Jan. 22 2014 12:00 AM


Aggie Mae’s Bakery, which got its start in the Lansing City Market, moved last week to its new location in Grand Ledge. At 2,100 square feet, it’s more than double the size it had in its previous space. This is the second brick-and-mortar store for Aggie Mae’s, which also has a location at 317 E. Grand River Ave., in Lansing’s Old Town district.

“We simply outgrew the market,” said owner/operator Neva Austin. “This bigger space will allow us to expand on some of our services and try some new things.”

Austin confirmed that the new store will stock the full line of Aggie Mae’s chocolates, which are produced at the Old Town location. The production facility is bigger, and Austin promised a higher output of pies, cakes and artisan breads. She also plans to use the larger space to promote retail sales.

Austin started Aggie Mae’s in July 2009. She moved to the old Lansing City Market two months later, then made the move to the new market the following year. Austin expanded inside the market with a deli in 2011, and the Old Town location came in March 2012. You have to admit, the lady’s got momentum.

“I might consider a move to the eastside area, somewhere in Okemos, somewhere along the line,” Austin said. “But I haven’t too much time to think about that yet. I’m just trying to make sure this place does well first.”

English Inn unveils its new Croquet Cottages
After seven months of construction, The English Inn, 677 S. Michigan Road in Eaton Rapids, opened its new Croquet Cottages last weekend. The cottages consist of four freestanding buildings nestled into the estate’s tree line, each one featuring two private guest rooms.

“The views overlooking the croquet court are spectacular,” said managing partner Erik Nelson. “The theme turned out really neat.” Each room is named for a different color from a croquet set and features that color scheme: Royal, Crimson, Buttercup, Raisin, Tangerine, Emerald, Coffee and Dove. All have, air-jet tubs, heated floors, kingsize beds and private balconies.

So long, Spuds
Spuds Family Restaurant,
611 S. Waverly Road on Lansing’s west side, closed earlier this month. No one could be reached for comment, but a sign in the window blamed the close on the December power outage. No response yet from the BWL.

Agggie Mae’s Bakery 914 Charlevoix St., Grand Ledge 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday- Saturday; closed Sunday facebook.com/ aggiemaesbakery, aggiemaesbakery.com