Local Businesses

Political Retaliation Suspected, But Documents Suggest Otherwise

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Did Bell's Pizza receive a notice of violation on its shed because the business played host to the "Vote No" campaign on the income tax? ELi used the Freedom of Information Act to see what we could find. Kepler Domurat-Sousa reports.

Council Votes to Postpone Decision on Marijuana Provisioning Centers

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Based on the number of issues and questions arising during last night's public hearing, City Council decided to defer action on Ordinance 1416, which regulates the location of medical marijuana provisioning centers, until their January 9th meeting. ELi's Jessy Gregg reports.

Stumped by a "Niche" Gift? Options Abound in Downtown EL

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

If you've left some holiday shopping until the last minute because you're stumped about what to buy the "specialist" in your life? From growlers to Great Expectations, comic books to cigars, ELi's Jessy Gregg found a gift for everybody on your list, in downtown East Lansing.

DDA Recommends Against Marijuana Provisioning Centers Downtown

Friday, December 15, 2017

As the State of Michigan begins accepting licenses for medical marijuana businesses, East Lansing's DDA has voted unanimously to ask City Council to defer action on provisioning centers when it takes up the issue next week. Alice Dreger reports. 

Need A Host(ess) Gift? Downtown EL Has You Covered

Friday, December 15, 2017

Want to express your gratitude to those who open their homes to you this holiday season with a thoughtful gift from a local merchant? From socks to vodka, Jessy Gregg tells you what she found in downtown EL (and where you can park.)

As Lotsa Pizza Shutters, Council to Revisit Center City Project Deal

Friday, December 1, 2017

ELi has learned that City Council is going to revisit the question of financial guarantees to the City for the $132 million Center City District project. Meanwhile, Lotsa Pizza is closing, saying it is due to lack of parking caused by the project's construction.

East Lansing Campaigns Disclose Financial Backers, or Don’t

Monday, October 30, 2017

ELi looks at the first round of campaign finance disclosures. Two of three Council candidates filed as required, the Realtors' PAC apparently did not, and we can now show you who is funding the Yes and No income tax campaigns.

What's Going on Now with the Center City Project? (UPDATED)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

What’s up with the Center City District project, set to transform a large chunk of East Lansing’s downtown? Why is Parking Lot #1 now open and why are there various trucks there? And what is the project looking like economically for City taxpayers?

Uncertainty Persists around Center City District Plans

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What’s going on with the Center City District project? Confusing signals are coming out of City Hall, and at least one long-time downtown business owner is seriously frustrated with all the uncertainty.

Ask ELi: Can Businesses Ever Legally Refuse to Serve Customers?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A reader asked about signage at Whole Foods that asserts the right "to refuse service to anyone." Is that different from the actions of the Charlotte cider mill that led East Lansing to oust them as farmers' market vendors? ELi's Ann Nichols reports.

Major Parts of Center City Deal Still Up in the Air

Monday, October 2, 2017

Why hasn't the Center City District project broken ground? Turns out that key financial and legal components of the deal are still in flux. ELi's Alice Dreger digs to bring you the details.

Riding with ELPD on Game Day

Friday, September 29, 2017

ELi reporters and ELHS students Evan Dempsey and Kepler Domurat-Sousa took what they learned in our Summer Youth Journalism Program and rode with ELPD officers the night of the MSU-Notre Dame game. What did they see?

Ask ELi: Who Pays What If Tax Proposals Pass

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ELi's Jessy Gregg answers more questions about the tax proposals. Why would residents pay double the income tax of non-residents? Won't the plan disproportionately harm renters? (And much more.)

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