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Wednesday, September 1,2010

What's New in East Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS

 


Jeanologie XX/XY Boutique


NYC-inspired fashion in East Lansing, bringing both trendy designers and familiar brands. Jeanologie offers personal shopping appointments and garment alterations. The mother-daughter operation is also a fashion incubator, nurturing budding “Project Runway” hopefuls from Michigan State University’s Apparel and Textile Design program. 303 M.A.C. Ave. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday www.jeanologie.com


Spartan Dance Center


Gotta dance! The 3,000-square-foot studio provides dancers of all ages with the dance options to fit a variety of schedules and skill levels, including contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz, zumba, hip-hop and Broadway. For those looking to get their proverbial feet wet, drop-in classes are available throughout the day. 217 Ann St. (517) 999-5415 www.spartandancecenter.com


Mackerel Sky


The specialty art boutique recently celebrated its 20th anniversary by moving into lush new digs. Owners Tom and Linda Dufelmeier use their exhibit space to feature local and national artists in a welcoming atmosphere. Mackerel Sky includes a selection of paper products, blown glass, jewelry, ceramics, garden accessories, and furniture. 211 M.A.C. Ave. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday Noon-5 p.m. Sunday (517) 351-2211 www.mackerelsky.com


National Coney Station


A little slice of Detroit popped up in East Lansing last fall when the downtown got its very own National Coney Island location. A veritable institution in Southeast Michigan, National Coney features traditional items such at the Hani Special, and has added a special Station Savers Menu with wing dings, mozzarella sticks and Station Burgers that you can get for about $1. 565 E. Grand River Ave. 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday (517) 351-2100


Senor Georgio’s Mexican Grill


Mixing in a bit of south-of-the-border style into their tried-and-true Greek pizza concept, the Alimonos family opened their fourth East Lansing-area location earlier this year. 403 E. Grand River Ave. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-3a.m Thursday-Saturday (517) 336-5555


StateSide Deli and Grill


Metro Detroit is a hotbed of fine delicatessens. When Spencer Soka moved to mid-Michigan, however, he grew tired of driving all the way to his home city of Southfield for a good corned beef sandwich. He opened the original StateSide deli in Okemos a couple years ago, and the East Lansing location arrived last month, including traditional Philly cheese steaks (with real Cheez Whiz!) and a deep-fryer with killer onion rings. 313 E. Grand River Ave. (517) 853-3033 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday Noon-9 p.m. Sunday www.statesidedeli.com


La Bodega


The family-owned, jewelry, clothing and home décor store boasts fair-trade and eco-friendly status. And all items are $15 or less. 619 E. Grand River Ave. (517) 333-1711 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m. Sunday www.orchidlaneonline.net


Pizza Pi


Offering organic pizza with handmade dough and locally grown ingredients. 551 E. Grand River Ave. Noon-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday Noon-2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday Noon-9 p.m. Sunday (517) 333-6992


Collegeville Textbooks


Ah, the joy of buying school books: But seriously, folks — the owner/operators of Collegeville Textbook Company used to work for textbook companies, enabling them to help students more effectively. It helps that their target audience is right across the street. 321 E. Grand River Ave. (517) 922-0013 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Noon-5 p.m. Sunday www.ctcmsu.com


Swirlberry


Keeping the yogurt craze alive, Swirlberry is a national chain that offers 31 toppings, including healthy options such as non-fat granola and decidedly less than healthy options, such as Fruity Pebbles. 228 Abbot Road (517) 252-4153 Noon-midnight daily www.swirlberrymsu.com


Conrad’s College Town Grill


With creative sandwiches such as the J.F.K. (with chicken, jalapenos, mozzarella and honey mustard) and a full slew of breakfast items, burgers and (we swear, this is what the menu calls them) “Magical Munchies,” Conrad’s is maximizing its front-and-center location status directly across from campus and at the foot of East Lansing’s bar district. 101 E. Grand River Ave. (517) 333-2723 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Monday-Friday Noon-3 a.m. Saturday Noon-10 p.m. Sunday www.conradsgrill.com


Exclusive Accessories


Featuring a variety of name-brand and designer replicas under $70, including Coach, Prada, Jimmy Choo, and Burberry. 420 Albert Ave. (517) 203-0074 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday


Other newcomers:


*Michigan State University Technologies, 325 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 350 *MSU Business Connect, 325 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 375 *Enliven Software, 325 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 345


Opening Soon:


*Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 600 Block of Grand River *The Hatch, 325 E. Grand River Ave.


Events:


The annual Meet the Spartans Event was held for the first time in downtown East Lansing last month, with over 3,000 attendees clamoring for Spartan gear signed by football head coach Mark D’Antonio.


Other changes:


*Mumbai (formerly India Palace) is under new ownership/management at 340 Albert St.


*Oz Hand Blown Glass made a move to 551 E. Grand River Ave. (517) 664-1141


*The University Place Plaza Sculpture and Plaza Dedication took place Aug. 25.


*Two new mixed-use residential/retail buildings are underway. One is eight stories tall, the other is four stories.

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