32 arrests, two injured cops, 36 hospital runs = typical St. Patrick’s Day

By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – Thirty-two arrests were made on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day and 27 of those arrests were related to alcohol offenses. Two East Lansing Police officers were injured while performing arrests, but they did not need hospitalization. The East Lansing Fire Department made 36 Emergency Medical Service runs.  Of the 36 hospital runs, 19 were related to alcohol and two were related to assault.

Detective Lieutenant Scott Wriggelsworth of the East Lansing Police Department said this day was pretty typical day for St.

Even with MSU out, March Madne$$ bring$ green to Okemo$

By Tamar Davis
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

OKEMOS — March in Okemos can be a month full of gifts. Traffic is heavy, bars can be crowded, floors are sticky from beer being wasted, all because of March Madness. March Madness is the month students, alums and townspeople alike represent their school with pride. This is the time for fans travel to their favorite bar, buy a cold beverage, alongside a nice light meal and cheer for their favorite college basketball team to win as many games possible. Owner of Buddies Pub and Grill Terry Lynn explained why March Madness is so important for the people of the community and her business.

Macs Bar: Lansing’s alternative music venue

By Eve Kucharski
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Bordering the very edge of the Lansing city limits, Macs Bar is an establishment that one might overlook at first glance. From the outside, the 2700 E. Michigan Ave. venue is fairly nondescript. It is a square building, painted black, with a simple sign posted out front: “Macs Bar Live Music.”

Should one be adventurous enough to enter, it soon becomes obvious that Macs Bar is not a typical concert hall. It steers away from mainstream, Top 40 charting artists, and instead books music that one could classify as “underground.” Hosting bands with names as eclectic as their lineup, the venue has been visited by the likes of Frontier Ruckus, Mastodon, and The Polish Ambassador.

Old Town adding some ethnic flavor

By Cynthia Lee
Old Town Lansing Times staff reporter

McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s are common restuarants that can be found in most cities across the country. If it is not a corporate restaurant, it’s usually an American mom-and-pop restaurant with the usual burgers, hot dogs, and fries in most areas in Lansing. Until now, with people like entrepreneur Sam Short adding a new flavor to the food scene in Old Town. Short is the owner of the new upscale restaurant and bar, The Creole at 1218 Turner St. in Old Town.

Planned Apartment Construction Creates Concerns in St. Johns

By Danielle Duggan
Clinton County Chatter

The planned construction of low-income housing on a large parking lot site in St. Johns has some business owners concerned. They predict that this project will lead to a lack of parking space and will directly and negatively affect their businesses. But city officials believe the concerns are overblown. According to Dave J. Kudwa, community development director of St.

Life as a local Lansing performer

By Kristen Alberti
Listen Up, Lansing

Working three jobs is enough to keep anyone busy, but when you have a dream to chase, who has time for sleep? As an employee at a life insurance company, a movie theater, and helping coach a high school girls’ soccer team, Tyler Ennis, vocalist in Lansing metal band Ground Tracer, should seem too exhausted to practice with his band. Nevertheless, Ennis said his commitment to his band is worth it because it helps him support both his group and himself. “As cliche as it sounds, it really is my escape,” said Ennis. “I go through a lot of stress with how busy my life is, but anytime I’m on stage performing, I really truly forget about everything and just have the time of my life.”

Lansing is home to many local performers of all genres ranging from hip-hop to country to progressive metal with everything in-between.

March Madness descends on Lansing; fans rejoice

By: Emma-Jean Bedford
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING-Drink specials, ruined brackets, and bets. It must be March Madness. With Michigan State’s men’s basketball team now in the Final Four, Lansing residents debate whether to embrace the bar scene or stay in the comfort of their own home while cheering on the M Spartans. Lansing bars Tavern and Tap and Troppo will be selling their draft beer for $3 on game nights in hopes that basketball fans will come to experience the atmosphere they have to offer. “A lot of people definitely go to the bars to be a part of the excitement.

Lansing’s newest microbrewery has the attention of Lansing residents

By Asha Dawsey
Listen Up, Lansing
A new microbrewery is to be launched in the summer of 2015 in Lansing called Ellison Brewery + Spirits. This new big trend of microbrewery has gotten various opinions from the Lansing public. Ellison Brewery + Spirits was an idea shared by co-owners Eric Elliot and Aaron Hanson to produce handmade beer straight to the community, according to a press release. This new business has been highly anticipated from many locals, according to the Ellison Brewery + Spirits Facebook page. “Microbreweries are one of three license types of distributing beer to retailers.

Soup Spoon Café leads restaurant growth on Michigan Avenue

by Colleen Otte
Lansing Star Staff Writer

Nick Gavrilides, owner of The Soup Spoon Café, said he feels Michigan Avenue is at the forefront of Lansing’s local restaurant renaissance. The Soup Spoon, located at 1419 E. Michigan Ave., is a local, independently owned café that regularly serves folks from Michigan State and Sparrow Hospital, corporate groups, neighborhood citizens and international visitors.  Gavrilides said he feels such restaurants offer more to the community than large chains. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6tf7mAY5E4

He said local restaurants are doing amazing things with food and service – despite not being presented in what he described as the “beautiful, brand new . . .