Blog Archive - 2016

Dec 16, 2016
The temperature is dropping in Ypsilanti, Michigan – but our spirits aren’t! Ypsilanti is still beautiful this time of year, even under several feet of snow. We wanted to share the picturesque winter scenes that our followers have been sending to us by using the hashtag #YpsiReal. Enjoy these ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Things to Do
Dec 09, 2016
Ypsilanti isn’t an amazing city just because we are home to one of the most uniquely-shaped water towers in the world. Ypsi has the greatest community, great destinations like Depot Town and Downtown, and of course, Eastern Michigan University. Not enough people take advantage of the great things ... Read more and see comments!

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Dec 02, 2016
‘Tis the season for winter events! From the Downtown Tree Lighting to New Year’s Eve, there’s always something happening in Ypsilanti. Put on your festive garb, and head out on the town to any of these wonderful events. If you haven’t started your holiday shopping, DIYpsi Holiday ... Read more and see comments!

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Nov 11, 2016
So it’s November and the realization that you have finals coming up finally hits you. There’s some sweating involved, maybe even some stress eating. How do cram in studying for all the information you’ve learned (or let’s face it, pretended to learn) over the past few months? ... Read more and see comments!

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Nov 03, 2016
As our favorite restaurants close up their patios for the season, crisp air and fall foliage fill the streets. November brings bright colors, cozy sweaters, and a number of events to the Ypsilanti area. Read more to find out about performances, shopping, restaurants, and more in Ypsilanti, Michigan! On ... Read more and see comments!

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Oct 26, 2016
Ypsilanti, Michigan is home to a plethora international family-owned restaurants. Taste flavors from around the world in our progressive city with a funny name. 1. Casablanca   Omg..everything was delicious. Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Food
Oct 21, 2016
Ypsilanti is full of historic homes, EMU campus buildings, and churches. Keep reading to learn more about the stories behind these beautiful buildings! 1) Brown Chapel AME Church This historic building was home to one of the earliest recognized African American congregations in Michigan. Two lots ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: History
Oct 07, 2016
Ypsilanti holds such a special place in my heart. Ever since I moved here for college I have fallen in love with everything about the city and everything Ypsi-related. I have interviewed students from Eastern Michigan University and had them share what they love about Ypsi! 1. “This is my hometown, ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Things to Do
Sep 28, 2016
NOTE: For 2017 dates and details, please visit the Events Calendar here for Ypsilanti and the surrounding communities. October is a month for warm apple cider, u-pick apples, cozy sweaters, and fun in Ypsilanti. The cool breeze and warm sun are the perfect accompaniment to these exciting events! Pour ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 22, 2016
Riverside Park is an Ypsilanti staple. From the riverside gazebo to the big Ypsi Real chair, there are endless spots to take in the beauty of the Huron River while taking a stroll through the historic park designed by the Olmsted Brothers (who are best known for designing Central Park in New York City). Being ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & Culture
Sep 09, 2016
On August 21st, 2016, the people in Ypsilanti looked up to the sky and saw something truly remarkable: two vibrant rainbows side-by-side spanning the entire town. Photos of the “double rainbow” started popping up all over social media, and we started to wonder, “what does it mean?” Posting ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 30, 2016
As the summer winds down, we realize there are two kinds of people: those who long for two more months of summer, and those who are ready for a break from the heat. Whichever group you identify with, we have you covered for all of the events Ypsilanti has to offer this September. (Don’t worry, ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 26, 2016
May is quickly approaching, and the event season is picking up! If we missed an event happening in Ypsi during the month of May, leave a comment, or submit the event to our calendar. Here are your Ypsi Events for May 2016. Ypsi Area Show and Shine Car Show | May 1 The Ypsi Area Street Rods host the ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 26, 2016
Summer is in its home stretch and right around the corner is fall. The best way to enjoy the last few days of summer is to sip on a drink or snack on some of the coolest patios around Ypsi. I went on a scavenger hunt around town to find the best restaurant patios, and here is my list of the top hippest ... Read more and see comments!

