Something's changing in the live music scene in Lansing. There are more shows, bigger names – and did you catch the Common Ground lineup this year? Though there are a number of reasons why, one of them is definitely Lansing's own Fusion Shows.
We're at our final stop in our three-part series on Lansing area theater: the evolution of the theater experience. We talk to the folks who are in the midst of ensuring a theater legacy in the area through spearheading new and innovative ways to bring film to Lansing.
Join us for the second stop in our three-part series on Lansing area theater: the theaters of time gone by. We'll explore the local venues still alive and kicking, and reminisce on some of the haunts that exist only in memory and photographs.
For some, the word 'comics' summons images of Garfield hating Mondays, or Superman saving the day. But for others, like Ryan Claytor, who teaches comic creation and produces his own, comics are more than just funny drawings or heroes in tights: they are a way of life.
Where does your mind go when you hear the word theater? Popcorn and a flick? Playbills and a stage? Glitzy marquees and red velvet seats? Come along with us as we explore all three in the Lansing area in an on-going series. First up: performance theatre!
If you haven't had a chance to attend some of Lansing's many open mic opportunities, here's a quick synopsis of what they're like, who's going and what it's doing for the performers and our city.
Michigan Avenue is the central corridor of the Lansing region, and for years it has also been front and center in the minds of area planners and developers. Now, everyone from municipalities to non-profits to private developers are getting in on the excitement that is Michigan Avenue's future. Here, we look at how those development plans are going, and what's already underway.
Eclectic Art Tattoo Gallery owner Geary Morrill and his wife Cyndi chose Lansing to start a business and raise a family. Find out why they were called back from Southern California to begin a new adventure together.
What would you do if you had 54 hours to spare? Laundry? Start a new project? How about start a business? That’s what budding and experienced entrepreneurs alike did one weekend in October when they gathered from around the globe at the Center for New Enterprise Opportunity and the Henry Center for Executive Development for Lansing Startup Weekend. By Sunday evening, five new businesses had been launched, complete with business models, research, working websites and pitches to venture capitalists.
What is placemaking? And what does it look like? Thanks to the Michigan Association of Realtors Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Grant, we now have at least nine great examples of placemaking projects throughout the Lansing area. Take a look at what these projects mean to their respective neighborhoods, and how placemaking will play a role in Lansing’s future.
There are many benefits to the holiday that is Halloween; you get to know your neighbors, supply happy children with treats for tricks, and maybe even save some Reese's goodness for yourself. But at the end of the day, what long-lasting or local impact does Halloween really have on our region? Enter if you dare ... mwahahahaha!
Business owner, Camron Gnass knows a good story, and a good opportunity, when he sees one. So he jumped at the chance to publish local author Jack Ebling’s tale of the Michigan State Spartan’s renaissance.
Lansing resident, Ty Forquer, loves Lansing so much he launched 517 Shirts, an online t-shirt company capturing Lansing landmarks with a unique edge and providing Lansing-lovers with a hip way to wear their pride.
Meet Andrea Kerbuski, Capital Gains' fashion columnist! Andrea is a successful personal style/fashion blogger
with a day job and a love for horses and leather accessories. She attributes her eclectic sense of style to her father
. For her first column, she shares how Lansing is the place to thrift for fashion finds.
Across the world, community bike shares are becoming popular car alternatives. They’re great for traveling short distances, and cities call them community and economy builders. For more than two years, Lansing has dreamed of becoming a bike share hub, and that dream could soon become a reality.
Justin Bugsy Sailor has made the move from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Lansing twice now. In between, he spent time in more than 100 homes spread out across each of the 50 states. Find out more about how this ultimate road tripper landed in Lansing, and what he really wishes you knew about him.
The Lansing Community College Board of Trustees meeting this past April wasn’t a bit typical. For one thing, the room was full of high school students. For another, a major item on the agenda was a basketball-playing robot built by those teenagers. Want to know more? Read on to learn about LCC's program, The Early Learning College.
So, how far has Lansing come in a decade? Have we grown, developed? Are we on the right track? Let's take a look and see, shall we! In the second part of our Lansing Growth series, we take a look at how Lansing has changed as a place to live.
Starving artist, we’re all familiar with the term. But illustrators in the Capital region seem to be doing pretty well for themselves. We couldn´t highlight them all, so here’s a look at how some of our well-known local artists are making it by following their passion and doing what they love: art.
So, how far has Lansing come in a decade? Have we grown, developed? Are we on the right track? Let's take a look and see, shall we! In the first part of our Lansing Growth series, we take a look at how Lansing has changed as a place to work.
Have you ever wondered about the person behind the turntable? They’re much more than just the talented hands that spin the music to get you moving, and the keen ears that drop just the right beats. Take a behind-the-music look at some of Lansing’s most in-demand and talented DJs.
