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Old Town retailers use curation, personal touch to thrive against web competitors

In a world of dizzying consumer choice on the Web, a growing corps of small retailers in Lansing’s Old Town is helping patrons find just the right item for their homes or friends. Love Betti, Lambs’ Gate Antiques and Leopold Bloom & Co. are turning the small touches into big business – and burnishing Old Town’s reputation as a destination shopping experience in mid-Michigan.

Early birds and night owls rejoice: Michigan Flyer is spreading its wings

Ever wished you didn't have to beg a friend to drive you to the airport at midnight, or even worse, at four am? Let's not forget the cost of long-term parking, the stress of navigating highway traffic and the inconvenience of late night driving. As it turns out, there is a solution at hand.  And just in time for the holidays.

Thanksgiving Break

Yep, it's Turkey (or Tofurky) time again. We'll be taking Thanksgiving week off. See you all again Dec. 4.

Urban riverfront living beckons as lofts get underway

As more people put 'downtown" on the top of their wish list of places to live, a Lansing developer unveils the first phase of an urban village on the city's riverfront.

CG Slideshow: Secret Life of Lansing Area Bees

This week, we reveal an urban trend on the rise: beekeeping - accompanied by some great images from inside the hives, to the process of extraction of honey, and more. 

A sweet deal: Urban beekeeping on the rise

While the current tale of the honeybee is a tragic one, not all hope is lost. As more people seek out sustainable alternatives amidst the bustle of city life, there has been a growing interest in beekeeping, right here in the Capital region. 

Choosing Lansing: Aaron and Emily Matthews

They may not always agree, but Aaron and Emily Matthews concur that Lansing is the place to be for networked, young professionals. With dual careers and a passion for small business, the Matthews have carved out their niche in what they call the biggest small town in the Midwest. 

Beyond Incubation: NEO Center Graduates

When small businesses are just starting out, their list of needs can be a mile long. The NEO Center in Lansing is an incubator space giving these businesses and entrepreneurs a fighting chance by providing them with resources and meeting their unique and specific needs. Meet some of the folks who have since moved on and flourished.

On the bright side, where things are happening

Ever wonder about the people, businesses and organizations working to make your community/city/state more vibrant? In the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan's "The Bright Side" TV show, you get to discover what makes Michigan such an amazing place to be.

Lugnuts, stepping up to the plate off-season

After the boys of summer are gone, the organizers behind one of Lansing's favorite pastimes are still hard at work hitting home runs for the community. Special events and charitable giving are part of the central business philosophy for the Lansing Lugnuts—the city's Class A minor league baseball team for 18 years strong.

Lansing becomes a pioneer in Michigan, launching bike share program

Bike sharing is finally a reality here in Lansing ... and it looks like we’re the first city to offer it in the state of Michigan.

Why local grocers matter

In a time where corporate owned superstores seem to be popping up on every corner of a city or suburb, what benefit does one get from shopping hyper-local? The Old Town General Store, among many other new independent grocers, sprung roots in Lansing this past summer and set out to prove that they have more to offer than just specialty items; things like economic sustainability of a community.

Mompreneurs and child's play

Driven by similar visions for creative, energy-burning spaces for kids, four local moms built their own businesses geared toward giving parents in the Capital region welcoming places to take the kids and enjoy some grown-up time, too.

Building up the Michigan/Grand River Corridor

With two projects under their belt and one in the works, Wolf River Development is at the center of a goal to build up the Michigan/Grand River Corridor in Lansing and East Lansing. Their housing projects are bringing students back to campus and helping to contribute to the density and vibrancy of the area. 

Conscientious flexitarians - eating the right meat

While conscientious eaters are loading up with fruits and veggies just like mom advised, many aren't totally keen about holding the chicken or beef from their daily diets. Some foodies are blending their vegetarian leanings with occasional infusions of meaty meals. Loosely known as "flexitarians," these versatile eaters are driving the presence of fine meats at restaurants, markets and home grills.
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