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Aug 19, 2016
Public murals are becoming increasingly popular in Ypsilanti, Michigan – but some of our sculptures and statues have been around for nearly a century! Take a look at this list while visiting Ypsilanti, and explore the beautiful and unique statues throughout the city and Eastern Michigan University’s ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Outdoor Recreation
Aug 12, 2016
If you were strolling down Washington Street recently and found yourself suddenly in the midst of a concert, JT Garfield is one of the people to thank. Curating a series of “Porch Shows” from his apartment at 201 N Washington St. in Ypsilanti, JT’s original intent was a simple show ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & Culture
Aug 02, 2016
With the sun shining, and the river rolling – it’s no wonder the month of August is packed with events in Ypsilanti, Michigan. From warbird shows to indie art festivals, there’s something everyone (and every age) this month. Largely due to the close proximity to Canada, the Ypsilanti-Ann ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 29, 2016
This summer in Ypsi, everyone’s been trapped in a heat wave. Take it from me, living in the classic college summer housing: a small apartment sitting directly under the sun with no A/C and zero air flow. All I can say is that it is essential to know your summer “cooling down” resources ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 26, 2016
Two major universities and a community college are within a 10 mile radius of Ypsilanti, making education a top priority. As you travel throughout the city, it’s hard to miss what seems to be adorable tiny houses filled with books…FREE books! Little Free Libraries is an international organization ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 21, 2016
Pro Tip: When in Ypsi, eat local. Skip overrated, untrustworthy chain restaurants and make a choice (right now!) to taste and experience all of Ypsi’s quirky, awesome, and unique character. Whether you’re new to the area or you’re a faithful townie, by the end of this, you’re ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Food
Jul 19, 2016
Pokémon Go is a free location-based augmented reality game that is taking the world by storm. While you are walking about you can catch, train, and battle Pokémon on the new smartphone app. We have compiled a list of some of the most exciting Pokémon gyms and PokéStops in ... Read more and see comments!

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Jul 15, 2016
Megan Foldenauer is an incredible, multi-faceted, and deeply expressive artist who is proud to call Ypsilanti home. With a resume spanning fine art, biomedical illustration, four degrees (including a PhD in anatomy), roller derby, and parenting, she has no shortage of areas to draw inspiration from. ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & Culture
Jul 12, 2016
It’s that time of year again to enjoy all the scenic beauty Ypsilanti Township has to offer. Ford Lake and its surrounding park systems make for a perfect summer afternoon. Whether you’re feeding the ducks, going for a bike ride, or simply enjoying the views, there are endless ways to enjoy ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Outdoor Recreation
Jun 30, 2016
Ypsilanti’s name is synonymous with aviation. Home to the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant and Rosie the Riveter, Ypsilanti made tremendous contributions to World War II by producing Liberator Bomber Planes. At the height of production, the Willow Run Bomber Plant produced an aircraft every 60 ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: History
Jun 29, 2016
From trailblazers like HP Jacobs to remarkable places like the Willow Run Bomber Plant – Ypsilanti is home to a great deal of history. In fact, Ypsilanti is Michigan’s second largest historic district, with approximately 20 percent of the 4.4 square miles designated historic. Many have called ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: History
Jun 28, 2016
Ypsilanti, Michigan is the perfect destination for family fun! Cool down at the water park, enjoy arts and culture, and roam throughout the beautiful parks. Keep reading for more ideas the whole family will love! 1. Rolling Hills Water Park From a three-story-high water slide, to a calming lazy river ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Things to Do
Jun 23, 2016
It’s summertime, and the living is easy. If you’re looking for Ypsilanti events to attend this July, look no further. Keep reading to learn about some of Ypsilanti’s biggest events of the season! July 4 The 87th Annual Ypsilanti Independence Parade will be held in Depot Town on ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 21, 2016
There is a new piece of public art in town, and here is the gentleman behind the mural. Jermaine Dickerson is an Eastern Michigan University Alum and current Ypsilanti resident. He designed the eye-catching mural on the back of City Hall on Huron and Michigan Avenue. We were able to sit down with Jermaine ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & Culture
Jun 17, 2016
Ypsilanti is full of sights to see and people to meet. We’ve been sharing original Ypsilanti GIFs on our Twitter, but we wanted to share the love on our blog. Check out 9 GIFs that perfectly capture Ypsilanti, Michigan. 1. This hostess welcoming you into Ypsilanti’s favorite restaurant. Let’s ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 14, 2016
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Color Run is racing through Ypsilanti on June 25. Here are 6 ways you can prepare for The Color Run. Register It’s pretty simple really. All you do is click here for more registration information, and you’ll be well on your way to The Color Run extravaganza! Basic ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Festivals & Events
Jun 14, 2016
The Ypsilanti Water Tower is easily one of the most iconic structures in the city since 1890, when it was constructed. Near and far, people travel down Summit Street to marvel at the tower and all its glory. But don’t take it from us – here are 14 Ways to Show Your Love for the Ypsilanti ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 10, 2016
June in Ypsi is the perfect month: the start of summer, sunny days that aren’t too hot, and the carefree attitude of everyone because they know they have three more months to procrastinate on things that aren’t due until the fall. The only problem with summer is the illusion that there will ... Read more and see comments!

