Kean’s Candy Shoppe, established in 1928 and located in downtown Mason, pictured.

Mason ice cream and candy store remains unfazed by technology

MASON — While data shows less and less people have time to go out shopping these days, family-owned ice cream and candy shops remain flourishing with customers and life. “Until they figure out a way to have a drone deliver a handcrafted chocolate malt, I think we’re going to be all right,” joked Shawn Sodman, owner of The Daily Scoop. Sodman and his wife Kathy have been owning and operating the ice cream parlor for seven years and offer a wide variety of ice cream, milkshakes, malts, sundaes and even grilled cheese. All of the ice cream and cheese is provided courtesy of the MSU Dairy Store. “Me and my softball team try to go to the Daily Scoop after every game,” said 11-year-old Samantha Bennett.

Kelly Lea with daughters: Left - Mazey Lea, Right - Mackenzie Lea

What is middle class?

Americans often categorize themselves as “middle class,” even those in the top 5 percent of all earners, according to the Pew Research Center. But who’s really considered middle class? About half of American adults lived in middle-income households in 2014, according to a recent Pew Research analysis. As recent as 2014, that could be anywhere between $24,000 and $73,000 for a single person and $42,000 and $126,000 for a family of three. While the household income needed to be considered part of the middle class has increased, the number of people who meet that standard has decreased.

Professor of Finance at Michigan State University Professor of Finance Andrei Simonov.

Gap between rich and poor is getting wider

Your chances of beating out mom and dad financially are lower than you think.

Americans born in the 1940s had a 92 percent chance of earning more money than their parents. By the 1960s, that number had dropped by almost a third, to 62 percent. And by the 1980s, the chances were only 50 percent, according to The Equality of Opportunity Project.

Dr. Peter Chiaravalli volunteers his time at the Volunteers of America Michigan Dental Clinic.

How do people descend into poverty and how does that affect Lansing?

Eviction blindsides many people at the bottom of the income scale. Citizens in poverty – those people making equal to or less than $12,000 annually in a single-person family according to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation – are in a tough situation because they have no resource net besides their paychecks.