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Life is good in Tecumseh's outdoors

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on July 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM, updated July 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM

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Boasting a tight-knit community and a quaint downtown,Tecumseh also provides a landscape for the outdoor adventurists. 

By being located to major highways and only 25 miles southwest of Ann Arbor and 35 miles northwest of Toledo, Ohio, Tecumseh is easily accesible to many looking for a quick outdoor escape.

Being indoors can be maddening, and in Tecumseh you can get outside to golf, skydive, kayak, hike, walk, bike, run and more. With over 300 acres of parks, trails, and waterways, there's plenty of space for your outdoor needs.

Summertime golfing in Michigan is a necessity for any Michigander, so don't forget the clubs for your Tecumseh visit. The 18-hole course at Raisin Valley Golf Club is affordable and will place you among some beautiful scenery as you tee off and putt away. Enjoy the beautiful sound of your driver crushing a golf ball while surrounded by Tecumseh's rich nature.

The outdoor fun doesn't end at golfing, though. If you'd rather not swing a club and enjoy the walking aspect of a golf outing more, then you're in luck—Tecumseh is home to multiple trails that are great for walking, running, and biking.

At Indian Crossing Trails Park, there are 130 acres of scrumptious nature, complete with walking paths and a one-mile "main path".

Those looking for longer paths for biking or running can hit up the Kiwanis Trail starting at Occidental Highway—south of Tecumseh—and ending at Adrian's Trestle Park for seven miles of paved path. This flat path is great for beginners or those looking to go fast, all the while being shielded, surrounded, and shaded by green landscape. 

You don't have to stay landlocked in Tecumseh, either. There's plenty to do for the water recreation crowd. One can grab their canoe, kayak, or paddle board and hit the Globe Mill Pond or row up the raceway. 

Perhaps the best water adventure in Tecumseh is the River Raisin Run, a scenic, three-mile looped water trail. You can launch from the Globe Mill Pond or Standish Dam, and paddle your way through nature filled with deer, foxes, egrets, owls, and other critters. Even if you don't own a canoe or kayak, you can rent them from Tecumseh Paddling Company.

Much like golf, fishing is a Michigan staple in the summertime, and that trend continues in Tecumseh. Fishing on the shores of the Standish Dam, Globe Mill Pond, Monument Park, and Raisin River are all prominent spots to make fishing memories. 

Summer in Michigan means getting outside and taking in fresh air and making experiences. Whether you put yourself through a mental and physical experience like running through beautiful trails or the ultimate relaxation and peaceful seclusion of hopping in a canoe with a fishing pole, Tecumseh is filled with the landscape needed for your outdoor adventures.  

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Cuteness Overload: The Tecumseh Pet Parade returns July 20, along with a Pig Roast and Beer Tent

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on July 02, 2013 at 8:37 AM, updated July 02, 2013 at 11:33 AM


Your typical parade—floats, marching bands, clowns, and more—are always a good time. In July, with a hop, skip, and a jump you can easily find yourself at a parade, as it's a common happening around the 4th of July. In Tecumseh, on July 20, one can find themselves at a different kind of parade, where they are sure to say, "Awww."

The 10th Annual Tecumseh Pet Parade returns much to the delight of many. Soft, cuddly, and furry animals will make their way to downtown Tecumseh at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 in droves, along with their owners. The theme of this year's parade is "Wild West Round Up", so dress your dog, cat, rabbit, horse, hamster, and more in their best wild west attire. 

After dressing up yourself and your pet, gather at the First Presbyterian Church at 9:15 a.m. to register (top three go on to win prizes). The parade then commences down Chicago Blvd. and ends at Adams Park, where not only humans will be interacting and having a good time, but the pets as well. 

To coincide with the Pet Parade, Bad Hair Day? Salon & Spa will be having a Pet Bake Sale, and Companion Animal Clinic will be offering a dog wash and nail trimmings for donations to Sharing To Assist Furry Friends.

The Pet Parade isn't the only fun happening in Tecumseh that weekend, either, so don't get too worn out. After a quick dognap, you and the family can explore Tecumseh's Annual Sidewalk Sales, where merchants will be offering some great deals on their fabulous merchandise on both July 19 and 20. Live music, yummy food, and art activities will accompany the sidewalk sales. Tecumseh's historic downtown, booming with great boutiques and speciality shops, is the perfect landscape for an afternoon of shopping, games, entertainment, and food.

A new event to this weekend is the "Pig Jig" Pig Roast and Street Dance on Saturday, July 20 from 2 to 11 p.m. Vistors can get their fill of a delicious pork roast sandwich meal and some tasty beer from a beer tent, before working it off with some line dancing in the evening. Live band performances are also scheduled to play throughout the event.

