After a winter of severe ice storms and bitter cold, Meridian Township Board members were left to pick up the pieces. The township plans to launch a curbside brush and limb pick-up program April 14 to clear debris from the ice storm that struck Meridian Township from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2, township Manager Frank Walsh said. The storm left some residents out of power for 11 days.
By Shanin Thomas
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer
OLD TOWN LANSING – As some searched for warmth and partook in a dark Christmas, Old Town’s unique boutiques and galleries lost a large number of customers and revenue. Galleries Affected and Money Lost
Louise Gradwohl, executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA), said more people should shop locally in the Old Town historic district to find unique, luxury items.
Absolute Gallery, Grace Boutique, and Katalyst Art Gallery sell unusual, handmade items specific for the holiday season, said business owners.
Gradwohl said she noticed less business traffic during this holiday season due to the ice storm. Holcomb said Old Town was having a great business season, then immediately switched to seeing no one shopping at all. Summer Schriner, owner of Grace Boutique, said there is an upwards of 20 percent of holiday business in the three days before Christmas. She said business is down thousands of dollars this year because we had no power, and customers didn’t either.