After 26 Depot Cafe

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The Polar Express event is coming to the Depot on Dec. 12 for families and kids.  See our Events page.

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A huge thank you to Indepenent Bank for sponsoring a statewide contest to support non-profit organizations in four separate categories.  The After 26 Depot Cafe received over 6,000 votes in capturing the $5,000.00 prize in the Human Services category.   We are grateful for the support of the many who voted, and to Judy Nichols who nominated our project for consideration.


         Wait staff, student, and volunteer extraordinaire Molly Mackey
      leads Project Workers Kevin, Sean, & Nicole at the new
    After 26 community garden
. Molly made it happen!

Project Workers Michael & Dawn Jam Out!!

     Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley visits the Depot!

The After 26 Project was honored to have Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley
at the Depot on 12-1-14. Mr. Calley was present to help celebrate a $26,000 grant
from the DTE Energy Foundation, and to recognize the Cadillac Leadership Class
of 2011/2012 for their contribution of the outdoor patio, a gift that cost over $30,000.


The Depot is pleased to be part of Bike Cadillac. Click here to learn more

We celebrated our 1st anniversary on June 4, 2014!!

Project Workers Denny & John express their thanks!

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Project Worker Keith proudly displays his first paycheck!
"This is the best day of my life"
Project worker Keith is pictured above receiving his first paycheck.  On opening day, which was Tuesday June 4th, Keith was asked how it was going and his response was, "This is the best day of my life!"    

 The Depot officially opened for business on Tuesday June 4th, 2013. 

Project Workers on the job!
                       At the conclusion of the breakfast soft opening, After 26 Project Workers pose for group photo. 
                        From left to right on the back row is Lydia, Kevin, & Derrick, the front row is Nicole & Michael.
A view of the dining area in the After 26 Depot
Looking northeast a view of the dining room and beautiful furniture.  The Tables and chairs along the east
and west walls are bar height which gives guests a magnificent view of Lake Cadillac or the City Park.
Local Architect Paul Gaffke instrumental in renovation
The After 26 Project Project is fortunate to have had local architect Paul Gaffke involved with the Depot.  Paul  provided all of the architectural drawings that have been required, which are numerous.  He graciously donated his services 100%, Paul provided a significant amount of time to generate all the drawings that were necessary which included architectural, new commercial kitchen, new bathrooms, and beverage area.  Plus Paul also provided unlimited consultation which was invaluable and necessary. Paul provided insightful advice and guidance on every aspect of the renovation of the historic Ann Arbor Railroad Depot. He is an Afghanistan war veteran and resides in the Cadillac area with his wife Jennifer and young children.  Thank you Paul for your incredible donation! 
  Architect & After 26 Benefactor Paul Gaffke
We have received a wide range of community support from so many people!  Volunteers, individuals, retirees, community organizations, civic clubs, local businesses, in-kind donations, also the Cadillac Chamber of Commerce, the AMVET, the federal government, the city of Cadillac, the community and people of Cadillac.   Thank you all, each of you is playing a vital role in this cause!

The building is taking shape and the historical elements are coming back.  The synergy of so many volunteers is also showing results and After 26 needs to thank Richard Clous and Clous Construction, who have taken the lead on critical construction aspects of the renovation process, which is extensive. The Clous crew have all taken a special interest in renovating such a magnificent building.  Thank you Bubba, Cooter, Billy, Mark, Leaf, Kenny, and of course Richard Clous himself.  We are overwhelmed by your donation.  Other huge contributors of time and talent are Tim Wiebenga of Wiebenga Electric and Youth Build CadillacAlso thanks to  Rob Hill from Hillside Interiors for doing a fabulous job on finishing the drywall and giving After 26 a huge break on cost.  Volunteerism is the energy that is driving the After 26 Project.  We thank everyone!.  

Thanks to the Cadillac Leadership Class of 2012 for donating and creating the all new outdoor patio on the West side of the Depot and featuring a spectacular view of Lake Cadillac, the city park, and the Cadillac Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion. The outdoor patio is the community project selected by the Cadillac Leadership Class of 2012, a program of the Cadillac Chamber of Commerce.   The patio is transformational in the sense it takes a previously non-usable space and makes it useful, practical, and enjoyable.  You can see the new patio pictures here or simply drive, walk, bike, or jog past the historic Ann Arbor Railroad Depot at the corner of Lake & Cass Streets!

The After 26 Project is a true community endeavor.  A great example is the incredible donation provided by Tim Wiebenga of Wiebenga Electric.  Tim sought us out and asked if we had an electrician.  On his own without any prompting Tim said he would be willing to donate 100% of labor for the new electric service.   When you consider we are putting in a brand new commercial kitchen, this includes a tremendous amount of hours and a total value of $20,000.   Thank you Tim, we are so grateful.


Volunteers...The After26 Project would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers.  They give their precious time and make such a meaningful contribution.  Click here to see an updated volunteer list.

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