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Mega-Bev / Ulta Beauty
March 8 2017
In May, this former south Lansing grocery store, 3630 S. Cedar St., will become the fifth location for Mega-Bev, a southwest Michigan-based purveyor of craft beer, wine and liquor. It will be the biggest...
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March 1 2017
Despite a flurry of new businesses flocking to Metro Lansing to take advantage of the rebounding economy and abundance of new urban housing options, there’s been a curious burst of bar/restaurant...
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Dragonfly Boutique & Salon / Strange Matter Coffee Co.
Feb. 22 2017
About 20 miles southwest of Lansing, the rural community of Charlotte is undergoing a significant cultural and retail revitalization
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Feb. 15 2017
After sitting vacant for nearly a year and a half, a prime downtown Lansing nightclub location will reopen next week as a hookah lounge. On Wednesday, owner/operator Adam Murshed will host a grand opening...
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The Crafted Bean / Golden Harvest
Feb. 8 2017
“I’ve got entrepreneurial disease — my brain never stops working,” Hartig deadpanned. “People have been using grass-fed butter in coffee for a little while now, but I saw...
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Schavey Road Pub / Sarnie Shope / Ruckus Ramen / Blaze Pizza
Feb. 1 2017
“Our DeWitt customers are definitely (more subdued) than the crowds we see at our other locations,” said Dave Sell, vice president of 414 Entertainment, the Tin Can’s parent company....
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Jan. 25 2017
For about two months, Jill Rinner had a “nagging feeling” to go see her old colleague, Carol Lamb, owner/operator of Lambs’ Gate Antiques in Old Town. The two women met in the early...
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Jan. 18 2017
“I would have loved to have stayed there — it’s a great location,” Miroquesada said. “But I understand (it was only temporary). I’m very grateful to Colleen for opening...
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The Grid Arcade and Bar
Jan. 11 2017
For the last few months, a sign in the former Chrome Cat building in Old Town has teased that a new business is “coming soon.” The sign features the title character from the movie “Wreck-It...
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2017 Preview
Jan. 4 2017
Looking ahead at some of the new businesses coming to Lansing in 2017, we see a trend toward upscale dining, with at least three new restaurants coming that put an emphasis on chef-driven cuisine. But...
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Year in review
Dec. 28 2016
A rash of restaurant closings in 2016 fueled fears that the Metro Lansing dining scene was dying, contributing to the year’s overall depressing vibe compounded by an ugly, surreal election cycle...
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Dec. 21 2016
In 2011, two Michigan State University professors used a mapping program to examine Metro Lansing pedestrian access to fresh produce
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Ruckus Ramen / Lotsa Pizza / Famous Dave's / Crafty Palate
Dec. 14 2016
The Avenue Café is swapping American fast food for Japanese fast food. In mid-January, local DJ/aspiring restaurateur Steve “DJ Ruckus” Swart will transform his recent pop-up restaurant...
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Rusty Nail / Beer Grotto / Max & Erma's / Chun Chi
Dec. 7 2016
As REO Town continues its gradual shift from gritty historic district into gritty cultural mecca, even longtime business owners are getting in on the action
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Red's Smokehouse Burgers & BBQ / White Bros Music
Nov. 30 2016
On Saturday, Carol “Red” Smith and her wife/business partner Jackie Randall closed their two-year-old barbecue booth inside Lansing City Market to prepare for its transition to a standalone...
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Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale / Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza
Nov. 23 2016
REO Town continues its progression from a bleak stretch of vacant buildings into one of Lansing’s liveliest cultural and commercial districts
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EnVie
Nov. 16 2016
At Silver Bells in the City Friday, downtown Lansing revelers will get a first look —and perhaps a first taste — of Metro Lansing’s latest addition to its growing French culture. EnVie,...
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Big Daddy's Lil Donuts / Kavana Nitro Coffee House / Ruckus Ramen
Nov. 9 2016
When Igor Jurkovic told us last week that he was shutting down Iggy’s In Convenience, his grocery store inside Lansing City Market, to concentrate on “other projects,” he wasn’t...
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Capital Loops Gifts, Groceries and Café / Guyton's Heirloom Cuisine
Nov. 2 2016
“They’re hard workers and they have great ideas,” said Patrice Drainville, Waterfront manager and company spokeswoman. “(River Town Adventures and Capital Loop) have brought new...
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Oct. 26 2016
Call it the “Dancing with the Stars” Effect: Over the last 11 years, ABC’s competitive ballroom dancing show has boosted the careers of B-list celebrities, athletes and assorted Hollywood...

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