For as much as we enjoy festivals and events as residents, it's hard to believe just how important they also are to creating a thriving downtown. Capital Gains' news editor, Natalie Burg, shares how in part 3 of The Recipe for Thriving Downtowns.
Not long ago content on Lansing Community College’s TV station centered on reruns of basketball games and still shots of billboards. Today, it has a new name, new program lineup and partnerships across the community. Best of all, it has Nicole Sclafani, producer and station manager, who embodies the bubbling energy of Mid-Michigan beginning to vibrate with the beat of a new economy. If it’s important and especially if it’s fun, know that LCC TV The Link plans to be in the middle of it.
Old Town Lansing ... winner of the 2011 Great American Main Street Awards. We all knew this part of our city was a gem, but now we have proof of its awesomeness!
Yes, volunteers are integral to creating a thriving downtown ... but what about economic development? We talk grants, small business, job creation and more in Part 2 of our four-part series, The Recipe For Thriving Downtowns.
At Lansing Teen Court, first-time youth offenders are spared the scourge of the judicial system, which often leaves a permanent record of their youthful misdeeds to follow them. Instead, they face a jury of their peers: high school students, who are not exactly lenient, either.
Did you know the Great American Fierce Beard Organization is based here in Lansing? Learn how this group is growing (literally and figuratively) and changing our community for the better.
This is the first of a four part series by our news editor, Natalie Burg, uncovering what it really takes to revitalize our downtown hubs. This week, we focus on volunteerism.
Capital Gains' News Editor, Natalie Burg, sat down with Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution discussing the ways we can move cities - like ones in the Capital region - into the next economy.
If you know Robin Miner Swartz, then you know why people have referred to her as Lansing's biggest cheerleader. She's engaged, invested and connected to the Capital region, both personally and professionally. Wonder why?
There’s a new movement occurring in the Capital region. It’s not political or religious. They aren’t trying to sell you anything, take your money, or convert you. Heck, they won’t even tell you their names. You won’t see them coming and you’ll never know when they’re going to strike. Why? Because they’re Ninjas.
Was that a horse you saw on the bus last week? Don’t worry your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. That was Cali, the American Miniature Horse who might be Lansing's first guide horse. She works with her human, Mona Ramouni. The two moved to East Lansing last August, but Ramouni and Cali already feel embraced and welcomed by the Capital region.
It suddenly seems that Mid-Michigan has a mushrooming supply of taxis. Does that reflect a trend, moving us closer to metropolitan status? The answer is yes, but not in the way you might think. So many things are happening here in the people-moving realm that we are well on the way to becoming a “transportation mecca”.
Want to know what it was like behind the scenes at one of Lansing's biggest events of 2011? Join regular contributor, Daniel J. Hogan, as he shares his experience at Ignite Lansing 4.0 from the "inside," as a volunteer on the photography team.
Musicians Dave Suchanek, Kevin Pritchard and Carter Moulton are using computers, quilts, Christmas lights and California connections to boost the local Lansing music scene.
Germany’s Ruhr District is repurposing massive, abandoned industrial facilities, turning them into cultural centers, business parks and museums. Is the Capital region ready or able to do the same?
From Neon Tuesdays to LEAK parties, Lansing’s electronic dance music scene is blowing up, and Mike Weber is working tirelessly to make sure the party never stops.
A collaboration between a local record store and an MSU student is bringing The Middle of the Mitten music showcase to the Loft in Downtown Lansing.
So what does an all-star runner, coach and teacher — with a ceramics major and an art history minor — do for fun in the Capital region? How about everything.
Capital region anglers can go head-to-head with some of the world’s most famous and challenging sport fish, right in the heart of the city.
Transplanted from the plains of North Dakota, this 23-year-old has found a lot to like in Lansing, including beautiful weather, gourmet dining and interesting people (and even a fiancée).
