In a Facebook post June 25, the Peanut Barrel of East Lansing announced that after 42 years of business the owner Joe Bell is retiring. The Peanut Barrel first opened in 1973 as Jacks or Better and was owned by a couple from Oregon, Carol and Gordon Smith. One year later, the name was changed to the Peanut Barrel.
Zoe Touray knows the reality of how gun violence can alter one’s life because she herself is a survivor.
“I was already a very jumpy person before everything happened,” Touray said. “[Now] any little movement I have to look and see what’s going on.”
As a recent graduate from Oxford High School, Touray has carried the trauma of surviving the Oxford shooting on Nov. 30, 2021.
Brad Johnson couldn’t wait to celebrate Pride month this year. Johnson, the Community Outreach Manager at the Hub East Lansing, along with the whole company is leading an initiative for Pride. “I’ve only been with this company for a year and my old company never really did anything for Pride so being able to do something for this company is really exciting for me,” said Johnson.
The Hub East Lansing is located on Grand River in East Lansing, next to Michigan State University’s campus.