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Jun 07, 2016
What are the best restaurants in Ypsilanti? Let the fans of Ypsi Real tell you! We asked our followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter which Ypsilanti restaurants were their favorite. With that, here are the Top 10 Restaurants in Ypsilanti according to the fans of Ypsi Real. #1. Sidetrack Bar ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Food
Jun 03, 2016
“The most rewarding part is when they get it – when the light bulb comes on – when they come to me with ideas – when they take the leadership role and tell me it’s time to work.” – Lynne Settles History, art, a few great teachers, and a team enthusiastic students ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & Culture
May 26, 2016
It’s summer time in Ypsilanti. Can you believe it? Seems like yesterday we had our ice scraper and winter coats at our finger tips. Now it’s all about events in the park, swimming at Rolling Hills Water Park, and strolling around Ford Lake. Keep reading to find out what’s happening ... Read more and see comments!

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May 23, 2016
Take the time to stop and look at the expert craftsmanship on these signs in Ypsilanti, Michigan. 1) Terry Bakery This giant neon sign on Michigan Avenue indicates the home of one of the tastiest bakeries in Ypsilanti. This sign was refurbished in 2013, and the city rejoiced upon its return. Terry ... Read more and see comments!

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May 20, 2016
I recently just got my bike back into my possession. This is a liberating feeling, as it reminds me of when I first learned how to ride a bike, and I felt like I could go wherever I wanted to go. Unlimited freedom. Until you get your license a few years later and then you’re like, well I was wrong. Now, ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Outdoor Recreation
May 17, 2016
Ypsilanti is known for its homegrown bars and restaurants. We scoured the #ypsireal hashtag on Instagram to find the best photos of pretty plates in Ypsilanti, Michigan. 1. Feast your eyes on this mouthwatering slab of steak and fresh vegetables from Encuentro Latino.   Have you tried the ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Food
May 13, 2016
The original name of our fair city was Woodruff’s Grove. In 1825 the founders switched the name to Ypsilanti, and people have struggled to pronounce it ever since. Truth be told, there are a few attractions in Ypsilanti that are commonly mispronounced. We are here to clear the air. Keep reading ... Read more and see comments!

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May 10, 2016
If you love classic cars, motorcycles, and automotive history – Ypsilanti is the place for you! Located 36 miles away from Detroit, the city of Ypsilanti has a rich history of rear-engines, hatchbacks, hardtops, and more. Keep reading to learn about ways you can worship automotive heritage in Ypsilanti, ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: History
May 06, 2016
Have you seen The Ypsi Real Big Chair in Riverside Park? It’s a great place to lounge and strike a pose. Here’s some inspiration for your next selfie while taking a jaunt through the historic park. Be sure to share YOUR photo of The Ypsi Real Big Chair on Instagram using the #ypsireal hashtag. 1) ... Read more and see comments!

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May 03, 2016
“There’s definitely some kind of channeling going on…” – Anthea Ypsilanti is a city full of creatives. Check out this blog about local band, Wraiths, and why they call Ypsilanti home. Anthea Leigh remembers “being in first grade walking around the playground and ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & Culture
Apr 29, 2016
Ypsilanti, Michigan has a rich history of production and manufacturing. The city resides along the banks of the Huron River, which once fueled manufacturing and industry. Now known for kayaking and plethora of small mouth bass, the Huron River propelled mills and manufacturers during the height of ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Things to Do
Apr 22, 2016
Ever since I moved to Ypsi for college, it has become my home. Many people don’t realize all the amazing things Ypsi has to offer and all the things to do around town. Well don’t worry, I got you, because my next three blogs are going to be a three-part segment of a Walking, Biking, and Driving ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Outdoor Recreation
Apr 19, 2016
We asked our social media audience to write haikus about one of the best cities around. Thanks for all of your submissions! If you feel motivated to write one of your own after reading this blog, send us your haikus in the comments section. We’d love to read them! 1. by Sebastian Rataezyk 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. by ... Read more and see comments!

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Apr 15, 2016
Ypsilanti, Michigan takes pride in its history, and you can see that by visiting one (or all) of these six little gems that will take you back in time. Make sure you wear your stretchy pants when you make the rounds. You’ll need to extra wiggle room! 1. Gabriel’s Cheese Steak Hoagies There’s ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: History
Apr 12, 2016
Ypsilanti is a small city with a big heart in Southeast, Michigan. As the warm weather approaches, it’s typical to see more and more pups walking down the historic streets of Ypsilanti with their faithful owners. Check out this blog with these local pooches, and consider bringing your furry friend ... Read more and see comments!