Tyson Pumphrey, aka Othello, recorded his first tracks on a karaoke machine when he was an elementary school student back in Seattle. At 28, he’s got a new album out and is embracing his life in Michigan.
For 25-year-old Kelly Kobus, entrepreneurship and artistry are two ingredients in the mix of a successful cake-decorating business.
If your sixth sense is suggesting some paranormal activity, fear not! Lansing has its own gang of ghostbusters ready to investigate any unexplainable activity you might be facing.
Photo-based scavenger hunts through Lansing are fun, entertaining and helping the community come together and realize the city's full potential.
The first in our two-part story about the unlikely alliance of grit, graffiti and government that turned one of Lansing’s most hated buildings into a creative cultural moment.
Capital Gains photographer Dave Trumpie captures the creativity and color of the Deluxe Inn graffiti art project.
Read the play-by-play as Capital Gain's man about town, Daniel J. Hogan, describes his aspirations and motivations for a recent relocation to an apartment in Downtown Lansing.
Two new boating venues—The Grand Fish and Metro Marinas—are opening the Downtown Lansing riverfront to new kinds of adventure, entertainment and recreation.
The sport of roller derby has a history going back to the 1920s, but a recent surge in popularity has found a hot spot in Lansing, which now hosts two teams of enthusiastic female competitors.
In Michigan, there’s nothing to compare with a summer afternoon spent lounging on the beach with a great book. Unless, perhaps, it’s getting together with friends for a good book discussion accompanied by wine, beer and food.
Happily settled into their Westside Lansing home, Dan and Ashley Lamb are the quintessential modern couple. They sing in a band, support local business and have great jobs. They’re also here in Lansing to stay, and are thrilled about it.
Lansing’s historic Marshall Street Armory will soon be remodeled by the Gillespie Group, becoming a creative home for area nonprofit organizations.
Entrepreneurs like Jerry Norris, CEO of jadian enterprises, are bringing exotic places like Maylasia and Madagascar into the mid-Michigan mix—and fitting in some serious skateboarding in Dubai along the way.
Join Capital Gains tonight for our third Speaker Series, this time focused on Walkable, Bikeable and Livable Communities. See you at the New Lansing City Market after work!
Walkable, bikeable, and mixed use development is critical for Michigan's future. Sign up for the Capital Gains Speaker's Series and hear how Lansing is redesigning itself for the future.
In order to highlight and celebrate Lansing's destinations, the Team Lansing Foundation recently sent local leaders over
the Boji Tower’s highest balcony, 22 stories above the city.
The five local DJ’s who comprise the Lansing Electronic Artist Kollective are working hard to put Lansing's electronic scene on the national map.
MSU recruits faculty from all corners of the country, and many have little notion of what living in Michigan will be like. We talk to two couples about life, love and sushi in the Capital region.
A few semi-pro football teams have come and gone in Lansing over the years. But the latest foray has a few creative advantages that are putting it ahead the field.
We're all guilty of touting success while hiding failure. But if we're serious about supporting entrepreneurship, a better strategy is to ask, "How can we help each other fail well?"
Thanks to Reach Studio Art Center's "Patterns of Place" exhibit, you get a rare chance to glimpse our urban places, especially the REO Town neighborhood, through the artistic eyes of more than 70 talented Lansing youth.
They're tiny, transparent and difficult to understand. But in an old Lansing warehouse district, tiny nanoplatelets are working hard to reinvent the area’s high-tech business sector.
Once again, there are too many great things happening this week for us to pick just one. Support local volunteer service or toss milk jugs with medieval implements of warfare? Good luck deciding!
Since forever Lansing bars have allowed smoking indoors, often with virtually no ventilation. Come May 1, this will all change thanks to a statewide non-smoking mandate from the Michigan legislature. We're going smoke-free, baby!
We're doing double duty this week with two amazing events: the one and only Studio Crawl and Earth Day celebrations.