Let Tecumseh's adorable downtown be a place to take your adorable pet and family. With a Pig Roast, Pet Parade, and Sidewalk Sales scheduled the weekend of July 19, there isn't a better opportunity to explore Tecumseh this summer.

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Evans Street Station - Freep 5: Michigan dining destinations worth the drive

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Summer’s the best time of year to jump in the car and discover restaurants and small towns outside your usual haunts. Just beyond Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties lie dozens of interesting places to dine, whether you’re seeking a special place for dinner, a casual lunch or a total escape from suburbia. Here are some of our favorite dining getaways — five places we think are worth a drive.

Evans Street Station

Now in its 12th year, this serene, airy, white-tablecloth restaurant in downtown Tecumseh, about 60 miles southwest of Detroit in Lenawee County, attracts guests from throughout southeastern Michigan and northern Ohio. Its excellent modern American cuisine is the creation of executive chef Alan Merhar, who cooked for three years under chef Takashi Yagihashi at Tribute in Farmington Hills and then became executive chef at Forte in Birmingham. Merhar’s seasonally inspired dishes showcase farm-to-table ingredients, and his beautifully composed plates shine with clean, clear, balanced flavors. His style is sophisticated but approachable, with deft garnishes and sauces that lift dishes beyond the expected. The bacon-wrapped chicken may sound prosaic, but its lemon-thyme natural reduction, perfect spaetzle and crispy parsnip garnish make it a house favorite. And I adored the seared Scottish salmon served with red-pepper organic quinoa, slices of deeply caramelized cauliflower and a memorable Meyer lemon-and-caper relish. Most dinner entrees are in the mid-$20s; slightly smaller lunch portions and sandwiches are $14 and under. Nearby are many small shops and stores, including the gourmet Boulevard Market with fine cheeses, artisan chocolate and more. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Reservations recommended. (110 S. Evans;

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Art, history, and more to explore in Tecumseh on June 8 & 9

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on May 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM, updated May 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The innovative, timeless, and inviting town of Tecumseh, Michigan is revving up with many events that is sure to attract many to its beautiful downtown, located 25 miles southwest of Ann Arbor. June 8th and 9th will see many family friendly events perfectly suited for those who like to see history and revel in the arts. 

Upon arriving to Tecumseh, you'll immediately fall in the love with the downtown area -- one where you won't find places like Starbucks, but rather locally owned businesses with their Tecumseh Pride signs hanging in the window. 

After exploring downtown—which is easy to do just by walking—travel into the past through the Promenade Tecumseh Historic Home Tour, running on both the 8th and 9th. Visitors will tour three local homes, a downtown apartment, The Chicago Street Suite, The Inn on Evans and the historic James Block building from 11 am to 5 pm.

If you wish to continue your historic binge, you can hop over to the Tecumseh Historical Museum, located in a restored 1913 fieldstone church, to enjoy everything they have on display.

This weekend will also kick off the inaugural Art in the Park Art Show at John W. Smith Park on 804 North Evans Street. One of the best kept secrets about Tecumseh is its booming art community. Mary Lou Olds, Executive Director of Community Arts of Tecumseh, said the event is designed to create a headlining art event for Tecumseh and the surrounding areas. It's affordable, accessible, interactive, and most of all, wonderful.

This juried art show will feature 21 artists and their work which includes ceramics, photography, fiber art, and much more. Visitors will be able to peruse through the shady park and examine—and also buy—art from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday.

Olds also said there would be children's activities like face-painting from 12 to 4, so be sure to bring the kids and help develop a love of arts for them at an early age. A food vendor will also be on site. Admission to the show is free and there is plentiful of free parking. 

Tecumseh is a destination that will send you back and experience historic buildings, a quaint downtown, and exquisite art.

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Planned restaurants expanding downtown Tecumseh's menu option

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TECUMSEH — A busy downtown area is adding two more destinations.

A pair of new food and beverage establishments are planning to open later this year in downtown Tecumseh.

No dates have been finalized, but a Salsaria’s Mexican restaurant and the Tecumseh Brewing Co. brewpub are expected to open on either end of Chicago Boulevard downtown, said Paula Holtz, Tecumseh economic development director.

Salsaria’s is opening a restaurant at 146 E. Chicago Blvd. in the building currently occupied by the Ivy Gallery and Frame Shop. This will be their second location. The first is in the Crossroads Plaza on South Main Street in Adrian.

Holtz said the project is still in the early stages. The Tecumseh City Council at its May 6 meeting approved Salsaria’s application to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission for an on-site liquor license. Owner Valeria Robichaud has not been available for comment.

