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Worldwide technology company makes home in downtown Lansing

An IT company with a global presence put down roots in Lansing by consolidating mid-Michigan operations in the newly renovated Knapp's Centre.
 
In mid-April, CGI cut the ribbon on their new 3,200-square foot office that's just blocks away from three key accounts with the State of Michigan. The location provides a hub for the more than 100 CGI employees working in Lansing on any given day, as well as a Michigan base for growth and outreach to other CGI clients across the state.
 
"It's important for us to be very near to our clients," says Jon Jasper, CGI account executive for state and local government for Michigan. "That's what differentiates us from others in the industry. We push hard to have that client proximity."
 
Founded in 1976, CGI has grown into the fifth largest independent IT and business process services company in the world. The Canadian-headquartered company has 68,000 professionals in 400 offices across 40 countries. The company provides business and IT consulting, systems integration services, application development and management, infrastructure services, and business process services for both government and industry. CGI is currently implementing the State's enterprise resource plan (ERP) system, Project SIGMA, and supporting Healthy Michigan.
 
"Our team loves the fact that downtown Lansing is so convenient and has access to so many restaurants," Jasper says. "There's also a real variety of things to do within walking distance for folks who travel here from out-of-town."
 
In addition to the three Lansing-based initiatives, CGI serves five additional accounts across Michigan.
 
Source: Jon Jasper, Account Executive for State and Local Government for Michigan, CGI
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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Ingham Health Plan moves to newer, brighter space

Ingham Health Plan is moving in late May to a newer facility within the same Zip code after being in the same location since its founding 17 years ago.
 
The health plan's new office at 3425 Belle Chase Way in South Lansing will provide the nonprofit company with 5,500-square feet to coordinate the program that provides access to low-cost healthcare for uninsured adults in Ingham County.
 
Ingham Health Plan was looking to reduce their operating expenses and upgrade their working environment by changing spaces. Working with CRBE-Martin, the company secured a space similar in size at a lower rental rate, and in an office park setting off a busy road.
 
"It's newer, brighter, with lots of windows," says health plan CEO Robin Reynolds. "It's also has a more efficient layout for our operations."
 
Reynolds says keeping the office on the bus line and in the same general vicinity as the previous S. Cedar Street location was important since the largely administrative office sometimes gets an occasional walk-in. Customers, she says, are typically served through neighborhood centers or other suitable off-site locations.
 
Founded in 1998, the Ingham Health Plan has helped more than 70,000 low-income, uninsured residents. Reynolds says the plan covers about 50 percent of the county's adult uninsured at any given time. On average, the plan serves 12,000 people annually—roughly 15 percent of the county's adult population. In January, the health plan added a new dental program to serve individuals without dental care who meet specific low-income eligibility requirements.
 
"We're essentially a stop gap for people who are in between care," says Reynolds. "We're here so people don't have to stop taking their medicines and can keep up with the medical care."
 
Reynolds projects that the health plan will evolve in different directions in the coming year as more individuals access insurance through the health care exchange. She anticipates about 4,000 uninsured will continue to need the plan's benefits, and that the company's 12 staff will turn their focus toward helping individuals understand and use the medical system.
 
"Just because insurance is provided doesn't mean people know how to use it," she says. "It's all about medical literacy."
 
Source: Robin Reynolds, executive director, Ingham Health Plan
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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Strength in Numbers brings power of gaming to Lansing

There's a new game in town. And the numbers are growing.
 
Based on the East Side, Lansing's Strength In Numbers Game Studio promises to transport gamers to alternate worlds to embark on lives filled with challenge, adventure and heroism. Now 23 employees strong, the start-up gaming company is attracting talent from Michigan and beyond as it looks to transform Lansing into a hub for gaming development, publishing and entrepreneurship.
 
"With one person, it's weak company, but with more you're stronger," says Founder Scott Reschke. "We want to build that infrastructure that attracts and allows talent to stay here. Why would you let them leave and go out west when we can build something right here in Michigan?"
 
Reschke's vision grew from his previous entrepreneurial adventures in computer repair and cyber cafes. During that time, he aggregated countless hours of research based on the preferences and passions of gamers, as well as the trends and buying habits of gamers and everyday consumers.
 
Armed with data and a penchant for exploration, Reschke began building a sustainable company in the video gaming arena. His goal, he says, is not just to recycle old gaming ideas, but to create challenging, innovative and competitive games that draw on original artwork, storylines and music created by his team.
 
