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Wednesday, August 22,2012

New in town

Retail Therapy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
I've never seen a single episode of "Sex and the City," but I've always imagined there's a scene where all the women are sitting around depressed, crying into their cosmopolitans about something (not enough sex? too much city?), until someone perks up and suggests that they all go SHOPPING! Cue montage scene, and all problems are solved. But that's just (my highly subjective and borderline sexist take on) a TV show, right? Not anymore.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

An unconventional truth

MSU prof raising funds for provocative new documentary on sexuality: 'This movie is going to be eye opening for people who don't understand progress.'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A year after Al Gore famously mounted his scissor lift to stress the factual threats of climate change in "An Inconvenient Truth," Oxford University conducted an international survey of people who had seen the film.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

New in town

Penn Station East Coast Subs, Culber's and Los Tres Amigos

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Since Jared Fogle introduced the world to the Subway diet 12 years ago, the fast-food industry has been scrambling to duplicate the quick-and-healthy model without losing its core indulgers.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

New in town

Maru Sushi & Grill

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This will be the third location for the 4-year-old Okemos-based sushi restaurant, following Maru's forthcoming expansion in Grand Rapids, which is scheduled to open within the next six weeks.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

New in town

Biggby, Mikho's

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee closed, the owners issued a release blaming sluggish sales on a lack of adjacent retailers in the Stadium District, which prompted their decision to leave after four years. It will be interesting to see how Biggby deals with this challenge.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Shawarma safari

Food Fight gang seeks a dish fit for The Avengers

by ALLAN I. ROSS
If there's a preferred dish for superheroes who have just finished saving the world, it's shawarma. (Need your proof? Sit through the closing credits of "Marvel’s The Avengers" again.)
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

New in town

Lansing City Market

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The Lansing City Market may not be the new kid on the block anymore, but it continues to chug along like an eager-to-impress teenager working his first summer job.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

New in town

Sunrise Market/Rubie’s Paradise Salon

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Things are getting interesting on the 2300 block of East Michigan Avenue. On the south side of the street, tucked between Lansing Art Glass and the urgent care clinic, two new businesses are blooming in the summer heat.
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"We try to impart a feeling of global community into our students so they'll never want to be just cosmetologists," Seegraves said. "We try to make them hungry for more, to always want to be furthering their education. I mean, once you really open the truth about something, do you ever want to go back to that narrow state?"
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

New in town

Meat Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For years, the Old Town commercial scene has been, in a word, quaint (we’re casting a blind eye, Fish Ladder Tattoo and Golden Harvest). The charming boutique district, largely composed of art galleries and specialty retail and antique shops, is a mecca of tasteful décor but has thus-far been an antithetical hangout for red-blooded ‘merican males.
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