Local Businesses

Ask ELi: The Cost of Providing Outdoor Dining in East Lansing?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Responding to a reader's question, an investigation by ELi's Amalia Medina and Alice Dreger looks at what it takes for East Lansing restaurants to offer outdoor seating downtown. Spoiler alert: they would pay a lot less in Ann Arbor.

40 Years Later, Family’s Flower Business Still in Full Bloom

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

ELi's Sarah Spohn takes us inside the house at Hagadorn and Grand River Avenue and into a world bursting with color and camaraderie. B/A Florist has been in the business of selling flowers for 40 years because of the community relationships the staff has cultivated over the past four decades.

Parking in Downtown East Lansing? Heated Debate Flares Up

Friday, July 19, 2019

Greg Ballein says more parking is critical to sustaining businesses downtown. Erik Altmann says it’s time to stop “inducing” driving and parking. The debate at Thursday’s meeting of the East Lansing DDA was intense.

What’s Happening with That Thing in East Lansing?

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Who is running for City Council? Is P.T. O'Malley's moving into the Menna's Joint space? What happened to the driveway drama? What's the latest with the eBay land sale? Answers to these ELI reader questions and others!

Potential Benefits (and Costs) Seen with New Free Parking Program

Monday, July 1, 2019

Right now and through the whole month of July, you can park for free for the first half-hour at gated garages and the Bailey lot in downtown East Lansing. ELi's Brad Minor explains the special program and brings feedback from downtown businesses and City leaders.

Council Weighs Re-Criminalization of Marijuana in East Lansing

Thursday, June 27, 2019

City Council recently discussed whether to again make some marijuana uses count as misdemeanors (crimes) in East Lansing. But where did this idea come from, and who thinks it's a good (or bad) idea? ELi's Andrew Graham and Alice Dreger report.

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