Lansing’s Refugee Development Center has been helping refugee families find hope and build new lives for more than 10 years. Today, the organization serves hundreds of refugees and has created specialized programs that support and help children making this difficult transition into American life; so they can start anew.
What were you doing on St. Paddy's day? Did it involve animation, costumes, video games and more? Then you must have been one of the 2,000 odd folks who headed to downtown Lansing for Shuto Con. If not, Daniel J. Hogan will tell you all about it in this week's issue.
Meet Khalid Ibrahim: scientist by day, artist by night! Pakistani by early upbringing, Ibrahim has fallen in love with what Lansing has to offer, professionally, recreationally, artistically and culturally. Whether fulfilling his passion behind a camera lens or in working to understand disease in the lab, he strives to be a teller of the diverse stories he considers himself lucky to encounter.
The offspring at Granger Associates, Two Men and a Truck and Dean Transportation could go anywhere. They’re degreed, skilled. But they are working in their family’s Mid-Michigan companies and are bringing their generations’ green ethic with them. While getting their jobs was no cakewalk, they’re beating the poor odds for family dynasties while making huge contributions to their industries.
Lansing should take pride in providing an environment that fosters the leading ladies of women-owned creative agencies. Take a peek inside the minds and lives of some of Lansing’s top creative entrepreneurs. Through their successes and challenges, we find out why Lansing is bursting with creative agencies that are perfectly suited to serve a diversity of clients across the region and throughout the state.
Lansing has many Thai restaurants, and writer, Daniel J. Hogan went on a quest to find out which one has the best Pad Thai.
Two-thousand-eleven has been a banner year for key development in the Greater Lansing area. It’s not just that there was an influx of any old type of building projects. The kind of development we saw in Lansing this year has been groundbreaking and innovative. They are the kind of projects inspired by collaboration, history and community - furthering growth across the region.
Holiday business is definitely booming in the Lansing area, but independent business owners don’t simply measure their success in only dollars and cents. The gauge for a profitable holiday season reaches beyond percentages for independents and ultimately does result in both a strengthened economy and, some would argue, more importantly, strengthened relationships and community.
What was once the Lansing Advertising Club is now a group of individuals from a diverse creative backgrounds called the Mid-Michigan Creative Alliance ... and they are reinventing the ideals of one of Michigan's oldest advertising clubs.
Everyone knows “there’s an app for that,” but who is making all these apps? Capital Gains takes a look at three Lansing firms who make apps: Traction, Web Ascender and Gravity Works.
Impression 5 Science Center ... a place chock-full of innovation and creativity. But who are some of the folks responsible for making it all happen? Meet them in this week's issue.
Getting our food from local sources – and supporting those restaurants and other establishments that do – makes sense in more ways than one. Local food tastes better, it’s healthier, it makes local farmers happy and preserves family farms. It enhances the character of our community ... and best of all, it’s the right thing to do. We talked with a few eateries in the Lansing area who are also buying local to support our region.
A suit-wearing, spatula-wielding Slayer fan who practices Intellectual Properties law during the day and plays fetch with his Border Collies at night and on weekends, Matt Wyman returned to Lansing after six years in the Windy City. As far as we're concerned, any attorney who loves The Big Lebowski, skydiving and making Lansing a better place in which to live and work is a vital addition to the community.
After the first three of our four-part series on the secrets to downtown development in the Lansing area, one thing is for sure: the renaissance happening in our local downtowns isn't incidental. Learn how downtown organizations are playing a major role in revitalization.
This past April, the first ever Capital City Film Festival highlighted and celebrated film and live music in downtown Lansing. Some of the organizers share what they learn in the festival's first year.
In October last year, Ariniko O Meara began a crusade to walk down every street in Lansing, taking pictures and telling us stories along the way through her City Saunter
blog. She shares what she's learned and discovered along the way.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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).
In addition to conducting and growing the successful Lansing Symphony Orchestra, nationally renowned conductor Timothy Muffitt is also a happy, local family man.
Photo-based scavenger hunts through Lansing are fun, entertaining and helping the community come together and realize the city's full potential.
If Lansing hopes to build on the success of The Deluxe Inn urban art project in REO Town, it’ll have to embrace the nuances and unpredictability of authentic underground art.
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.
A few young leaders decided to spend one lunch hour a week volunteering for Lansing-area organizations. They ended up inspiring hundreds of local people of all ages to join them.
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.
To counter the consequences of high petroleum prices, Capital region leaders are pulling together the components of a new bio-based manufacturing system that would also support researchers, farmer and parts suppliers.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
OK. We’ve been silent long enough. From here on out we’re going to post our number one must do, must see, must have news every week. We’re not interested in being Captain Obvious so if you have ideas that are off the radar, share them here
We’d like to introduce you to Daniel Hogan, 28, the self-described lovable geek and feature writer who'll be taking over development editor responsibilities here at Capital Gains.
