The knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Market helps visitors to navigate a vast inventory of products for natural and nutritious living ranging from aromatherapy oils to gluten-free cookies. Natural, organic, and raw groceries from brands such as Amy's Kitchen and Nature's Path keep home cooking flavorful and wholesome, and a range of supplements, vitamins, and minerals helps to ease health issues, increase energy, or incinerate burritos that have overstayed their welcome. A wide variety of teas and coffees offers options such as fair-trade beans and yerba mate to healthfully wash down each nourishing morsel.
If a cornucopia could grow to the size of a city block, it would look something like Lansing City Market. On a typical day, baskets brim with peppers, squash, and turnips from local farms, and homemade pies flaunt fillings as sweet and colorful as the rainbow that fathered Shirley Temple. Nearly 20 year-round merchants chat with passersby, telling the stories behind handmade wares such as soaps, chutneys, and garden statues. At Caruso's Candy Kitchen, kids ogle hand-dipped chocolates and bins of bulk candy, which teem with gummi bears and Jelly Belly jellybeans. Adults gather around the tables at Uncle John's Fruit House Winery, drinking in the flavors of Michigan's orchards with free samples of cherry wine and apple brandy. To make shopping as enjoyable as possible, Market Place Massage's trio of therapists melts muscle knots and undigested cheese logs with trigger-point therapy and flowing Swedish massage strokes.
Lansing Metro Marinas's Giselle and Ken Settimo had a vision for a new way to see Lansing—from the waterways. The couple purchased a 28-foot pontoon boat, staffed it with a captain and deck hand, and set about their mission to show Michiganders the beauty of their city. Today, the boat cruises down the Grand River from Old Town to Moore's River Park, Red Cedar to Potter Park Zoo, offering stunning views of downtown Lansing. Charters, evening cruises, and private events float down the waterway, enjoying access to seating, party lighting, and a fridge to re-energize glow-stick swords.
The bakers at Marv’s Bakery's family-owned-and-operated business have been whipping up scrumptious baked goods from original and updated recipes for more than 45 years. Celebrate anniversaries of births, weddings, and days of the week with a black-forrest cake ($9.99/half; $18.99/whole), or embrace your inner Parisian by noshing on fresh baked breads, such as the cheddar-cheese white ($4.49) or french rustic ($3.59) bread. Overzealous sweet teeth can clamor around an array of mouth-watering pastries on display, such as danish rolls ($1.39), scones ($1.09), and cookies baked the old-fashioned way—with butter and plenty of Laurel and Hardy banter ($0.79 each).
Plum Market revamps pantries with wholesome staples and USDA-certified organic, locally grown produce. Customers can balance out food pyramids with protein-rich Chobani Greek yogurt (10 for $10). Seafood-seeking mouths can chomp through sustainably caught Wild Planet skipjack tuna (two for $4) and sweet teeth can whittle their way through a Patisserie Parmentier caramel apple tart ($15.99).