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Eaton Rapids eyes riverfront development with adaptive reuse of historic property

A historic woolen mill near the confluence of two rivers has inspired a post-industrial vision for Eaton Rapids as developers and civic leaders look to bring activity back to the riverfront.

Incubating food business in Lansing

What do a kitchen in Holt, a market in downtown Lansing and a neighborhood center on the Eastside have in common? More than you might think. These local food incubators all have the same goal in mind: cooking up a new generation of businesses that are setting down roots in the capital city and beyond.

Lansing, a launching pad for franchise business

Franchisors have long recognized the combination of a supportive business culture, unique demographics and strong work ethic that makes Greater Lansing an ideal city to launch a franchise or find a home for an established concept.

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.

Quest for the best vegetarian meal in Lansing

If you're a vegetarian in the Capital region, or simply one who adores veggie cuisine, make sure you've already eaten before venturing into this piece about one writer's quest to find the best vegetarian meal here.

Grow. Cook. Learn. teaching kids about food from the ground up

Stephanie Reuter has melded her expertise and passion to create Grow. Cook. Learn., her exciting new Lansing business that uses a hands-on approach to teach kids about community, gardening, and cooking.

Choosing Lansing: Amelia Marschall and John Miller

When two student athletes came together in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, it wasn’t exactly love at first sight.   “I couldn’t figure out why this senior was talking to me, a sophomore. I thought it was weird,” says Amelia Marschall, with an infectious grin on her face.   But she gave him a chance, and after a first date of bowling and Red Lobster - “They didn’t have places like Fork in the Road in Marquette,” John Miller is quick to point out - this swimmer and hockey player knew they had something special going on.

Choosing Lansing: Sam and Meghan Short

Sam and Meghan Short have spent quality time living in a variety of big cities, but have recently chosen the Lansing area to start their family and establish roots. Meghan spends her day cultivating the next generation of attorneys at MSU, while Sam is dedicated to the continued revitalization of Old Town, with an eye on introducing some hip concept restaurants in the area. Check out what the Shorts have to say about our “small city, big town” community and why their roots are taking to the Lansing soil.

Search for the Best Pad Thai in Town

Lansing has many Thai restaurants, and writer, Daniel J. Hogan went on a quest to find out which one has the best Pad Thai.

Lansing Eateries Buying Local

Getting our food from local sources – and supporting those restaurants and other establishments that do – makes sense in more ways than one. Local food tastes better, it’s healthier, it makes local farmers happy and preserves family farms. It enhances the character of our community ... and best of all, it’s the right thing to do. We talked with a  few eateries in the Lansing area who are also buying  local to support our region.

Feeding the Craving: Lansing’s New Food Trucks

"Lansing's food scene is hungry," Jesse Allen Hahn says. Echoes Nina Santucci, "It seems like this city is craving something." What are these two doing to sate that hunger? Hitting the road, of course.


The Recipe for Thriving Downtowns Part 2: Economic Development Tools

Yes, volunteers are integral to creating a thriving downtown ... but what about economic development? We talk grants, small business, job creation and more in Part 2 of our four-part series, The Recipe For Thriving Downtowns.

Time Out With Timothy Muffitt

In addition to conducting and growing the successful Lansing Symphony Orchestra, nationally renowned conductor Timothy Muffitt is also a happy, local family man.

The Grand Gourmet of Eaton Rapids

Denene Vincent's approach has helped make her "Le Chat Gourmet" cooking classes and international tours big hits with adults, children and culinary adventurers.

Book Clubs and Brew Pubs

In Michigan, there’s nothing to compare with a summer afternoon spent lounging on the beach with a great book. Unless, perhaps, it’s getting together with friends for a good book discussion accompanied by wine, beer and food.
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