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.

Construction outside on the new L.O. Eye Care

A new business opening in the Marsh Road plaza

Construction on the new L.O. Eye Care, located at 5100 Marsh Rd., is going slower than expected. The new location opening on March 31, in Okemos presents other business opportunities for the surrounding businesses in the Marsh Road plaza. “We did run into an issue with a design component of the new office and after spending a couple of weeks trying to find a way to achieve the look we desired, the plan had to be altered,” said Lisa Rentz, who is ahead of the construction progress of the new L.O. Eye Care center in Okemos. “This resulted in a slight delay in our original timeline,” 

Rentz is the director of marketing for every L.O. Eye Care location in Michigan. “We have 11 other locations including two in East Lansing and one in Williamston as well,” said Rentz.

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Legacy of amusement park lives on at Lake Lansing Park South

In 1970, 6-year-old Kirk Frayer, now an employee at Haslett True Value Hardware, moved to a house near Lake Lansing in Haslett. He would come to spend summer days at Lake Lansing Amusement Park, which once sat on the site of what is now Lake Lansing Park South. “I was able to spend almost every day there from a woman who was watching me, and ride on the airplane thing, the Ferris wheel, all that,” Frayer said. “My grandma and grandpa used to go there when they were young, and yeah, that was a really nice place.”

According to Meridian Township historical records held at the Haslett Library, the park featured the Dodgem, a small wooden covered stage and seating area where bands would perform, a hand-crafted wooden carousel, and a wooden roller coaster that operated for 60 years. Lifelong Haslett resident Lisa Harkness said she also remembers riding a tilt-a-whirl, cups, and a Ferris wheel at the park.

The historic 1903 house seeing little visitors during the week.

New home, new chapter as Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame set to move from Lansing to Okemos

Thirty years have passed since the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame moved into the historic Cooley-Haze House in downtown Lansing. Now, it’s time for a new chapter in the museum’s history. The museum will be packing its bags and moving into its new home at the Meridian Mall in Okemos. “We are really seeing the positive sides of this move,” said Caitlyn Perry Dial, the interim executive director. “We have been here for so long, it really show’s our longevity, and we see this as turning a new page and starting a new chapter in our history.”

Mitten Raised Bakery is in the process of construction.

Mitten Raised Bakery to open soon in Okemos

 

Katie Ann Lambert, a native of Michigan, had been traveling across the country for eight years, from Colorado to Hawaii and after working for someone else, she decided she wanted her own. So Mitten Raised Bakery that once was an idea finally became reality. “My brother actually came up with the name. After going back and forth about it, I came back to where I was from so the name stuck,” said Lambert. Lambert bought the store last year and planned to open this past December but with a few hiccups hopes to open her store in mid March.

Owner of Gluten Free Rox stands proud behind her table at Meridian Township   farmer's market.

Meridian Mall hosts farmer’s market

 

 

On the first and third Saturday of every month from December to April, shoppers at Meridian Mall can stop and browse the natural and locally grown produce sold at the Meridian Mall farmer’s market. Instead of the usual limitation of fast food served at the mall’s food court, shoppers can bypass the food court and browse tables filled with an assortment of different homemade and homegrown goodies. “The farmer’s market has been around for over 40 years,” said Christine Miller, Meridian farmer’s market manager. “The success of the market has been from the great support of customers and vendors over the years. This affects the community by providing them with access to fresh, local products and helping the local economy.”

Meridian Township’s Director of Parks and Recreation, LuAnn Maisner, said around 45 vendors set up shop up and down the JCPenney corridor.

Meijer and Chick-fil-A talk about possible increase in traffic

 

Chick-fil-A is opening its first store in Okemos, just a couple months after opening a store in the Lansing area. They are expecting to open on Mar. 30 at 2055 W. Grand River, in front of the Meijer. Meijer sold their out-lot in front of their store to Chick-fil-A, so they don’t expect Chick-fil-A to be detrimental to their store. When Chick-fil-A opened in Lansing late last year,it brought increased traffic in the shopping center parking lot where it is located.

Feb. 13, Haslett High School on a cloudy Monday afternoon.

Student unions celebrate Black History Month

On Tuesday Feb. 7, the Meridian Township board passed a resolution in support of Black History Month. As a district, Meridian Township is very diverse and is proud of the black heritage in its community. “Our district is also frequently looking for ways to further educate students on the importance of acceptance,” said Brixie. Brixie, is the treasurer of Meridian Township.