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Plotting your course for holiday shopping in the 517

Just around the corner from you is a person with a dream. They own their own business. If they’re still in business after the last twenty months of working through a pandemic, they count themselves as lucky. But they certainly didn’t just sit back during this time – they hustled.

There is truly an incredible amount of entrepreneurial talent in the region and so many small businesses to support during the holiday season and year-round.

With so many options, there truly isn’t an excuse not to shop local this holiday season. We’ll explore many reasons you should shop local in our December issue of 517 Magazine. But for now, we’re giving you a glimpse of some great local areas you could spend the day shopping in.

Downtown Lansing has a slew of options for gift ideas. From a gift card to Social Sloth to cards from the Peanut Shop, Jalepeno’s, the Daily Bagel, Lansing Lugnuts, Strange Matter and more – you can do your part to make Downtown Lansing businesses thrive. Downtown Lansing has lost some business due to so many state employees working from home – here is your chance to help these business owners meet their goals and thrive.

In Old Town, Grace’s Boutique and Curvacious Lingerie can get you started on your gift giving, then round the corner to Polka Dots, Cravings Popcorn, MEAT and circle back over to Bradley’s and the Old Town General store. You could literally make a day of it in old town enjoying the restaurant options, fine art for purchase and so much more.

Head to REOtown a grab some Blue Owl coffee while you shop the the Record Lounge, Vintage Junkies and REO Town Marketplace. REOtown is also a fun place to thrift shop at places like Thrift Witch, or you can visit the REO town Pub or browse the books at Deadtime stories.

In Mason, the iconic Kean’s is a great place to start before you head over to Sweetlees Boutique. You can head into the Mason antiques district and then to Michigan Barn Wood and Salvage for great gifts. Top the day off with dinner at Klavons or pick up gift certificates to Bad Brewing.

Just off the highway near Williamston, you can visit Red Cedar Antiques before you head downtown to the Golden Dandilion, Sign of the Pineapple or Sweet Creations.

Next travel toward Okemos where you could browse Kellie’s Consignments or head across the street to the Meridian Mall. Okemos has a lot of restaurant options as well from Olive Garden to Thai Princess and Dusty’s Tap Room.

A drive through East Lansing also gives countless options in the East Wood Towne Center – or the Spartan Spirit Shop at the Kellogg Center, just to name a few. With lots of book shops, gift shops and restaurants in downtown East lansing, the options are endless.

In Dewitt, visit the Bridge and Main Market, Scoopy Doo’s and Bikeworks. Grab gift certificates to Peppino’s or Looking Glass Brewing. Stop for dinner at the Draft House.

The above were just the names that came quickly to mind – imagine sitting down and plotting an entire course to shop the countless local stores and restaurants. We have great shopping in Eaton Rapids, Charlotte, Dansville, Leslie, Potterville, and rest of the 517 so grab some friends, plan to enjoy lunch and make a day of it. You’ll be purchasing fantastic, local gifts and helping the region continue bouncing back from the pandemic.

It feels good to support local!


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