandwagon, reserving spaces in the new bike house.

"It's not just the tech companies," says Nancy Shore, business services director for getdowntown program. "We also have people who reserve spaces who work at Mighty Good Coffee Roasting Coffee and Workantile."

Employees from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Olark and WATS have also signed on to take over spots.

The Ann Ashley Bike House is downtown Ann Arbor's second bike house. It is occupying a formerly dead space in the Ann Ashley Parking Structure. Construction was paid for by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority. The first one was built in the Maynard Parking Structure.

Source: Nancy Shore, business services director for getdowntown
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Original Moxie's growth leads to cramped space in new Depot Town home

Original Moxie is 4 years old but it’s this last year that has really taken the Ypsilanti-based business on a ride. A year ago it was a home-based business operating out of Rachel Blistein's basement. A steady rise in demand lead Original Moxie to find its own brick-and-mortar home in Depot Town last fall. A new partnership made that growth go even faster.

"In the last six months we have gone from opening a storefront to almost growing out of our space," Blistein says.

Original Moxie makes a full line of hair care products (shampoos, conditioners, stylers) for both straight and curly hair. All of its products are made of natural, organic products. All of its hair products are sulfate-free, paraben-free, artificial-fragrance-free, and cruelty-free. The idea is to enable its users to feel good about looking good.

Blistein started toying with the idea of making her own hair-care products a few years ago while she was working as a landscape architect. Blistein started working with a local stylist to develop the line and the next thing she knew she had a winner of a product on her hands ...and a new career.

"Through a series of accidents it turned into a bunch of different products for different types of hair," Blistein says.

A few months ago Original Moxie was approached by Sephora, a French-based chain of cosmetics stores. One of the Sephora's employees had become a fan of Original Moxie. The next thing Blistein knew Original Moxie was a featured brand in the Sephora lineup. More business came with it.

"The growth just jumped exponentially," Blistein says.

Which has allowed Original Moxie to expand its staff. It hired its fourth employees recently and more additions are possible in the not-too-distant future.

Source: Rachel Blistein, founder & CEO of Original Moxie
Writer: Jon Zemke

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How Beezy's, Beal made the numbers work to grow in downtown Ypsilanti

News that a local entrepreneur (Bee Roll) and developer (Stewart Beal) are partnering to expand a popular business in downtown Ypsilanti (Beezy's Cafe) is rightly being celebrated. It's the type of move that passersby would say, "That makes so much sense. Why didn't it happen earlier?"

Normally, the problem of filling empty storefront A with growing local business B is a lot easier said than done. Roll and Beal figured out a way to make the numbers add up.

"This is what I would call Ypsilanti hustle," Beal says. "We are both going to work really hard to make this work."

Beezy's Cafe has become an Ypsilanti institution in the seven years since its opening, serving soups, sandwiches and other delicious food to a growing clientele. Despite its success, finding capital to grow has proven difficult, to put it nicely. (You can read more in-depth writing about those challenges here. Roll recently signed Beezy's Cafe up as one of the early adopters to ZipCap to leverage a $10,000 loan. More on that here.)

Last week Beal purchased the former Club Devine building at 21 N Washington St. The vacant structure also happens to be across the street from Beezy's Cafe current home. Beal and Roll plan to expand Beezy's Cafe into 3,000-square-foot of the former Club Devine space later this year or early next year. That space includes a 800-square-foot commercial kitchen, which is four times the size of Beezy's Cafe's current kitchen. It should give Roll ample room to keep up with demand for both her eatery's breakfast, lunch and dinner items, and its catering service.

"I just hope to have the kitchen operational so that I can produce food in a little more space," Roll wrote in an email. "That will potentially raise enough revenue to feed the rest of the growth and keep up with existing bills."

Roll is paying $2,500 a month for the new space of Beezy's Cafe, which include $30,000 worth of improvements Beal is making to the space and rolling into the rent. That comes to a price per square foot that Beal describes as the minimum a commercial property can charge a business and still maintain its status as a functional property that can make further improvements. Beal adds that he has been talking to Roll for years about her business and knows she was looking at expanding into an adjacent property that required at least $150,000 buildings updates. The problem so many retailers like Roll run into is they see empty storefronts in a dynamic downtown like Ypsilanti and then realize they need tens of thousands of dollars in upgrades that the landlords have no interest in making.

"In Ypsilanti the reason buildings are vacant in because the the owners of the buildings don't want to invest in the building to land a tenant," Beal says.

The former Club Devine building was move-in ready. Beal says his development team only needs to put down a new floor in an otherwise pristine space. Which is part of the reason why Beal wanted to move a tenant into 21 N Washington right away. For him it makes sense to bring in an popular business like Beezy's Cafe at an affordable price to anchor his new commercial development.

