How Old Town stays afloat

You will always find some type of event happening in Old Town. Why? The neighborhood doesn’t receive any money from the state so these events help raise funds to pay for everything from trash removal to hanging baskets. “We don’t actually get any funding from the state,” Old Town Commercial Association board president Jamie Schriner said. “The largest way that we raise funding is through putting on events.”

Schriner said these festivals include the Old Town Oktoberfest, ScrapFest, and the Chocolate Walk.

Small business means big responsibility: how one “millennipreneur” juggles his roles

DETROIT — Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Joe Murphy is the district digital manager at General Motors. He buttons up his shirt, slips on a tie and leaves his downtown Detroit apartment, heading into the office. After his work day ends, he moves full-time into his position as founder of David Vintage. His company’s website reads, “Haute couture streetwear created in Detroit.” Murphy is a member of Generation Y, which, according to a report from BNP Paribas, is responsible for an increased number of companies.

Could shopping be addictive?

Everyone have experienced that urge to buy that one item on sale. Maybe, you walked past those shoes that you couldn’t leave the store without? Now imagine having that feeling constantly. About 18 million adults in America, are shopping addicts, or compulsive shoppers according to a study on Healthline. This type of retail therapy can not only be destructive financially, but emotionally as well.

Q & A: How an American purchases Korean cosmetics

SEOUL — According to the data examined by International Trade Administration in 2016, South Korea is the eighth-largest cosmetics market in the world, representing nearly 3.0 percent of the global market. When it comes to the total exports of the cosmetics, the amount increased approximately 61.6 percent from the previous year. As more Korean cosmetics are being exported to foreign countries, the number of foreigners who buy and use cosmetics from South Korea continues its upward trend. Emily Nguyen, a junior at Michigan State University, is a Vietnamese-American. After watching a YouTube video on skin care routines which consisted of a lot of Korean brands, Nguyen began to purchase cosmetics from South Korea.

Does social media affect our spending?

In the era of social media in this digital age, everyone have some type of social account. From parents, friends, even your favorite brands have a page. On platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and more are getting smarter on how to gain more consumers. Michigan State student Kevin Nichols can adhere to the social media marketing. “I follow certain brands on Instagram as well fashion blogs, to get ideas,” said Nichols.

Beloved suburban Detroit trading post closing its doors

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. — The Gibraltar Trade Center, a popular trading post on the weekends for so many people, has announced that it will be closing its Mount Clemens location at the end of next month. According to their website they are going “in a new direction.”

The property that the Mount Clemens location sits on has been sold, but will continue to have the scheduled shows and the “weekend public market” until its closing on Aug. 27th. This comes as a surprise after 37 years of business.

Flea market, antique stores continue to flourish in Lansing

In the City of Lansing, residents can find numerous flea market and antique stores, including Capitol City Pickers Vintage Marketplace, Dicker & Deal Second Hand Store, The Mega Mall and Vintage Junkies. Each of these stores has something in common – they cater to the same community. “When it comes to flea markets and antique stores, you can find different types of consumers,” said Ayalla Ruvio, an assistant professor of marketing at Michigan State University. “There are the ones that are generally interested in antiques. There are those people that do it for professional reasons.

REO Town community finds its post-industrial place in the world


REO Town, a Lansing district located south of downtown, is considered the United States birthplace of the commercial automobile. The district is named after Ransom Eli Olds, an entrepreneur who founded the REO Motor Car Company in 1905. From 1905 to 1975, a major manufacturing plant for the REO Motor Car Company was located in REO Town. The plant gave a significant financial boost to the district, supplying both jobs and outside interest. Since production ceased in 1975, the automotive industry has remained the major employer in REO Town, with more than 2,000 workers employed by the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.