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Wednesday, June 26,2013

Club life

The joys and pains of running a nightclub in Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week, Bar 30 closed after an underwhelming 10 months of business. Situated in the Heights at Eastwood, a still-under-construction lifestyle center north of Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing Township, the high concept entertainment/food venue had its challenges from the get-go — for starters, a touchy economy and a not-quite-ready-for prime-time location.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

The next generation

New breweries are on the horizon for greater Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In August, HopCat-East Lansing will open on the ground floor of The Residences, a new mixed-use development project in downtown East Lansing that's expected to be completed later this year.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

The hops and the hound

Lansing man spins his love of beer into part-time gig

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Beer, as Homer Simpson famously toasted, is the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems. Well, it was something close to that, at least. Either way, we're willing to bet he never thought of turning it into a sideline profession.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

New in town

Persis / Capitol Scoop / Head Room Salon

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week, Felix Campos, owner of the hair salon Barberrette's and the attached day spa, Coterie Purlieu, opened his third downtown business: Capitol City Scoop. The 1,250-square-foot ice cream store/micro-dairy fills in the slot previously occupied by RG Ballpark Dogs and Turkeyman.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

New in town

English Inn's Croquet Cottages

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The owners of The English Inn, 677 S. Michigan Road, Eaton Rapids, broke ground last Thursday on an expansion that will nearly double the overnight capacity for the historic restaurant/pub/bed and breakfast.
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Wednesday, June 12,2013

A thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning

'Discount Dave' selling former Cadillac Club to Riverview Church

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Inside the former Cadillac Club in REO Town, Dave Sheets' desk is wedged into one end of what used to be the bar. On what was once the dance floor, a leather sectional sits, festooned with a giant price tag. Couches, chairs, desks and dressers, also plastered with price tags, pack the rest of the 20,000-square-foot space.
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Wednesday, June 12,2013

Oh, you pretty things

Local photographer transforms women into pin-ups

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Some say nostalgia in fashion trends runs on a 20-year cycle. Others put it at around 50. That would give modern-day wistfulness to anything from the flannel-and-combat boot grunge look of the '90s to the fastidiously groomed, impeccably decked-out "Mad Men"-era chic of the '60s. Not a lot of overlap there.
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Wednesday, June 12,2013

New in town

Nationwide Gold and Silver Exchange / Zoobie's Old Town Tavern

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Nationwide Gold and Silver Exchange, a new concept jewelry store, opens later this week at 500 E. Oakland Ave. in Lansing. Gary Ganakas is part of a management team that owns the building and co-creator of the Nationwide concept, which will focus on mid- to low-priced new and used jewelry.
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Monday, June 10,2013

New in town

Between the Buns/ Piggee's Smokehouse and BBQ / Cowboy's Southern BBQ

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Whether you're the king of the grill or you prefer to let someone else handle all the barbecuing duties, three new Lansing businesses will make your summer eating schedule a little easier.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

The fake train robbery

Owosso train institute gives alternate look at Michigan history

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Before highways crisscrossed the state, carving concrete trails from Detroit to Grand Rapids and Monroe to Sault Ste. Marie, train tracks snaked across the landscape, guiding steam-puffing locomotives through Michigan's hardy wilderness.
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