Old Town: Now a thriving community despite a rough past

By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán
Old Town Lansing Times reporter

When Aura Ozbourne decided she was going to open a shop in Old Town, she knew it was a risk. Everyone knew. “When I first opened up, (Old Town) was extremely dilapidated and unloved for the most part,” Ozburn said. “Many people were afraid of the neighborhood.”

When Ozbourne opened her store October Moon in 119 E Grand River Ave. 14 years ago, the situation was not the best one, however, it was not the worst.

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.