Beal is now working to fill the second floor and basement of the 22,000 square foot building. He is considering turning the second floor into either an office space or residential lofts, and hopes to fill it within six months. He knows filling the basement will be more of a challenge and hopes to find the right tenant for it in the not-too-distant future.

"She (Roll) brings the fan base and we get the space ready for her to make it work," Beal says.

Source: Stewart Beal, owner of Beal Properties; Bee Roll, owner of Beezy's Cafe
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Go! Ice Cream targets opening own shop in downtown Ypsilanti

Rob Hess has a dream, a dream that includes opening up a new ice cream store in downtown Ypsilanti. And he would like your help to make it happen.

The Ypsilanti resident has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help him finance the opening of the first permanent home of Go! Ice Cream. Today the fledgling business that makes craft ice cream is sold from the cooler of his tricycle and at the events he caters. Hess aspires to open an ice cream store at 10 N Washington, activating a vacant storefront and deserted alley in downtown Ypsilanti.

"I searched high and low for the right place," Hess says. He adds he spoke to local developer Stewart Beal and other local stakeholders to find the right spot. "I really want a space in downtown Ypsilanti. When you walk through downtown you can see a lot of vacant storefronts."

And that means opportunity for Hess. He has raised a little more than $6,000 of his $30,000 goal as of Tuesday afternoon. If Hess raises the money he plans to have the kitchen ready by early next year and the storefront open to the public by May.

Hess got started making ice cream as a hobby a few years ago. Check out a previous feature on Go! Ice Cream from Concentrate here. The videographer at the University of Michigan quickly got sucked into the craft of making ice cream.

"I got interested in the chemistry behind it," Hess says. "You can do a lot of subtle things to tweak the texture and flavor."

Soon he had a freezer full of his homemade ice cream and no room for any of his vegetables. So he started giving it away to friends and family. They started offering to pay him for it and the entrepreneurial light went off over his head. He started working with Zingerman's, which agreed to pasteurize the ice cream for him, and he had a real business on his hands.

"Once I figured that out I thought, 'Let's see if people will respond to $9 a pint ice cream?'" Hess says.

They responded well. Hess, an avid bicyclists, bought a tricycle to sell Go! Ice Cream's flavors across the city. He now sells ice cream to about 700 people per month and growing. He hopes to grow that number even faster when he has his own store where people can come to him.

Source: Rob Hess, owner of Go! Ice Cream
Writer: Jon Zemke

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First residents begin moving into 618 South Main

The first residents began moving into the luxury apartments at 618 South Main late last week as one of downtown Ann Arbor’s newest construction projects comes online and on time.

"We currently have 40 units occupied with more moving in each day," says Meg Murphy, community manager for 618 South Main.

While a number of other high-rise apartment buildings in downtown Ann Arbor have fought to keep up with their construction schedules, 618 South Main is opening its first phase in August, a predicted, and is set to open the rest of the building a month from now.

"It's a matter of a lot of people working well together," says Dan Ketelaar, president of Urban Group Development, co-developer of 618 South Main. "Our whole focus is on our tenants. That drives us."

The $27 million development is building a six-story apartment building on the southern edge of downtown Ann Arbor. It replaces the old Fox Tent & Awning business. The new building will feature 164 apartments, including studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. Prices range in price from $1,395 per month to $2,905 per month and the building is 82 percent leased now.

618 South Main comes with a lot of extras. It has a common deck with a pool, outdoor grills, fire pits and lounge areas both inside and outside of the building. It also has 132 underground parking spots. 618 South Main also has some big-ticket green features, including a rain garden that filters all of the water runoff from the building, is estimated at 900,000 gallons annually, and sends it back into the Huron River.

"It's pretty unique," Ketelaar says. “"t captures 100 percent of the water runoff and filters it."

Ketelaar and his team are putting the final touches on the common areas of 618 South Main this month. Murphy expects to have the building fully leased and occupied by the end of September.

Source: Meg Murphy, community manager for 618 South Main; Dan Ketelaar, president of Urban Group Development
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Jolly Pumpkin ripens business with more tap rooms, distribution channels

Dexter-based Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is growing by capitalizing on a number of revenue streams. This includes adding tap rooms across Michigan and opening up more distribution channels for its popular beers.

Jolly Pumpkin opened new tap rooms in its Dexter home last year and in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood last April, where it employs about 50 people.The artisan ales company currently has four tap rooms across Michigan is looking to open a few more.

"We will continue to find new locations and open up Jolly Pumpkin tap rooms in Michigan," says Ron Jeffries, founder of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales.

