New in town
|By Allan I. Ross|
Williamston Businesses / Famous Dave's / Polish DeliBusiness continues to boom in Williamston. In March, I told you about four new places that opened — Beyond the Fleece, Facials and More Med Spa, Tom Donnelly’s Barbell Club and Sweet Cake Co. — and last week the city cut the ribbon on three more.
Casey Brockway, 24, opened Casey´s Computer Co. inside Keller’s Plaza. The 180-square-foot suite accommodates Brockway, his equipment … and that’s about it.
Brockway offers a variety of services for PC owners, including virus cleanup, registry scans, upgrades, repairs and one-on-one lessons. He said that he never went to school for computers, but that he’s been working on them “my whole life.”
“Pretty much, if it’s broke, I’ll fix it,” he said. “And if they can’t come to me, I do house calls. I want to be a one-stop shop for computer needs.”
Meanwhile, Dawn-Marie Joseph and her business partner, Tina Benington, are working on making Williamston a “wedding mecca.” The pair recently opened The Wedding Gallery, which specializes in formalwear, while another of their projects, Gallery Travel, is opening soon. Joseph said she was a silent partner in Benington’s consignment shop, but they noticed the wedding and formal section was doing better than the business’ other aspects.
“And then this building came up for sale, so I bought it,” Joseph said. “I hate to see empty buildings in Williamston.” She said the space is about 2,500 square feet and is stocked with both new and consignment wedding dresses, prom dresses, rental tuxedoes, veils, jewelry, gloves and purses.
If Joseph’s name rings a bell, you may have heard she also owns the nearby wedding-friendly business Vives Flower Garden & Café as well as Gracie’s Place, which — guess what — does reception catering, in addition to knocking people out with her eclectic menu.
“When you go to the mall, you have the convenience of variety, but what you don’t get is a place that you can soak up the culture and enjoy,” Joseph said. “Downtown Williamston is a beautiful area, and it’s soon going to be known as a destination spot — if I have anything to say about it.”
As for the travel agency, 110 N. Putnam St., Joseph said there are just a few more hoops to jump through, but that should be open in a couple weeks.
(Slightly) closer to Lansing is the Polish Deli, which opened last week in the Meridian Mall. It offers quick-serve Polish cuisine, including pierogies, stuffed cabbage rolls, sauerkraut, sausages and reuben sandwiches. And on the south side of town, Famous Dave’s opened in the site of the former Buffalo’s Café. This is the ninth Michigan location for the national barbecue chain, which is known for its ribs.
This week also marked some other transitions around town. Wanderer’s Teahouse, 547 E. Grand River Ave. in East Lansing, announced it will close on Friday. Owner Michael Spano recently accepted an out-of-town job, but the business is available for sale. Also, last month the Family Restaurant, 6724 S. Cedar St. on Lansing’s south side, recently closed. That restaurant opened last fall.
Casey’s Computer Co.
The Wedding Gallery
Famous Dave’s BBQ