June 1 2016 11:40 AM

Top of the Town winners welcome newcomers



Best Shopping

Best Antique Shop: Mega Mall It’s not just any mall — it’s the Mega Mall. Promising “something for everyone,” the former grocery store site hosts over 200 vendors dealing in antiques, collectibles and miscellaneous treasures.

2. Lamb’s Gate Antiques

3. Mason Maple Street Mall

Best Art Gallery: Broad Art Museum It was a big year for the Broad. The contemporary art gallery made its silver screen debut in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” earlier this year. The museum probably won’t win any Oscars for its cameo, but it does take home the Top of the Town award for Best Art Museum.

2. Lansing Art Gallery

3. Katalyst

Best Beer Selection: Horrocks Horrocks’ beer aisles are overflowing with brews from all over the world. If you prefer to try before you buy, the tavern at the back of the store features 49 taps of beers, including a healthy contingent of Michigan microbrews.

2. Oade’s Big Ten — East Lansing

3. Big Ten — Okemos

Best Bookstore: Schuler Books & Music — Eastwood Towne Center Michigan-based bookstore chain Schuler Books & Music carries a wide selection of books, CDs, DVDs, children’s toys and more. Its Eastwood Towne Center location takes this year’s award for Best Bookstore.

2. Barnes & Noble

3. Curious Book Shop

Best Butcher: Monticello’s Market & Butcher Block Monticello’s Market & Butcher Block, located on the northern fringes of Haslett, takes this year’s award for Best Butcher.

2. Mert’s Meats – Okemos

3. Merindorf Meats – Mason

Best Candy Shop: Fabiano’s The Fabiano family has been turning out specialty chocolates and sweet treats from its Michigan Avenue shop since 1979. Founded by Michael Fabiano and Jane Coscarelli, the shop is run by Madeline Fabiano and Steven Blair, the couple’s daughter and grandson.

2. Horrocks

3. Cravings Popcorn – Old Town

Best Consignment/Thrift Shop: Kellie’s Consignments Okemos’ Kellie’s Consignments, now open at its new Marsh Road location, carries an assortment of men’s and women’s clothing, furniture, jewelry, home goods and more.

2. Volunteers of America

3. Goodwill

Best Convenience/Liquor Store: Horrocks Our readers selected Horrocks as Best Convenience/Liquor Store, even though the store doesn’t carry any liquor. Apparently the sizable beer and wine section was enough to win over the voters.

2. Oade’s Big Ten – Kalamazoo St.

3. Quality Dairy

Best Florist: Horrocks Put another notch in Horrocks' belt, this time for its impressive floral department.

2. Smith Floral & Greenhouse

3. VanAtta’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop

Best Gardening Center: Horrocks Horrocks’ sprawling outdoor nursery and greenhouses take this year’s award for Best Gardening Center.

2. Van Atta’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop

3. (tie) Lansing Gardens and Christian’s Greenhouse

Best Gift Shop: October Moon Old Town boutique October Moon offers a variety of fun and funky home and kitchen goods.

2. Kean’s

3. Schuler’s Books and Music

Indoor Grow Shop: H20 Hydroponics West Lansing shop H2O Hydroponics carries everything you need for your indoor growing needs, including sunlamps, fertilizers and gardening tools.

2. Capital City Grower Supply

3. Superior Growers

Best Jewelry Store: Becky Beauchine Kulka Becky Beauchine Kulka — both the woman and the business — have made their name known in Lansing for world-class jewelry and designs — and also for an extremely catchy commercial jingle. The local store is one of the 5 percent of jewelers to receive an American Gem Society certification.

2. Sweet Custom Jewelry

3. SuCasa

Best Local Clothing Store: Playmakers Okemos shop Playmakers has become the epicenter of running/walking sports in Lansing. In addition to a huge selection of athletic footwear and apparel, the shop hosts running clinics and maintains one of the best calendars of local races and running events.

2. Curvaceous Lingerie

3. Grace Boutique

Best Local Grocery Store: Horrocks Horrocks’ selection of fresh produce, locally made goods and vast beer and wine selection earned the west Lansing shop this year’s award for Best Local Grocery Store.

2. Fresh Thyme

3. Monticello’s Market & Butcher Block

Best Michigan-made Wine: Chateau Grand Traverse Located on the picturesque Old Mission Peninsula just north of Traverse City, Chateau Grand Traverse is northern Michigan’s oldest winery.