It's hard to keep track of all the urban gardening/urban farming initiatives taking place in the Capital region, which is why we're hosting a speakers series designed to get you informed and involved.
Greg LeRoy, author and government accountability expert, chats with Capital Gains about Michigan's economic recovery strategy. He'll be visiting East Lansing on Friday discussing Michigan's approach to federal stimulus investment.
What will we get out of new federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds? How about $17.4 million worth of tools to address foreclosure, revitalize areas near Downtown and attract new talent?
Welcome to Spring! Ready to grow some city greens? Join us for our second Speaker Series event, where we'll talk to local leaders about the Capital region's blossoming urban gardening movement.
Attracted by the convenience and freedom offered by walkable neighborhoods, authentic food and diverse culture, some Baby Boomers are trading their empty suburban nests for busy Downtown living.
Chad Badgero, a successful New York actor, has no pretenses: he loves the Capital region and wants to see it thrive.
In the game of life, these entrepreneurs have opted to play the home version, and have sorted through the advantages (dominion over the coffeemaker) and the challenges (hello, distractions) of running a home-based business.
MSU entrepreneurs dazzled by the business spirit in the Capital region are opening their own businesses between—and sometimes instead of—hitting the books.
Area techies are prepared to hole up at I5
until they produce thousands of dollars in services for area non-profits as part of this month's Give Camp
Capital region businesses and state leaders are embracing the allure of Michigan's forests, rivers, ski trips and mountain bike adventures to help keep more young talent in Michigan.
We think it's time to get noticed by Google
and vastly increase residential broadband access. You can help make it happen.
, the up-and-coming social networking app with a flair for local flavor, is giving rise to a new informal mayoral class in Lansing.
Time to get happy! Join us for some after-work drinks today, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 10.
What are incubators? How are they helping drive the economy in the Capital region? Capital Gains will be listening for answers at our very first Speaker Series, on March 25 at The Loft in Downtown Lansing.
Public transportation—which in Lansing means CATA buses—sometimes gets lost amid other planning considerations. But a couple of Capital region developers are making the connection in their projects.
It's idea time! Get ready to light up one of Lansing's most innovative events—IgniteLansing!—with your mind, body and wallet.
No one seems to know exactly how many murals the Capital region hosts. But there’s a movement afoot to create more of the wall-sized paintings.
An underground poetry scene in Lansing is gathering steam, starting with a devoted group of committed followers.
Lansing residents have been using technology and social media tools to pull together public gatherings that draw attention to the region.
Beyond appreciation for cafés and great wine, what else do the streets of Paris have to teach Lansing? Capital Gains' Gretchen Cochran offers a few observations from the City of Light.
As MSU works to bring car sharing to the town, two MSU students share their thoughts on what it could do for the region.
Proving that Lansing has plenty of opportunities for creative, passionate people, homegrown-proud Mike Stratton has found international success as a therapist, writer and DJ.
What’s the dating scene like in Lansing? Local geek Daniel J. Hogan explores the good, the bad and the hilarious of being single in the Capital region.
Mark Boyd is getting a second take on his acting career, parlaying his performing experience into cameos in many of the big-budget films coming to Michigan.
What does “green” really mean? Our readers, developers and community members ask us this question all the time. We take it to mean lots of things — LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) development, sustainable living, public transportation, walkable communities and the reuse of abandoned properties.
Throughout 2009, we’ve run several articles concerning green ideas and green developments. After much deliberation, we’ve put together our Best of Green issue.
These feature, development and innovation articles include large green developments such as the renovation of the 20,000 square foot former Cedar Street School, as well as large green ideas such as the City of East Lansing’s commitment to becoming the first Michigan city to adopt a green building policy.
Thank you for your loyal readership! Have a great holiday and we’ll see you again in 2010.
Videographer Stephen Worsfold takes Capital Gains on a tour of David Muylle's eco-friendly urban house on Lansing's Eastside.