Currently in development, SiN Studio's Tuebor will present a multi-genre, fast-paced video game rich in story and deep with group participation. Reschke derived the game's moniker from the Latin word on the seal of Michigan that means "I will defend"–a sentiment he says is well suited for the game's premise. 
 
"Video gaming is escapism," says Reschke. "It's no different than watching baseball, football or soccer any day it's on. Those fans are imagining themselves on the mound or on the field or in action. With gaming, it's just someone's outlet for imagining their lives are a little more exciting."
 
SiN Studios took up residence April 1 in the basement of the Lyman and Sheets office building at 2213 E. Grand River in Lansing. The studio will be holding an open house on May 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Members of the community can tour the 6,000-square foot studio, meet staff, experience live demonstrations on 3D character modeling and motion capture software, and pose for photos with local cosplay groups.
 
Source: Scott Reschke, Founder, Strength in Numbers Game Studio
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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New Okemos bridge paves way for non-motorized traffic across Red Cedar

The foundations are in place. Sections are waiting. And pedestrians, cyclists and others of non-motorized means are ready to propel across the new bridge spanning the Red Cedar River near Wonch Park come late spring.
 
Toebe Construction LLC of Wixom, Mich., completed bridge foundations in March. Steel sections began arriving in late April and will be put together onsite. When assembled, the pre-fabricated bridge will be lifted by crane onto the abutments. The bridge is expected to be in place by mid-May, with a concrete deck and concrete pathway poured at each end soon after.
 
"We knew the existing bridges were very hard for pedestrians and cyclists to cross that area safely," says Younes Ishraidi, Chief Engineer, Charter Township of Meridian. "This will be a very nice bridge for our community when it's done."
 
The new pedestrian bridge will be separate from the existing bridge, and used solely by non-motorized traffic. The new structure will eliminate any connection to the narrow walkway on the existing bridge. When complete, the single span bridge will be about 220 feet long and 10 feet wide.
 
"This bridge is all part of Meridian Township's non-motorized master plan," says Ishraidi. "We're a very walking-friendly community. This bridge will get a fair share of foot traffic with the school and parks nearby, as well as the downtown area not too far away."
 
Ishraidi said the bridge was funded completely by the township millage at a cost of $650,000. A ribbon cutting for the new bridge is being planned for June. Wonch Park will be closed until bridge construction is complete.
 
Source: Younes Ishraidi, Chief Engineer, Charter Township of Meridian
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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Design and advertising agency moves downtown, renews focus

A creative company that got its start 17 years ago recently set up shop on Washington Square, reflecting a rebirth that coincides with Lansing's downtown district.
 
The creative professionals at AE: Adventures in New Media say their new direction answers the growing need of organizations big and small to enhance their new media presence. And with a new location at 408 S. Washington Square, the three-member company says AE has the feel of a start-up but the track record of an established agency.
 
"You'll get the comfort a small company, where you can talk one-on-one with us," says John Addis, CEO and creative director. "But we also come with the experience of having done hundreds and hundreds of state and national projects as a team."
 
AE: Directions in New Media grew from Addis Enterprises, founded by Addis in 1998. The company resided in Old Town under the name of AE Studio and Gallery from 2006-2010, then went on hiatus while Addis worked for a larger agency. During that time, Addis continued to collaborate with Tony Sabo and Jennifer Berggren, two Lansing-based creatives. After several projects and late night discussions, the three decided to join forces and resurrect AE with an eye toward 21st century strategies.
 
"Our focus on new media doesn't mean we're excluding the old," says Addis. "But we are going to put focus on new media since the bang for the buck is so much greater. There is a place for traditional media in any strategy. It just depends on the audience."
 
Addis, Sabo and Berggren recently cut the ribbon on their new space that had been the home for Capitol Fur for more than 90 years. The 1,500-square foot interior features high ceilings, original wood floors, and was moderately reconfigured to accommodate spaces for conferences, collaboration and video and audio production. Plans are to hire an assistant this summer, as well as one or two more staff.
 
"If you're going to be a new kid on the block, you want to have a store front and have people walk by and peek inside," says Addis. "This space does that."
 
Over two decades, the AE team has won awards in logo design, website design, video production, music composition, print design, and campaign development. The team has also launched more than 250 business, governmental, university, and personal websites, and produced more than 100 video projects for television and web.
 
Source: John Addis, CEO and Creative Director, AE: Adventures in New Media
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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Once Upon A Child resale outlet to open in Delta

Anyone with kids knows they seem to grow an inch overnight, transforming that new pair of jeans into ill-fitting capris, or that long-sleeved shirt into a quarter-sleeve fashion.
 