2. Burgdorf’s Winery

3. Uncle John’s

Best Michigan Products: Horrocks From locally grown produce to Michigan beer and wine to housemade jams and jellies, Horrocks has plenty of options for the discerning locavore.

2. Old Town General Store

3. Grand Traverse Pie Co.

Best Musical Instruments Store: Elderly Instruments Old Town’s Elderly Instruments is nationally known for its collection of rare and vintage instruments. Touring folk artists from all over the world swing through the shop whenever they’re in the area to check out hardto-find guitars, mandolins, banjos and more.

2. Marshall Music

3. Guitar Center

Best Organic/Natural Market: Horrocks Horrocks Farm Market has organic produce in piles. The supermarket wins Best Organic/Natural Market this year, beating out newcomer Fresh Thyme and locally-based Foods for Living.

2. Fresh Thyme

3. Foods for Living

Best Pawn/Secondhand Store: Dicker & Deal City Pulse readers voted Dicker & Deal Best Pawn/Secondhand store this year. Now with multiple locations in Lansing and Jackson, the shop has been servicing the area since 1973.

2. Kellie’s Consignments

3. Goodwill

Best Pet Store: Preuss Pets Step into Preuss Pets’ Old Town location, and you might think that you’ve entered a tiny jungle. Its indoor stream and lush greenery provide a fitting backdrop for a large inventory of birds, fish, lizards and other small pets.

2. Soldan’s

3. Pet Supplies Plus

Best Produce/Farmers Market: Horrocks With its wide selection of fresh and local fruits and vegetables, grocery store/garden center Horrocks Farm Market rivals Greater Lansing’s many traditional farmers markets.

2. Allen Farmers Market

3. Meridian Farmers Market

Best Record/CD Store: Flat, Black & Circular Flat, Black & Circular has been supplying used records and CDs to locals since 1977. Readers who enjoy losing themselves in the crates of vinyl once again voted the East Lansing staple as Best Record/CD store.

2. Record Lounge

3. Schuler Books & Music — Eastwood

Best Wine Shop: Horrocks The wine aisle at Horrocks is packed to the gills with quality wines from Michigan and beyond. Not sure what you like? Stop by the wine bar in the back and sample a few.

2. Dusty’s Cellar

3. Vine & Brew

Best Whatever

Best Annual Event/Festival: Common Ground Music Festival The week-long Common Ground Music Festival drew nearly 50,000 people to Adado Riverfront Park last year, even with the last minute cancellation of headliner Meghan Trainor. This year’s festival is betting big on country, with superstars Tim Mc- Graw and Dierks Bently each headlining a night this July.

2. East Lansing Art Festival

3. Silver Bells

Best Eye Candy Place: MSU Campus On the banks of the Red Cedar, there’s a school that’s known to all… for its scenic beauty. From its monumental Beaumont Tower to its many trees and gardens, MSU’s historic campus delights both student and non-students.

2. Old Town

3. Fitzgerald Park (the ledges) — Grand Ledge

Best First Date Place: Old Town Lansing’s hip boutique district offers plenty of first date options. Whether you’re looking for a casual breakfast, a swanky dinner or stroll along the river, Old Town has you covered.

2. Soup Spoon

3. DeLuca’s

Best Local Outing With Friends: Lansing Lugnuts Go nuts! Our readers selected Lansing’s minor league baseball team as the Best Local Outing with Friends. With weekly promotions like Thirsty Thursday and wacky theme nights like Jimmy Buffett night, Greater Lansing residents love wasting away in Lugnutville.

2. Lansing Brewing Co.

3. Painting with a Twist

Best Local Theater Group: Riverwalk Theatre Downtown Lansing’s theater company takes home this year’s award for Best Local Theater Group. From its riverside home next to Impression 5 Science Center, Riverwalk Theatre mounts productions ranging from intimate black box plays to Broadway musicals.

2. MSU Department of Theatre

3. Williamston Theatre

Best Dispensary: Best Buds Medical marijuana users selected Best Buds as their BFF this year. The dispensary, now at a new location just west of U.S. 127, boasts a selection of top-shelf meds as well as a snazzy vintage gold ceiling.

2. Greenwave

3. Emerald City

Worst Eyesore Place: Abandoned building at Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road, East Lansing Voters may say this site hurts their eyes, but we all know the building just needs some love. Or to be torn down. Either works.

2. Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park

3. General Motors

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