Out-of-business gas stations are abundant in the Capital region. But just because they’re closed today doesn’t mean they have to stay that way.
ACD.net's Kevin Schoen hopes to turn a problematic vacant property on Kalamazoo Street into a city-friendly community sculpture park.
With the new Accident Fund headquarters and the construction of the new City Market, Lansing’s riverfront is coming alive. So what's next for the city's watery waysides?
One of the nation's leading thinkers on real estate trends says walkable urban places are the future. So what advice will he have for Lansing on April 15?
Lansing is kicking off a summer of Smart Commuting, complete with festivals, competitions, classes and lots of reflective gear. Check out the region's committed, car-free trekkers.
One Capital region entrepreneur takes a look at social business, a business model he believes could give the region a positive boost both economically and socially.
Lansing has plenty of networking groups and business organizations, but now it’s got something entirely different—a group of young professionals who are investing their time, businesses and ideas in creating a city they want to live in.
It's movie time! Lansing makes a notable big-screen debut on Sunday with the premiere of Michael McCallum's gritty new full-length, indie noir flick, Fairview St.
Tired of fast food wrappers and pizza boxes piling up in your car? Embark on a gastronomic quest by sampling some of Lansing’s fine world cuisine.
Two DeWitt high school teachers are spearheading a movement designed to get students involved in community building and New Economy entrepreneurship.
Wave goodbye to the stinging eyes, graveling throat and clothes that smell like you've been in a fire. These fine establishments have found a new kind of smoke-free success.
Lansing and Pittsburgh have quite a bit in common as they scramble to reinvent economic success. Capital Gains talks with one of the leaders who helped the Steel City pull itself back.
The Crown Boxing Gym in Lansing hosts more than a boxing ring. It also houses the HAWK Foundation, which brings at-risk kids support, life skills and a fun, physical outlet.
Meet Suban Nur Cooley, the Aussie, born in Switzerland, who is taking over as Capital Gains' Innovation editor. Did we mention she speaks Somali?
More communities are turning to local currencies to encourage people to buy local goods, build neighborly bonds and reward unpaid actions. Is Lansing missing out?
Capital Gains takes a tour of the new business and education incubators that are becoming driving forces for economic and cultural reinvention in the Capital region.
MSU's Vincent Delgado brings to Lansing a world's worth of new ways to look at issues like community engagement, immigration and entrepreneurship.
Lansing hosts one of the most progressive manufacturing facilities in the state—a place where good design counts, protecting the environment is important, and social contribution ranks high.
Riverfront Cycle in Downtown Lansing, offering top-of-the-line bicycles and products since 1988, recently added a manufacturing arm in Mason.
Is it possible to make money with fine art? Lansing artist Kimberly Lavon thinks so, and is using the weight of the press to make it happen.
Ignite Lansing 2.0's sold-out crowd of 500 at the Old Town Temple Building was on fire with possibilities.
After a globe-hopping career that included visits to Europe, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Korea, and 41 cities in China, Shirley Saylor chose to land in and fall in love with Lansing.
With the start of the school year, MSU student DJ Rob Perry is working to turn Old Town's Spiral dance club into a hotspot on the national Switch network.
Jamie Schriner-Hooper talks to Capital Gains about Old Town, the Michigan Main Street Program, and a grassroots movement to rebuild Michigan’s downtowns.
Lansing entrepreneur and tax expert Max Pricco developed a tool to bring order to the often frantic business of tax preparation. Now he's turning the valuable software into a growing business.
For those of you who didn’t get a chance to ride the river with the Gillespie Group's Downtown boat tours, Good Fruit Video takes you there.
With an in-store jeweler, shoe-fit shop, 2,000 ties and the largest collection of tailored suits in the state, Kositchek’s menswear in Downtown Lansing delivers on every meticulously measured inch of its 140+ year legacy of quality.
