Mikayla Temple transferred to Michigan State in 2018 and is currently a senior. She is majoring in journalism with a minor in broadcasting. She hopes to become a multi-media journalist for a local news station and work her way up to a full-time anchoring position in a top market. In her spare time, Mikayla enjoys teaching competitive dance, watching movies and spending time with her three cats.
Another business has been affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, but this one hits home to the Michigan State campus. The Dairy Store officially closed its doors on Friday, September 11 and its not clear when they could reopen. Ronald Hendrick, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources says the lack of students and weekend event foot traffic is the cause for the business shut down. Sales were reduced by about 75 percent during the summer months. The Dairy Store has been around for over a century and this is the first time it has shut down, leaving students who are left on campus thinking about what they love most at the store.
High school proms all over the state have been canceled because of COVID-19, meaning seniors are missing out on one of the last special nights they had left with all of their childhood friends. But a Lansing business is making it their priority to give them that night back — eventually. Pierre’s Bridal, Prom and Tuxedo is used to seeing its upstairs prom section full of high school girls looking for that special dress from March to June. But now the store is empty and temporarily shut down. Co-owner Sarah Samson got the idea to still hold a prom somewhere, just a little later than most high schools had originally scheduled, for seniors in the Mid-Michigan area.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced small businesses to close all across the state and people are being told to stay home. This has put a stop to sports practice times and seasons for professional and young athletes. But one dance studio found a way to continue keeping its students active while stuck at home. Dance City West in Lansing was in the middle of its competition season with recital quickly approaching in May. When Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered all non-essential businesses to close, the studio locked its doors.
The raging wildfires and death’s of Kobe and Gianna Bryant have left people all over the world grieving. Ink Therapy in Lansing decided to honor the country of Australia and Kobe and Gianna’s legacy by giving back in a permanent way. Around once every other month, the tattoo shop has a weekend with tattoo specials, where customers can come in and choose the tattoo they want from a sheet of designs. The designs are typically centered around a local cause, but their latest designs were for the Australia Wildlife Warriors. Artists at Ink Therapy came up with the designs to honor the almost 1 billion animals that have died in the wildfires.
LaFontaine Automotive Group requests a wetland use permit that would allow them to fill a wetland already on the property, but the permit won’t be approved without agreement to make up for the lost wetland.
Local residents asked the Meridian Township Zoning Board of Appeals for permission to upgrade and update their house built in the 1940s. However, the board unanimously voted on Feb. 27 to deny the applicant’s request. Steve and Colleen Sherman proposed to build an addition to their home located at 6425 East Reynolds Rd. The single-family home property lies in the Lake Lansing residential overlay district with Lake Lansing directly south and Reynolds Road to the north.