Local Businesses

Blue Owl Coffee Bike Now in East Lansing

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blue Owl Coffee founder Nick Berry is bringing his coffee bike to East Lansing on weekday mornings. We talked to him and City staff member Heather Pope to learn about how the new concessionaire licensing program is working.

Charlie Kang’s Gets Permission to Sell Alcohol

Thursday, September 14, 2017

City Council has granted Charlie Kang’s restaurant its request to sell alcohol. The long-time downtown East Lansing establishment plans to do so at its new location.

What’s the Population of East Lansing?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

What’s the population of East Lansing? How many of those people are “permanent” residents? And what percentage of tax revenue in East Lansing currently comes from homeowners versus businesses?

PR Firm Being Hired to Help Downtown Businesses Survive Redevelopments

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Downtown Development Authority has decided to spend $20,000 to hire a PR firm to try to help businesses downtown survive anticipated major construction from the Park District and Center City District projects. Why aren't those projects moving forward yet?

Why So Much Vacant Retail Space Downtown?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Why is there so much unrented retail space downtown? ELi's Alice Dreger asked East Lansing's Director of Planning, Tim Dempsey, to explain.

Tensions Persist as Legal Costs Grow in Farmers’ Market Lawsuit

Monday, July 24, 2017

Postcards, emails, and phone calls are still coming in, calling on the City of East Lansing to change its position on a local farmers' market vendor suing the City over religious freedom. But the City is determined to defend its civil rights policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

City Sued by Farmers’ Market Vendor Over Alleged First Amendment Violation

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Country Mill is suing the City of East Lansing, alleging the business has been excluded from the East Lansing’s Farmer’s Market “solely because the City dislikes the farmer’s profession of his religious beliefs about marriage on Facebook.” ELi brings you the details.

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