Local IT entrepreneurs are joining forces to create a website guide that will help you find the hippest happenings in Lansing.
Long known for its artistic side, Old Town has recently been attracting a new set of eco-conscious businesses. Why? Chalk it up to a strong sense of community.
Former East Lansing mayor Sam Singh spent a year traveling the world. Now he's back and ready to put that experience to work in the Capital region.
Competing in a global environment requires a global perspective. That's where Vamshi Bommavaram comes in. Educated in Hyderabad, India, Bommavaram is bringing a few new ideas to Lansing.
Nick Gavrilides has soup for you. With a focus on "going local" and a hearty commitment to Lansing, he's turning The Soup Spoon Café into a tasty Eastside tradition.
A ball, a net and ample sand are chief ingredients in the Capital region’s bustling beach volleyball community, which draws the dexterous from ages 18 to 40.
The Michigan Avenue corridor might be primed for a facelift as citizens, students, professors and local governments look to take on the project themselves.
Young and mobile talent in the Capital region is looking to business leaders and local government to make changes.
With popular new eateries and loft developments finding a hungry law student and residential market, REO Town is a neighborhood on the rise.
The Michigan Municipal League
(MML) has established eight elements they say will help change the way millennials view Michigan.
The Brewer's Caucus is an amalgamation of Capitol lobbyists, legislative aides and others who are raising awareness about Michigan's craft beer culture, one pint at a time.
As envisioned by MSU interior design students, the retro-cool Knapp’s building in Downtown Lansing can be transformed into a vibrant part of the region again.
MSU prof Bryan Ritchie landed in Michigan with all the credentials of a Creative Class leader. Capital Gains chats with him about entrepreneurship and what he and his students are doing to keep the Capital region's best and brightest here.
After two years of pulling Capital Gains together in no less than 20 different houses, offices, cafes and cottages, we’ve managed to assemble an authoritative mobile workstation guide for Capital region nomads.
Boasting both local talent and national headliners, "Pickin’ in the Park” has become the hot place for impromptu musical magic on Lansing summer nights.
Public art can catch your eye or catch you off guard. In the Capital region, it's also helping capture the spirit of the community.
Capital Gains caught up with people who have left Michigan for Madison, Raleigh and Austin. Our goal? To see what coaxed them out of the region, and how we could keep them here.
For more than two decades, it's been a hot spot for national musicians and local music lovers alike. We take a tour with the edgy innovators and insiders who built the Mac's Bar mythology.
What does Lansing need to keep talented young entrepreneurs like Bunmi Akinyemiju? Try mass transit, entertainment centers and a more risk-tolerant attitude.
Kevin Shaw, one of six partners with the Wieland-Davco construction company, sits down with Capital Gains to talk about green building, world travel and diversification.
We've got those tiny little lakes for entertainment, but Capital region mountain biking enthusiasts are also making mountains out of Michigan's molehills.
In addition to steering the cash flow at Jackson National
(JNL), one of the region's financial powerhouses, CFO Andy Hopping
, is also rocking his JNL house band onto the national scene.
The summer's heating up and grills are being lit, so Capital Gains sent two intrepid writers out on the streets to find Lansing's best-tasting beef on a bun.
Two of the region's leading economists say that, when it comes to fresh water and hard workers, no other state can compete with Michigan.
How does a Lansing social network and annual fund-raising blowout morph into a respected avenue for supporting early childhood development? Like this.
How many times have you walked past a business or museum in Lansing and never stopped? Every year Lansing gives its residents a chance to re-experience the city with Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, a one day event designed to reengage citizens in their community.
A Lansing-based contingent of sports enthusiasts are quickly maturing a tailgate party staple into a sanctioned game bolstered by a self-organizing national network. Behold Michigan's Monkeyball masters.
With the right combination of education, training and social savvy, job seekers can find promise by aligning with bright spots in the Capital region economy.
Who finds their way to Lansing? How about a South Dakota transplant with Wyoming political credentials.