Many of the area's traditional businesses and organizations are gaining new insights and support by opening board of director positions to young leaders.
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.
Video games are helping educate local area kids about technology. Combined with Michigan’s film incentive tax credits, they could also help create a future technology industry in Lansing.
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.
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.
In 2009, we heard some great ideas regarding social business, entrepreneurship and the redevelopment of one the region’s most valuable assets — the riverfront.
We also talked to individuals who are creating or have created incubators for the area’s best and brightest. Interestingly, these incubators run the educational gamut, providing services for elementary, high school and college students as well as start-ups.
Since it’s the end of the year, we can’t resist concluding with a few top 10 issues. This week, we’re running the Top Ten of 2009 so if there’s a feature, development or innovation story you missed during the year, here’s your chance to take another look.
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.
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.
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.
Riverfront Cycle in Downtown Lansing, offering top-of-the-line bicycles and products since 1988, recently added a manufacturing arm in Mason.
Last year's soaring gas prices fueled their popularity, but scooter fans say it's their practicality, maneuverability and style that make them a hot commodity on Capital region roadways.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Michigan Municipal League
(MML) has established eight elements they say will help change the way millennials view Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
What does Lansing need to keep talented young entrepreneurs like Bunmi Akinyemiju? Try mass transit, entertainment centers and a more risk-tolerant attitude.
We've got those tiny little lakes for entertainment, but Capital region mountain biking enthusiasts are also making mountains out of Michigan's molehills.
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.
We’re looking for experienced video freelancers to produce several videos for Capital Gains. If you think you have what it takes, drop us a line.
Capital Gains catches up with one of the region's leading music critics and fans, and talks about what's working in Lansing's live music world.
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!
At the first Lansing Give Camp, dozens of web developers, programmers and designers provided 48 hours of donated labor to the area's non-profit community. Check out all the storm-fraught fun on the video.
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.
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.
Michigan State University's outreach efforts to China over the years has created educational and research partnerships that may soon spill over into the business community.
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.
Michigan's growing agricultural economy was a bright spot in a struggling national economy. The state’s young people are learning how to get involved.
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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Wendy Kopitsch helps keep Capital region employees fit and focused by bringing yoga right to the workaday office.
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.
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.
Choosing 10 innovations to represent the year’s best and brightest is no easy task, but we've managed to pull together 10 people who moved Mid-Michigan innovations forward in 2008.
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.
The Capital Gains staff would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. In light of the season, we will not publish again until Wednesday, Jan. 7. In the meantime, you can give the gift of Capital Gains! Sign up friends and family here.
See you in 2009!
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.
Just in time for the holidays, writer Bill McKibben visits Mid-Michigan with a wish list for building a deeper, sustainable and more satisfying local economy. Revise your shopping list here.
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.
Lansing area businesses and nonprofits are elevating the Capital region’s creative culture by building new partnerships with the area’s performing arts community.
While landfills put the olfactory nerves into overdrive, the growing green economy means that Lansing-based waste management and recycling firms are mining them for practical reuses.
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.
Ryan Kincaid and Ryan Henry, both barely 30 years old, are wowing the Mid-Michigan building community with big projects and a commitment to growing Lansing's green development movement.
Jonathan Ritz agreed to maneuver his way around the Capital region for a week using only the bus system. Read on for the play-by-play of his care-free, car-free Capital City adventure.
The Ingham County Treasurer and chairman of the Ingham County Land Bank has discovered that everything in the Lansing region—housing, climate, commerce, quality of life—is tied to transportation.
Too intimidated to try the bus? Afraid your carpool might accidentally leave you car-less? CATA’s Clean Commute service is helping residents and businesses make the jump to a new transportation paradigm.
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.
A glimpse at an on-demand, grid-connected future where we move conveniently and happily between various small, clean vehicles depending on what we want to accomplish—and where we need to go.
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.
Hometown Lansing hero Magic Johnson has a net worth of $500 to $900 million, and he was back home in Lansing recently to talk to an eager audience about politics, economic redevelopment and community building.
’s Chris McCarus recently joined the Capital Gains
team and will be contributing sound clips on issues like development, sustainability and culture. This week he talks about the Great Lakes Compact.
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.
Denise Peek, executive director of the Entrepreneur Network of Mid-Michigan, chats with Capital Gains about Michigan’s economy, supporting local entrepreneurs, and revitalizing Lansing neighborhoods.
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.
Even as kids head back to classes, Lansing execs are turning vacant school buildings into green ventures that fuel the local economy.
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.