A new franchise in Lansing's Delta Township has a solution for keeping kids in stylish clothes without having to lay-out high-end prices. At Once Upon A Child, customers will find gently used kids clothes for newborns through tweens, as well as high-quality used toys, baby equipment and furniture.
 
Co-owner Lisa Starks says the store focuses on buying and reselling used children clothing and gear from individuals in the community. All clothing must be freshly cleaned and laundered, and free of rips, holes or tears, while all equipment and toys must meet voluntary and mandatory safety standards.  
 
"It's great because you can sell something to us for a fair price, or buy something in the store that still looks new," says Starks. "Unlike a consignment shop, sellers are paid immediately. And if you buy, you'll save a lot of money, too."
 
Starks and co-owner Patty Roberts acquired the space at 5827 W. Saginaw Highway in February after attending extensive training at the Once Upon A Child franchise headquarters in Minnesota. Since then, the two have worked to ready the 4,000-square foot space in the Delta Center Plaza for a mid-May opening.
 
"Being a mom, I can appreciate the store concept," says Starks, who has two children under 9 years old. "It provides a great value for buyers and sellers."
 
The new Once Upon a Child is one of about 12 Michigan franchise locations, as well as nearly 300 other franchise stores in the U.S. and Canada. Starks says she is planning to hire 15 to 20 staff. All staff, she says, will be thoroughly trained as merchandise buyers, and will assess and price items according to criteria set by the franchise headquarters.
 
Source: Lisa Starks, Co-owner, Once Upon A Child
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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Crafty Palate opens for downtown diners, creates six jobs

Peggy and Tim Pinter love to travel. And they love restaurants. Both recently retired. So the natural thing to do with their newfound freedom was to start a restaurant—one that brought a worldly twist to American fare.  
 
At the end of April, the Pinters introduced breakfast and lunch seekers to the Crafty Palate. Lansing's newest eatery at 333 N. Washington Square features a seasonal menu with daily specials created from scratch, as well as deli selections for people on the go. Plans are in place to offer a wide selection of craft beers and cocktails, including several signature drinks unique to the restaurant.
 
"I like to cook, and I like going out to eat at nice places, too," says Pinter. "Tim and I couldn't think of anything else we'd rather do, so this is what we came up with."
 
Peggy says she and Tim will be involved in the new restaurant at the start. They hope to eventually turn over the day-to-day operations and management to their hospitality-minded son, Jeremy, who will oversee an experienced team of wait staff and chefs.
 
Among must-try sandwiches, Peggy says, is the Juliet—a smoked turkey and spinach dip on sourdough bread—and a grilled veggie—a mélange of artichokes, roasted red pepper, sun dried tomatoes, and pesto cream cheese on French bread. Other top favorites include salads, eggs and omelet dishes, and to die-for desserts like carrot cake and chocolate peanut butter cake.
 
Located in the previous spot of the Restaurant Mediteran, the Crafty Palate will seat 72 people between a main dining room and a deli area furnished with six high-top tables. A sidewalk patio will provide al fresco dining once the weather improves, while a separate conference room can accommodate 25 people for special gatherings or events.
 
"We just enjoy restaurants, so everywhere we travel, we try to seek out the most interesting ones," says Pinter. "People like to eat, don't they?"
 
The Crafty Palate created six jobs and will be open initially for breakfast and lunch.
 
Source: Peggy Pinter, Co-owner, The Crafty Palate
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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Old-fashioned ice cream shop to anchor edge of Old Town

Linda Baughman and Rico Lewis knew they were destined to own a small business together. They just didn't know what kind and where it might be.
 
So when Lewis told her that the converted gas station in Old Town was up for lease, she knew they had found their little half-acre.
 
By the end of May, Baughman and Lewis will open an old-fashion ice cream shop in the repurposed historic gas station at 127 W. Grand River. Scoops in Old Town will feature 10 to 15 flavors of hand-packed ice cream—more than likely from the MSU Dairy Store. Baughman will also serve up hot dogs, chicken wraps and soft drinks.
 
"It's perfect for ice cream," says Baughman of the building that used to house Artie's Filling Station. "It's updated and cute and nostalgic. We love the look of it."
 
Scoops will serve walk-up customers and provide outdoor seating for 24 people on metal chairs and tables, shaded by teal, orange and green umbrellas. As spring gets underway, she hopes to landscape with flowers, bushes and ornamental hedges. Occasional musicians, face-painters, balloon twisters, and clowns may also be on the premises providing family-oriented entertainment. And being in Old Town, she says, provides countless opportunities to tie-in with festivals and seasonal activities.
 