When Cowboys Grill at 128 W. Chicago Blvd. closed in 2011, Holtz said the search began for a new occupant, and the Tecumseh Brewing Co. stepped in. Details are still being finalized, but Holtz said the company has purchased the building and is making renovation plans.

Mayor Dick Johnson, whose family owns the Evans Street Station restaurant, said he is thrilled with the new businesses, even if it is competition.

“I am extremely pleased as both a business owner and as mayor,” he said. “The more events and traffic we get downtown, the better it is for businesses and everybody.”

The city has made a concerted effort to make downtown Tecumseh a vital part of its economic lifeblood, Holtz said. Besides locating retail establishments and restaurants in the central business district, artwork installations and community events are designed to bring people downtown.

“I’m so lucky. Downtown has been at the forefront of the community’s agenda for several decades,” Holtz said. “I don’t have a single storefront open on M-50 (Chicago Boulevard).”

Pointing to the festivals and other events happening downtown, Johnson agreed.

“We really promote the heck out of downtown,” he said. “It is amazing the cross section of people we get coming downtown.”

Events such as the Promenade Historic Home Tour, the Memorial Day parade and the autumn-themed Appleumpkin Festival are some of the special attractions to the downtown. Holtz said these events are part of the overall plan to feature the area and part of what has made so many businesses successful.

On the third Thursday during warm-weather months, a classic car, truck motorcycle and bicycle show takes place in the 100 block of North Ottawa Street and the adjoining United Bank & Trust parking lot. At the same time, free Music in the Park concerts take place in Adams Park adjacent to city hall, 309 E. Chicago Blvd. In recent years, the Art Trail has brought many visitors downtown to see the 15 to 17 sculptures located within walking distance.

The past two years has seen an influx of establishments in downtown Tecumseh. In April, The Spotted Cow opened in the former Chocolate Vault building, 110 W. Chicago Blvd., and Foundation Realty opened its second office next door at 116 W. Chicago. This is the third location for the ice cream vendor — the other two are in Adrian. The other Foundation Realty office is also in Adrian.

In March 2012, The Dog House opened in the former Eggleston Jewelers store, 107 E. Chicago Blvd. JR’s Hometown Pub and Grill opened in 2011 at 111 W. Chicago Blvd., which is the former location of Doby’s Smokehouse and the longtime site of Don’s Beef Buffet.

“These restaurants downtown bring people out in the evening,” Holtz said. “We are thrilled with a couple of new destinations. A brewpub is one of the fastest growing industries in Michigan today.”

Holtz said the city’s attractions and the lure of small-town life are highlighted in a Pure Michigan ad campaign that is running ads in nearby counties and states. The radio commercials featuring the voice of actor Tim Allen are scheduled to begin running before Memorial Day weekend, she said. Tecumseh businesses and the city pooled their resources to become part of the nationally recognized tourism campaign this year.

While it is too early to assess the impact of the marketing, city manager Kevin Welch told the Tecumseh City Council on April 1 that the city’s website had seen an increase in traffic. Holtz said preliminary information makes her optimistic that downtown Tecumseh will be a major draw for tourism.

Two new businesses – The Spotted Cow and Foundation Realty – pumping life back into historic downtown building

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Two familiar Lenawee County businesses owned by members of the same area family will soon be opening in space that was best-known as the Chocolate Vault.

Foundation Realty, based in Adrian and owned by Mark Baker, who is also a real estate broker, plans to open at 116 W. Chicago Blvd. in the west half of the business space, and The Spotted Cow, owned by Matt and Stacey Baker, will occupy the eastern half of the site.

Mark said Foundation Realty has been looking to expand to include a Tecumseh market presence and one of the reasons he zeroed in on that specific location was a shared vision with the building’s new owner, The Union Block 1849 LLC.

“We’re very happy to be a part of bringing that building back to life,” said Mark. “It’s been vacant for several years and it will be nice to see it revitalized.”

Foundation Realty has been in existence for 11 years and currently employs 22 agents.

“We’ll be looking to expand our agent base and I think we’ll be adding some additional staff as well,” he said.

Mark said that at least for Foundation Realty, there has been a dramatic increase in sales from 2011 to 2012.

“We’ve also seen some modest price increases in properties sold,” he said. “I think the market is improving.”

Mark said the decision to expand into Tecumseh also included the fact that several of Foundation Realty’s real estate agents live in Tecumseh and are active in the community through such activities as the Tecumseh Kiwanis Club, serving on the Downtown Development Authority, and other civic involvement.

