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A Plymouth dining mainstay was razed several days ago.  The Big Boy restaurant on Ann Arbor Road, just west of Sheldon Road, was closed and demolished to make room for expansion of the neighboring Kroger supermarket.  All that remains on the lot is Big Boy himself.  He stands proudly over the demolition site, holding his delicious hamburger high in the air.  Hopefully someone will preserve the figure itself.  It’s something of a pop culture icon here in the midwest.

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So reads one of many signs in front and in the windows the Plymouth Blockbuster store (Sheldon & Ann Arbor Roads.)

That the story is closing — and this news, I know, is weeks old at this point — is no real surprise.  Blockbuster has been in financial trouble for a few years.  I imagined a year or more ago that our Blockbuster would close and, well, here we are.  She’s all but gone.

I’m probably a bit late in talking about it, but there is a massive fire sale going on now.   When I was in there on Sunday, the place was heavily picked over.  But my family was still able to find some seasons from a few TV shows we like and a few movies.  I think we spent about $28, which was something like a $1.50 a disc.  The store is also selling off shelving, TVs, things like that.

It won’t hurt to stop by.  You might find a gem or two.

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Each year, the homeowners of this haunt, located at Pinetree Drive and Terry Street in Plymouth Township, turn their front yard into a Halloween haven.  I think the pictures say it all.

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Some of the best fall colors I’ve seen all season were on Hines Drive, on the north side of Wilcox Lake.  I got some pretty good photos despite taking them with my Droid.

Wilcox Lake, Plymouth, Michigan, October 29, 2011

Wilcox Lake, Plymouth, Michigan, October 29, 2011

Wilcox Lake, October 29, 2009

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The Coffee Beanery, Sheldon and Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth

There is no shortage of coffee vendors in Plymouth.  Between the City and the Township, there are two Starbucks, at least two independent coffee houses, a few chains that sell lots of coffee as a sideline (e.g. Panera), and another franchise coffee store.  Of course, every gas station and restaurant sells coffee.  You can get it anywhere.

If I’m going to spend money on coffee, I look for three things, not always in this order:

  1. Convenience — Is the place close to home or work?  Can I get my coffee and get out of there quickly when I’m in a hurry?
  2. Coffee quality — Does the coffee taste good?  How is the variety?  If it’s not better than the lousy Maxwell House we have at the office, there’s no point in paying $2 for a cup.
  3. Service — Are the people cool?  I don’t need to be best buddies with the barista, but I’d like to think I’m a people person and when I have the time, I like to talk to the people with whom I am interacting.

Atmosphere is not a big thing for me these days.  I don’t tend to hang out much at coffee shops, so I don’t care whether or not there’s jazz wafting through the background or cool people sitting around reading heady books.   I’m certainly not against that (almost stereotypical) coffee shop atmosphere, I just don’t seek it out most of the time.

Given what I like and don’t about coffee vendors, The Coffee Beanery in Plymouth Township is one of my favorite places to get coffee in town.   It’s close to where I work; I can walk there in about 90 seconds.  That’s probably not true for most people, but getting in and out of there while you’re out and about town is just as easy if you’re driving.  The Beanery is the store closest to Ann Arbor Road, on the northwest corner of the Sheldon/AA Road intersection.  Pull in the lot, park, get your coffee, go!  Easy!

The coffee’s pretty dang good, too.  Full disclosure: I’m not a big fan of Starbucks.  That said, I feel like I can objectively the Beanery’s house blend, Beanery Blend, beats Starbucks’ house blend hands down.  Their coffees are flavorful but less acidic than some of Starbucks’ stuff I’ve had.  And you certainly won’t get better coffee or desserts at the gas station!

Each day, you’ll have three blends to choose from, typically.  For me, that’s plenty of variety.  I’ve sorted settled in with my favorites, so I don’t worry too much about choices.

Lastly, the service is great.  Everyone that works there that I’ve dealt with is genuinely warm, friendly and know how to treat customers.  The owners, the Changs, are great people and I really enjoy getting to know them.

Don’t forget the Coffee Beanery if you’re looking for a good coffee shop to hang out in or run in and grab a nice brew.  I think it works both as a sit down place — they have wi-fi *thumbs up* — and a grab-and-go place.

 

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Coming to the internet in the coming weeks to serve the Plymouth and Plymouth Twp communities is patch.com.  The folks at patch describe it as:

What is Patch?

Simply put, Patch is a new way to find out about, and participate in, what’s going on near you.

We’re a community-specific news and information platform dedicated to providing comprehensive and trusted local coverage for individual towns and communities.

We want to make your life better by giving you quick access to the information that’s most relevant to you. Patch makes it easy to:

  • Keep up with news and events
  • Look at photos and videos from around town
  • Learn about local businesses
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit your own announcements, photos, and reviews

We hope that our sites will strengthen communities and improve the lives of their residents, but we can’t do it without you. We’ve built Patch so that you have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions, post photos and announcements, and add events to the community calendar. So get to it! And if you’re a business owner who wants to be listed, just let us know.

Plymouth Patch is already up and running on Facebook.  If you’re an FB user, go to the link and select “Like.”  You’ll get up-to-date info on Plymouth’s patch.com page as well as local news and information.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/PlymouthPatch?ref=ts

When Plymouth Patch launches, it will be found at plymouth-mi.patch.com

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A man was injured, and could’ve been killed, by someone (maybe several) people tossing pumpkins from an overpass on M-14 in Plymouth Township.  Typically this kind of stunt is pulled by kids, but there is no way of knowing that for sure.  Whoever did it should do some serious jail time, in  my opinion.

If you have any information about who might have done this, I’m sure the Michigan State Police would love to hear from you.

Here’s a link to the story.

http://www.detnews.com/article/20091107/METRO01/911070331/1409/METRO

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