826michigan runs daily tutoring labs at the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair in Ann Arbor and at Ypsilanti Middle School, where students can work on their homework assignments and special projects guided by trained volunteers. Last year, 826michigan provided afterschool homework help to 297 students. To help fuel students' mental attentiveness, 826michigan feeds them healthy snacks, revving up learning juices with apples, oranges, granola bars, carrots and hummus, yogurt, and cheese and crackers. It costs 826michigan $10 each day to feed healthy snacks to a tutoring lab of 20 students.
Armed with a vast arsenal of impressive amenities, Airlines Parking provides secure temporary housing for automotives in need of a snooze. Turn your ride over to one of the friendly, experienced carsitters, and relax as they steer it toward its three-day resting place. More than 5,000 spaces await vehicles of all stripes, and a blindingly speedy staff teams up with mostly friendly computers to quickly and efficiently organize blocks of intentional traffic. Round-the-clock security and a complex-spanning fence keep cars safe from vengeance-driven deer, and free battery-booster service and tire air cure automobiles suffering from a deflated sense of self. After dropping off your car, enjoy a quick trip to the airport in one of Airlines Parking's motor coach shuttles.
Randy Wise's team of expert mechanics fends off vehicular woes by executing dealership-quality maintenance and repair services. During each oil change, fresh, spongy filters whet engines' appetites for up to 5 quarts of oil. The service can increase gasket function, soothe shafts, and strengthen auto immune systems against tailgating-transmitted diseases. Technicians prevent wobbly-wheel syndrome by performing a tire rotation, and a multipoint inspection checks cars for any latent damage or wear. The service typically takes a total of about 30 minutes, after which owners can zip away confident in the knowledge that a mechanic has confirmed their brakes exist.
Train tracks used to run right along The Holly Hotel, making the three-story redbrick building a hub of social activity throughout the early 20th century. Civic and social groups held meetings and demonstrations, transients spent the night, and opera goers shined their monocles in the hotel’s opulent parlors after shows at Baird’s Opera House, situated just a mile south.
Today, this Queen Anne–style structure is no longer a hotel, but an acclaimed restaurant and venue. The hotel's architecture, along with its historical charm, persist, even after a fire in 1913 and again—65 years later to the date—in 1978. The elegant interior’s plaster walls, tin ceilings, and custom millwork date back to 1913 and before, while much of the wood, railing, tile, and glass are salvaged from the second blaze.
Although its architecture helped The Holly Hotel grab a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, its unique stories also supplied historic credibility. For instance, in 1908, Carry Nation and a flock of pro-Temperance supporters attacked drinkers at the hotel; Nation swatted bar goers on the head with her umbrella and even smashed whiskey bottles with an ax.
Modern-day visitors do not face such antagonism. Instead, they enjoy elegant meals composed of fresh, free-range ingredients at the restaurant, where chefs plate beef wellington, braised pork cheeks over hawaiian fingerlings, and lamb strip loin baked in green oregano. On Sundays, the kitchen team puts on an elegant brunch, featuring a spread of farm-raised goose, peel-and-eat shrimp, and made-to-order omelets. Fridays and Saturdays are a time for laughs; guffaws spill over from the comedy club as guests enjoy cracks by headliners from cities from Los Angeles to New York. Of course, sometimes the laugher may just be coming from one of the hotel’s lingering spirits.
LaFontaine Automotive Group adheres to a "Family Deal" credo, striving to cosset car-buyers with solid information and service as they saddle up one of nearly a thousand new and pre-owned GM–brand steeds. A 2011 Buick Regal CXL RL2 sedan delicately sips its fuel at 30 miles per gallon on the highway while sporting a sleek four-door frame suggestive of madcap high-octane fuel funneling ($28,241 MSRP). The 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE truck packs a flex-fuel V-8 engine that grants it the load-carrying, tow-hauling capacity expected of a pickup with the corn-derived, ethanol-based fuel capability of a flock of noble crows ($36,356 MSRP).