“We are locally owned and we really pride ourselves in being so,” said Mark. “That includes being active in the community, and it’s really important for us to have a presence in the community.”

Baker Construction is renovating some of the space for better accommodation of a real estate office. He said he hopes for the renovations to be completed by mid-March.

Matt Baker also looks forward to the opening of a third Spotted Cow in Tecumseh’s downtown.

“Our Tecumseh location will have ice cream, coffee, espresso, lattes and cappuccinos,” he said, but added that it would not be serving food entrees. The shop will, however, also sell ice cream pies and novelties that people have become accustomed to expect from the company’s other stores.

Matt said the company will be making some accommodations to the space to include seating for 24 or 25 people.

“We hope to keep it as close to its historic nature as possible,” he said, adding that he’s found marble flooring under the carpet and hopes to restore some of the wood. The building was once the home of the historic Lilley Bank.

Matt said that the hope was to have the store open by April 1, and to have expanded hours from what some in Tecumseh might be accustomed to, including being open on Sundays. He said the venture might help revitalize Tecumseh’s downtown.

“Maybe we’ll set a trend,” Matt said.

Both Foundation Realty and The Spotted Cow will announce a grand opening or ribbon cutting events when the businesses are ready to be opened to the public.

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New Tecumseh Art Trail sculptures installed

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    “Park Bench 2” by Will Schlough will be placed in the northwest parking lot behind Basil Boys in Tecumseh.
  • TECUMSEH  --  Just in time for the 2013 Art Walk in downtown Tecumseh, the new pieces for the Art Trail have been put in place.

    Paula Holtz, Tecumseh economic development director, said 14 pieces have been installed, with one more coming in the next few weeks. This is the sixth year of the display.

    “The response has been phenomenal. I can’t say enough about the displays,” Holtz said. “People can’t wait to see the brochure so they can come and look at the sculptures.”

    Ken Thompson from Flatlanders Sculpture Supply & Art Galleries in Blissfield and his crew installed 12 pieces Tuesday. All are within walking distance of downtown.

    Art Trail Tecumseh is a Downtown Development Authority project made possible with funding through the DDA and the Sage Foundation. The display received a $6,000 grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. Information about the Midwest Sculpture Initiative can be found at

    “None of this would be possible without the contributions of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Sage Foundation,” Holtz said. “We get inquiries from all over from people who want to know about the Art Trail.”

    Along with the new pieces, also featured this year on the Art Trail will be the chainsaw carving of Tecumseh at the front entrance to Tecumseh Middle School, 307 N. Maumee St., and the returning art at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St. The brochures with information about each piece and its location should be available by late May, Holtz said.

    Thompson is also working on establishing another outdoor art display in downtown Tecumseh. The Sculpture Annex will be in the garden space between Ivy Gallery and Blush Boutique on East Chicago Boulevard. He is hoping to have everything in place by June.

    “The property has attractive fences at both ends and my idea is to have the gates open all the time so people can walk through,” Thompson said. “We’re working on getting lighting so it is safe for people and secure for the sculptures.”

    The idea is to have six to eight pieces in the vacant lot year-round along with a walking path. Thompson said the annex would tie in nicely with the Art Trail and the other downtown activities.

    He said the plans are being finalized. The Sculpture Annex will also be included in the Art Trail map, Holtz said.

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We Michigan natives know maple syrup and are always ready to debate anyone from Vermont that ours is more mellow, a deeper amber, and that our maple trees are blessed by the Great Lakes Lakes climate.

But, hickory syrup? That’s was a new one on me, until I ventured into the Grey Fox Floral Co., in Tecumseh.

The syrup, made by Derek and Pam Brereton in their Adrian home, is one of hundreds of products in the Michigan Wares display that are made by local artisans who welcomed Jan Fox’s invitation to bring in their products.

The Grey Fox, a floral design and retail shop, is located on Evans Street in a large house in downtown Tecumseh. When the economy took a downward turn, Mrs. Fox divided the space into five entities to increase traffic. Michigan Wares is one of the five.

The other businesses include Tecumseh Coins, operated by Mrs. Fox’s husband, Gary Fox, a retired Springfield High School teacher. He emphasizes collectibles and appraisals. Nettie’s Used Book Nook and Dip Stix and Stuff are the other businesses under the Grey Fox umbrella.

Viewing the Michigan products that range from granite home décor, handmade hats and bird feeders to designer candy and one-of-a-kind fabric purses is like attending a small craft festival. The selling is left to Mrs. Fox and her employees.

