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.