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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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Jan. 4 2017
“I’ve been thinking about getting out for a while, but I only made the decision last Wednesday, when the insurance was due,” Kobus said. “And in this business, you really can’t...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nov. 2 2016
The East Lansing Film Festival kicks off its 19th year Thursday, offering a week-long slate of features and short films across three locations
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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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Oct. 19 2016
Now here’s a sign you don’t see that often: “Quitting Business Sale.” In an era where Internet retail is putting the hurt on independent brick-andmortar stores, you’re more...
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Oct. 12 2016
Every so often, a business transcends its retail roots and crosses over into tourist attraction territory
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Oct. 11 2016
West Lansing fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant Zaytoon opened its second location in Holt earlier this week. Owner/operator Samy Aburashed took to Facebook to thank his customers and express
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Oct. 5 2016
The number of Asian restaurants in Williamston doubled last month. After Miso Sushi & Grill closed last year, Szechuan Garden became the only place in town to go when your cravings leaned toward the Far...
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Sept. 28 2016
Being the seat of the state government, the home to Michigan State University and a key player in the rebounding auto industry are some of the more high-profile aspects of Metro Lansing’s economy
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Sept. 20 2016
Jim Flora will open Lansing Beer Exchange next spring on the second floor downtown Lansing’s Hurd Building. The bar/restaurant will be a local version of the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange