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.

Bars in Meridian Twp. use social media to bring in football fans

 

ESPN recorded that the NFL’s viewership has declined by 8 percent. However, sports bars in Meridian Township were still packed Super Bowl Sunday. According to Statista, an average of 111.3 million people tuned in to watch the Patriots defeat the Falcons in a stunning overtime victory on Super Bowl Sunday. Even though the NFL’s viewership has been on the decline, sports bars were still packed on Super Bowl Sunday. Most sports bars like to use promotions to draw a crowd for Super Bowl Sunday.

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A hidden gem in the woods of Okemos

 

On the south bank of the Red Cedar, hiding behind thick oak trees and melting snow sits Meridian Townships hidden gem: The Harris Nature Center. A little building with a big job- preserving the surrounding quality of nature. The Harris Nature Center, established in 1997, is home to six miles of various wildlife and nature trails. The work done at the center and by its faculty prove the animals are not the only ones dedicated to their ecosystem. The Harris Nature Center offers learning opportunities for all ages and special events for every season.

Al-Lin's Floral & Gifts truck, parked and ready to deliver flowers for the Holiday.

Roses are red, but increased floral sales bring the green

Although they may not have time to stop and smell the roses themselves, local Meridian Township florists are optimistically awaiting this year’s Cupid’s Day sales. Al Vogl, owner of Al-Lin’s Floral & Gifts in Okemos, MI is one of the many owners preparing for the biggest floral holiday of the year. “When Valentine’s Day falls on Tuesday or Wednesday it is the biggest challenge a florist can have, because the weekend before is too soon to celebrate it — and the weekend after is too late to celebrate it, so everybody wants to celebrate it the day of,” said Vogl. “Therefore, the only way they really can do it is send flowers to the office or home, or workplace.”

Vogl is preparing for the extra business by bringing on more staff. Other florists in the Okemos and Haslett area, such as Petal & Forrest, owned by Dawn Hall, and B/A Florist have taken advantage of the upcoming holiday in their own unique ways.

Meridian, Delhi Townships celebrate 175th anniversary with Enactment Day

In her 17 years working for Meridian Township, treasurer Julie Brixie said the township has “never done” anything like the 175th anniversary celebration it has planned for 2017. Enactment Day will be Meridian’s first anniversary event of 2017. It will be a commemoration of Feb. 16, 1842, the day Meridian Township and Delhi Township were officially incorporated. “Feb.