Lansing welcomes new businesses to Old Town
April 15, 2013 by Sarah
On April 10, 2013, Mayor Virg Bernero of Lansing, Michigan, cut ribbons in the city’s Old Town neighborhood to welcome new establishments.
Five new concerns and two established businesses that relocated to the area took part in the ceremonies. All seven firms have set up their houses in the last nine months, indicating Old Town’s popularity as a venue for entrepreneurs. Among those taking part in the ceremonies were Portable Feast, Salon 1131, and the Linda J. Beeman Studio.
At each stop, Mayor Bernero thanked the businesspeople for believing in Lansing’s potential and locating there. He also told them to let him know if he could help them in any way. Although it was raining and cloudy, Bernero said it felt like the sun was shining on Lansing and Old Town in particular. He believed the openings are a sign that Lansing is starting to recover from the economic downturn, as well as signaling the continuing popularity of this particular district.
Bernero said he was particularly pleased at the revival of Old Town because the area is authentic, with many structures that have been standing for decades. It is not an inexpensive strip mall, nor are the companies moving in multinational corporations. Instead, these are ‘mom and pop shops’ — small businesses run by people who are following their dream.
Mayor Bernero and Lansing officials might work with brochure printers to highlight the development of Old Town, and there is sure to be a need for business card printing as these small companies move into to the area.