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Are offices the best use of ground-level storefronts? Some in Old Town think not

With Old Town looking to expand in 2017, some residents are concerned with businesses renting and buying out recently-closed restaurants or retail stores near them and using the ground-level storefronts for office space. Old Town is filled with vibrant, exclusive, and unique shops. However, there has been some controversy when there is a vacant building that recently just closed, as some businesses tend to rent out that building for office space instead of letting other future shops rent or buy it out, according to some residents. Andrea Kerbuski, a frequent Old Town customer, wishes there were more different options such as quick restaurants and other different shops. She hopes that some businesses will try to transition office spaces to upstairs spaces to create more retail and restaurant space at the street level.

Image of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. Photo taken by Andy Chmura

Nearby MSU gets cash registers to ring in Holt

For some, in order to enjoy their favorite sports team they need to be in their favorite restaurant or bar enjoying their favorite drinks and appetizers. This increase in customers benefit businesses financially but restaurant owners know not to depend on these customers for sales every weekend because they are “band wagoners” that will stop supporting their team if they stop winning. Michigan State sports have been major players in weekend activities for residents and in nearby Holt and Delhi Township. Holt and Delhi Township are only about 10 miles away from Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, but fans that cannot make it to the game travel to their local bar and grills to enjoy the game with other fans. Restaurant owners take advantage of these customers to help increase their sales by making appetizers and drinks half-off and by purchasing larger televisions so that customers can sit at their tables to relax and enjoy the games instead of having to sit at the bar.

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The key to good Holt-brewed coffee? “Start with a good bean.”

Neither knew a thing about the coffee business. Tim was “vehemently against” coffee. Shawn’s furthest foray into coffee was a cup or two on a regular basis. Still, after personally attending to the business’ account, the opportunity to grow the company further was too good to pass up.

And so they said yes.

Yet, after a decade of growing the now the thirty year plus business into an international wholesale supplier of premium coffee beans and products, the same meticulous care that went into building the company is given even to the gloves of the business’ main roaster.

75 flavors, an international presence and a niche in the one of the world’s most traded commodities, all resides on the corner of Aurelius Road and Cedar Street in a moderate brown building.

Williamston bakery celebrates Fat Tuesday

The Groovy Donuts shop knew Fat Tuesday was coming and they prepared for it weeks in advance. Paczki is their specialty on this day, bringing in hundreds of people from the community for just that. Elizabeth Rugh, a worker who has been at the shop for a year and a half, emphasized how hectic Fat Tuesday is compared to any other workday, especially due to the paczki. “Compared to a normal day, it’s probably been about 5 times as busy. As far as paczki, we’ve sold hundreds and the day isn’t even over yet,” Rugh said.