East Lansing, Lansing and all of its wonderful surrounding towns can sometimes get overwhelming. If you need help tracking down a cool bike shop, a rad record shop or a place to get some cheap food, City Pulse has your back.
These are some locally owned spots to get some cheap grub that is still absolutely delicious.
A great Mexican food truck with delicious options that won't break the bank.
2778 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
Monday-Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eloasisfood.com,
A restaurant with an excellent patio and many options for beers and cocktails.
521 E. Grand River Road, East Lansing
Monday-Thursday, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to Midnight
Great pub fare and highly entertaining karaoke nights.
254 W. Grand River Road, East Lansing
Monday-Wednesday, Sunday 11 a.m. to Midnight Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Itching to see some great local music that’s loud and live? These venues regularly book great gigs that entertain and impress.
The Avenue Cafe
Check the calendar for a wide schedule of indie, punk and metal acts.
2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
Monday-Saturday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
A classy joint where you can enjoy jazz ensembles and acoustic singer/songwriters.
1213 Turner St., Lansing
Tuesday-Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
An eclectic venue that offers live music, improv, poetry and theater.
1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing
Check website for show schedule Therobintheatre.com
What’s better than a great cup of coffee? A great cup of coffee that comes from locally owned shops that put love into every cup.
Several great brews for to you choose from with a cool, relaxing atmosphere.
196 Albert St., East Lansing
Daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Excellent coffee and pastries that are prepared fresh every single day.
2010 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. 103, Lansing
Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Blue Owl Coffee Co.
A hip coffee shop with specialty drinks that are unique and very flavorful.
213 Ann St., Suite C, East Lansing
Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While you might be drowned in reading assignments, you still might find yourself wanting to dive into another great book. These shops can hook you up.
The quintessential used bookshop. You can spend hours thumbing through its inventory.
307 E. Grand River Road, East Lansing
Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Like Barnes & Noble, but Michigan owned and with an even better selection of books.
1982 Grand River Ave., Okemos
Monday-Saturday, 10 to 8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A humble shop where you can find interesting books at a low price.
2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
Daily, Noon to 6 p.m.
These are a few hot spots for great records, CDs and if you’re a musician, a place to reload on guitar strings or drum sticks.
A local record store that has a massive selection of vinyl and CDs.
541 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
Monday-Saturday, Noon to 6 p.m.
The Record Lounge
A record shop with a large inventory of vinyl that you can get lost in. Located inside the REO Town Marketplace
1027 S. Washington Ave., Lansing
Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A classic guitar and instrument shop where you can find seriously great deals.
1100 N. Washington Ave., Lansing Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Your next great outfit could be waiting at one of these thrift shops. The best part is it won’t even come close to breaking the bank.
MSU Surplus Store
Anything from used electronics to bicycles can be found in this epic thrift shop.
468 Green Way, East Lansing
Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
An awesome thrift spot where your next great find is waiting for you to pick it out.
3191 Birch Row Drive, East Lansing
Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A kitschy thrift where you can find used clothes that have a punk rock edge.
304 E. Grand River Road, Lansing
Monday-Thursday, Noon to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.
A bicycle can get you around campus way faster than the bus. These shops have several great deals waiting for you.
The Bike Shop
Great deals on bicycles that will get you wherever you need to go.
303 M. A. C. Ave, East Lansing
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Evergreen Cycles and Repair
Does your bike need a tune-up? This store will hook you up.
545 E. Grand River Road, East Lansing
Monday & Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SPIN Bicycle Shop
Good bikes with fair prices. If you still need wheels, this might be the spot for you.
206 E. Grand River Road, Lansing
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
God bless legal recreational marijuana. If you need some herb to toke on, here’s where to find it.
High quality bud that will surely satisfy you and your dormmates.
1234 E. Grand River Road, East Lansing
Daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Offers herb that has received high marks from City Pulse’s review column Lansterdam.
3315 Coolidge Road, East Lansing
Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A shop with a relaxing vibe and friendly staff.
1950 Merritt Road, East Lansing
Daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A wide variety of THC goods.
1900 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing
Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Want to stock your dorm up with locally produced grub? Here’s some options to get the good stuff.
A massive market with fresh produce, meats and just about anything else you could ask for.
7420 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing
Daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Westlund’s Apple Market
A humble local grocer that offers great deals on fresh fruit and vegetables.
2301 E. Grand River Road, Lansing
Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Don Pancho Market
A market where you can track down awesome goods imported straight from Mexico.
2120 S. Cedar St., Lansing
Daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.