Coral Gables

Written by Colette Evangelista. Posted in Monthly Issues, Restaurant Review

How do you breathe new life into a classic? I am not sure you can, but at least we can remind everyone they are still there. Coral Gables sits on Grand River like an aging Grande Dame. She offers a solid menu and banquet halls (something to keep in mind as the holidays approach) and she offers history. One menu on the wall from the 1920’s wanted a whole quarter for a salad and another had a steak for $2.50. How cool would that be today? If we can’t go retro with the pricing, we can with the ambiance. Let Read more [...]

With a Capital EM: To Big Screen or not to Big Screen

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Monthly Issues

Before the turkey is even prepped, you will find my better half sitting at my parents’ breakfast bar with a mission. There he sits— Black Friday sales flyers strewn about, a pad of paper in one hand, a pen in the other. I’m going to blame myself, because that seems like the easiest way to explain why this manly man has an addiction to Black Friday shopping. I spent my teens and early twenties working retail, so I had yet to experience the joy, the excitement, the pure adrenaline rush Read more [...]

Home is Where the Heart Is

Written by Tiffany Dowling. Posted in From the Publisher, Monthly Issues

There’s an old saying and a song or two lamenting over the fact that you can’t go home again. It’s interesting to think about the implications of what that really means. It’s not that you can’t get in your car, a plane or some other obscure mode of transportation to physically take you there. Is there a force field you’ll have to maneuver through? No. It actually means that after you’ve left the place where you were raised and go on to other parts of the world or just down the road, Read more [...]

Events for October 2012

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Monthly Issues, Tri-County Events

Events Now - October 6 — Old Town Farmers Market, Lansing. The Old Town Farmers Market strives to provide a pleasurable shopping experience. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to visit Lansing's historic creative district on the first Sunday of every month to enjoy fresh, vibrant homegrown and handmade products from some of Michigan's most dedicated farmers. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Now - October 21 — Lansing Mega Mall Outdoor Flea Market, Lansing. Time to treasure Read more [...]

Entertainment Alley: Back to school…Back to work…Back to TV…

Written by Taylor Kelsaw. Posted in Columns, Entertainment Alley, Monthly Issues

If you are like me, you could hardly wait for primetime television 2012 to return this fall, and there’s a lot to get excited about. Time to get that DVR ready. Fall television also means Sunday Night Football on NBC returns — sorry ladies, or football widows I should say. But in all honesty, the demos for football have changed over the course of time and now husbands and wives happily tune in together. Also returning this season is Showtime’s “Dexter,” CBS’s “The Good Wife” Read more [...]

Local Women: Christie Schichtel

Written by Andrew Rickerman. Posted in Local Women, Monthly Issues

Christie Schichtel wants you to have a college education. And not just you, she believes with the right help anyone can. She puts this belief into action by managing Mentor Michigan College Coaching Corps. For information on how to get involved with the program, email her at or call (517) 492-2451. Q: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MENTOR MICHIGAN COLLEGE COACHING CROPS? A: At the MMCCC our goal is to improve the education outcomes for the youth of Michigan; especially for Read more [...]

Fall Into a Great Read

Written by Scott Harris. Posted in Monthly Issues, Reader's Lounge

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” - Albert Camus Really, Camus? Really? If you wanna’ get all existential about autumn, how about, “Autumn is about rain and raking leaves. Autumn is about going back to school. Autumn is about the stark reminder that winter is within a meteorologist’s snowball’s throw.” Hurray, it’s the autumn of our years! Oh, autumn also gives us football, harvest (and the really good seasonal brews), inspired poetry and more creative Read more [...]

Light it up

Written by Dottie Zimmerman. Posted in Columns, DIY, Monthly Issues

Last week while browsing an antique store that had seen better days, I found these old glass insulators.They were thrown on the floor in a dirty, old bucket. I cautiously dug through them, waiting for something to scurry out — it was bit creepy in this place — and picked out three that looked most similar in color. Not knowing at the time exactly what I’d use them for or really what they were, I loved their weight, unique shape and embossed words on the sides. They had sort of an industrial Read more [...]

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Monthly Issues

Was he a hero, a murderer or something in between? More importantly, does it really matter, because he’s really, really hot. Okay, of course it matters, but the answer may not come at the end of the rock musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, presented by Peppermint Creek Theatre Company Oct. 4 to 7 and Oct. 11 to 13. What can be guaranteed is a good time as 11 cast members play a variety of characters — all a little bit emo, a little bit hipster, all very good looking and all very confused Read more [...]

Sugar Berry Serves up Lots of Family Fun

Written by Ann Cool. Posted in Business Profile, Features, Monthly Issues

Making people happy is Ann Nguyen’s mission and frozen yogurt is her passion. Mix those two ingredients together, and you get Sugar Berry — a parlor that serves up flavorful frozen yogurt and fresh, fun toppings. Nguyen opened a new shop on the west side of Lansing in June of this year. It joins Nguyen’s first Sugar Berry that she opened at the end of 2010 in the Frandor area. She selected the Frandor location because it gets a lot of traffic. This second spot accommodates her customers Read more [...]

Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza

Written by Neele Churchill. Posted in Features, Monthly Issues, Restaurant Review

It's Friday night, what to do? A group of friends, including Editor Emily, decided to go out to dinner. We all heard great things about Tony Sacco’s, the new pizza place in Eastwood Towne Center, so we decided to give it a whirl. We walked up to a beautiful brick building with lots of windows and a spacious patio. The place was packed with patrons of all ages. We were greeted by a friendly hostess and handed a literal plastic piece of pizza that would let us know when we would be seated. In Read more [...]


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