Ace Hardware and Mitten Raised Bakery are few of many businesses in Downtown Okemos that have now closed, leaving the area lifeless and uninhabited. Bottoms Up dancewear shop is one of the last businesses still afloat, but not for much longer. “It just seemed like a good time to go. It was such a hard decision to leave our lovely customers, but after working so many long hours all these years, it is time for a new adventure,” Bottoms Up owner, Sherry Fisher, said. After 40 years, Fisher will be moving to Florida to start a new life.
Chantel Booker has always seen herself as creative. It was no surprise that her creativity would land her somewhere big… the Big Apple! “I’ve always been different,” said the 4th year Apparel & Textile Design student. “I even had an art based curriculum in high school.”
Postal clerk, Phil Luce, has been in the postal industry for over 30 years, but his career his officially coming to an end. “I retired, sat at home for a few years, then was offered this position,” said Luce. The Michigan State Union post office has been servicing the East Lansing community for over 40 years. However, that will all come to an end on December 14th, 2018. The post office is shutting down due to lack of usage and unbalanced operational costs and is just one of the many offices going out of business across the country.
“It’s something that started out as a hobby and ended up as a business,” said owner of Lansing Athletics, Al Salas. Thirty years later and Lansing Athletics still hasn’t gone out of style. “Well, we have seen a couple of changes within the past ten years, and one of them has been online shopping,” said Salas. Salas probably prays that he can keep his store open in a mall these days. “Here in the Lansing mall, we probably have about 25 percent vacancy,” said Salas.
By NICK KIPPER
Capital News Service
LANSING — A U.S. district judge in Detroit has ruled that a Michigan law banning out-of-state retailers from directly shipping wine to consumers is unconstitutional, a ruling which may soon be trumped by an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case. The day before the ruling in Detroit, the Supreme Court agreed to review a Tennessee case that may decide whether the 21st Amendment allows states to grant liquor licenses only to in-state retailers. “Every federal court of appeals has looked at this issue and said that states can do this,” said Spencer Nevins, the president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. “The judge’s ruling, in our opinion, does not mirror the precedent that’s out there.”
The lawsuit was filed by three Michigan wine consumers, a wine merchant and an alcohol retailer based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, against Gov. Rick Snyder, Attorney Gen. Bill Schuette and Andy Deloney, the chair of the Liquor Control Commission. The Wholesalers Association intervened in the case and joined the state in supporting Michigan’s liquor law.
This week on the Spartan News Update:
A rally formed against President Trump
Government phone alerts for national crisis
Toys-R-US comeback ? Tornadoes in Rockland
Breast Cancer: Processed foods
Last spring, the 7-Eleven and Georgio’s Pizza on the corner of Grand River Ave. and Bogue St. were demolished. Construction for a brand new building is now officially underway. “HUB On Campus East Lansing” is a new high rise apartment building that is expected to open by the fall of 2019.
Construction keeps spreading in East Lansing… between road closures and traffic, parking can be impossible. However, there is a bee flying around town that might help take the sting out of finding a place to park. “Find the Bee, Park for Free,” happens two times a week in the downtown East Lansing area near the shops and restaurants. “We post a picture on social media, five parking meters are covered, and that provides free parking for the day, that’s over $700 a month in free parking,” said Amy Schlusler-Schmitt, Community Development & Engagement Manager of East Lansing.
On this episode of Focal Point News, we find out who is behind charging those new scooters on campus. Also, say goodbye to the ‘$5 footlong.’ Plus, students get innovative with making their own video games that are catching the eyes of major corporations. A new MSU art lab has expanded to downtown, have you checked it out? In sports, a recap of the game against IU and a look forward to the one against CMU.
It’s becoming easier and easier to save time on grocery shopping with services such as curbside pickup and fastlane, but one company is quickly becoming one of the largest delivery services in the country. According to its website, Shipt launched in the summer of 2014 in the heart of the Magic City, Birmingham, Ala., and was founded on the mission of simplifying lives by servicing members, shoppers, and communities by offering convenience and freedom. Now, just four short years later Shipt operates in 30 major metros throughout the U.S.–more than any other grocery service. They deliver in as soon as an hour and since memberships travel with their members, they can order anywhere that Shipt is available. Theresa Loew, a Shipt shopper in the Grand Rapids, Mich., metro area said it’s the most flexible yet rewarding job she could imagine having and a win-win for shoppers and customers.
On the corner of Cedar Street and Grand River Avenue, the giant P on the wall above a waterfall marks the location of Preuss Pets.