New business trying to help the environment

By Brendan Wilner
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — The city of DeWitt allows commercial businesses to recycle what they want, and a family owned restaurant, Family Tree Café located in downtown DeWitt, is planning on getting their cardboard recycled within a few months. According to the owner Tim Russell, the restaurant has a problem not being able to recycle their cardboard and it overflows their dumpster. “A lot of things come in cardboard boxes and if we don’t break them down (which we do) they eat up a lot of space in the dumpster,” Russell said. The restaurant is somewhat new to the area as it opened up last year. Russell said that he contacted the city and they are discussing a way for them to recycle the cardboard.

Nearing one year in town, restaurant is a family affair

By Shane Jones
The Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — Family Tree Cafe is a restaurant located in the heart of DeWitt. The inside is set up like an old-fashioned restaurant from the fifties. Greeting and starting and a conversation is owner Tim Russell. Working his way around the room carrying out conversations and running the restaurant, he evens find time to play a game of peek-a-boo with a young infant child. “Well, I used to do automotive design work until I lost my job in 2008.

Mom-and-pop shops give DeWitt “more of a homier feel” than chain-strewn big cities

By Zachary Manning
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — The city of DeWitt has a lack of chain businesses, but some residents think it gives the city a more local and small-town feel. “I think downtown DeWitt has more of a homier feel and not a lot of chain businesses want to come here,” said Rebecca Rose, employee at Sweetie-licious Bakery Café. “Lansing is too big. I like the small-town feel,” said Linda Travis, resident of DeWitt. When people come into the city they will see local businesses like Family Tree Café, Draft House, and Relli’s Italian Restaurant.