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Styling business owners open Artisan Salon and Spa in REO Town

A commitment to accentuating inner beauty inspires entrepreneurs to create a cutting edge salon and spa by reviving the beauty of a 1920s space in Lansing's REO Town.

Entrepreneur feeling groovy about new donut shop in Williamston

Baking traditional donuts in a nostalgic setting brings a far-out vibe, tasty treats and caffeine to the outer edge of Williamston.

Husband-wife team bring art of hand-made, custom jewelry to Old Town

A passion for jewelry making and fine design leads newly-weds to open custom jewelry shop in Lansing's Old Town.

Retail Therapy moves eclectic, comfy fashion boutique to Old Town

A fun shop for women's fashion that crosses generational lines makes a stylish move to Old Town.

Long-time restaurateur brings convenience store to downtown

Although its name puts a play on words, a new small grocer inside the Lansing City Market offers the ultimate in convenience for downtown shoppers and residents.

IT company puts people back in the business through virtual CIO services

Technology service provider focuses on people first, then adapts technology needs and services to best suit small- to mid-size companies in lower Michigan.

Lucky 7 Motor Sports takes on details for time-pressed motorists

Everyday drivers yearning to restore showroom shine to their road-weary ride can find expert detailing through a small motor repair shop on the edge of North Lansing. 

Veteran Old Town resident opens professional office center, invites start-ups to join the district

Entrepreneurs or small business owners looking to make their home in Old Town will find affordable space adjacent to the heart of the district beginning this spring. 

Bloom Coffee Roasters set to spill the beans in Old Town

Roasters get ready to open the doors in Old Town and create a peaceful place for lovers of caffeinated, single-source brews. 

West Coast music producer brings skills home to Michigan to open new academy

Muskegon native Brian Roth builds successful career as a composer and sound producer in L.A., then brings it on home to Michigan to share knowledge and skills with young musicians at his new Grand Ledge academy. 

Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale commits to larger home on East Side

Two brewers with a community-minded vision start renovating space for a microbrewery and distillery on Lansing's East Side.

The Robin Theatre takes flight with musical and performance acts

A husband-wife team reclaim a foreclosed property in Lansing's REO Town and take flight with Lansing's newest black-box theatre.

Mitten State Malt to provide local flavor for area craft brewers

Michigan craft brewers can shorten their commute to find locally sourced malt when an Okemos entrepreneur opens Mid-Michigan's first malt house this winter. 

Iorio's Gelateria brings a little bit of Italy to East Lansing's southern edge

A brother-sister team inspired by family heritage has brought a taste of Italy to East Lansing in the form of European-style coffee and sweet treats with Iorio's Gelateria.

Farmer and meat-cutter goes to market with new Olivet store

Greg Saltzman is bringing the great outdoors to the city. Or at least to the small town of Olivet.
In mid-May, Saltzman and his wife Karen opened Whitetail Farms Fresh Market near the Olivet College athletics complex. The 6,400-square foot market at 4506 W. Butterfield Road features 1,600 square feet of food sales area, plus an in-house smoke and meat processing area. The new custom-build market expands on the family's decades of experience in meat processing, farming, hunting and just plain country living.
"We're gearing the market toward anyone within an 80- to 100-mile radius and we got something for everybody," Saltzman says. "We're not a big box story, and I'm into service and helping my customers find what they need when they walk in."
The Whitetail Farms Fresh Market is a spin-off of Saltzman's legendary Whitetail Farms Custom Deer Processing business that he operated since 1998. After consulting with the Small Business Development Association in Lansing, Saltzman decided last year to bring the business to town and to combine it with a small grocer and butcher shop.
"My venison processing had kept growing and growing and growing," says Saltzman. "I knew I would have to change things, so I purchased the property and started to build the business there."
Saltzman grew up the son of a meat cutter in Marshall, Mich. He started in the grocery business as a teen in 1975, and worked his way up from stocking shelves at the local Feldpausch to working in the meat department. He stayed in the business for nearly 30 years, then had the opportunity to help his wife run her father's farm. An avid hunter, he began processing wild meats, growing cash crops and raising beef cattle. After building a following of close to 800 customers, he knew it was time to take his business to the next level.
Whitetail Farms Fresh Market carries produce and grocery items that compliment the sales of fresh beef, pork and poultry. Customers will find marinades, seasonings and sauces, as well as regional produce, and can also call on him to process venison and other wild game on the premises.
Saltzman decked out the interior like a "man cave," carrying over the earth tones of the exterior and adding taxidermy decor in the form of a buffalo head and standing bear. He brought four employees from his previous facility and hired 9 more. He hopes to add more people and begin processing livestock in early 2016.
"I love the meat business," says Saltzman. "And I love my customers. I'm a farmer and a hunter and there's lots of stuff to talk about."
Source: Greg Saltzman, Owner, Whitetail Farms Fresh Market
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
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