news February 2011

February 16, 2011
The Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) held its Annual Meeting and Member mixer last week where they highlighted the accomplishments of the organization and their goals for the coming year.  Part of this event was spotlighting the hundreds of volunteers that made it possible for the OTCA to produce its over 111 events and support its programming to revitalize the Old Town district. 
February 3, 2011
Looking for a fun and different way to spend your Valentine’s Day this year? Why not come to Old Town and check out the beautiful boutiques and art galleries or try some of the delicious cuisine with your loved one.
February 3, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011 9 am - 10 am This month’s Wake Up Old Town will be held at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen at 1236 Turner St. Wake up and enjoy free breakfast while learning about Old Town news and events and share your own at this free networking event. All are welcome!
February 3, 2011
If you are looking for a sweet pick-me-up snack during the day, make sure you stop in to Tallulah’s Folly and check out their new additions. They are now serving Aggie Mae’s Bakery & Sweet Shoppe brownies, cupcakes, cookies, cheesecake, scones, and creampuffs. Fresh specialty coffee is also brewed throughout the day. Don’t forget about Valentine’s Day! Tallulah’s Folly will happily put together a gorgeous bouquet of flowers for your valentine.
February 3, 2011
Starting Sunday February 6th a new educational tradition will take place at Pruess Pets. Story Time will be held the first Sunday of every month at the pet store and will take place between 4pm and 5pm. Books that correspond to the featured animal will be read by longtime Pruess Pets employee, Megan Shannon, and the event is open to children of all ages. Pruess Pets already advocates sustainability and teaching responsibility with the environment and animals and saw an opportunity to continue that by reaching out to children.
February 3, 2011
With a focus on the farmers market, a new community garden, and neighborhood safety, the newly formed Residents of Old Town (ROOT) group was formed in 2010 by Old Town resident, volunteer, and all-around selfless lady, Jenelle Jagmin.  Jagmin, a former OTCA Organizations Committee member, saw a hole in the issues the Org Committee handled, and those were all the topics she was most passionate and concerned about. 
February 3, 2011
With the new year already in full swing, schedules are getting busier, the weather is getting colder and it’s getting harder to keep those New Year’s resolutions. Fortunately for us there is Riverview Fitness to keep many motivated. The gym is offering more classes than ever this year, including pilates, zumba and belly dancing joining the line-up.
February 3, 2011
Four women, three weeks and one vision: that’s the story behind Gallery 1212. For the past year, Donna Randall, Joni Sztykiel, Carolyn Haun and Rebecca Stafford have devoted time to painting together each week. “We help each other and encourage each other,” Carolyn said. “When four people work together, it just works better.”
February 3, 2011
After 19 years of operation in the house located at 1017 W. Lapeer Street in Lansing, the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition has moved into its first professional office building, located in the former library of the School for the Blind. “We are excited to be in the building and we hope people will take advantage of our services,” said Katherine Draper, Interim Executive Director of the GLHC.
February 3, 2011
The month of February brings with it the celebration of Cravings Popcorn’s first year in Old Town. The boutique popcorn shop launched in Old Town February 22, 2010 and as owner Chad Jordan said, “It has been a tremendous year, business has grown a lot in the past year.”  Jordan attributes some of his success to the volunteers and events that have helped spread the word of his gourmet popcorn and soda pop market.