Coffee drinkers willing to pay for more than taste

Cofee connoisseurs appear willing to pay a hefty premium — $1.31 more than the normal $2.51 price for a 12-ounce cup of pour-over joe — for java brewed with beans grown by farmer cooperatives. Increased consumer social consciousness is a factor, according to a new study conducted in a Lansing specialty coffee shop by Michigan State University agricultural economists. For news, business and lifestyle sections. By Eric Freedman.

Meridian Mall’s MUA draws shoppers seeking Asian-style clothing

Its motto is simple: “Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.” Those are words to live by at MUA, an Asian-style clothing store in Meridian Mall. This is the facade design of MUA, which is stylish and modern at first sight. MUA opened in December 2018 and its style attracts international students, as well as Americans looking for Asian-style clothing. Kaylyn Wang is a sales assistant in MUA and has worked there for more than six months.

In Meridian Twp., two restaurants, two generations thrive on one street

Henry Kwok has been working in a restaurant as long as he can remember. He opened his bar, Henry’s Place, three years ago side by side with Asian Buffet that his mom owned for 17 years. 

Growing up in New York, he moved to Michigan with his mother in 1998, and Kwok has always helped out in his mother’s restaurant. 

Henry Kwok is making a sushi roll in Asian Buffet. Photo by Cassie H.

 It is hard at that time for this family. Li hasn’t been away from Michigan for over 20 years. She has always hands on every little details in her restaurant.

Stylist Jena Keller works with a client.

Salon and spa service with a smile

Jessie CohenSalon Owner Jena Keller styles the hair of one of her most loyal clients, Carma Philip. For the 10th time in 13 years, Salon 130 has been named No.1 hair salon and spa in Mason. This year, they were also voted No.1 in Ingham County Community People’s Choice Awards by the Lansing State Journal. The salon’s owner and founder, Jena Keller, said that what is so special about her salon is its dedication to customer service. “I want to give my clients an experience,” said Keller.

Competitors see Dollar General as sign of Bath’s growth

Spagnuolo’s Party Store manager Jon Spagnuolo said the “odds and ends” that Dollar General has to offer won’t compete too much with his store. “There are some things they are very dynamic with, and I applaud them for it,” he said. Photo by David Reinke. Spagnuolo’s Party Store manager Jon Spagnuolo. Photo by David Reinke.

Local tourists spots voice concerns over Pure Michigan cut

Governor Gretchen Whitmer cut the proposed $37.5 million budget from the 2020 state budget. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, MEDC, tells Focal Point News, “Governor Whitmer and the MEDC remain committed to the Pure Michigan Campaign and the positive impact it has had on the tourism industry in Michigan.” They continued to say the cut is a “recognition that the Legislature cannot continue to pass record-high budgets for Pure Michigan while funding for other economic development initiatives is cut to record lows.” Greg Taucher, an advertising professor at Michigan State, said you can’t just turn off the lights on Pure Michigan. “I think that if Michigan killed their tourism campaign, they’d be in a deficit position,” he said.

Twiggies evolves in 22 years in DeWitt

Beth Herendeen didn’t want to be someone who kept saying “one day I’ll do it.” So 22 years ago she did it: She opened Twiggies in downtown DeWitt, and hasn’t looked back. Business owner, Beth Herendeen, in her store, Twiggies. Herendeen’s first business — event planning — started off in her Dewitt basement. As it progressed, she moved to a barn and then eventually opened up a storefront in downtown Dewitt. Wedding planning website, The Knot, referred to her store as “A charming experience for your senses,” then followed with a four-star rating.   

Some of her clientele includes weddings and corporate businesses.

The Chesapeake Ghost Tours haunts tourists

The Chesapeake Ghost Tours host walking ghost tours year-round that cover the entire Eastern Shore. Each tour has special significance to the history of Chesapeake Bay  area. One of their popular tours is the Ocean City, Maryland, Inlet walk. From the inlet to fourth street, scary ghost encounters are explored in the 90-minute  walking tour. From the life -saving building and the haunted laughing Sally to the Trimper’s Amusement park right on the Ocean City boardwalk with the haunted carousel.

Michigan experts say businesses, farmers harmed in China trade wars

By CRYSTAL CHEN

LANSING — The trade war between the world’s two largest economies has lasted for nearly one year and has already affected U.S industries and consumers, especially buyers and sellers of two items important in Michigan — soybeans and auto parts. Economists have long argued that tariffs come with real income losses. A newly published research article from the Centre for Economic Policy Research, a research network based in London, found that by the end of 2018, import tariffs were costing U.S. consumers and companies that import goods an extra $3 billion per month in added tax costs and an additional $1.4 billion per month in reduction in real income. “Everything affects everything, and everything is related to everything,” said Erkan Kocas, an international trade specialist at the Michigan State University International Business Center. Kocas said that an individual’s income and needs don’t change in spite of tariffs.