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Wednesday, October 10,2012

'La voz' of a community

Spanish language radio mainstay celebrates 25 years at WKAR

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It's a long story how Tony Cervantes, longtime radio personality at WKAR-AM, got the nickname El Chayo — in a nutshell, it's a homonym of a nickname of an inside joke from his youth. Just don't call him Antonio.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

New in town

Biggby coffee & Greener planet gardening

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Earlier this year, Biggby Coffee moved up to No. 255 on Entrepreneur Magazine's Annual Franchise 500 list, essentially making their signature black-on-orange "B" the second most distinguished letter to come out of East Lansing since a certain white-on-green "S."
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Shining a light on the history of Lansing

Local group raising funds for permanent museum that will tell the city's story

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing is the history hub for all things Michigan, from the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, which focuses on the rise of the automobile, to the Michigan Historical Museum, which covers the rise of pretty much everything else in the state. Well, maybe not everything —like, for example, the city of Lansing.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

New in town

Salon 1131 & Gibby's Grinders

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The owners of Old Town's newest business have picked a heck of a weekend to launch their grand opening. As Oktoberfest patrons slur their way through German folk songs backed up by the oompah-pah band down the street, Lindsay Jones and her partner, Roberto Cantu, are throwing a decidedly lower key event at the brand new Salon 1131.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

New in town

Incu-BaKe kitchen

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Want to make your grandmother's sugar cookie recipe famous? You have a couple choices: 1.) sell the recipe to a commercial pastry chef, or 2.) mass-produce it yourself. Pfff, no one gets gram-gram's recipe, you say — slap some flour on the counter and let’s get baking. But wait just a second there, Mrs. Fields, you're forgetting a few things.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Evan almighty

Versatile TV-6 newsman has big plans for his next 3 years in Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Spending an afternoon on a bar patio with Evan Pinsonnault, you don’t so much get the feeling you're hanging out with a TV morning news anchor as you are being charmed by a consummate performer. As he knocks back a beer, he sweet talks the waitstaff and enthusiastically greets passing fans before casually running down the list of roles he's juggling.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

New in town

Capital City Homebrew Supply & Plush Consignments

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Things are brewing across the street from the City Pulse offices on Michigan Avenue. Well, maybe not actually brewing on-site, but a new business is certainly getting things started. On Thursday, owner/operator Todd Branstner opens his venture, Capital City Homebrew Supply, where he hopes to separate himself from similar beer- and wine-making supply stores around town.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

And that's the truth

Lily Tomlin brings her one-woman act to Wharton this weekend

by ALLAN I. ROSS
She squirmed. She fidgeted. She talked like a little kid. And she told weird stories in the seat of a ridiculously oversized rocking chair. As a kid, some part of me knew that this person I saw on TV was just an actor, but I was hypnotized nonetheless— I'd never seen anything like it. This was Edith Ann, the mischievous "5-and-a-half"-year old played by Lily Tomlin, and one of her most indelible alter egos. It was also my introduction — on "Sesame Street," no less — to character acting.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

New in town

Rizzi Designs & Perspective2

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Perspective2 in Old Town will change names as the building transfers ownership this week, but don’t expect too many differences.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

What are they now?

n and now: What A Difference A Year Can Make

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last year's Court of Appeals decision in what's commonly known as the "McQueen case" effectively rid Michigan Avenue of nearly all 11 of its medical marijuana dispensaries. Today, only one remains. While the decision created a hole in the local economy, it also provided a few eyesores in the form of empty buildings — some of which still haven’t been filled.
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