The green economy is touted as one the key sectors for Michigan's struggling auto suppliers. Turns out, the state might have the assets and people to do a whole lot more.
In an adventure that will have her heading to work (gasp!) on foot, CG's favorite Aussie import, Suban Nur Cooley, sets out to test the boundaries of our waistline-busting, couch-to-car commuter culture.
Robert Selig, executive director of the Capital Region International Airport, is pushing a global agenda that includes a $25 million terminal expansion and federal inspection area.
Many Michigan natives who venture out into the wider world also come boomeranging back, bringing with them a better sense of Lansing's assets and advantages. Some of them actually enjoy the cold!
As the City of Lansing kicks off a major initiative to update its Master Plan, one of the big issues is going to be building a transportation system that caters to people like Chelsea Kennedy.
Is it loud in here, or is it just my helicopter? Local entrepreneur Michael Doherty launches his latest fashion line with an East Lansing mega-party that blends hometown and Hollywood.
As Lansing ramps up a new city-wide Master Plan, the Eastside is looking at sustainable development that embraces the community’s history, diversity and natural assets.
Reach Studio Art Center is a community art gallery in the heart of Lansing committed to art education for people of all ages. Along the way, it's helping beautify REO Town and providing critical skills to kids and adults.
Capital Gains kicks off a new series exploring the city's efforts to revamp its decades-old Master Plan. This week, the New Economy shakes up old land use strategies.
Twitter, the real-time, micro-blogging and communications tool, is a surprisingly powerful presence inside Lansing's marketing, political and business realms. We offer up 10 local leaders whose chatter really matters.
Noah Filipiak, pastor of the Barefoot Church, will knock your socks off! At 22, he started a church. Four years later, its become a core community-building resource in the city.
Bobby Bringi of MBI International in Lansing is helping cutting-edge companies make the jump from great idea to marketable product. "De-risking" commercialization can move Michigan ahead in emerging areas like bio-tech.
From vegemite to jumpers, the Chrome Cat to wedding cakes, here's Capital Gains' firsthand account of how one awesome Aussie landed in (and learned to love) Lansing.
The Hard Lessons formed in East Lansing, and have since taken their music to venues around the world. But the role-model rockers still give their home state a hearty high-five for hipness.
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High-tech approaches and environmental consciousness are calling cards of a Lansing print shop that churns out many of the area’s political publications.
Audiophiles are Old Town’s original aural recyclers, investing their money and musical cravings in the hard-to-find vinyl available at Uncle Sam’s Record Emporium.
Michigan legislators and Lansing area leaders recently hosted a discussion about attracting the younger and more mobile workers that characterize the New Economy.
Kira Carter, the president and CEO of Sparrow Specialty Hospital in Lansing, talks to Capital Gains about the healthcare industry, and about attracting new talent to Lansing.
Nearly 1,000 players hit the ice in the Capital region's vibrant adult hockey community, where late-night games, camaraderie and a little frat humor offer respite from the 9-to-5 grind.
Though far from New Orleans, Lansing has plenty of southern imports and is building on a strong set of new and old Mardi Gras traditions.
Developer Gene Townsend’s newly built home in Old Town Lansing—the first Gold LEED certified house in town—suggests that the biggest new ideas are sometimes "Not So Big."
Hundreds of people from the Capital Region spent aweekend recycling 100,000 thousand pounds of old technology.
The edgy, underground of art culture seems to germinate best in the dark. So it makes sense that Lansing's would bubble up from Basement 414, hidden in a Downtown Lansing alley underneath the Nuthouse Sports Grill.
Green isn’t just the color of the holidays—it’s also the color of the coming economy, and a hallmark of a movement that’s building a more sustainable future for Lansing.
Ambitious Capital region authors are bypassing the challenges of traditional publishing by turning to self-publishing to get their books in the hands of fans.
