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In the middle of the night, partway through a cross-country drive, I unfolded myself from the driver’s seat at another random gas station. Someone special was waiting at the east end of Interstate 90, but the rig and I both needed fuel.  more
After years of dormancy following the closure of its storefront in 2017, the East Lansing Food Co-op is working to finalize plans to return this summer as part of the Allen Neighborhood Center. The project, tentatively titled the Eastside Lansing Food Co-Op, will see the co-op return later this year as a functioning grocery store.  more
The Eastside Lansing Food Co-op, ELFCO, is re-opening in the Allen Neighborhood Center. more
James Defrees started 517 Coffee Co. in his basement about seven years ago. He only had six hundred bucks to get from those humble beginnings, and he established himself as a wholesaler — selling his beans at multiple locations across Lansing. more
Game Stock  [Video]
Flash in the Pan is food writer Ari LeVaux’s weekly recipe column. It runs in about 100 newspapers nationwide, nourishing food sections large and small with complete protein for the … more
A breakfast chain opening a new restaurant in Okemos next month reportedly donated thousands of dollars to President Donald Trump. more
Jim MacQueen watched Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest press conference from his empty sports bar on Monday afternoon, hoping it didn’t include any added restrictions on restaurants. more
From living in her car to running her own successful smoothie business out of the Allen Neighborhood Center, Ramona’s story is inspirational for anybody looking to finally step out on their own. more
“Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?” asked then-Senator Barack Obama, during an Iowa campaign rally in 2007. There was no Whole Foods in Iowa at the time, and his gaffe, and the inevitable backlash, all became known as  “Arugula-gate.”  more
Facebook Marketplace is a hotspot for homemade carryout. But unless the food is made in a licensed food kitchen, it’s illegal — and can be potentially dangerous to your health, health officials warned. more
Flash in the Pan is food writer Ari LeVaux’s weekly recipe column. It runs in about 100 newspapers nationwide, nourishing food sections large and small with complete protein for the belly … more
The Avenue Café, one of Lansing’s favorite east side neighborhood haunts that functions as a bar, concert venue and ramen restaurant, is shutting its doors until March. more
Two local joints that have popped up since fall you may have missed are Social Cloth Cafe & Bakery and Sunshine Diner. more
Roots rock  [Video]
I was on the hunt for the Winter Pebbles, an assortment of turnips, potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnip and winter radishes that some enterprising farmers at the market sell as a mix. They look like a basket of gleaming jewels. They remind me of Fruity Pebbles, the breakfast of Flintstones.   more
Need plans for the weekend? Why not check out the Meridian Township Farmers’ Market’s renovated digs? The market is stepping in 2021 on Saturday by opening up its winter season outdoors at its new Marketplace on the Green Venue at 1995 Central Park Drive, Okemos. more
It’s a new year, so what better time to catch up with some new businesses in town? more
A floor speech by state Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, last month alleged that Michigan Liquor Control Commission inspectors preyed on the “human compassion” of the owners of Charlie’s Bar and Grill in Potterville by suspending its liquor license for operating despite a state-ordered shutdown during the pandemic.  more
As part of Meridian Township's Village of Okemos project, the Travelers Club International Restaurant & Tuba Museum is undergoing demolition. A neighboring block, the former home of Bottoms Up Lingerie and Okemos Ace Hardware, is scheduled for demolition next week. more
The New Year is often a time to contemplate one’s relationship with calories. After months of culturally sanctioned gluttony, we find ourselves suddenly facing a cold empty chasm, facing a familiar question: will we fill this void with purpose, or leftover eggnog?  more
You probably don’t need to be reminded that it was a hard year for local business, but it’s an impossible fact to avoid when recapping 2020. As soon as the coronavirus pandemic took full effect in March and the first wave of “Stay Home, Stay Safe” orders were in place, the world of brick and mortar took a vicious throttling. more
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