New in town
|By Allan I. Ross|
Persis / Capitol Scoop / Head Room SalonLast week, Felix Campos, owner of the hair salon Barberrette’s and the attached day spa, Coterie Purlieu, opened his third downtown business: Capitol City Scoop. The 1,250-square-foot ice cream store/micro-dairy fills in the slot previously occupied by RG Ballpark Dogs and Turkeyman.
“We’re only the third business that the MSU Dairy Store has allowed to sell their ice cream and cheese,” Campos said. “We’d like to expand to include more of their goods, but we’re kind of limited by space.”
Campos performed some interior renovation, including resurfacing interior walls, exterior wall repair and new flooring.
“It has that ‘old new’ look,” Campos said. He said other additions coming include a garden, a new awning and some additional exterior signage. Campos hopes to have 12 flavors when he’s all set up, as well as yogurt and fruit. He said they will also blend shakes and hopes to eventually serve food.
“We’re barely making it, but we’re happy to be broke,” Campos said. Hey, it’s the ice cream business … how bad can it be?
Head Room Salon
Last month, Old Town’s Head Room Salon, the first salon in the historic Lansing district, nearly doubled in size from 1,100 square feet to 2,200 square feet and added four stylists, increasing its staff from six to 10.
“We purchased the building and completely renovated it,” said owner/operator Kendra Cosme. “It was a wonderful opportunity for us to expand, and it allowed us to fix up this beautiful, historic building. It was a win-win.”
Cosme and her crew ripped out three ceilings, the dry wall and restored some of the exposed brick in the 1914 building. She said they went through six dumpsters worth of material.
“We’ve been in Old Town for 12 years, before anyone was here,” Cosme said. “People told us we were crazy when we came here. It used to be a ghost town when we moved in, and it’s been awesome watching this whole area take off.”
Cosme said there will be an official ribbon cutting next week.
Persis Indian Grill
Mid-Michigan gained a new Indian restaurant recently when Persis Indian Grill opened near the corner of Jolly and Okemos roads.
“There are 28 states in India, and 28 different styles of cooking,” said owner/operator Ramesh Devram. “This is the style uses a barbecue cooking technique that keeps the meat very juicy and fresh tasting.”
Persis is part of a national chain, but this is the first location in Michigan.
Capital City Scoop
The Head Room Salon
Persis Indian Grill