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Wednesday, December 11,2013

New In Town

MUSIC STREET BREWING CO./CAPITAL CITY HOMEBREW SUPPLY/SOUL EMPOWERMENT

by Allan I. Ross
Roll out the barrel — Lansing’s Eastside neighborhood is getting a brewpub next summer. The Music Street Brewing Co., named for the prevalence of live band performances on Michigan Avenue, will take over the 400-square-foot space adjacent to Capital City Homebrew Supply, which recently moved two blocks over intown to the fast developing 2000 block.

Proprietor Jordan Artuso said he plans to have 12 beers on tap, including his signature brew, a black IPA called Big Scary Monster.

Homebrew Supply owner Todd Branstner said he made the move in order to expand his business. He more than doubled his floor space to 1,300 square feet, allowing him to have a dedicated space for classes. He also plans to add a children’s play area. “We’re very family friendly,” he said.

Branstner said there will be a grand reopening this Saturday, Dec. 14, featuring refreshments from 4-7 p.m., and specials all weekend.

“I’m very honored to be a part of this block, with The Green Door and The Avenue Café right across the street,” he said. “This is an exciting place to be.”

Michigan Avenue Shuffle Back at Homebrew Supply’s old digs, Michael Whitcomb’s Soul Empowerment alternative/ holistic health store has expanded. That space used to be the home of Triple Goddess Bookstore, but when Triple Goddess relocated this fall into a shared space with EveryBody Reads, 2016 E. Michigan Ave., Soul Empowerment moved into that part of the building.

Whitcomb said Soul Empowerment offers psychic reading, reiki circles (at 8 p.m. Fridays), chakra and aura balancing, home cleansing and blessing, crystal healing and animal healing. He also leads Taro readings at 7 p.m. every Tuesday.

“This time of the year can be very stressful, and (the services we offer) can help get you more centered,” Whitcomb said. “This area is a great location for us because we’re right near the Capitol. In our reiki circles, we sent a lot of good energy in that direction so that energy can spread. There are a lot of things in this world causing stress and fear. What we do here is help people release that stress in a positive way.”

Bye bye, miss American Crepes American Crepes, 986 Trowbridge Road in East Lansing, permanently closed on Monday. In a statement on its Facebook page, “Thank you for your support these past years … we have enjoyed your company.”

Capital City Homebrew Supply 2006 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Saturday; Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday (517) 374-1070, capitalcityhomebrewsupply. com

Soul Empowerment 1824 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily (616) 516-0194, facebook. com/soulempowerment

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