Good News for May 2013


The Old Town General Store to Open this May A new and inspired business opens this May in Old Town. Rhea Van Atta is opening the Old Town General Store, located at 408 E. Grand River, on May 3. A Grand Opening will be held on June 15, featuring live music, delicious food and specials. It is Van Atta’s mission to create a unique general store, which will offer healthy foods and high-quality goods, in the Old Town neighborhood where she lived as a child. Her primary focus is on providing groceries, which will include locally grown fresh produce, with an emphasis on organic and sustainable practices and sourced from Michigan suppliers whenever possible. She also plans for the store to become the hub for a variety of community events and activities. For more information visit CBRE|Martin Fills 45,000 square feet at Park Place Office Park CBRE|Martin (CBRE) is pleased to announce that one of East Lansing’s preeminent office parks — Park Place Office Park— has secured two new tenants who together leased nearly 45,000 square feet. Park Place is located on West Road in the northwest tier of East Lansing and is home to several corporate office users. Coverys, a leading medical professional liability insurance company, has leased approximately 26,000 square feet in Building One where operations will be run for member companies MHA Insurance Company and Coverys Insurance Services, a multi-line insurance agency. Mary Ursul, Senior Vice President of Coverys, is looking forward to the change. “The opportunity to consolidate departments under one roof and streamline operations is exciting for us.” CLEAResult is an Austin, Texas-based energy optimization firm that works with utility clients across the country to design and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Currently located in Okemos, CLEAResult will soon relocate its Michigan office to Park Place, occupying 18,500 square feet within Building Three. Rosekrans represented the landlord in this transaction, while fellow CBRE office advisor Lisa Allen Kost represented CLEAResult. Both tenants expect to take occupancy in mid to late summer. University Club Board Appoints CEO/GM Designee Karen Grannemann, currently serving as the University Club’s Chief Operating Officer, has been chosen to lead the U-Club following the retirement of current CEO/GM Richard Bruner in 2014. Grannemann joined the University Club staff in October of 1996, serving as Membership Director, Director of Business Operations and Chief Operating Officer. As COO, she has been fully involved in virtually all aspects of the Club’s operations, leading the executive team through the Club’s sizable growth, numerous renovations and impressive innovations. She and her husband Norman are longtime residents of Okemos and the parents of two adult daughters. Grannemann is very active in the community, and will be working closely with Bruner over the next year to ensure a smooth transition. The University Club of Michigan State University has an 84-year tradition as a year-round center for business, dining, fitness, recreation and golf at Forest Akers Golf courses. The Club offers a service rich tradition of fabulous dining and entertainment, flawlessly executed meetings and events, leisurely tennis, swimming and golf and a world-class fitness center and spa. Memberships in this award winning private facility are available to anyone in the community. MSUFCU Awards Professional Makeovers to Two New Graduates MSUFCU awarded Nathaniel Pasmanter and Alexandra Tricozzi, two spring 2013 Michigan State University (MSU) graduates, with $3,200 professional makeovers in its ninth annual Graduate Makeover Contest. As winners, Pasmanter and Tricozzi received new business attire courtesy of Kositchek’s and Eastwood Towne Center, respectively. Both winners were gifted Spartan jewelry from Wheat Jewelers and salon and spa services from Douglas J Aveda Institute and Douglas J Salon East Lansing. In addition, the Student Book Store provided each winner with a class ring, graduation announcements, diploma frame, cap and gown, and a $100 gift card. MSUFCU also gave each winner a $500 prize. Pasmanter, an MSU Honors College student earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, will apply to medical school this summer to pursue his dream of becoming a primary care physician. Tricozzi, an MSU Honors College student earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing, has achieved a 4.0 grade point average all four years of college. She currently works in the pediatric oncology field and plans to become a nurse practitioner specializing in obstetrics or oncology.

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