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.

Cars fill the parking lot of Olympic Broil, no matter the time of day. The restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. Photo by Kaley Fech.

Olympic Broil withstands the test of time

As he sits in his restaurant, Olympic Broil owner Mike Alexander interacts with almost every customer that walks through the door, and he knows many of them by name. Like a typical boy growing up in Michigan in the 1960s, Alexander spent his summer days wandering down to the river with his friends to drop a fishing line in the water and hang out. “One summer they were building the Dog n Suds,” Alexander said. “Being the young guys we were, my friend and I thought it was great to watch the welders work.”

At the time, Alexander had no idea he’d spend the majority of his life working in this very same place. Originally a Dog n Suds in the 1960s, Mike’s father Jim Alexander acquired the property at 1320 N. Grand River Ave.

Ozone's Brewhouse has been very successful ever since it has arrived last Spring. Located on 305 Beaver St. Photo by Joshua chung

Old Town a magnet for unique, non-chain businesses

With new buildings coming into Old Town this past year, Old Town has expanded its borders to the biggest it has ever been. Although why are these businesses heading to Old Town to start? One draw is that Old Town is known for being a very artistic and hipster type of town with many common coffee shops and young fashion-type of stores. Recently, two new establishments have opened known as The Grid Arcade and Bar that includes an arcade inside a bar, which is something different than what Old Town has had in the past. Also opening was the Ozone’s Brewhouse that recently opened last spring, which is located on 305 Beaver St.

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.

Located on the corner of Lake Lansing Road and Preyde Boulevard sits the 332,751 square foot Eastwood Towne Center (Photo/ Madison Job)

Eastwood Towne Center becoming the “center of attention” for mid-Michigan retail

Opened in 2002, Eastwood Towne Center has brought new forms of work and leisure to the residents of Lansing Township. Emily Desrochers, who is the general manager for Eastwood, said that the outdoor shopping center truly is the “center of attention.”

“With a unique lineup already including Forever 21, Sephora, Apple and NCG Cinemas, we continue to look for ways to add as many attractive retailers to support our project and the Lansing community,” Desrochers said. “Supported by our strong lineup of shops, services restaurants and entertainment, Eastwood Towne Center’s target audience is women between the ages 18 to 55.”

In order to maintain community outreach the variety of stores and brands target their own market with social media. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide the opportunity to deliver the tenants their own tailored communication that reach their entire social community. Aimed at “younger knowledge workers” employee at Victoria’s Secret Rachel Niceveski said she normally sees women in their 30s and 40s who are shopping for their nieces or daughters for a gift or birthday present.