Local Businesses

Michigan Shirt Works Owner Brings Innovation to and Hopes for EL Downtown

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ted Wilson, owner and founder of Michigan Shirt Works, wants downtown East Lansing to once again be a family destination. His aim is to become known for providing innovative design services and for providing fun for families in East Lansing while printing any design on any article of apparel.. “When I was growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, my family and others regularly came to downtown East Lansing,” Wilson says, adding, “That’s not the case anymore, and I want to be part of changing that.”

Ask ELi: How Much Money Goes from BWL to Lansing?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Note: This article begins a new weekly Friday feature of ELi called “Ask ELi to Investigate.” This feature takes questions from readers and assigns a citizen-reporter to investigate the answer. If you’d like to submit a question for “Ask ELi to investigate,” use our contact form.

A reader asks: How much money does the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) give from its profits to the City of Lansing each year?

Autumn Fest and Stock-Up Time, Sunday at the Market

Friday, October 3, 2014

East Lansing residents who are fine with an hour out in classic Michigan autumn weather can enjoy the East Lansing Farmers’ Market annual Autumn Fest this Sunday, October 5, from 10 am through 2 pm. Besides all the familiar weekly vendors’ latest offerings, Autumn Fest will include free cider, donuts, and wagon rides. Children can also enjoy a variety of games and activities.

East Lansing Info to Host Public Q&A Tuesday

Sunday, September 28, 2014
The ELi logo

East Lansing Info (ELi), East Lansing’s non-profit news cooperative, will be hosting an informational meeting for community members this Tuesday evening. Those interested in acting as citizen-reporters for or just interested in knowing more about ELi, should attend on Tuesday, September 30, 6:30-7:30 pm at the East Lansing Public Library conference room.

Outdoor Cafes Busy in Fall

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Perhaps because we have serious winters in East Lansing, when the weather is nice the outdoor cafes and pubs fill up. The current stretch of temperate, dry weather led this reporter to ask a non-scientific sample of locals for their two or three favorite places to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of beer outside.

EL Farmers' Market Vendor Profile: Spoonful of Granola's Sara Beer

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sara Beer doesn’t just show up at the East Lansing Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings with homemade granola and a great smile. A tremendous amount of work goes into every week of selling Spoonful of Granola at the Market, and for Beer, that work is a labor of love.

“My favorite thing,” she says,” is to see people love what I do. I like the fact that I’m making something homemade that’s not full of sugar, and is pretty much a super food – it covers all the food groups if you add dairy.”

Mackerel Sky: Witness to Downtown Changes

Friday, September 19, 2014
art glass at Mackerel Sky

Mackerel Sky has functioned as a kind of “anchor store” to East Lansing’s downtown shopping district from the time it was founded in 1990. Since 1969, husband-and-wife team Tom and Linda Dufelmeier, Mackerel Sky’s owners, have worked almost continuously within a one-block radius. This means they have witnessed four decades of change in East Lansing’s downtown. While they are troubled by the current state of downtown (as noted below), what has not changed is their affection for the regular customers of their business.

East Lansing Info Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The ELi logo

East Lansing Info (Eli) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to help cover their first six months operating costs. Using the IndieGoGo platform, the campaign was launched this morning and gives contributors a wide choice of ‘perks’, based on donation level. Perks include coffee mugs, t-shirts, house concerts by Eli board member Michael Lawrence’s band Jackalope, local artwork, and an invitation to a swank party at board president Alice Dreger’s home. Eli needs to raise $20,000 during the 45 day duration of the campaign.