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Wednesday, March 6,2013

New in town

Lansing's Fire House No. 8

by Allan I. Ross
One of two things lay ahead for Jeff Brenner, who purchased Lansing's iconic Fire Station No. 8 in January: Either make it the new headquarters for his company, Brenner Heating and Cooling, or transform the 9,000-square-foot building into a theater and launch a performing arts school inside.
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Wednesday, November 14,2012

Silver Bells playbook

Annual holiday extravaganza takes over downtown on Friday

by Allan I. Ross
After last year's abbreviated winter (seen as a reprieve by many mid-Michigan cryophobes), the calendar has finally reset itself back to cold weather mode, whether we like it or not.
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Wednesday, November 14,2012

New in town

Greater Lansing Convention & Vistors Bureau & Hibachi's House

by Allan I. Ross
Last week, the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau, headquartered in the Stadium District in Lansing, cut the ribbon at its new satellite office across the street from the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Spell check

Quirky comedy gives middle school 'oddballs' their moment in the spotlight

by Allan I. Ross
If you show up this weekend for Over the Ledge's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," it might be a good idea to thumb through a dictionary real quick, or at least catch up on the latest headlines on Huffington Post — you may just end up going toe-to-toe with the actors.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

New in town

Alternative and Complementary Care Natural Healing & Wellness Solutions

by Allan I. Ross
The school year's back, and with it come tense shoulders from hunching over keyboards, anxiety from juggling a variety of activities and headaches from too much, um, studying. Yeah, that's it, studying. Now, you have several choices of how to deal with these afflictions, with most of them involving popping pills or six-hour "Breaking Bad" marathons to unwind. Fortunately, there's another option: Alternative and Complementary Care Natural Healing & Wellness Solutions — or just ACC, for short — a new full-service natural healing and wellness center in downtown Lansing.
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

The world is your study hall

by Allan I. Ross
Study hall used to be either a punishment or a blow off, depending on which side of the C-level you and your GPA lived. It was just you and several other highly motivated crammers — or professional nappers — packed into a quiet room, with anything above a whisper earning a sharp "shh!"
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

New in town

Bar 30 & spare time entertainment center

by Allan I. Ross
The number 30 has inspired generations of navel-gazers to contemplate their unproductive lives and try to figure out where all the time went. In fact, card companies and party supply stores have made a good living selling dour 30th birthday paraphernalia, goading guests of honor into feeling prematurely over the hill. It's funny, then, that Bar 30 chose to slap that number right there in their name, numerophobes be damned.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

New in town

That's How we Brew, State Side Deli & Uncle Larry's Ribs

by Allan I. Ross
Patrick Brazil recently added the new brewing supply store That's How We Brew inside his year-old, roll-your-own smoke shop That's How We Roll. That's just how he rolls, I guess.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

Wholly guacamole

Food Fight tackles Mexican mainstay

by Allan I. Ross
You'd think a decent guacamole recipe wouldn't be that difficult to pull off — just smash an avocado, add a bunch of spices and dip your chip in, right? But oh man, is there ever some wiggle room for getting it so right and getting it so, so wrong.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

New in town

Toarmina's Pizza

by Allan I. Ross
Now, I’d seen the sign in their window during construction claiming they were going to have the biggest pizza in town, but when I saw the flier for Toarmina’s Pizza, which opened this week at 2011 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing, my eyes just about popped out of my head: &ldquo...
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