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Memberships program fuel Old Town businesses

The Old Town Commercial Association has successfully implemented a membership program for more than two decades to increase community involvement while keeping foot-traffic coming to the shops. Starting in the late 1990s, Old Town’s individual and business membership programs have helped to keep those interested in being a part of the neighborhood coming back for more, OTCA board president, Jamie Schriner, said. “It helps to show their support for the community,” Schriner said. “It helps to bring in funding and resources, but then if they become members, it means that they’re going to come down here and support the community and support the businesses.”

For an individual, a membership allows you to receive discounts at participating shops, restaurants, and businesses. There are incentives that attract businesses to join like features of their business in newsletters.

Old Town gives to local schools

Old Town restaurants and shops are raising money for local schools in a project called Shop 4 Schools. On Nov. 18, participating retailers in the neighborhood gave 18 percent of customers check-out total to participating schools in the area. Lynn Ross, owner of Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, organized this event based on a similar fundraiser the city of Grand Haven does, where they raised almost $10,000 last year. “A lot of local, small local businesses, don’t have the means to be able to donate items to silent auctions or monetary donations,” Ross said.

Thanksgiving brings various traditions to MSU

With Thanksgiving this Thursday, Michigan State students are planning on celebrating the holiday with their family and friends. Students with international backgrounds have different ways of celebrating the American tradition. Chesca Alvarez, a senior from Novi, has a different Thanksgiving than everyone else. “My family actually eats Japanese food during Thanksgiving so we don’t really have, like, the typical Thanksgiving,” she said. While she can’t do Thanksgiving with her parents because they are in the Philippines, she gets to celebrate Thanksgiving with her siblings.

Old Town looking for new board member

There is an open seat in Old Town’s board committee and board members are actively looking for potential candidates. They are also accepting applications from those interested in the position. The board has been around since 1996 and oversees what the Old Town Commercial Association does, said Jamie Schriner, the board president. “We’re responsible for the money and making sure that everything is being handled the way it should be and for raising money for the organization,” Schriner said. The board decides anything from finances to hiring the executive director, said vice president Rick Preuss, owner of Preuss Pets.

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