After reopening their doors in August, Spartan Spirit Shop saw a decline in the number of customers that walk through the door. Retail manager Stephene Benkert says she thinks this could have something to do with football being canceled. But now that its back, she expects things to pick back up a little. This time of the year isn’t just for sports apparel shopping. For seniors graduating in December, it’s also about ordering their cap and gown for winter graduation.
A new retail showroom, The Runway, seems to be opening doors of opportunity for Michigan residents. The Runway is a Lansing Economic Area Partnership-funded program for aspiring designers, and is located in the heart of downtown Lansing in The Knapp’s Centre at 300 S. Washington Square. According to the Runway website, designers must first go through the application process in order to get involved. An employee of the retail showroom, Meleena Herring, said that the program is a fashion incubator that is meant to help build the economy, but also provide help to young entrepreneurs by building their business in Michigan. “We do provide the designers opportunities with industry professionals to where they can schedule office hours and get one-on-one business consulting type thing—and we have people from the fashion industry as well as other business professionals in the financial arena, legal help as well,” Herring said.
Nike celebrated the Spartans’ 3rd place standing in its March Madness Fuel Points Competition Friday night at the Breslin Center. The competition kept track of students’ activity through various Nike Fuel equipment. The students would then upload their activity to Nike’s website to gain Fuel Points for their own schools. Nike sent two trainers and a box full of goodies to East Lansing for their efforts. The trainers led a 40 minute workout session.