Businesses to Watch: Lansing

Lansing businesses are populating and flourishing, sprouting everywhere from historic REO Town to artistic Old Town Lansing. In 2016, 796 new businesses were established in Lansing proper; all of which have contributed to fostering a budding economy, a slew of new visitors and a greater sense of community.

Here are just 10 businesses you should get to know:

The Artisan Company Salon


The Artisan Company Salon is a family-owned salon and spa in the heart of historic REO town. This rustic industrial hub of beauty was founded in May 2016 and has dedicated itself to creating a new and unique salon experience where your imagination can run wild. Choose from a plethora of beauty and salon services at 117 W. South St., Lansing, MI 48910.

Metro Retro


Metro Retro is a fashion and collectibles store in Lansing’s ever-eclectic Old Town. The store opened its doors in May 2016 offering everything from clothing to homeware to miscellaneous treasures. Rummage through this boutique while soaking in their funky vintage vibe at 1132 S. Washington Ave., Lansing, MI 48910.

REO Town recording


REO Town Recording is a recording studio that aims to provide bands and artists with a space to create music and recordings without burdening them with a big-corporation-like bill. A rapper and an engineer joined forces to make artists into stars with their equipment, skills and affordability. Evan, the rapper and co-founder, is even reaching out to local businesses to contract a commercial so that this audio haven can foster not just music, but creative services. Find Evan and Alec, the engineer and co-founder, at 1132 S. Washington Ave., Lansing, MI 48910 and bust out a tune.

Capital Vine


Capital Vine is Lansing’s chic and modern wine bar, bistro and lounge as of winter 2016. Experience a luxurious micro-dining experience that includes gourmet small-plate pairings to an exceptional selection of wines. Come breathe in the rich aromas wafting throughout this cozy and exquisite spot, located at 2320 Showtime Drive, Lansing, MI 48912.

The Ozone Brewhouse


The Ozone Brewhouse is a father and son business between Dan and Kyle Malone founded in the spring of 2016. The duo has created hundreds of self-designed and inspired beers. They call their brews “liquid art” and with flavor mixes like cherry vanilla amber ale and chocolate pepper porter and sage ale, it’s not hard to see why. Come grab a beer at this artistic micro-brewery in Old Town, located at 305 Beaver St., Lansing, MI 48906.



AerBots is a startup by Mario Swaidan, a recent graduate at Michigan State University’s neuroscience program. This entrepreneur created an educational drone to be used by educators and students that also taps into the growing market of automatic aerial vehicles. AerBots are customizable and buildable drone kits where customers can create their own personal flying machines. The company’s mission is to allow people to discover and explore electronics and aeronautics, especially in this technology-reliant time. Visit Swaidan at 313 S. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933 to learn more and maybe even test out a drone.

Sunripe Produce


Sunripe Produce is Lansing’s newest produce market, offering a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Their focus is to provide fresh local produce, all grown in Michigan. Stock up your fridge with all your favorite fresh foods at 3322 N. East St., Lansing, MI 48906 when this market opens just in time for the holidays.

Mimi’s Sweet Shop


Mimi’s Sweet Shop is a coffee, ice cream and candy shop, offering quality and Michigan-made ice cream, chocolates, coffee, donuts, tea, hot cocoa and soft drinks. Mimi’s hometown and cozy atmosphere is the perfect place for students to meet up with friends or study for exams and professionals to grab a coffee and grind out some work. Satisfy those sweet tooth cravings at 2425 Showtime Drive, Lansing, MI 48912, in the Eastwood Towne Center behind NCG.

Bloom Coffee Roasters


Bloom Coffee Roasters is a specialty, boutique coffee company living amongst the charm of Old Town. The company believes drinking coffee should be one of the most pleasurable experiences of a person’s day and they do so by paying great attention to detail. They’re dedicated to making sure every sip of their premium roasted and home-brewed creations satisfies the core of every person who walks through their doors. They understand the art and beauty of a simple cup of coffee. Indulge at this cozy caffeine haven at 1236 Turner St. #B., Lansing, MI 48906 where coffee lovers can get their beans, know their cup and their roaster.

Comedy Coven


Comedy Coven is a company consisting of a group of Lansing-based women comedians. They’ll hit your funny bone with their original sketches and stand-up comedy acts. Their monthly showcases take place every third Tuesday of the month at The Robin Theatre in Lansing’s REO Town. Don’t miss the next show at 2311 Vine St., Lansing.


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