Preuss Pets' breeding program among most developed in the state
April 26 2017
Many locals know the colorful sales floor of Old Town’s Preuss Pets, flush with squawking birds, colorful fish, energetic hamsters and all manner of reptiles. But there’s more to the store...
April 19 2017
It’s also a special day for local shops, as the quasiholiday brings in diverse crowds looking to purchase special releases or other Record Store Day goodies. Dave Bernath, owner of East Lansing record...
The Record Lounge
April 5 2017
If millennials and baby boomers can agree on one thing, it’s that music sounds better when it’s played on vinyl. Over the last decade, vinyl album sales have exploded thanks in part to those...
A look at some of Top of the Town's Longest Dynasties
March 22 2017
Karaoke • Common Ground Music Festival — Ninetime winner for Best Annual Event/Festival • Flat, Black & Circular — Nine-time winner for Best Record/CD Store • Elderly Instruments...
Mega-Bev / Ulta Beauty
March 8 2017
In May, this former south Lansing grocery store, 3630 S. Cedar St., will become the fifth location for Mega-Bev, a southwest Michigan-based purveyor of craft beer, wine and liquor. It will be the biggest...
LAMBS’ GATE ANTIQUES / THE LIFE THAT’S LIVED THERE VINTAGELamb's Gate Antiques / The Life That's Lived There Vintage Market Place MARKET PLACE
Jan. 25 2017
For about two months, Jill Rinner had a “nagging feeling” to go see her old colleague, Carol Lamb, owner/operator of Lambs’ Gate Antiques in Old Town. The two women met in the early...
Food Co-op to close retail store in new year
Dec. 21 2016
The East Lansing Food Co-op, challenged by ever-increasing options in the healthy food market, will close its retail store soon, its board has decided
Coyote Wisdom bookstore moves next door, doubles in size
Nov. 16 2016
In Native American mythology, coyotes are tricksters and clever troublemakers. So when Connie Ranshaw opened a bookstore featuring books on metaphysics and related items, she named it Coyote Wisdom Bookstore
Struggles with competitors and a confusing brand
Nov. 2 2016
After almost 41 years as a nutrition beacon in the community, the East Lansing Food Co-op is in a crisis. It could shut down at any moment
Classic British sitcom on the boards at Riverwalk Theatre
Oct. 26 2016
British farce, I have been told, is an acquired taste. But in the hands of a not ready-for-prime-time cast at Riverwalk Theatre, “Are You Being Served?” is a three day-old leftover from a...
Oct. 26 2016
Michigan State Medical Society 129 W. Saginaw St., East Lansing Architect: Minoru Yamasaki
Holden-Reid Clothiers / Green Dot Stables /Zaytoon Holt
Oct. 19 2016
Now here’s a sign you don’t see that often: “Quitting Business Sale.” In an era where Internet retail is putting the hurt on independent brick-andmortar stores, you’re more...
Local shoppers scour thrift stores for savings, style
Aug. 17 2016
This year’s Cheap Issue features a trio of stories about local thrift shops. Ty Forquer talks to local thrift store shoppers, Lawrence Cosentino runs down his top 10 thrift store treasures and Todd...
Bountiful thrift store sits you down and heats your pizza
Aug. 17 2016
It’s hard to believe we almost lost the surprisingly cozy 23,000-square-foot St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store to a fire in 2011. In spite of the imposing, almosttoo-nice-looking 2013 rebuild, the...
Former record store employee remembers the rise of the Verve Pipe
June 1 2016
In the 1990s, there was no job more awesome than working in a record store. Only a privileged few of us got to experience that awesomeness, while the rest of the plebeians wallowed in jealousy. Except...
May 11 2016
With construction cranes across the skyline, a thriving art, music and restaurant scene and a prominent appearance in a recent high-profile superhero movie, one might mistake Metro Lansing as a burgeoning...
The Whole Foods ‘experience’ brings pot of competition to a boil
April 20 2016
The long-awaited opening day of Whole Foods in Meridian Township last week was big entertainment and serious business. Some sharp repartee at the cheese counter summed it up
Dec. 9 2015
In June, unrelated accidental fires struck two longtime Metro Lansing businesses —first Bangkok House, a Thai restaurant just north of downtown Lansing, then Kean’s Store Co., a department...
Central Pharmacy
Nov. 4 2015
Two years ago, registered pharmacist Michael Salquist was in a tough spot. Lansing Community Pharmacy, the independent pharmacy at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Kalamazoo Street he had worked at...
Kositchek's marks 150 years in business
Oct. 21 2015
Nobody knows whether Mark Twain stopped by Kositchek’s Clothiers in downtown Lansing when he lectured at Mead’s Hall in 1871, but he could have

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