April 19 2017
To build support for legalization and discourage locales from restricting marijuana businesses, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act is studded with sweeteners — an array of fees...
South Lansing businesses targeted in door-to-door energy-saving drive
March 1 2017
Energy efficiency isn’t as glamorous as shiny solar arrays or vast wind farms, but this month’s targeted push has the potential to expand throughout Lansing, taking pressure off the city’s...
Advertising overload
March 30 2016
While we all accept some advertising as a reality of modern life, very few of us welcome constant bombardment from excessive signs. Yet, this condition is so pervasive that it would be unfair to call out...
Dec. 2 2015
While Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City is behind us, communities across the tri-county area are still spreading holiday cheer. With events ranging from parades to local shopping days, many entertainment...
July 30 2014
It seems clear cut: Vote for Proposal 1 and businesses will no longer pay a tedious tax, while local governments continue to collect funds to spend on police and fire departments
Local woman creates same-sex mobile app
Jan. 21 2015
If you are gay in Lansing how do you know if a restaurant is safe to take a date to? How could you show support for your favorite lesbian-owned business? Or maybe you’re transgender and you want...
A case of when attempting to bring jobs into your community could be unethical
Sept. 25 2013
A little over a year ago, a partial roof collapse and flooding at a commercial building in Delta Township caused two tenants to look for space elsewhere in the region
Nov. 13 2013
The Lansing metro area is home to roughly 500,000 of us. Now, a city of that size should be able to offer a pretty diverse array of products and services that provide employment to many. In recent conversations,...
Sept. 4 2013
I received some useful comments on the last column from folks who want to support local businesses, especially those that match their values, which is sometimes still a challenge. But a little progress...
June 20 2012
Rapids of locally owned businesses. It was a whirlwind of entrepreneurs from all regions of the country, sharing their energy, successes and pitfalls freely with one another in an atmosphere of”can-do-ness.”...
This holiday season, skip the lines at the Black Friday sales and patronize Lansing’s locally owned businesses. Our Gift Guide will point you in the right direction.
Nov. 23 2011
Staying local promotes a sense of community, encourages entrepreneurship, increases job opportunities for people in the area and ensures that your money will stimulate Lansing s economy since local businesses...
April 18 2012
Unbeknownst to me, we exercised a similar approach locally in the past couple of months. A local businessperson was stymied in an attempt to accelerate her business because of a needed immediate infusion...
A look at the 46 new medical marijuana businesses that established themselves with the city to avoid being blocked by a moratorium
Dec. 15 2010
Robert Ortega, who leases business space at 509 E. Grand River Ave. in Old Town, was surprised to find out a medical marijuana business is listed at his property. “Mr. Nice Guy” claims to operate...
Michigan is one of 14 states to straddle that line
Nov. 4 2010
(Wednesday, Oct. 6) Cannabis. Grass. Marijuana. Ganja. Weed. Pot. Medicine. That last descriptor, legitimized by 63 percent of Michigan voters in 2008 and in 13 other states since 1996, has changed the...
Council members buck Carol Wood on her plan to confine new medical marijuana dispensaries to industrial areas.
June 1 2011
A’Lynne Robinson and Tina Houghton said they don’t agree with a provision in the draft ordinance that would limit new businesses to industrially zoned properties. They are two of the three...
What will happen to the 41 operating medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing? A draft regulation ordinance that would force most of them to move surfaces, raising questions
May 11 2011
The draft ordinance, written by City Attorney Brig Smith with input from Lansing City Councilwoman Carol Wood, has raised the eyebrows of some dispensary owners and local attorneys because it would restrict...
The mayor calls a moratorium on new medical marijuana businesses ‘absolute nonsense’ and ‘Nixonian.’ Meanwhile, businesses scramble to get grandfathered in
Dec. 1 2010
The proposed ordinance would ban any new medical marijuana establishments for up to a year while the City Council and the city attorney draft an ordinance that includes licensing through the city clerk’s...
Neighbors rally around resurrecting the Colonial Village Shopping Center. But is another supermarket in the cards?
Jan. 12 2011
When the L&L Food Center closed at the Colonial Village Shopping Center Nov. 27, Margaret Kingsbury wasted little time rounding up input from neighbors. She wanted to know how the neighborhood would recover...
A Lansing dispensary owner is standing her ground after moving to a new location during the moratorium, even after a warning from Lansing police. Meanwhile, the city attorney is silent.
June 8 2011
Medical marijuana dispensary owner Sharess Witherell has a lot of questions for the city of Lansing
Naming a street after the labor leader hopes to avoid pitfalls of last go-around
April 14 2010
When you meet Daniel Soza for the first time, several traits are clear right off the bat. The academic specialist with Michigan State University’s Assistance Migrant Program is soft-spoken, relaxed...

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