It's part of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales' plan to focus its growth in the Great Lakes State. Its distribution in Michigan is up 70 percent over the last year. The 11-year-old brewery is aiming to produce 12,000 barrels of beer this year, which would be up from 8,000 barrels in 2014.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is pushing to sell more of its upscale brews in chain retailers. The brand is currently in a number of super markets, like Busches, Whole Foods and Kroger, but it is looking to add more chain restaurants to its distribution roster.

"Our sales team have been making great strides for us," Jeffries says.

The growth has allowed Jolly Pumpkin to hire more and more people. It currently has a employee base of just more than 200 with its tap rooms. A staff of 25 people mans the brewery in Dexter after hiring three people in the last year, and it's looking to hire three more now.

"We are currently looking for more people," Jeffries says. "We have been interviewing people for the last month."

Source: Ron Jeffries, founder of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Five-story duplex planned for edge of downtown Ann Arbor

There isn't much small about the plans for the Kingsley Parkside development. The near downtown Ann Arbor project wants to replace a single family home with a duplex. The duplex would measure five stories high, and prices for each unit would begin at $1.1 million.

"We're prepping the plans for the [city's] site-plan approval process," says William Davis III, co-developer of Kingsley Parkside. "We thought the opportunity for a two-unit building fit well there."

Kingsley Parkside would replace a small, dilapidated house at 214 W Kingsley, a few blocks northwest of downtown Ann Arbor. Davis’s development group purchased the building earlier this year and quickly came to the conclusion a new build would be the best fit for the property.

"There is significant water damage," Davis says. "The inside is damaged beyond repair."

The property is in the city’s D-2 zoning, which is set aside for medium-sized and dense buildings. The duplex would feature side-by-side units with a modern, loft-like design. Each unit would come with its own elevator and penthouse balcony. Davis and his team are also looking at reusing the fieldstone from the current structure in the new building.

Davis hopes to have the project approved later this year and begin construction soon after as soon as buyer one of the units is found. Moving the Kingsley Parkside's first residents in could happen as soon as fall of 2016 if everything goes according to plan.

Source: William Davis III, co-developer of Kingsley Parkside
Writer: Jon Zemke

 

The Glen aims to bring boutique hotel next to Angelos

The Catherine Ann Development Co wants to up the hospitality game in downtown Ann Arbor with its plans for a new hotel, The Glen.

The firm plans to build a boutique hotel across the street from Angelo's restaurant that will focus on providing high-end amenities. The development team likes to compare its aspirations for The Glen to The Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham, one of the poshest boutique hotels in Michigan.

"It would be unique in Ann Arbor," says Tom Shields, spokesperson for The Glen. "Ann Arbor doesn’t have something like this right now."

Plans call for building a nine-story structure with 194 rooms. Of those rooms, 34 will be penthouse suits that are open for short or extended stays. The building will also come with four floors of underground parking with 191 parking spots. Other details about the development are still being determined by the Catherine Ann Development Co and city officials. A public meeting on the project is scheduled for August 10th.

The Glen would occupy a large vacant lot that has been left empty for years as various development plans sputtered out. It fronts Glen Street between Catherine and Ann streets and is located close to both the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health System.

"It's a great location across from the medical center and on the edge of the university," Shields says. "It will serve both of those markets."

If plans are approved by the city, construction is set to begin next spring with a target opening of late 2016 or early 2017.

Source: Tom Shields, spokesperson for The Glen
Writer: Jon Zemke

 

Betty Green Organic Beauty opens in downtown Ypsilanti

Malissa Eckley is officially opening her new hair salon, Betty Green Organic Beauty, this week in the place that made the most sense for her, downtown Ypsilanti.

"I love the people, the atmosphere, and the sense of community," Eckley says. "It just made sense to be where I want to be."

Eckley has worked as a stylist for 13 years and spent years working and volunteering in Ypsilanti. So when the opportunity to open her own salon at 10 N Washington St. she jumped at it.

Eckley likes to say that Betty Green Organic Beauty is Ypsilanti's first natural and organic hair salon. It will feature organic color and products from Organic Colors Systems and Ypsilanti-based Original Moxie. These products are ammonia free and are not tested on animals.

Betty Green Organic Beauty will work with a business philosophy focused on sustainability. For instance it will use LED lights and reclaimed materials in its build-out. It will also recycle all of the material it uses, including the aluminum foil for hair coloring and only use certified organic products.
 
"It's better for your hair and the environment," Eckley says.

Betty Green Organic Beauty will host a grand opening at 6 p.m. Friday as part of the First Fridays Art Walk in downtown Ypsilanti. The party will feature a performance by Ann Arbor musician Annie Palmer.

Source: Malissa Eckley, owner of Betty Green Organic Beauty
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Main On The Park to sell $1M townhouses near downtown Ann Arbor

A couple of longtime rental houses just north of downtown Ann Arbor are set to be knocked down in order to make room for a small batch of townhomes. The pricetags for the units in this Main On The Park development could reach $1 million each.