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Apr 08, 2016
Ypsilanti is known for its juxtaposition between the old and the new. Students from Eastern Michigan University ignite excitement in the community, while historical architecture and museums line the streets. While Ypsilanti is making a name for itself as a home for young entrepreneurs and artists, there ... Read more and see comments!

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Apr 01, 2016
Raise your glass for this late-night guide to Downtown Ypsilanti. This area is located on Michigan Avenue roughly between Huron and Hamilton, and the surrounding blocks. Beer, barbecue, and quintessential Ypsi is on the menu for an evening in this area. We’ve already covered how to party-on in ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 25, 2016
Spring has sprung, everybody! And it’s time to add all of these amazing events to your Ypsitastic calendar. If we missed an event happening in Ypsi during the month of April, let us know by leaving a comment, or submit the event to our calendar. Without further adieu, here are your Ypsi Events ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Things to Do
Mar 25, 2016
Everyone is always complaining that they don’t have enough time. After all the work and the school and the social obligations and the errands are done, what do you do for yourself? For me, I need to do something relaxing, or I will spontaneously combust. The way the world works nowadays, everyone ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Things to Do
Mar 21, 2016
“Acting broadens my sense of empathy” Tyler Calhoun has a certain presence – a quiet, focused intensity. It’s that of someone willing to excavate their own emotional landscape for the sake of their craft. It’s one I associate with actors. Growing up Downriver in Brownstown, ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & Culture
Mar 18, 2016
Winter 2016 was full of ups and down, and temperatures high and low. Despite the somewhat mild weather, the people of Ypsilanti were able to capture the city’s beauty as the snowflakes fell, and the magic of winter came to be! 1) When EMU’s campus looked chilly, yet inviting.   Good ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Outdoor Recreation
Mar 10, 2016
The final school bell was just a formality. At this point I was already sweating under my puffy coat and itching under my wool hat while lined up with the rest of the kids for dismissal. “Have a good weekend everyone,” Mrs. Sipp sweetly yelled above our chatter and rustling. She received ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 08, 2016
It’s that time of year again, so get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s day in Ypsilanti with style. With amazing beer and authentic food all over town, it’ll be hard to choose just one spot to camp out for the night. Don’t fret, Ypsi Real is here to help. Here are 5 ways to celebrate ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Things to Do
Mar 04, 2016
Are you ready to party? We have all the tips for you. A few weeks ago, we covered night life in the Campus Town area. Now, it’s time to explore Depot Town – the historic, yet bustling district in the downtown Ypsi area. Aubree’s | 9pm-10pm   Feta February is almost over! ... Read more and see comments!

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Feb 19, 2016
“Ypsi gypsy is doing what you love as your way of life.” – Gigi Check out Ypsi Gypsy’s work on display at the Riverside Arts Center for their Black History Month exhibition now though February 27, 2016.       Getting ready for the Black History Art Exhibit ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & Culture
Feb 12, 2016
Where does Ypsilanti get all of its charm and energy? Coffee, of course. The city is full of amazing and unique cafes (click here to learn about ALL of them). Thanks to the fans of Ypsi Real, we were able to uncover the city’s most beloved coffee shops! Cheers to everyone who participated! Over ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Food
Feb 04, 2016
Ypsilanti, Michigan knows how to party. There was so much night life to cover, it didn’t fit in one blog! We decided to split to up based on the three distinct downtown areas in Ypsilanti. Although you can walk from Downtown to Depot Town to Campus Town – you can spend more time partying ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Things to Do
Jan 29, 2016
Being a sophomore in college and staying healthy is hard. Every one of your friends is always hungry. And by hungry I mean, every one of your friends is always trying to get you to go out with them to Steak and Shake or IHOP and order three plates of fries, two milkshakes with a side of a whole pizza. ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Things to Do
Jan 22, 2016
Ypsi’s monthly art walk First Fridays Ypsilanti will return on April 1st, but there’s still plenty of art to see in Ypsi. While walking around, you stumble across public art all over. From teenage muralists to the anonymous Yarn Bomber, artists in Ypsilanti obviously love decorating the city. ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Art & Culture
Jan 20, 2016
Get ready for a slam dunk in Ypsilanti! The Harlem Globetrotters bring their 90th Anniversary World Tour to Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7pm. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans! The Harlem Globetrotters ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: Entertainment
Jan 15, 2016
If your new year’s resolution is to try new things, Ypsilanti has got you covered. Over the holiday season, four new businesses opened in the downtown area. Keep reading to find out more! Wagon Trail Home Decor Ypsi has been home to high end fashion boutiques such as mix, Puffer Red’s, ... Read more and see comments!

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