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New in town: St. Vincent De Paul

After a 2011 fire destroyed a REO Town non-profit just before Christmas, the organization has reopened. 

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The REO Town renaissance continues next week with the grand re-opening of the renovated St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, 1020 S. Washington St. After a twoyear move to temporary quarters on South Cedar Street, it’s back in its 23,0000-square-foot home in the bustling historic district. 
 
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Plan for former City Center II property on fast track

DTN Management Co. plans to redevelop the 2.8-acre area of East Lansing known as City Center II on the fast track.

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East Lansing City Council members Tuesday approved a nine-page pre-development agreement with the Lansing Township-based firm, which last month was chosen to redevelop publicly owned property near the corner of Grand River Avenue and Abbot Road. The agreement gives DTN six months to complete a long to-do list — including holding multiple public forums — before it can put a shovel into the ground.

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2 Lansing-area commercial real estate firms merge

Two local real estate firms have announced a merger.

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NAI Mid-Michigan, of DeWitt Township, and Alaiedon Township-based TMN Commercial are operating as one firm effective immediately, said Jeff Shapiro, a principal in the new firm. Financial details weren’t disclosed.

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Grove Gallery & Studios celebrates five years in business

A downtown East Lansing business is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

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Several community members came to join a Celebrating Survival event at Grove Gallery & Studios, 325A Grove St. The event included group participation in a weaving using mixed materials, seeing the upgraded space and enjoying a versatile mix of the 12 members’ latest works.

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Waverly board OKs ISD tech partnership

The Waverly School Board has entered into a “hybrid proposal” for technology services with the Ingham Intermediate School District.

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“Given our situation, we need to do it,” said board member Alan Wright, who is the IT director for the state Senate. “We really need the help and they can provide it fast.”

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Recession alters shopper attitudes, secondhand shops thrive

Though technically over, resale shops are still feeling a boom from the recession. 

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For a variety of reasons — recession-weary customers looking for deals, an eco-friendly way to update wardrobes, a general aversion to buying mass-produced clothing in the wake of fatal factory accidents in developing countries — more people are considering resale shopping over buying new.

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Ingham County Land Bank has $56M impact on region, study says

The Ingham County Land Bank has created more than $56 million in economic activity and more than 400 jobs, according to a Michigan State University study.
 
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The study examined home sale price data from 2006 to 2012. MSU researchers determined that homes closest to a renovated land bank property sold for 5.2 percent more in that time period. Those farther away, between 500 and 1,000 feet, saw sale prices drop by 9.5 percent.

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B/A Florist has deep roots, rich local history

Since Barbara Hollowick opened B/A Florist in 1979, the Okemos business has become a unique local business beloved by the community.

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Three moves later, she found the perfect location in 1984 and settled in the East Lansing spot. Almost a year after buying the house and remodeling it, the store opened in 1985. Now, after 34 years, Hollowick has turned over the reins to her daughter, Laurie Van Ark, But you’ll still find Hollowick at the cheery, homey shop, taking care of things here and there.

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Leaf Salad Bar to open Friday near Lansing's Frandor area

Leaf Salad Bar, a new restaurant, has opened near Frandor Shopping Center.

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Leaf Salad Bar will open inside roughly 1,200 square feet at 1542 W. Grand River Ave., near the triangle between Grand River, Saginaw Street and Coolidge Road. Owner Igor Jurkovic, who also owns Restaurant Mediteran and Deli in downtown Lansing, said its menu will feature smoothies and three different soups daily.

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New sushi restaurant adds to growing trend

East Lansing has a growing number of sushi restaurants. 

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With at least five sushi restaurants already established in the East Lansing area, another is about to join the pack of sushi options nearby.
 
An employee at Tamaki Custom Sushi and Wraps in Lansing confirmed they will be opening another location within the next few weeks in Brookfield Plaza, 1331 E. Grand River Ave.

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Five Below teen retailer to open in Delta Twp.

A new teen retailer will soon open in Delta Township.

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Five Below Inc., a Philadelphia-based retail chain that sells fashion and other accessories for $5 or less, will open its newest store in The Marketplace at Delta Township, near West Saginaw Highway and Interstate 96.

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Meijer to hire 400 employees for Lansing-area stores

Meijer will soon hire 400 new employees in Lansing-area stores.

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The Walker-based retailer said today the jobs are needed because of the company’s expansion and an anticipated busy holiday shopping season. It is opening six stores this year and nine more in 2014.

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New stores opening in Meridian Mall

A number of new store have opened in the Meridian Mall, and more will open soon.

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Shoe Carnival Inc., an Evansville, Ind.-based retailer, opened last week inside a 12,150-square-foot space near the Macy’s department store, the mall said. It will have an exterior entrance as well as access from inside the shopping center.

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Whole Foods coming to Lansing area; plans call for 2015 opening

A Whole Foods grocery store will open a new store store near Michigan State University's campus in 2015.

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In its latest quarterly report, Whole Foods Market Inc. said it has already secured a lease. Its newest store will be located at 2758 E. Grand River Ave. in Meridian Township.

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Bar 30 to become Capital Prime steakhouse in September

The new Bar 30 closed last month, but the business will re-open near Eastwood Towne Center by September under a different name and concept.

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Capital Prime will open in The Heights at Eastwood, a $47 million development under construction near the shopping center at U.S. 127 and Lake Lansing Road in Lansing Township. It replaces Bar 30, pegged as an upscale bar before it closed in June after less than a year.

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