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You probably don’t need to be reminded that it was a hard year for local business, but it’s an impossible fact to avoid when recapping 2020. As soon as the coronavirus pandemic took full effect in March and the first wave of “Stay Home, Stay Safe” orders were in place, the world of brick and mortar took a vicious throttling. more
Capital City Deli, located inside Meijer Capital City Market, offers gourmet sandwiches and salads whether you’re at the new shopping center for some groceries or just to pick up a quick bite to eat. more
As he reflects on 25 years of success, Biggby Coffee cofounder and co-CEO Bob Fish recalls a faithful trip to Seattle back in 1993 as the moment he knew specialty coffee would finally takeoff nationwide.  more
Royal Scot Bowling and Golfing Center is set for a hearing next month. more
After suffering delays from construction and the pandemic, Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery has finally found some footing in East Lansing. It’s another part of the Center City District project to come to fruition, along with Target and Barrio Tacos. more
To skirt limits on indoor dining, many restaurateurs are investing in heat lamps, igloos and other devices to keep their guests warm enough to dine outdoors in Michigan’s cold climate. more
Recording a new song during a pandemic seemed like an impossibility. But when he looked out upon a world filled with negativity and pain, Heideman decided that he couldn’t keep the song to himself. more
The iconic site of the first Biggby Coffee shop in East Lansing is set to be turned into another parking lot, despite concerns from public officials over the necessity of more surface parking. And even the owners of the property are starting to recognize that it may be an “atrocious” idea. more
Lansing Poet Laureate Laura Apol is joining EVERYbody Reads bookstore for an online fundraising event to benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Garden Project. more
517 Coffee Co., a local coffee roaster that cut its teeth as a popular farmers market vendor, is on the cusp of finally opening its very own brick-and-mortar space. more
Leftovers season stretches from Thanksgiving until early January. This year, I’m anticipating more leftovers than usual, as the average dinner party will be smaller, but the average turkey will not. more
The Hertel family pigskin will have a blank on it for 2020. more
When COVID-19 and the ensuing statewide lockdown caused the temporary closure of a vast majority of Michigan businesses, it was only logical to shelve our annual Top of the Town contest. But as local retailers and restaurants began returning (albeit with some necessary changes) we opted to reboot it with special conditions. more
The complete list of Top of the Town 2020 winners. more
Struggling Michigan cherry farmers hope to cash in on a growing consumer trend during the pandemic: We’re eating more snacks. more
Abundance Café, a locally owned pop-up café, is returning once again to the Old Town marquee to serve up delicious home-cooked meals that are also highly health-conscious. more
Chiles rellenos harnesses the glorious combination of chile and cheese, an unstoppable culinary force if there ever was one. more
Thick socks. Steaming soup. A warm spot by the heater. A crop of garlic in the ground. These are the stuff of wintertime cozy feelings. Like having meat in the freezer, or jars of peaches in the pantry. Garlic in the ground equals food security, long before it pokes above the ground. more
It’s 11:30 a.m. The dining room is dimly lit, metal music plays quietly, the televisions are screening sports and Meat Southern BBQ seems ready to live up to its reputation. more
Sidecar Slider Bar, a slider-style burger restaurant that has grown popular in the Detroit area, is working on opening a new location in Lansing’s Stadium District. more
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