"We'd like to be a destination both for families and individuals," says Baughman. "Someplace that's entertaining."
 
Scoops will focus on the business of ice cream for the summer, and is outlining a game plan for the cooler months. The business will create four jobs in addition to Baughman and Lewis.
 
Source: Linda Baughman, Co-owner, Scoops in Old Town
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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Saddleback Barbecue pulls into REO Town

Matthew Gillett believes in the power of barbecue to bring people together. That, and the strength of a great neighborhood.
 
So when the vacated Vintage Café came up for lease, Gillett and his business partner Travis Stoliker were there, putting things in place to open Saddleback Barbecue in REO Town.
 
"It all happened so quick," says Gillett. "I couldn't be happier with the decision. Everyone is so supportive and welcoming. We hope to bring as much to the table as we can and help grow the area."
 
By the end of May, Gillett and Stoliker plan to open an authentic smoked southern barbecue venue at 1147 S. Washington Ave. The 1,200-foot restaurant will serve barbecue ribs, brisket, pulled pork and smoked chicken, and will offer a small selection of beverages and made-from-scratch sides like baked beans, mac-and-cheese, coleslaw, potato salad and fries.
 
"Mostly, we just want to focus on the meat," says Gillett. "That's our game."
 
Gillett will draw on 15 years of experience in the restaurant businesses and a "food sabbatical" that took him to Georgia to learn from a professional barbecue team. After observing competitions, studying recipes, and trying things out with a smoker, he was ready to bring it on home to Lansing.
 
Gillett began a small weekend catering venture that he balanced with his full-time job. He supplied meats for sporting events and fundraisers, and built a following for his savory fare.
 
When he heard of the spot in REO Town, Gillett decided it was time to start smoking on his own turf. His smoker, he says, will run 24-hours-a-day, allowing him to serve meats that are smoked to perfection over two days.
 
"Our love of the product will show through our smoking style and attention to detail," he says. "I want people to see what they're getting is above and beyond."
 
Although technically southern cuisine, Gillette says barbecue is a perfect fit for northern climes and for Lansing.
 
"Most people have some sort-of tie-in—be it tailgating, camping, the backyard patio and the grill," says Gillett. "Growing up in Michigan, we suffer through winters, and enjoy our summers. Barbecue is part of that."
 
The Saddleback Barbecue will seat 31 people and employ up to eight people—including the "night-shift" smoker. For starters, the restaurant will be open for lunch and early dinners, Monday through Saturday.
 
Source: Matt Gillett,  Owner and Operator, Saddleback Barbecue
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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Jumbeaux brings Cajun- and southern-style meals to Lansing

Keith Havard wanted to bring some southern style to Lansing. So he applied what he knew best: cooking.
 
In late March, Havard opened the doors to Jumbeaux: a southern- and Cajun-style restaurant on Lansing's Westside. Within days, he was drawing a crowd, prepping lunches and late-afternoon meals for those with  a yen for regional cuisine.
 
Havard grew up in Louisiana. His Cajun grandfather passed along his recipes, equipping Havard with the culinary know-how to whip up both spicy and southern meals for family and friends. When he moved to Michigan to be close to his wife's family, he sensed his destiny was to bring Louisiana-style cooking to the city.
 
"I almost did a food truck," says Havard. "But then this location became available. I filled out the paperwork just as soon as I could."
 
Jumbeaux is occupying the space of the former Fork in the Road at 2010 W. Saginaw. With prime visibility, a good-sized parking lot, and space for 44 diners, Havard says the spot is perfect. His friend, Brandon Whitt, came up from Louisiana to be his head chef. Soon, the two were building a menu of Cajun and southern favorites like shrimp creole, blackened catfish, jambalaya, gumbo, po' boys, and smothered chicken.
 
"His dishes are just like home cooking," says Havard of Whitt, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of New York. "The must tries are definitely the crawfish etouffee or the shrimp and grits."
 
Customers to Jumbeaux place orders at a counter, with food delivered fast and hot to their table. Most meals are made daily in large batches, with some dishes—like alligator—based on availability. The majority of ingredients are sourced from local vendors, with alligator, po' boy and muffalatta bread coming straight from Louisiana.
 