Coming down are 542 and 548 N Main St. Going up will be four townhomes measuring about 2,500 square feet each. All of this is pending approval from the Ann Arbor City Council, which will take up the development plans on Aug. 17th.

"We will start construction as soon as possible," says Tom Fitzsimmons, builder & developer of Main on the Park. "Our goal is to move people in by the fall of 2016."

The two houses proposed for demolition are nearly a century old each. They overlook North Main Park and have been rental properties for decades. Fitzsimmons company, Huron Contracting, plans to salvage some of the materials from them as part of the Main On The Park development.

"We will do as much salvage of the building as we can," Fitzsimmons says.

The units will also have a number of green features, such as insulations, high-efficiency furnaces.

Fitzsimmons adds the new buildings will be done in a "residential style" that comes with clapboard-like siding, pitched roofs, and double-hung windows. The development is aiming to blend in with the existing housing stock in the neighborhood.

"We don't want to be too overpowering," Fitzsimmons says.

Source: Tom Fitzsimmons, builder & developer of Main on the Park
Writer: Jon Zemke
 

New Ann Arbor Amtrak station platform another step toward universal design

Smiling words and back slaps abounded when local leaders unveiled a new retractable platform at Ann Arbor's Amtrak station last week. But what is easily lost in the celebration is that this new improvement, while a welcome addition, is only one more move toward universal design that can make more transportations accessible to everyone.

Think people like Lloyd Shelton. The Ann Arbor resident travels with an electric wheelchair because of a form of muscular dystrophy called spinal muscular atrophy. He is a member of the committee for disability concerns with both the city of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. He is a big proponent of improvements like the retractable platform, which provides a safer and faster way to get on and off of trains for people using wheeled mobility device, seniors, and those who need assistance with luggage and strollers.

"It makes transportation more accessible and less problematic," Shelton says.

Which is important to him. People dealing with disabilities, many struggling with lower incomes and even poverty, rely on Amtrak as their only affordable option for long distance travel. For them booking tickets on planes or buses can be prohibitively expensive because they need to pay premium prices for extra space and accommodations.  

That doesn't mean Amtrak is the salvation for the handicapped. Its infrastructure still has a long way to go to achieve the kind of universal design that opens a door for everyone.

"It (Ann Arbor's Amtrak station) was theoretically accessible," Shelton says. "I'd like to do things in a more spontaneous way. But for them we have to reach out and arrange help ahead of time. It was more problematic."

Which is another reason why Shelton and his cohorts are pushing hard for universal design in transportation options like these. They see incremental progress but a long road ahead to true universal accessibility.

"It's moving in the right direction," Shelton says.

Source: Lloyd Shelton, a member of the committee for disability concerns with both the city of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan
Writer: Jon Zemke

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From pop-up to restaurant, Central Provisions becomes Spencer

Dreams of opening a restaurant are the obvious inspiration for most pop-up eateries, but very few make the leap to a brick and mortar space.

Steven Hall and Abby Olitzky are on their way to sticking that landing. The young couple (they recent became engaged) plan to open a restaurant and cheese bar in downtown Ann Arbor called Spencer. In preparation, they spent a couple of years toiling as a pop-up restaurant and catering service called Central Provisions. They intended to open the restaurant under the same name but discovered there is already an eatery with the same moniker in Maine.

"We decided it's not worth the confusion," Hall says. "We saw the restaurant opening as a good opportunity to change the name."

Spencer is set to open this fall at 113 E Liberty. It will occupy 1,200 square feet and be able to seat about 50 people. The couple are leaving their day jobs at Zingerman's and Sweet Heather Anne (as well as the pop-up gig) to open Spencer.

"The goal had always been to have our own restaurant," Hall says. "The pop-up was an easy way to build up our name and reputation."

They do have some pointers for people looking to do the same:

- Take your time. Use the pop-up experience to perfect our cooking and management skills. The sharper those skills the easier the transition to a brick-and-mortar space. Also use that time to build out a support network of professionals in the space and find the best place to open shop. Hall and Olitzky thought they had found the perfect space a few times before locking down their current location.

- Don't settle. Take the time you are biding to search out a number of locations. Figure out which type will work best with what you're trying to do. Hall and Olitzky figured out a place that was ADA compliant and had built in kitchen equipment meant more to them than the character of a raw space that had never been a restaurant before.

- Hustle to make money. Pop-ups aren’t enough to support a comfortable adult lifestyle. Hall and Olitzky supplemented their income from pop-ups with day jobs in the food industry and after-hours catering gigs in their spare time.

"It's definitely all about the hustle," Hall says.

Source: Steven Hall, co-owner of Central Provisions and Spencer
Writer: Jon Zemke

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