Tuba Museum starts to make way for Douglas J

OKEMOS–Workers excavated and then cut up a heating oil tank buried behind the Travelers Club International Restaurant & Tuba Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The excavation is an early step in a project that will bring a Douglas J Salon and Day Spa expansion to the northwest corner of Hamilton and Okemos roads, known as the Four Corners. The development will replace the restaurant, White Brothers Music and Triple Goddess Bookstore, which is in the background of the photo. The bookstore building dates to 1870 and is on the state’s historic register as the Dr. James F. Smiley House.

Razing Tuba Museum will change character of crossroads

By Lauren Evasic
Meridian Time staff writer

OKEMOS — After 30 years of service, the Travelers Club International Restaurant & Tuba Museum will close during the second week of November, said owner William White. According to White, there are plans to tear down the building, located on the northwest corner of Hamilton and Okemos roads, as well as several other buildings including White Brothers Music and Triple Goddess Bookstore to construct new buildings for the Douglas J Salon and Day Spa expansion project. Douglas J President Scott Weaver said the business has been approved to put up their building and that Douglas J Housing Okemos LLC plans to begin demolition spring 2013. Though the restaurant is set to close, White started an online petition in hopes to reopen. “We’re always hoping to (reopen), but you never know,” said White.

Douglas J to expand by two buildings

By Lauren Evasic
Meridian Times staff writer

OKEMOS — Douglas J Salon and Day Spa is in the early stages of opening a new location in the heart of downtown Okemos. The Meridian Township Board met at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 to discuss the addition of two Douglas J Salon and Day Spa buildings on the northwest corner of Okemos and Hamilton roads. “This is really a success story for Douglas J and a homegrown Okemos success story.” — Meridian Township Treasurer Julie Brixie. The Douglas J Housing Okemos LLC plans to construct a 24,132 square-foot, 3-story salon and spa building.