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jwazzz last won the day on June 7 2013

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  1. Younker's closes its Rivertown store.
  2. My sentiments exactly. Both of these properties have been slumping for years now - shame on the owners who have allowed this to happen and shame on city authorities for not taking action on this earlier. And I too have often wondered about the boarded-up building next to Richmond Stamping - prime location and yet it seems to be stuck in some kind of weird, late 1970's time warp.
  3. Couldn't agree more - if they do have to expand, east over Monroe would be the direction to go. It could be a win, win, win situation - we get a more competitive convention center, we get rid of that horrible Federal building and maybe in the process, lose that field stone wall on the west side of City Hall that blocks easy access to Calder Plaza from the DeVos Center. (If you dig deep enough, GRDad, you might remember a plan you came up with to do just that soon after the convention center opened.) And, we would get a new Federal building that might add something architecturally to the city rather than something that has made me cringe every time I've gone by it for the last 40 (?) years. (There's that big empty space fronting Ionia and Division just north of Lyon - prime location.) Maybe something like this - http://www.heery.com/portfolio/oklahoma-federal-building-campus.aspx
  4. Stopped in for my first visit last Friday afternoon and I'll echo the above statements about the building; it's beautiful - everything I was hoping for and more! I'll be willing to bet the 2nd floor "event" spaces will be the go to spot for gatherings for the foreseeable future. My only complaint was I left with a severe case of "sticker shock" - while the vendors chosen certainly have an outstanding supply of goods, it's not a place where I could shop except for special occasions and even then, I would have a hard time paying the prices they're asking. $32.00/lb for scallops at the fish place; $52.00/lb for one particular cut of beef at the butcher's. (It probably melts in your mouth but for that kind of money, I could go to The Chop House or Ruth's Chris and not have to worry about doing the dishes.) The selection offered at the deli section of the fresh pasta shop was nothing you couldn't find at D&W and when I asked the person working if the pasta salad I was paying $7.00/lb for was fresh, she said no and went on to say that it wasn't even made on site. I was a regular at Making Thyme when they were on Cherry - their prices have also gone up in the new location. The chocolatier and ice cream shops - great stuff but a limited selection, at best. Almost $4.00 for a croissant? Once again, tried one, it was delicious but I doubt if I'd be stopping by to pick up a couple dozen for an office meeting. And finally, Sweetielicious - I bought one of her pies; a cherry, peach, blueberry combo that was wonderful but it also set me back $25.00! Don't get me wrong - I've been anxiously waiting for the market since it was first announced and I will go back because I want to see this succeed - I just wish there had been some thought given to those of us whose pockets aren't quite so deep. (I think one of the vendors who got it right are the people from Art of the Table with their wine bar and cheese shop - great selection and price points that didn't make me do a double take.) And, I realize some of the examples I cited were at the very high end of the vendors offerings but those are the numbers many will carry away with them and talk about to their friends and families after they've visited the market. I don't know what the numbers were at todays Grand Opening festivities - I hope it was a resounding success but I'm afraid that for many, their first visit might also be their last for no other reason than they simply can't afford to shop there.
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    Awesome news - http://www.grbj.com/articles/77664-monroe-center-is-nearly-rebuilt
  6. Won't be Bonefish - reliable sources told me a couple months ago they've signed a new lease on the E. Paris location and I can't imagine they'd add a second spot at Breton Village.
  7. Mum's the word - thanks for sharing. Wow was right - I can picture Joe Peschi walking into that bar with a baseball bat...
  8. You're not just going to leave us hanging, are you? Come on, Dad - you ended with a "Wow". Share with us - we won't tell a soul, promise.
  9. Walked by this building today on my way to and from the Eastown P.O. and had my first chance to view the ground floor up close since they stripped all that horrible old siding off it and the original terra cotta tiles are a mess. I have an enormous amount of faith in Bazzani's ability to make a silk purse out of a sows ear but this looks to be a pretty daunting task. This will probably offend the purists out there but it might be a case where a new facade, something compatible with the rest of the building, might be the way to go. On the plus side, looking into one of the windows revealed interior spaces on the ground floor with awesome potential. Don't think he'll have any trouble filling those spaces once the project is completed. Now, if we could only relocate that Sheldon Cleaners...
  10. It's too bad the Sheldon Cleaners @ Lake Dr/Robinson couldn't be persuaded to relocate. With that eyesore gone, the renovation Bazzani is planning would have a much higher visibility. That, coupled with the rehab of the old bank building across the street would certainly make a great entrance to Eastown coming from the west. (In my mind, I see one of Apples glass entry cubes, welcoming you to their new Eastown store but my mind has been known to wander pretty far off the beaten path.)
  11. I thought I read somewhere (here?) a few years ago that the upper floors of this building were not suitable for development because they aren't tall enough. (Unless he's planning on high-rise hobbit housing.)
  12. Saw one mural in progress on the side of a building on Grandville, just south of the S-Curve - I'm assuming it's ArtPrize related. You're right, it seemed as though last year many of the large sculptures were already in place or being installed by this time.
  13. They had a store on Ionia a while back - hope they have better luck with this location. They have awesome (if a bit pricey) clothing - many labels you can't find anywhere else in GR. Glad to see them coming back downtown.
  14. I'll second that - Eastown, East Hills and (for lack of an all encompassing name) Wealthy from Union to Fuller offers some of the best eating in the city and I've got the expanding waistline to prove it.
  15. They are installing the "waves" on the reflective glass base of HDVCH and I might have to eat a big slice of humble pie. Not long ago, I compared the design of the building to a casino and while I still have some issues with the overall appearance, I'm liking the "waves" - with the right lighting, this could become a real focal point for Michigan Hill. Does anyone know if the wave design will also be a part of the big blue skywalk?
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