March 2024 Newsletter

A photo of some of the storefronts in Old Town during the Spring.

Old Town Commercial Association

Old Town Newsletter - March 2024

Welcome to the March edition of our newsletter! As spring begins to bloom, we’re excited to share the latest news and updates from Old Town. Your continued support fuels our efforts to enrich our community, preserve its heritage, and foster economic vitality. Thank you for being a part of our journey!

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by Tia Barrera on March 15

As the last frost of winter fades away, the Old Town Commercial Association warmly greets the arrival of spring in March 2024. With the promise of longer days and new beginnings, our community stands ready to embrace the vibrancy and energy that this season brings. As we look ahead, let us come together to celebrate the spirit of renewal, supporting local businesses and community, and nurturing connections that make Old Town a cherished place to live, work, and play.



New Board of Directors

by Tia Barrera on March 15

Dear Old Town community,

We’re delighted to welcome our esteemed new board members to the OTCA family. Their wealth of experience, expertise, and passion for our mission invigorates us. Their fresh perspectives and innovative ideas align perfectly with our core values as we serve our community.

Please join us in extending a heartfelt welcome to:

Jamie Schriner, W.K. Kellogg Foundation - President

Karen Stefl, Render Studios - Vice President

Brianna Wilson, Cinnaire - Secretary

Eric Hanna, Michigan Community Capital - Treasurer

Kat Palmer, BASF - Executive At-Large

Beth Herendeen, Twiggies

Curtis Simmons, Old Soul Arbor Care

David Such, Struk Studio

Mike Fischer, MP Properties

Rick Woods, Fish Ladder Tattoo Company

Summer Schriner, Bad Annie’s Sweary Goods & Grace Boutique of Old Town

We are confident that their leadership will guide us towards even greater heights of success and fulfillment in our mission.

To our new board members – we are honored to have you with us and look forward to the invaluable contributions you will make to our organization’s journey ahead!

With a mix of emotions, we also bid farewell to cherished board members whose dedicated service and invaluable contributions have left an indelible mark on our organization. We extend our deepest gratitude for their exemplary leadership and tireless efforts in advancing our missions. Their vision, wisdom, and unwavering dedication have steered us towards success and positive impact.

Please join us in acknowledging and thanking the following individuals for their outstanding service:

Amanda Hadley

Bradly Rakowski

Chad Jordan

Daniel Rials

Rick Preuss

To our departing board members – your commitment has inspired us all, and your legacy will endure within our organization. Though you leave your official roles, your impact will be cherished and remembered fondly. Wishing you the best in your future endeavors, may the memories shared enrich your lives as they have enriched ours!

New Website - March 2024 Newsletter

Announcing the Launch of Our New Website: Explore, Engage, Empower!

by Tia Barrera on March 15

We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in our journey towards creating a greater impact and fostering meaningful connections within our community. After months of meticulous planning, hard work, and dedication from both us and our neighbors at InVerve Marketing, we are proud to unveil the official launch of our brand-new website!

Our new online home is more than just a digital platform – it’s a dynamic hub designed to empower, inform, and inspire. Packed with exciting features and user-friendly navigation, our website serves as a gateway to explore the heart and soul of the OTCA.

Here’s what you can expect from our new website:

  • Enhanced User Experience: Navigate with ease and discover everything our organization has to offer with a sleek and intuitive interface.
  • Engaging Content: Dive deep into our mission, programs, and impact stories through compelling multimedia content, articles, and updates.
  • Interactive Features: Connect with us like never before through interactive elements such as event calendars and volunteer opportunities.
  • Stay Informed: Stay up-to-date with the latest news, events, and initiatives happening within our organization and the broader community.
  • Get Involved: Learn how you can make a difference and get involved in our cause through various engagement opportunities and resources.

We invite you to visit our new website and explore the endless possibilities it offers. Whether you’re a long-time supporter, a curious newcomer, or someone passionate about making a positive impact, there’s something for everyone to discover and engage with.

Join us as we embark on this exciting new chapter in our journey of empowerment, collaboration, and change. Together, let’s harness the power of technology to amplify our voices, elevate our mission, and create a brighter future for all!

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to connecting with you online!



Upcoming Events & Activities:

SmARTS Workshop: Artist Talk With Ilene Curts-Thayer at MICA

Thursday, March 14, 2pm - 3:30pm

St. Patrick's Day Concert at Turner-Dodge House

Sunday, March 17th, 2pm - 4pm

Brrs, Beards, & Brews: A Lumberjack Festival!

Saturday, April 6th, 12pm - 5pm

2024 ShesUnCovered Spring Gala at La Fille Gallery

Saturday, April 6th, 7pm

Grant Chats: April at Grand Traverse Pie Company

Tuesday, April 9th, 11am - 12:30pm

Call to Action: Get Involved!

Are you passionate about Old Town’s heritage and vitality? Join us in making a difference! Whether you’re interested in volunteering, attending our events, or supporting our initiatives, there are countless ways to get involved. Together, we can create a thriving community we’re proud to call home.

Learn more here!

Ready to get started? Fill out our volunteer interest form!

Current Volunteer Opportunity - Brrs, Beardss, & Brews: A Lumberjack Festival!

Lumberjack Volunteer

You know you want to be a part of the best lumberjack festival east of the Mississippi, right?! We need volunteers to make it happen! Shifts are available throughout the day so you can still enjoy the shenanigans.

Fill out the form here and let us know what mad skills you'd like to flex at the festival!

Connect with Us:

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Facebook: Old Town Lansing

Instagram: oldtownlansing

Contact Information:

Old Town Commercial Association

1232 Turner Street

Lansing, MI 48906

Phone: (517) 485-4283


Thank you for your continued support and dedication to Old Town’s success. Together, we’re shaping a brighter future for our community!


Warm regards,

Tia Barrera

Volunteer & Communications Specialist | AmeriCorps Member

Old Town Commercial Association

Old Town Commercial Association

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