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Middle Village Announces Participants in Fifth Cohort, Grand Opening to be Held on May 2 in New Historic Space

Atrium Building to house a fresh new downtown shopping experience  

LANSING, Mich. (April 18, 2024) - Middle Village, a small business retail accelerator program presented by Downtown Lansing Inc. (DLI) and powered by Lake Trust, announces five new businesses participating in its fourth cohort. Middle Village’s 2024 grand opening will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at its new space located at 215 S. Washington Square in the historic Atrium Building in Downtown Lansing.  

Build it together: Get creative at Tiny Bit of Wood in downtown Lansing

It’s a place where tools find their rhythm.

Hand saws dance across wood and mallets get to the beat.

“It’s beautiful,” said owner-operator Megan Shannon.

Megan Shannon is the owner-operator of Tiny Bit of Wood.

A first-generation woodworking school now located in downtown Lansing.

“We focus mostly on hand tools because I like getting people to slow down a little bit and just chill out,” Shannon said. 


New Stadium District woodworking studio hits inclusivity nail on the head

In 2018, Megan Shannon left her job as a special-education paraprofessional at Okemos Public Schools to pursue woodworking full time.

“I left the public school system, but then I really started to miss it,” she said. “I decided I was going to put the two together and teach woodworking.”

Two years ago, the lifelong Michigander began hosting classes at her home workshop in Holt. She named her one-woman business Tiny Bit of Wood.

Grab your popcorn: Capital City Film Festival returns to Lansing

“You won’t be able to believe that such a cool thing is happening in our city,” said festival director Emma Selby.

Calling all film lovers. Grab your popcorn because it’s time to check out the Capital City Film Festival.

Every screening is a reel treat. With more than 100 films you can catch.

“The schedule is jam-packed. We have everything from some funky short films. We have things that we have titled heavy hitters, which are all you know like a cry your eyes out if you’re in that mood,” Selby said.

Downtown Lansing Inc. has a new vision for the transformation for Downtown

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Excitement about the future at the 3rd annual “State of Downtown Lansing”. Downtown Lansing Inc. highlighted some of the new work underway to liven up Washington Square.

Lansing’s downtown has been a huge talking point following the pandemic after most businesses moved to remote work leaving the downtown area. Businesses struggled to find another consistent customer base when work went remote. Still, Executive Director of Downtown Lansing Inc., Cathleen Edgerly, says this will be the year they bring people back downtown.

Downtown Lansing Inc. promises new life in heart of city

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Visitors to Downtown Lansing can expect more activities, more nightlife, and more places to live many years into the future.

That’s the message Thursday from Downtown Lansing, Inc. the organization that works with merchants and residents to re-energize the city’s core.

Cathleen Edgerly, executive director of DLI, joined business leaders, politicians, and the community Thursday night to present the “State of Downtown Lansing,” at the Atrium Building. 

Services for Lansing’s homeless population expanding downtown

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - There’s more help for the homeless coming to the city of Lansing as one local nonprofit prepares to move into a new building.

The City Rescue Mission has announced an official expansion onto West Kalamazoo Street in downtown Lansing, opening up more shelter space for the city’s homeless population. What was once an office building and the Michigan Correction Organization will soon offer beds to sleep in, food to eat and fresh sets of clothing for people in need.

Volunteer of the Month: Melik Brown

 Volunteers are the heart of Downtown Lansing. They make all of our accomplishments possible — and they have fun doing it too! And when it comes to making his mark, Melik Brown brings his own style, enthusiasm and his love for the 517 to all that he does! Melik has been a downtown partner and Promotions volunteer with DLI assisting with projects such as Winterfest, last year’s city-wide Art Attack! Celebration, Kringle Holiday Market, holiday campaigns and co-op TV ads and more!

Lansing 517 Day Weekend Event to Be Held in Downtown Lansing

Calling all Lansing locals! Are you ready to celebrate 517 Day the Lansing way? Downtown Lansing is excited to be the hosting neighborhood for a two-day extravaganza for 517 Day, presented by Metro Melik and Lansing 5:01. Taking place on May 17 and May 18, you don’t want to miss this weekend full of festivities celebrating everything that makes Michigan’s Capitol City truly special.

Sparrow Bloom Opens Permanent Location in the Stadium District

Guest Writer: Laura Biehl

After starting their specialty floral shop during the pandemic, Sparrow Bloom has now found its permanent home in downtown Lansing. The floral company owned by Kait Bibb and Becca Barnell began as a door-to-door floral design and delivery operation. It has now grown into a full-fledged floral business with regular subscriptions, arrangements for weddings and workshops.