Jumbeaux created six jobs and will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Source: Keith Havard, Owner, Jumbeaux
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor

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SOLCOMM expands footprint in Lansing, plans to double sales force

An independent telecommunications sales vendor with roots in Greater Lansing plans to double its sales force in several Michigan markets based on continued growth with three major communications companies.
 
Headquartered in Lansing, SOLCOMM is a "boots-on-the-ground" marketing company that provides marketing campaigns and solutions for partners that include AT&T, Frontier Communications and Direct TV. In just five years, SOLCOMM has stretched its reach from Lansing to six markets across the U.S., including Central and Northeastern Michigan, Southwestern and Central Connecticut, Northern Southern Carolina, and Central Florida.
 
"We're like the ultimate guerilla marketing team," says Christian Cherniawski, SOLCOMM CEO "We love what we're doing. We love what we're selling. And we love talking to people."
 
SOLCOMM provides face-to-face and door-to-door neighborhood campaigns for particular products as well as staff for partner retail stores. Campaigns, says Cherniawski, account for more than 50 percent of a partner's new client acquisitions for the targeted markets and products. Cherniawski says, too, that SOLCOMM's commitment to sales force training and development has led to more than 65 percent year-over-year sales growth in the past three years.
 
Cherniawski launched SOLCOMM in 2010. Since then, the company has grown from a staff of three in one Lansing office to eight offices in four states. The company expanded it's Lansing operations in June 2014 by opening a 2,200-square foot headquarters at 408 Kalamazoo Plaza, in addition to retaining its original 1,700-square foot branch at 2450 Delhi Commerce Drive in Holt.
 
"I'm from Lansing and stay here because I love the area," says Cherniawski. "It's the smallest big city you'll ever go to, and if you live or work downtown, you'll run into five or six people you know. It's a real homey feeling."
 
Six SOLCOMM staff currently work out of the company's downtown headquarters, with a combination of nine administrators and sales staff operating from the Holt branch. Cherniawski plans to expand the Greater Lansing area sales force to about 15 in the next year, as well as to double the number of staff in the Flint and Saginaw branches.
 
Source: Christian Cherniawski, CEO, SOLCOMM
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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Renovation begins on two empty storefronts in downtown Lansing

Developers will start renovating two vacant buildings in downtown Lansing with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund and Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
 
The Lansing-based Eyde Company plans to redevelop the buildings located at 228 and 232 S. Washington Square. The project includes restoring the historic storefronts, demolishing the interiors, upgrading systems and mechanicals, and creating 10,000 square feet of new retail and office space.
 
Project manager Nick Eyde says the $1.7 million project will take six to 10 weeks to complete. The buildings formerly housed Capital City Books and Magazines and the Hallmark Gold Crown gift store, and sit across Washtenaw Avenue from Eyde's headquarters in the Knapp's Centre.
 
"These two buildings are on a prominent corner in downtown Lansing," says Eyde. "Bringing viable retail and office back to that corner should only serve to help continue the positive momentum that has been created in recent years."
 
The Eydes were awarded a $289,000 grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund as well as a 12-year tax abatement worth $305,000 from the city of Lansing under the state's Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act. The MEDC says the project would not be viable without the tax incentive and grant because of costs associated with historic restoration, asbestos abatement, and sidewalk vault rehabilitation.
 
The two buildings sat vacant for close to six years, and are expected to create more than 20 full-time retail, office or restaurant jobs when fully leased.
 
Source: Nick Eyde, Project Developer, The Eyde Company
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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Brain Balance of Lansing supports learning or behavior challenged kids

Parents seeking solutions for kids struggling with learning or behavior issues may find additional support through a new center in Okemos.
 
Brain Balance of Lansing began welcoming students last November to their 3,000-square foot, multi-room facility at 2325 Jolly Road. The achievement center franchise provides programs to children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, OCD, and disorders related to behavior, sensory processing or learning. The Brain Balance program addresses the whole child by integrating sensory motor training, stimulation, and cognitive activities with nutritional and dietary guidelines, and is completely drug-free.
 
"Our program is always individualized," says Carole Woodward, owner of Brain Balance Lansing. "Children start at their level of functioning and have a positive experience here. We set them up to succeed."
 
Brain Balance students commit to 36 one-hour sessions over three months with about five to 10 minutes of home-based daily exercises during and after the program. Students divide their time between academic and sensory activities with ongoing support provided for up to 12 months following their graduation from the program.
 
"We don't just take care of symptoms," says Woodward. "We take care of the issues by focusing on the root of the child's problem."
 
