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Argus Farm Stop: One-stop shopping for local food

Being a locavore can be a challenge of logistics. All farmer's markets are not created equal and none operate year-round. Enter Argus Farm Stop, a downtown market offering one-stop shopping for locally produced goods.

Chronicle founder reflects on Ann Arbor news media's past, present and future

Last month Dave Askins and Mary Morgan ended their six year run of The Ann Arbor Chronicle, a local online news source that focused on long form government reporting. As Concentrate publishes its 300th issue, we've asked Askins to reflect on the local media-scape; where it's been, where it's at now, and where it might be heading.

OpEd: Make creativity a priority in Ann Arbor

For all of the cultural, intellectual, and economic resources Ann Arbor has, some say the city is stagnating creatively and lacks enough infrastructure for artists. Omari Rush, curator of public programs for the Ann Arbor Art Center, discusses his "listening tour" and proposes next steps needed to better support the arts.

Will ArborBike become a model for successful bike sharing?

As communities across the nation begin to recognize the value of non-motorized infrastructure plans are being made for bike share programs. But many such programs struggle to balance the health and environmental advantages against their financial sustainability. Ann Arbor's ArborBike thinks it has the solution.

Garages, clubs and co-ops: Navigating Ann Arbor/Ypsi's music underground

When it comes to live music and the performing arts, space is at a premium - particularly in Ann Arbor. So where do up and coming musicians and artists reach an audience? Concentrate's Patrick Dunn takes you on a quick tour of underground and off-the-radar performance venues.

Pot and Box: Small seeds for a bigger future

The challenges to establishing a new business are myriad. And as Lisa Waud, owner of Pot and Box, discovered, Ann Arbor's ever-inflating real estate is no small part of that challenge. For her, success has meant finding just the right size, the right location and the right relationships.

OpEd: How time banking can help revitalize Ypsilanti

"Know thy neighbors," isn't just a proverb. It's also key to neighborhood revitalization. And what better way to get to know others than through offering your services, using time as currency? It gives a new meaning to "spending your time," for a community and economic boost.

Tecumseh Brewing Company launches with a new kind of crowdfunding

It's not uncommon for a fledgling business to raise capital through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. But what do you do if you're seeking investment partners through social media? That's the path the folks behind Tecumseh Brewing Company decided to take ...and they helped to change Michigan law along the way.

A delicious homecoming: Takashi Yagihashi returns to Michigan with Slurping Turtle

With successful restaurants in Las Vegas, New York, and Chicago, former Iron Chef Takashi Yagihashi could have settled anywhere. But what he wanted most was to bring his family back to Michigan. Which is why Ann Arbor is now home to his latest eatery, the Slurping Turtle. Concentrate's Nicole Rupersberg learns why.

#EATING: U-M football stars plant new seeds

The news is filled with examples of sports figures behaving badly. Well, here's something a little different: a trio of U-M football players have started the #EATING Project, which seeks to establish community food gardens in underserved communities.

OpEd: Empowering People to Power Michigan

Despite the rising demand for renewable energy generation in Michigan, individual property owners desiring to install renewable energy systems face numerous barriers and caps. Hence, the Energy Freedom bill package, a market-based approach that facilitates renewable energy generation at the individual level. State Rep. Jeff Irwin, a sponsor of the 4-bill package, opines on how to lift these barriers, thereby turning small-scale generation into a large-scale pursuit. 

Choo-choo-choosing a new home for Ann Arbor's Amtrak Station

Designated as the busiest Amtrak station in Michigan, Ann Arbor's long outdated depot is up for reconsideration - in terms of infrastructure, location and economic impact. Whether we're talking commuter needs or community development, it's a complicated equation with no easy answer. 

Changing careers in the startup lane

In today's economy, finding a job is challenge enough. Now try finding one at age 45. Or 55. And in a different field. Where do you start? How do you present decades of work experience to an industry unfamiliar with your skill set? Shifting Gears is a career-transition program for mid-to-late-career professionals looking for a second act.

From cart to cafe: The evolution of two local food trucks

Though the local food cart movement still remains confined to Mark's Carts in Ann Arbor, that enterprise has seeded the city with two successful brick and mortar businesses: The Lunch Room and eat. Concentrate gets the skinny on how these food entrepreneurs made the leap from cart to café.

Cool Jobs: Nathan Hukill, micro-microbrewer

Good things come in small packages. Or, in this case, batches. Meet Nathan Hukill, who has turned a part-time hobby into a full-time gig, making limited barrel runs under his microbrew moniker, Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales.
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