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The bar was shut down in January, apparently for too many violations.  The sign on the door says the place was supposed to re-open in February, which has obviously come and gone.

My guess is that the place is closed for good.

 

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Plymouth now has a tattoo place. Welcome to Plymouth, Red Anchor Tattoo Company.

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I took a bunch of photographs at this year’s Fall Festival.  I’m not sure why, but most of them were from the car show.  I’ve been busy the last few weeks with a job change — coming in the next few weeks — and a myriad of personal responsibilities.  Still, people might like some of these pics, untimely as they are.

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OK, it’s not here just yet, but, it will be here before you know it.  If you’ve followed this blog over the last few years, you might have read that Fall Festival is my favorite of all the festivals and annual downtown events … by far.

In case you were unaware, Fall Festival is a charitable event at its core.  When you at the spaghetti dinner, pancake breakfast and/or the Sunday chicken dinner, you’re supporting local civic organizations.

https://plymouthliving.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/fall-festivals-humble-beginnings/

Check out the Fall Festival webpage, with a list of events.

http://www.plymouthfallfestival.com/

From americajr.com

From patrickandcarrie.com

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the more they stay the same.

Art in the Park is one of Plymouth’s premier yearly outdoor events.  I’d say it’s the king of all the local festivals and fairs.

What really stands out this year is that it looked surprisingly the same as last year’s event.  The same vendors have the same tents in almost the exact same places.  There appear to be more empty spaces this time around.

While this might appear to have a negative tone, I certainly intend no such thing.  This is more an observation than a judgment.  As always, there are some cool things to be found.  I bought a painted coin pendant, which, though pricey, is quite nice.  I do not remember this vendor in years past.

There’s still another day of AIP, so come out and see for yourself what is offered.

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The Penn Grill & Bar in downtown Plymouth is the worst bar in town. It’s an awful place that draws more than its fair share of douchebags.   Based on the behavior I’ve seen and/or heard about, no one there seems to monitor how drunk people get or how they act.

I truly despise that place — at least as a bar, the food’s OK — and look forward to the city finally shutting it down for all the problems its patrons cause.

I think some of the reviews from yelp echo my feelings about this hole:

This place is noisy.  The service is God awful . . .he place is full of loud, obnoxious, young guys looking to start a fight on the weekends.

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I hate this place, I hate this place, I hate this place. How many times did I say that? Three? Perfect, because there are three good reasons as to why I hate this place:
1. The clientele- Can we say trashy? Every time I go here this place is nothing but trouble. Even when I don’t go here and I am across the street this place is nothing but trouble. Ever see someone get thrown threw a bars front windows? Go here and you might get that chance…. (yes, I realize this was sometime ago, but still). Trash.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-penn-grill-and-bar-plymouth

The City of Plymouth Liquor License Committee meeting of January 2010, Administrative Update, page 2, notes the Penn Grill’s history of “a number of police issues in addition to citizen complaints,” and that the City Commission’s investigation revealed that bar “has a pattern of patron conduct which is in violation of the law and/or disturbs the peace, order and tranquility of the neighborhood.”

http://www.ci.plymouth.mi.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=744

Why am I talking about this today?  Because the place has a reputation for excessively drunken patrons and lots of fights.  One fight started last evening that I had to stop.  No one working for the bar was able to do anything about it.  Thank God the police were there quickly.

The whole feel of this place is opposite of the rest of our community itself.  In short, the place is bad news.

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The minute we found out we’d been had, we laughed…hysterically.  Skepticism is natural when it comes to things like miracle cures and get-rich-quick schemes.  But it’s surprising how easily clever hucksters can disarm people that generally aren’t susceptible to scams.

To make a long story short, instead of ignoring one of the many invitations to see a demonstration or try a product, at the Green Street Fair, I stopped at one of the booths when the salesman asked me, “Hey, can I show you something for a second?”  I thought he might be giving some sort of chiropractic or body posture pitch.  Without even realizing there was a product involved, he had me arms out, standing on one foot.  To make that long story even shorter, he showed me that, without a “superbandz” rubber bracelet on my body, I could be easily pushed off balance.  As long as it was touching me, he couldn’t tip me over.  My wife and dozens around us had the same experience.  I heard, “Oh my God, that’s so crazy!” from a group of nearby teenagers who also trying the balance test.  $60 later, we had two bracelets we were told would “balance our bodies negative ions.”

Within a few hours, my wife learned the trick.

Here’s the product.  There are many like this one.

http://superbandz.net/

Again, it’s pretty funny that we were so taken in by what should have been easily recognized as a rip off.  But, it’s not funny — to me anyway — that other people have been taken, especially people looking for solutions to serious health problems.  It’s nothing short of fraud to tell people these rubber bracelets will cure what ails you by helping your overall balance.

Nearly as shameful as this company is that the folks that put on the Green Street Fair obviously weren’t very discriminating as to who can rent space and sell stuff in our community.  I hope next time the fair’s promoters will only allow sellers of legit goods and services to appear at this event.

 

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