Businesses offer classes on the side

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By Maranda Trombley
Williamston Post staff writer

WILLIAMSTON- Williamston is small, but the number of things to do is large.

Many local businesses are offering classes to boost business and give its people a reason to get out of the house.

The bar area that serves as the students' work area.

Gracie’s Place offers a one-night, three-hour class for bartending or cooking. The class includes an introduction to both and allows students to consume everything they make.

Bartending lessons are $45 per person and cooking lessons are $55 per person with a group of four or more rate of $45. For lesson dates, times and registration call Ben Donnelly at 517-655-1100.

“It gets a little louder at the end of the bartending class than when it firsts starts,” said Donnelly, general manager at Gracie’s Place.

Another business that offers lessons is Six String Place. Owner Don Warren is proud to have brought musical education and supplies to Williamston for more than six years.

Instructor Nick May shows his student how a piece is played.

“We’re devoted mainly to education and empowering people through making music,” says Warren.

Six String Place offers music lessons for guitar, piano, drums, bass, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, most other fretted instruments and vocals. Six instructors teach more than 100 students at Six String Place. To sign up contact Don Warren at 517-282-3266.

“I love sharing my knowledge of knitting,” said Kristi Lundgren, owner of The Knitter’s Nook, upstairs of Keller’s Plaza.

Kristi Lundgren watches her student Anne Gardiner cast on.

Before deciding to open her own business, Lundgren was an R.N. at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Lundgren wanted her shop to be a relaxing place with an area designed for knitters to chat while working on a project.

“Our back room comfortably fits a class of six people,” said Lundgren. Lessons are available at students’convenience. To set up an appointment call Lundgren at 517-899-6759.

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