Lansing’s looking to its largest utility, the Lansing Board of Water & Light, for answers to big energy issues, like adding alternative energy options that include solar, wind, biomass, hydro and landfill gases.
Dianne Holman started the East Lansing-based company, Working Bugs, and is using cutting-edge fermentation and microorganisms to rebuild the country's basic, bio-based roots.
Doug Neal, host of 88.9 FM's Progressive Torch & Twang, has managed to meld fluid dynamics, entrepreneurialism and an encyclopedic knowledge of alt-country music into a supremely satisfying Mid-Michigan experience.
Videographer Stephen Worsfold recently sat down with Joan Nelson, director of the Allen Neighborhood Center
, to talk about community development and sustainability on Lansing's Eastside.
Since 1929, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra has scored the cultural scene in Greater Lansing. Here's how it keeps attracting up to 20,000 area leaders, business people and first-time fans to its concerts each year.
Listen in as Michigan Now's Chris McCarus talks with leading experts about the potential of powering 80 million homes with clean, Great Lakes-based offshore wind turbines.
Contributing videographer Joshua Ortman takes us on a walk-through of Lansing's popular Impression 5 Science Center with its talented young director, Erik Larson.
For years, Lansing-area leaders have tried to figure out how to hold onto our college graduates, to stem their outflow to big cities. But maybe it’s time to let them go.
Meet Chad Paalman, Frederick Schramm and Justin Welsch, three young Lansing-area IT professionals who prove that our hometown techies are anything but geeks.
As a summer of record-high gas prices winds down, we offer the flip side of the cost equation: the positive local impacts of $4 per gallon gas.
New York Times columnist and author, Thomas Friedman, recently visited Michigan to talk green revolution, local innovation, and the opportunities for Michigan in a hot, flat and crowded future.
Put together an entrepreneurial young Venezuelan salsa dancer, a hot local salsa band, and a Lansing riverboat captain, and you’ve got the ingredients for a booming new Lansing dance scene.
Ashley Medina is a Life Stylist. From her shop in Downtown Lansing, she's in the business of helping creative professionals grow, network and stay put in Lansing.
In the first of many Capital Gains video features, Kraig Westfall gives us a glimpse into Studio Intrigue, a young, REO Town-based architecture firm that’s taking the term “walk the walk” to a whole ‘nother level.
Ensconced in subterranean studios at Lansing Community College, WLNZ 89.7-FM fills a niche that showcases the talents of local broadcasters, musicians and non-profit organizations.
Not only are designated “Green Schools” good for the environment, they’re an economically sound investment. A look at the Lansing region’s efforts go geen in the classroom.
More than 30 neighborhood gardens and one amazing greenhouse are helping Lansing improve parks, foster sustainability and provide fresh food to needy residents.
As the gold standard in green, Grand Rapids is giving the Capital City’s sustainability efforts a collaborative boost.
Here’s Capital Gains’ look at moving to Old Town Lansing. Also check out our guides to visiting
and investing in
Even as kids head back to classes, Lansing execs are turning vacant school buildings into green ventures that fuel the local economy.
Skateboarding is a $3 billion a year industry, and Lansing is becoming a national leader in attracting the sport’s talented and trendy disciples.
For St. Johns, Michigan artist, Brian McKelvey, what started out as a local craft has turned into a national — and possibly global — product that's helping people re-imagine their towns.
Can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Lansing is proving otherwise with new dog-devoted businesses and expansive new city park facilities that pamper our prized pets.
Downtown Lansing nightlife has gotten a boost from a host of successful new venues, and the young professional crowd is finding places to let loose in the city. CG's quick guide to the new places, old favorites, and hot picks for a night (or two) on the town.
Along with a cadre of other talented indy-film upstarts building high-quality films on miniscule budgets, Michael McCallum works in a world well below the radar of big-budget film incentives.
