Ice storm knocks down Old Town

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.