Massive downtown East Lansing storefront with retail past gets renovated into officesby Sam Inglot
For 40 years, 333 E. Grand River Ave. has been prominent retail space in downtown East Lansing. It housed a Jacobson's Department Store for 30 years and a Barnes & Noble bookstore for a decade. For the past year and a half, the massive storefront along East Lansing's downtown corridor has sat vacant on the first and basement levels. The second floor is being used for offices.
It's been a few years since the GardenHouse made its appearance on Lansing's East Side, the result of a statewide Cool Cities grant in 2008. You've probably grown accustomed to the presence of the 30-foot-by-96-foot structure when passing Hunter Park or entering its space for programs or workshops.
Evergreen Cemetery fix-up takes 'Adopt a Park' to the next levelby Lawrence Cosentino
'Discount Dave' selling former Cadillac Club to Riverview Churchby ALLAN I. ROSS
Inside the former Cadillac Club in REO Town, Dave Sheets' desk is wedged into one end of what used to be the bar. On what was once the dance floor, a leather sectional sits, festooned with a giant price tag. Couches, chairs, desks and dressers, also plastered with price tags, pack the rest of the 20,000-square-foot space.
Local photographer transforms women into pin-upsby ALLAN I. ROSS
Some say nostalgia in fashion trends runs on a 20-year cycle. Others put it at around 50. That would give modern-day wistfulness to anything from the flannel-and-combat boot grunge look of the '90s to the fastidiously groomed, impeccably decked-out "Mad Men"-era chic of the '60s. Not a lot of overlap there.
Over the Ledge starts summer season with quirky dark comedyby MARY CUSACK
"Drama at Inish" is a wee tale about a hotel owner in a wee seaside town who hires a wee acting troupe to perform decidedly un-wee plays for its summer season. The troupe, led by husband-and-wife actors Hector De La Mare (Brad Rutledge) and Constance Constantia (Gini Larson), sweeps into town with its repertory of Chekhov, Ibsen and Tolstoy.
Michigan author launches tour of dark fable set in magical woodsby Bill Castanier
A survey of Lansing's musical Landscapeby Rich Tupica
Nationwide Gold and Silver Exchange / Zoobie's Old Town Tavernby ALLAN I. ROSS
Nationwide Gold and Silver Exchange, a new concept jewelry store, opens later this week at 500 E. Oakland Ave. in Lansing. Gary Ganakas is part of a management team that owns the building and co-creator of the Nationwide concept, which will focus on mid- to low-priced new and used jewelry.