A business has muscled its way into Lansing’s Stadium District and a new restaurant opened in the region recently.
State of Fitness, which focuses on personal trainers, has moved from its home of 13 years in East Lansing to 154 S. Larch St., in the heart of downtown.
Owner Justin Grinnell, who refers to himself as a Lansing kid, said the increased development of apartments and restaurants in the Stadium District influenced the relocation to Lansing.
“It made a lot of sense to me from a standpoint of if we’re going to do something, it’s got to be really cool,” Grinnell said. “If there wasn’t such a big charge to build Lansing up — apartments, restaurants coming in, the Meijer market … if you had asked me four or five years ago, I would have said there’s not a chance.”
The move came about after Grinnell decided the business needed a smaller facility. Grinnell said he searched for a location in East Lansing; however, he didn’t find anything that fit the bill, prompting him to look to the west.
Grinnell said he hopes his current clientele will follow him to Lansing — but if that’s not the case, there are many opportunities to find clients in REO Town, Old Town and downtown.
A new Vietnamese restaurant opened in mid-September. King Pho, 4749 Central Park Drive in Okemos, had a soft opening and is currently serving only pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup with meat and herbs.
Calvin Phan, who is co-owner of the restaurant, said while there is not a large Vietnamese population in Meridian Township, he hopes others will stop in and sample the pho.
“We’re looking forward,” Phan said. “If we get lots of customers, get busy, we might spread out.”
King Pho is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.