Record-level flood forces Old Town business to work remotely

Ciesa Design located in Old Town experienced basement flooding Wednesday morning with the water rising 2 inches an hour, said owner Lauren Ciesa. He said he arrived at 7 a.m. with the basement floors still dry, but the water began rising rapidly. “We’re holding back another foot-and-a-half of water. So, we would be (at) about three feet if a window or door broke,” he said. The physical damages caused by the flood will include the kitchen used as a break room.

Understanding demographics help Old Town restaurants succeed

Old Town Lansing has an abundance of local restaurants and owners have to understand the market, said the owner of Meat Southern BBQ, Sean Johnson. With 19 restaurants in Old Town, each owner had to start from the beginning in gaining their own customers. Tamiko Richard, owner of JN Press Juice, said she wanted to educate the market about being more health-conscious with what they put in their bodies. “We (her family) want to be healthy ourselves. You are able to tell more people about it once you start with yourself,” she said.

Old Town works as a community to maintain historical downtown

Old Town maintains its historical district denomination through the Michigan Main Street program. The program has four core points: economic vitality, design, organization and promotion. Brittney Hoszkiw, Community assistance team specialist for Michigan Economic Development Corp,  said the Main Street Four Point was created in the idea of building economic development through the root of historic preservation. According to National Register of Historical Place, North Lansing developed in 1843. Old Town grew to be the original downtown of Lansing.