New In Town
|By Sam Inglot and Allan I. Ross|
REO Town Famous Taco/Kick It Out! Dance Studio/Barber LoveThe Famous Taco franchise is returning to its roots with the opening of a third location. Its newest restaurant, at 1107 S. Washington Ave., is actually the spot where the founding Delacruz family opened its original Mexican restaurant — then called Acapulco — in 1968.
“It’s been almost 45 years since we have been there,” said Frank Delacruz, whose parents started the mini-chain. (Delcacruz passed the franchise reins to his wife, Peggy, last year.) “I wish my dad had taken a picture of the place back then.”
He said Acapulco outgrew the small diner in a matter of months. But he said the smaller location is perfect for what they want out of the new Famous Taco. He said a big part of the restaurant is doing delivery and catering, which works for the smaller seating area and the proximity to downtown. The interior is cozy, with only a few booths but the bright colors and custom décor give you the sense that you’re dining at a Lansing landmark. And keeping true to the Famous Taco tradition, the new place will serve $1 tacos after 2 p.m. everyday.
Denise Krumm, 41, started dancing at the age of 4. Having spent nearly her entire life absorbed in dancing — from competitive dance throughout high school to a 15-year coaching career — opening a 1,000-square-foot dance studio was the next step in her saga. Kick It Out! Dance Studio, 1880 Haslett Road, opened July 1 and business has been going “very well,” according to Krumm.
As director and owner (she no longer instructs due to an injury) she’s got a full lineup of instructors who teach a multitude of dance classes ranging from ballet and jazz to hip-hop. She also offers Zumba, line dancing and belly dancing.
“There’s not an age that says you have to stop dancing — that’s my whole idea behind the studio,” says Krumm. “If you have the physical capabilities and the mindset, they’re no reason you can’t get out and dance.”
There will be a holiday open house 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 with a variety of demonstrations and performances to showcase the studio’s talent and opportunities.
Barber Love has completed its eastward trek down Michigan Avenue. Since the original location opened in 2002 at 1454 E. Michigan Ave., it has moved two times: once to 2003 E. Michigan Ave., where it stayed for eight years, and then last week to its final destination at 2305 E. Michigan Ave.
Owner Kris McCorkle, 35, said he was able to purchase the building at the new location. He still has five chairs (he says the sixth chair at the old location went unused), and the price of a haircut will remain $12.
Originally from Paw Paw, McCorkle moved to Lansing in 1997 to attend Lansing Barber College. He said he worked with a buddy for four years before he opened the first Barber Love with a business partner. He eventually bought that partner out, and has been cutting solo for the last three years.
The new location is 650 square feet, which isn’t any bigger from his previous locations, but McCorkle said the updates make it more than worthwhile, including new flooring and new TVs. “It’s a new look for Barber Love,” he said. “Same old barbers, though.”
Kick It Out! Dance Studio