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Wednesday, July 23,2014

New in town

FOR CREPE SAKE/HORROCKS FARM MARKET TAVERN

by Allan I. Ross
With the grand opening this week of the new Lansing City Market lunch spot For Crêpe Sake, downtown diners can now get a fast, light lunch with upscale European sensibilities. Leave it to an American — the store’s owner, Mark Owen — to give a crêperie a name that takes all the pretense out of Continental dining.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

New in town

DEFYE/SMITH FLORAL & GREENHOUSES

by Allan I. Ross
Last month, Lansing-based fashion line DEFYE moved its headquarters from inside the Meridian Mall into the John Bean building, south of downtown Lansing. Owner/ designer Michael Doherty, 35, said he made the move in order to focus more on production and distribution of his clothing than retail.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Welcome to East Town

Eastside businesses transform neighborhood into cultural hub

by Allan I. Ross
Twenty years ago, Old Town wasn’t Old Town. It was North Town, a Bohemian neighborhood that even the people who lived there called “seedy.” Today, the quaint boutique district is home to art galleries, home decor stores, hair salons and a yoga studio. The New York Times even gave it a shout-out last year in an article about the Broad Art Museum. Old Town represent!
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Dropping the gallery, keeping the Creole

by Allan I. Ross
For 15 years, the Creole Gallery was a combination art exhibition space, community theater stage and music venue. But things are about to get a little spicier at 1218 Turner St. Al Hooper, husband of the building’s new owner, Jamie Schriner-Hooper, will work with his partners Sam Short and Aaron Matthews — the team behind last year’s Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern renovation — and transform the space into a restaurant with a familiar-sounding name: The Creole.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Déjà vu

Rom-drama trumps sci fi as love blooms in the foxholes

by Allan I. Ross
I will always hate “The Fault in Our Stars.” In the future, the romantic dramedy about dying teenagers falling in love will be heralded by the sentimental and loathed by the cynical as classic American heartbreak porn. The success of “Fault,” which exploded at the box office this weekend, will make a brand name out of author John Green, make stars out of its young leads, and its quotes will infect every corner of pop culture, providing handy new passwords for bleeding hearts from here to eternity. OK? OK.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

New in town

CRAVING´S GOURMET POPCORN - OKEMOS/MICHAEL O´S FOOD TRUCK

by Allan I. Ross
Food specialists in Lansing range from cupcake engineers to loaded hot dog vendors to wood-fired pizza chefs, but Chad Jordan lays claim to the city’s most lighthearted food title: He’s the No. 1 “popcorn connoisseur” (and owner/ operator) of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Fine dining

Jon Favreau returns to form with cutting comedy

by Allan I. Ross
Who pissed in Jon Favreau’s bisque? The writer/ director/ actor seethes through his role in “Chef” as a man whose life is thrown into turmoil after he abandons his integrity in a critcal career crossroads moment and pays for it. He’s so obsessed with work that he’s destroyed his marriage, he’s lost his girlish figure and he’s become an inattentive father. This guy’s got some serious angst.
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

New in town

TALLULAH´S FOLLY/MIDTOWN BREWING CO./THE STATE ROOM

by Allan I. Ross
A little less than four years after opening, eclectic Old Town flower and vintage shop Tallulah’s Folly will close for good in early July. Owner David Gregware made the decision last week, but didn’t make it official until Tuesday.
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Friday, May 30,2014

Decker’s Coffee closes

Owner claims downtown Lansing business will reopen, but no date set

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, May 30 — After a year under new ownership, Decker’s Coffee Co., also known as Cup of Dessert, closed for business today at 2 p.m. The closing was announced on the business’ Facebook page Thursday:
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Thursday, March 20,2014

‘I try to bring truth to the material’

INTERVIEW: Kingsley Leggs, co-star of ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, March 20 —Kingsley Leggs plays Sporting Life, the smooth-talking drug dealer in “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess,” playing through Sunday at the Wharton Center. He played Curtis Anderson, a smooth-talking gangster (do we detect a pattern here?) in last year’s “Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy.”
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