Local Businesses

Downtown Albert Avenue Project Comes Out of Limbo

Friday, June 22, 2018

That downtown redevelopment project that went into limbo following Council’s inaction on it? This week, it squeaked by, but not without some debate. ELi's Andrew Graham reports.

“My Dreams Are Becoming Real” Showcases Refugee Student Art

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

From now through June 24, Tabooli Restaurant in East Lansing will display works of art created by refugee children and teens fostered through the Detroit-based Samaritas Program. ELi's Evan Dempsey reports on the show's opening night reception.

East Lansing's Groovy Donuts: Retro Atmosphere and a Sense of Community

Friday, June 1, 2018

“There’s nothing quite as good as a warm piece of fried dough with sugar on it,” Gauthier said. “It’s one of those simple pleasures in life. It’s comforting. It’s delicious, it just makes you feel right at home.” ELi's Sarah Spohn gets the skinny on Groovy Donuts just in time for National Donut Day.

Ann About Town: Woven Art

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Eli's Ann Nichols has a yarn for you about a fiber arts store in East Lansing, and what makes it a community-within-a-community.

East Lansing Art Festival Returns This Weekend

Friday, May 18, 2018

The East Lansing Art Festival returns this weekend. ELi gives you a quick rundown of what you might want to know about this year’s festival, based on reader questions to ELi.

Shooting Suspect Charged: Assault with Intent to Murder

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A suspect in Saturday morning's shooting downtown has been charged with assault with intent to murder. According to ELPD Deputy Chief Steve Gonzalez, bail for Jarvis Lamar Mack has been set at a half-million dollars.

Center City Construction Continues, Changing Downtown

Monday, April 30, 2018

ELi's Alice Dreger provides an update on Center City District construction, including where the Art Festival is moving, how Albert Avenue will be reconstructed, what to expect from the new Target store, and why Council authorized funds for a new water main pipe.

Opinions Differ as Council Discusses Medical Marijuana Sales in EL

Friday, April 20, 2018

At Tuesday's work session, a majority of City Council were cautious, but willing to work medical marijuana provisioning centers into the city's retail landscape. One councilmember believes the risks outweigh the benefits for East Lansing. Ann Nichols reports.

City Tries to Help Downtown Businesses

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The City of East Lansing has been trying to help businesses downtown weather the stresses of the Center City District construction. ELi's Alice Dreger summarizes the efforts and talks to business owners about what's helping, what's not, and what might work better.