Brain Balance of Lansing is among 75 achievement centers across the U.S., including centers in Kalamazoo and Birmingham, Mich. About 20 students age 5 through 18 are currently enrolled at the Okemos center, and are served by Woodward, her business partner Patrick Rowley, and five staff.
 
Brain Balance was founded a decade ago by Robert Melillo, a chiropractic neurologist and researcher. Melillo is also the author of "Disconnected Kids," a book that outlines the approach used through his learning franchise.
 
Source: Carole Woodward, Owner, Brain Balance of Lansing
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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Bungalow 47 paints new horizons with second store

A specialty paint line, new digs and an ever-growing interest in "vintagey" décor led owners of the popular Bungalow 47 in Williamston to expand their horizons by opening a second store on the same city block.
 
While home décor and furnishings stayed put in the original store, the owners moved clothing, accessories and anything wearable to a storefront across the street. 47 Style opened last November—close to four years after owners Jill Rinner and Chantelle Deimling opened Bungalow 47.
 
"We simply outgrew our space," says Store Manager Lynne Nyberg. "Our original store was less than 1,000-square feet, so with all the vintage furniture and home décor and jewelry we carried, it was just too much for our customers to take in."
 
Nyberg says the owners seized the opportunity to move into the storefront on Grand River Avenue that had sat vacant for more than a year. The boutique offers accessories such as tops, scarves, boots, shoes, belts, socks, jewelry, gift items and other unique merchandise curated from across the United States. The original store will carry painted chairs, dressers, vanities, buffets, tables and other vintage furniture artistically repurposed and merchandised by staff.
 
Bungalow 47 will also carry a line of chalk and clay paint for do-it-yourselfers. The paint comes in 16 colors and holds the distinction of being expressly developed in cooperation with Junk Gypsies—a company out of Texas. The paint line was recently introduced at the annual Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas and will be marketed nationwide.
 
"We've been really focused on getting this new paint line out," says Nyberg. "The beauty of chalk and clay paint is that it can be painted on any surface without a lot of prep. It's fun, too, because you can do distressing, layer different colors, and sand it down. You can do-it-yourself and offer workshops, too."
 
The original Bungalow 47 Style is located at 118 W. Grand River and faces the new 47 Style at 141 W. Grand River. About a dozen people work between the two stores, with four staff added since the November expansion.
 
Source: Lynne Nyberg, Store Manager, Bungalow 47 and 47 Style
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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New downtown restaurant and market pays tribute to Lansing fast-food icon

Tim Ellis returned to Lansing from the East Coast to be part of the downtown renaissance.
 
Around St. Patrick's Day, Ellis opened a combination restaurant, market and special events space at 229 S. Washington Square. Henry's on the Square, Ellis says, will bring excitement to downtown through top-notch customer service, big city amenities, and dining and entertainment delivered through a multi-use venue.
 
"I haven't seen this many people downtown in years," says Ellis who grew up in Waverly. "My goal is to help fill a void and provide people with more options."
 
Located in the storefront that once housed The Firm and the legendary Parthenon Restaurant, the blended business starts with a 400-square foot market stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, chocolate, wine, cheeses and party supplies.
 
Further inside, an American bistro with an Italian flare provides intimate seating for up to 70 people. Patrons can enjoy cocktails or craft beers at a glass-tiled bar, while a special events suite for 45 to 60 people rounds out the 4,000-square-foot interior.
 
Wall space is reserved for local artists, as well as for the "wall of fame" dedicated to the late Leroy and Lois Henry, owners of H and H restaurants. The Henrys, Ellis explains, owned several area Burger King restaurants, including one on South Cedar where he worked as a teen in the early 1980s.
 
"I was a 15-year-old kid on my fourth day of my very first job," says Ellis. "And this gentleman in his 40s comes in and teaches me how to do the drink station. He was so kind and genuine and generous with his time. I never got over that, especially when I found out it was Leroy."
 
Ellis worked his way through the ranks at Lansing Burger Kings for more than 7 years. He drew from those experiences to launch WOW Hospitality—a restaurant consulting company based in Traverse City.
 
"Leroy shaped my whole career," says Ellis. " I decided that if I had an opportunity I would honor him by opening a restaurant."
 
Ellis took his tribute a step further and involved one of the Henry's daughters as a business partner. Henry's on the Square created 40 jobs, with 23 currently on board—some with family connections to the Burger Kings owned by Leroy and Lois.
 
"It's all part of bringing back a little tradition," says Ellis. "And that Lansing neighborhood feel."

Source: Tim Ellis, Manager, Henry's on the Square
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
 
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