There is no need to ask anyone how the hickory syrup tastes. You can taste for yourself using tiny spoons and an open bottle of syrup. After one spoon, I judged the syrup to have an earthy quality, but not as sweet as maple. Of course it has a nutty flavor; it comes from a nut tree. Unlike maple it is not a product of sap, but of the bark.

Mr. Brereton is a retired professor of anthropology at Adrian College who enjoys projects in his retirement that have included a birch bark canoe. His interest in the syrup was tapped when he read an ad for hickory syrup in Lehman’s catalog. Lehman’s is an Amish hardware store in Kidron, O. The ad prompted him to try to make syrup using the maple syrup method of collecting sap. But, no sap came.

He then heard it could be made from boiling the bark. The Breretons have a supply of hickory trees on their property near Manchester, Mich., which gave them a head start on production. But now that the product is well established in the market place, he says that he and his wife Pam have to forage for bark.

Soaring Hill Hickory Syrup is sold mostly in eight and 16-ounce jars, but the Breretons will also oblige with half gallon and gallon containers. In addition to the Tecumseh store, the syrup is sold at Zingerman’s and Morgan and York in Ann Arbor, and each Saturday at the Ann Arbor farmer’s market from mid spring through Christmas.

When granite is the subject, the average person thinks of kitchen counter tops. But Dan Schulte of Petersburg, another one of the Michigan vendors, sees slabs of the hard rock as a media for candleholders, lazy Susans with matching napkin holders, cheese boards labeled Michigan State or University of Michigan, and other designs.

Mr. Schulte, who has a lawn and landscape business in Petersburg, said he got the idea for the granite artwork from another vendor at a trade show when he was selling eco friendly water bottle carriers. He decided the granite products would be a hotter product in more ways than just sales and now he makes them in his shop in Petersburg. The company name is Midwest Rocks of Fire.

In addition to the Tecumseh store he and his wife, Jennifer, travel to shows and expect to have space when the Shipshewana on the Road show comes to Sylvania. Midwest Granite in Toledo is the source for the scrap granite slabs.

The handcrafted products that are made by Sue and Mark Schalk at Two Branch Ranch, near Saline, Mi., are especially welcome in winter. The Schalks are alpaca breeders and utilize the processed sheared wool to make beautiful items that guarantee warmth.

The stockings that are made on a special machine are Mr. Schalk’s specialty while Mrs. Schalk’s weaving skills focus on the scarves and rugs. They also sell raw wool and wool roping to hobbyists who do hand spinning. They have raised alpacas for 10 years and currently have 21 of the animals.

Their products, sold under the Two Branch Ranch label, are also sold every Saturday at the indoor Saline Farmer’s Market at Liberty School.

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Revitalization in store for two prominent downtown buildings

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Two of Tecumseh’s most familiar downtown buildings are in the process of having new life breathed into them with plans to potentially include future residential upper story renovation. Dan Meikle, who grew up in the Tecumseh-Clinton area, formed The Union Block 1849 LLC and The James Block 1894 LLC to purchase the structures.

The Union Block 1849 Building is more familiar to locals since it was home to The Chocolate Vault for many years. After listing and quickly selling his own residence, a 1926 Bungalow in Ypsilanti that he had restored, Meikle believes that his next step with the Tecumseh building was meant to be. It had been on the market for seven years, and he was immediately drawn to the structure.
When he first saw it, someone else was looking at it, but later on, another opportunity presented itself.

“The purchase was made on Black Friday, and it’s the biggest purchase I’ve ever made,” said Meikle. “I can tell you during that process with Jim and Barbara McCann, there wasn’t a dry eye in that closing room.” He said he has remained in touch with the McCanns, who still care immensely about Tecumseh, as he’s researched the building’s background and history. He already has lease agreements with two businesses for the ground floor retail space.

“The Spotted Cow is going through inspections and waiting for approval from the Health Department,” said Meikle. “Their intention, I believe, is to be open soon.” This will be the county’s third location for the ice cream shop, owned and operated by Matt and Stacy Baker. Meikle said Foundation Realty, owned by Matt’s brother, Mark Baker, should also be opening in early April.

Evans Street Station Featured as Dining Destination by Toledo Blade

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Northern neighbor a dining destination

TECUMSEH, Mich. -- Located 40 miles northwest of Toledo is a true destination restaurant.

Evans Street Station in northeast Lenawee County is a place to celebrate special occasions such as milestone birthdays, anniversaries, job promotions, and more.

The town's former fire station provides upscale ambiance, but somehow is still laid-back and a perfect conduit for patrons to enjoy contemporary American fare made from scratch and mostly local ingredients.

Our recent dinner was outstanding in every way, from the personable service provided by our waitress to creative and top-notch meals.

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