Capital Gains launched one year ago this month. Here's a quick rundown of some of our most Frequently Asked Questions, and a few personal tidbits about just who we are, exactly.
You know we love writing about growth and development in the Lansing
area. Well, now we’re happy to announce that we’re experiencing some
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Even with some ups and downs in local industry, Lansing medical facilities continue to invest in the kinds of cutting-edge equipment and innovative health care needed to keep top medical talent in the area.
With the future of the U.S. economy on the line, Bruce Katz, from the DC-based Brookings Institution, is rallying the country's largest 100 metropolitan areas to action, and offering us a gut-check on how the Lansing/East Lansing metro stacks up in the new, global paradigm.
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.
Home sales might be struggling in the wake of the mortgage and credit crunches, but if you’re in the market for a green remodel or a neighborhood makeover, things aren’t looking so bad in Lansing.
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.
Two new offices are returning residential real estate to Lansing’s core, and capitalizing on the growing demand for downtown living.
East Lansing’s popular 48-hour filmmaking contest is attracting creative talent to town, and building a reputation among area filmmakers.
The sun is out. The trees are green. And in Mid-Michigan, that means it’s time to hit the water. Welcome to Lake Lansing.
New Economy jobs, a family-friendly reputation and a high quality of life are tempting talent to Lansing and East Lansing from national hot spots like California, Boston and Chicago.
Boosted by business, government and personal commitments, recycling efforts in the Mid-Michigan region have more than doubled in the last 10 years, making the region a leader in going green.
With enthusiasm for flight and joy in his "work," Peter Kamerainen has landed his successful regional charter business among the top tier of Lansing's leaders.
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.
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.
Creative Class guru Richard Florida chats about his new book, Who’s Your City, and Lansing's place in a spiky, "mega-region" world where choosing the place you live is the most important decision of your life.
The 20-plus ethnic groceries in the Lansing area offer more than great salsa and hummus. They're central to our New Economy transition.
Grab a front-row seat as interns at Downtown Lansing's BoarsHead Theater take over the stage on off-nights, letting the creativity fly.
Downtown Lansing is bustling with development, and people in the know point to a major driver: the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. We visit with the man at the helm, President Don LeDuc.
Here’s Capital Gains’ look at moving to Downtown Lansing. Also check out our guides to visiting
and investing in
Here’s Capital Gains’ look at visiting Downtown Lansing. Also check out our guides to investing in
and moving to
You don't need a political penchant or a knowledge of Neoclassical architecture to appreciate the romance and regality of the Capital City's central figure. And did we mention the best view is from flat on your back?
Lansing pipe organ restorer, Scott Smith, has turned a passion for Michigan's musical treasures into a nationally unique business niche.
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.
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.
This year alone, the capital region’s financial and insurance companies will create and maintain thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars. A quick tour of a few of the Lansing area's cash cows.
In the New Economy, going green is increasingly smart for the environment and good for business. Lansing area leaders are setting the stage for a green revolution in building.
If you’ve ever wondered how Lansing’s hardworking hordes blow off steam and socialize in the New Economy, take another look at an Old World favorite.
Chris Holman has developed Lansing's new venture capital fund, giving area financiers a look at new and emerging technology companies, and a chance to “invest and be invested in their success.”
Their cities are neighbors of the closest kind, sharing bizarre conjoined boundaries and most of a name. But instead of throwing leaves over fences, the mayors of Lansing and East Lansing are focused on building on the power of the region's shared economic destiny.
What's behind Lansing's recent urban revival? Part of the story might be a surprisingly simple slate of small public investments that are making our city more comfy, convivial and, it turns out, contagiously attractive to private investment.
Camron Gnass' business cards say "Mr. Strategy." Entrepreneur, designer and building renovator, he’s rethinking the city's visual identity and attracting great people along the way.
Uncork Ingham County's wine culture and you'll find the largest wine-tasting club in the state, a microbiologist running one of Travelocity.com's favorite wineries, and a surprisingly sophisticated palate.
Lansing by bicycle! For a growing number of cyclists in the Lansing area, the "acoustic motorbike" is not just for recreation – it's a way to get to the office while also getting out and experiencing the city.
New and attractive residential opportunities are springing up all over Lansing as the city's innovative developers pump new life into impressive buildings. And residents are responding, moving in to chase the urban nirvana of green living, readily available morning coffee, and an easy after-work cocktail.
What is the New Economy and what does it look like in the Lansing area? We sat down with Dr. Soji Adelaja, one of the region's (and country's) most scholarly, intelligent and courageously out-of-the-box thinkers on strategic investments for economic transition. Tapping into research from forthcoming reports about what makes certain states and regions click in the New Economy, Dr. Adelaja suggests ways to keep teaching an old economy some new tricks.