Vaccines required at these Ann Arbor entertainment spots
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Even as Washtenaw County has begun to lift masking and quarantine mandates in schools and many restaurants have reopened indoor seating, some Ann Arbor restaurants are still requiring dine-in patrons to show proof of vaccination before being seated. Eateries like Bløm Meadworks, Miss Kim, Spencer, The Last Word and Vertex all require customers to show proof of vaccination before being allowed to dine in, and venues like The Ark have followed suit. Staff at The Ark, at 316 S. Main St., said its vaccination policy, implemented in August 2021, is driven by guidance from a variety of local, state and national health organizations. “Anybody who’s already seated in there is already under the assumption that everybody else in there is vaccinated,” Bloom said. For Kim, the decision to implement a vaccination policy was driven out of concern for her staff and a lack of access heavy-duty air filters and comfortable outdoor seating.mlive.com
Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Taste Michigan honey, apples in meads, ciders at Bløm Meadworks
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Bløm Meadworks wants to bring you a taste of Michigan. Opened in 2018 by co-owners Lauren Bloom and Matt Ritchey, Bløm Meadworks brews and serves a variety of meads and ciders, made with Michigan honey, apples and other ingredients. Traditional mead, a type of honey wine, is close to a dessert wine and has a high alcohol content, Bloom said. Mead and ciders are naturally gluten-free and Bløm ensures anything else served on-site, such as its cheese plate, is also gluten-free. Offerings include standard mead, strawberry basil mead, black currant mead, rhubarb mead and pear-ginger cider.mlive.com
Ann Arbor’s Bløm Meadworks partners with local businesses to offer subscription bundles
ANN ARBOR – Bløm Meadworks owners Lauren Bloom and Matt Ritchey have pivoted several times to address the shifting landscape during the pandemic. (Bløm Meadworks)Each kit will be available for pick up on the fourth Saturday of the month. Bundles are available in 3 month, 6 month or ongoing subscriptions. “We all have less foot traffic and a smaller audience than we are used to,” said Bloom. On a personal note, they allow her and Ritchey to continue working with community partners.
‘We need help.’ Ann Arbor business owners sound alarm as winter approaches
ANN ARBOR – With no sign of the coronavirus pandemic slowing down in Michigan, business owners across the state are staring down a long and uncertain winter. According to Destination Ann Arbor, football weekends back in 2013 brought in more than $80 million from visitors alone for local hotels, restaurants and retail. A report in May by EntryPoint found that 97% of Ann Arbor businesses were impacted by the pandemic with 48% of those located in the downtown area. The downtown Ann Arbor store has taken numerous precautions to keep employees and customers safe. “If you pull Zingerman’s out of Ann Arbor, I’m not saying the town will fold up, but it will be a pretty impactful move.
Sip fall meads, ciders at Thursday game nights at Blm Meadworks in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR - Blm Meadworks owners Lauren Bloom and Matt Ritchey set out to create a community space when they first opened their meadery on 4th Avenue last year. Bloom said comic and game shop Vault of Midnight has been a big contributor to the gaming scene in Ann Arbor. She said the age ranges from college students to retirees, and Blm Meadworks has a game guru that helps tailor each player's experience. Courtesy: Blm MeadworksA couple of weeks ago, Blm Meadworks released its fall-inspired drinks, including:Blueberry maple meadAbsinthe botanical cider using botanicals from Ann Arbor Distilling Co. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.