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West Orthodontics opens in DeWitt

DeWitt recently welcomed a new business to the Schavey Road Plaza. West Orthodontics, owned by Dr. Kristine West, occupied a spot in the plaza and officially opened in January. “My husband and I did a bunch of market research and demographics studies and it really supported the area of DeWitt,” said West. “I was fortunate enough there was space available.”

Practicing orthodontics in Lansing since 1999, West claims that opening this practice was “starting from scratch.”

“I’ve never started anything from scratch. It was kind of that uncharted territory in my final frontier that I’ve always wanted to do,” said West.

Dusty’s Cellar continues to serve Okemos after 31 years

 

Small and locally owned businesses are rare and often hard to find, but in the heart of Okemos stands Dusty’s Cellar: a wine bar, tap room, bakery, and cellar all in one. For over 37 years Dusty Cellar has been providing delicious baked goods, fine wine, and fresh hand carved meat for the Meridian and Okemos area. “In 1980 my dad, Dusty, founded this establishment which started off as a bakery in Meridian Mall and then in 1981 we moved from the all into this current location and we’ve been here since”. said Matt Rhodes, the current owner. The establishment started off with a bakery, specialty food, gourmet wine and cookware, which eventually got phased out and got turned into the first restaurant and 12 years later a second restaurant was added to the same location.

Williamston looks to expand downtown with new development program

Williamston has been working constantly to revitalize its downtown, according to Mayor Tammy Gilroy. One action the city has taken is inviting the National Main Street Center to do the Baseline Site Visit for Associate Level Michigan Main Street Communities. The goal of this assessment is “to evaluate the needs of the local community and provide direction in how the community is to move forward to the Select Level,” according to a flier by the National Main Street Center. The Main Street Program has been positive for the city so far. “We have been given a lot of information on all about what we can do to make Williamston a desirable destination,” Gilroy said.

Construction outside on the new L.O. Eye Care

A new business opening in the Marsh Road plaza

Construction on the new L.O. Eye Care, located at 5100 Marsh Rd., is going slower than expected. The new location opening on March 31, in Okemos presents other business opportunities for the surrounding businesses in the Marsh Road plaza. “We did run into an issue with a design component of the new office and after spending a couple of weeks trying to find a way to achieve the look we desired, the plan had to be altered,” said Lisa Rentz, who is ahead of the construction progress of the new L.O. Eye Care center in Okemos. “This resulted in a slight delay in our original timeline,” 

Rentz is the director of marketing for every L.O. Eye Care location in Michigan. “We have 11 other locations including two in East Lansing and one in Williamston as well,” said Rentz.