Thanks to new state incentives and a few ambitious Lansing entrepreneurs, a vacant parking lot in Downtown Lansing may soon be bustling with the action—and cash—of big-budget, Hollywood films.
Hazel Hotwagner left a highfalutin’ corporate job for paintbrushes and an easel. Now the artist’s community she helped create is following her to new gallery space in Old Town Lansing.
Rivka and Chris Fountain have opened several doors—and a few eyes—to the potential of Eastside Lansing housing stock by turning worn, fix-me-uppers into sparkling castles.
Take a taste of summer with area food advocates, who are serving up a sample from the bountiful Lansing harvest of locally produced, meat, dairy and other dietary staples.
From the cozy confines of their not-so-quiet Eastside Lansing house, five young musicians are making their mark on a simmering local music scene.
A nationally recognized MSU program is combining new media tools and student-led ideas to boost area communities and small-business owners.
Miko Fossum wanted her business to reflect her values and beliefs. So she took her Eastside Lansing tea house to a whole new level of healthy.
Young entrepreneurs like Jessica Decker are revitalizing Downtown Lansing by working in, living in, and loving on a Cool City that's quickly earning the chill name.
boots to Spanx
to True Religion
jeans, three female boutique owners are chasing the dust bunnies out of Mid-Michigan closets and replacing Midwestern frocks with New York couture.
There’s nothing glamorous or chic about a coffee bean, one stuffed toy or a single moving van. But, if you’re creative and have the business savvy of three of Michigan’s most successful franchise owners, you can turn one bean into 150 coffee shops, one truck into 202 international moving locations, one toy into a national franchise or one dollar…into millions.
With passion for percolation and a disarming alter-ego, Rudy Baggs is building a better bean and putting Lansing's coffee craving on the road to the good life.
Before mega-brewers made the American beer landscape a mass-produced monolith of light-bodied lagers, beer was the small-batch bastion of entrepreneurs. The tide is turning; our toast to the Lansing area's growing horde of happy hand crafters!
Nuclear engineers and former autoworkers are hard at work at Terry Grimm's tech company, fabricating the next generation of nuclear accelerators in an old Lansing school.
Grab a front-row seat as interns at Downtown Lansing's BoarsHead Theater take over the stage on off-nights, letting the creativity fly.
Here’s Capital Gains’ look at moving to Downtown Lansing. Also check out our guides to visiting
and investing in
Using non-motorized trails and greenways to connect Lansing with neighboring communities like Holt and Mason is a vision shared by planners, business and recreationalists alike. It’s getting closer to reality.
From young professionals to real estate brokers, people are putting down roots in one of old Lansing's hip, new hot spots. Here’s Capital Gains’ look at moving to Old Town Lansing; you can also check out our guides to visiting
and investing in
Old Town, too.
Educators from China, Michigan State University and Lansing Public Schools are preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world by focusing on language and culture.
Lansing pipe organ restorer, Scott Smith, has turned a passion for Michigan's musical treasures into a nationally unique business niche.
Thanks to good venues, collaboration, and a supportive community, the Lansing area boasts a growing army of talented folk and roots musicians. Now, they’re banding together and giving back.
Lansing’s high-tech companies are growing through innovation, and a handful, like Agate Software
, are changing the way governments and companies across the country do business.
Lansing has always had much to offer students and families with children, and now Grand River Connection is helping those in between discover each other and the Capital city.
With his successful, nationally syndicated comic strip "Frazz
," Lansing's Jef Mallet could be working anywhere. Get to know him, and find out why he stays.
Big changes hit downtown Lansing over the last 12 months, and 2008 promises more. We offer a quick recap to bring you up to speed as we kick off what looks to be a very exciting year in the city.
With a lead singer who often tours with national acts like The Verve Pipe, and a completely spontaneous and localized approach to their live performances, The Dewaynes could be the city’s best kept secret. A look into the music scene, venues, and the interests of a band born from Lansing’s improvisational Eastside.