I recently met a very energetic, young Ypsilanti business owner. Andrew Epstein is the man converting the old Elbow Room on South Washington Street into something amazing. And he gave me a sneak peek at it's current state.

The view across the street is spectacular!

Remnants of a past life are scattered throughout. Some good...

And others up for debate.

The upstairs will be live spaces. Despite neglect from previous owners and fire damage, some of the original work remains intact.

And don't get me started on the character and detail!

There's no doubt there's much work to be done, but Andrew's the guy to do it. And there's a supportive community behind him. There are two things I'm certain of: you and I will enjoy a drink at the bar here this year...

And this couch is epic.