A rush of new grocery stores, restaurants, bars and specialty shops confirmed Lansing’s economic upswing this year. Thirteen may be perceived as an unlucky number, but for these businesses, 2013 was full of promise.
Last week, Mena Castriciano’s dining room table was covered with authentic Italian dishes. Breads, salads, finger foods, pasta dishes and piles — actual heaping piles — of desserts. Cakes on top of tortes on top of almond cookies. In all, Castriciano estimated there were about 200 items.
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing presented City Pulse with the 2013 Business Arts Award at its 34th Annual Holiday Glitter gala Tuesday night at the University Club. The event honors contributors to the mid-Michigan arts and culture scene in two categories: for individuals, with the Applause Award, and for businesses, with the Business Arts Award.
Work is underway on a second local location for Firehouse Subs, which is set to open Jan. 6 at 200 S. Washington Square in downtown. The space was formerly used for state offices. The restaurant is part of a national chain that boasts “700 locations and counting,” but owner Sam Shango was simply intown taken with the product.
Come for the hot girl-on-girl action, stay for a philosophical examination of the transformative, transcendental power of sex. In “Blue is the Warmest Color,” sex isn’t an act you engage in; it’s a food that’s consumed wholly and voraciously by a starving generation no longer boxed in by conventional ideas of identity.
The term “superstore” sure had a different meaning 75 years ago. That’s what the State Journal called the 10,000-squarefoot building at 1908 E. Michigan intown Ave. in Lansing’s East Side neighborhood when it was built in 1938 as an A&P Store. Today, it’s barely bigger than Meijer’s snack food aisle.
Friday, Nov. 8 — The East Lansing Film Festival hosts a filmmakers forum Saturday at noon featuring the writers, directors and stars behind some of this year’s films. One of the guests will be Justin Leach, an animator whose credits include “The Ice Age” franchise and “Rio,” the sequel for which comes out next year.