Grand Ledge business owners survive, adapt, move forward

Pam’s Pantry has been a staple in Grand Ledge, Michigan for over 20 years. Photo Credit: Taylor Jenkins

Grand Ledge businesses are trying to move past the pandemic after a long two years.Businesses in Grand Ledge had mixed experiences during COVID-19. Some businesses enjoyed long months off, while others had to adapt and are still recovering.One business that didn’t suffer during COVID-19 was Preston’s Bar which has been around for over 100 years. Owner Laney Preston explained why he enjoyed the pandemic.“It was like going on vacation. Financially it didn’t affect us at all.

Abortion rights enshrined in Michigan constitution

After Roe v. Wade was overturned in June, states like Michigan put abortion rights on their 2022 ballots. Over four million Michiganders lined up to vote Tuesday to make an important decision whether to make abortions a constitutional right. Prop 3 was the name of the abortion rights proposition on the ballot which passed overwhelmingly. Many communities had different views on Proposition 3 prior to the election. Grand Ledge resident Ryan Dahl thought his community was divided over Prop 3.

Art plays key role in Grand Ledge

Art has played a prominent role in the Grand Ledge community for many years. Bridge Street, the main street of Grand Ledge, is filled with art shops everywhere. Stephenie Lapp of Ledge Craft Lane explains how her store impacts the commuinty. “We’re a nonprofit run by a board of directors. We have over 50 million Michigan artists that sell their goods in this store all year round.” Lapp says, “Everything you are going to get is going to be from someone local in Michigan and it’s going to be made with their hands.”

Tam Wolf, a clay artist in Grand Ledge, sells her art at various stores throughout the city and wants to teach others how to do pottery.