DeWitt recently welcomed a new business to the Schavey Road Plaza. West Orthodontics, owned by Dr. Kristine West, occupied a spot in the plaza and officially opened in January. “My husband and I did a bunch of market research and demographics studies and it really supported the area of DeWitt,” said West. “I was fortunate enough there was space available.”
Practicing orthodontics in Lansing since 1999, West claims that opening this practice was “starting from scratch.”
“I’ve never started anything from scratch. It was kind of that uncharted territory in my final frontier that I’ve always wanted to do,” said West.
Northpointe Community Church has been up and running in DeWitt since 1840—177 years this May. “We have been blessed over the years, and I can’t thank God enough,” said lead pastor Rick Ruble. “Most churches have significant and steady growth the first 15 to 20 years, and then a plateau that lasts for a few decades occurs before decline sets in and the church eventually dies.”
The lifespan of a church is similar to that of a human, but this historical church has outlasted all of those in it’s community and in nearby areas. Last May, the church wanted to create a community service project that would help give back to the members of the DeWitt Township community. Their mission at Northpointe is to impact their neighborhoods, their workplaces, and their communities with the grace that Jesus showed.
Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the Secretary of Education after a 51-50 vote on the Senate floor. The DeVos nomination sparked controversy because of her career of fighting for charter schools, private schools and religious schools.
Conquest Fitness has expanded by recently opening their second location in DeWitt and will have a Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, February 23 from 3 – 4:30pm. Former MSU basketball player, Andre Hutson, started Conquest Fitness opening its first location in Bath in 2012. Later B Strong Fitness and Conquest Fitness joined together in opening their latest location in DeWitt. David Mollitor and Dr. Pat Quain were the owners of B Strong Fitness and merged with Andre Huston to open another Conquest Fitness and brought on the fourth owner, Scott Gillespie. “They’ve [Mollitor and Quain] always had this vision to add the sports performance end of it,” Michelle Mollitor said.
On Feb. 13, downtown DeWitt will be home to a new craft coffee shop owned by 31-year-old Justin Hartig. “My goal is to kind of change the culture of coffee,” said Hartig, “to kind of put a little edge to the coffee shop scene.”
The Crafted Bean will have a modern atmosphere with a 50’s twist to it. Using vinyl records provided by East Lansing’s “The Record Lounge,” Hartig plans to cover the floor with them to add to the shop’s character. “I had notebooks full of different ideas,” said Hartig.