Elderly Instruments helps develop sense of community and arts culture in Old Town

By Emily Elconin
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

The arts play an important role in small neighborhood of Old Town. Elderly Instruments located at 1100 N. Washington Ave., plays a significant role in the development of the arts culture in Old Town. The power of art and music has helped create a sense of community for people in Old Town and people who are just visiting or passing through. “Elderly has been a staple and anchor here in Old Town which has been really important because they’ve been here for a really long time,” Program Director for Michigan Institute of Contemporary Art Katrina Daniels said. “They are a really important cornerstone here in Old Town.

Businesses in Old Town find success despite economic hardships

By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán
Old Town Lansing Times staff reporter

In a world where the economic markets are failing, it is hard for owners of small businesses to maintain their businesses while competing with megastores. However, there are places that are sustain just by small, local businesses — Old Town Lansing is one of these places. According to the Old Town Lansing business directory antique stores, restaurants, clothing stores, pet stores and creative companies have stayed in Old Town Lansing. But, why Old Town Lansing and not Downtown Lansing or any other community? “The rent is cheaper than downtown for the most part and that could be a starting point,” Old Town Commercial Association Executive Director Austin Ashley said.