Hemmed into the East Lansing fashion scene by a mother-daughter team in 2010, Jeanologie Boutique presents a big-city shopping experience inspired by the likes of New York City stores. Inside, the boutique houses the latest trends in women's fashion, including dresses, bags, and a large selection of premium denim. Alongside brand names and popular designers, Jeanologie also uses its rack space to showcase the industry's up-and-coming stars by collaborating with students from Michigan State University's Apparel and Textile program.
Our hand-made, Fair Trade gift/decor store offers an extraordinary range of merchandise including stone carvings, pottery, jewelry, clothing, toys, musical instruments, coffee/tea, chocolate & more! Purchasing unique items provides support and hope for impovershed artisans in developing countries.
Owner Heather Fray draws from years of experience selling music in Lansing to stock The Record Lounge's shelves with quality vinyl from both famous and Michigan-area artists. New LPs ($12–$25) slide onto turntables to hum out fresh tunes, and a pre-owned selection ($5+ each) hides recordings that could complete an audiophile's collection or could shrink in the dryer to fit in CD players. Visitors can sift through bins filled with $0.50 and $1 titles to fill up empty shelves, or seek out vintage stereo equipment to repair malfunctioning decks. Slip into a band T-shirt ($16–$18) to show support for groups such as The Beatles and Rush, or don a Record Lounge business tee ($15), which grants its owner a 10% discount when worn on future visits. Painted records cover the interior with colorful portholes; one wall is devoted to music of yore, with posters from local shows, classic images of Michigan acts from the ’70s, and daguerreotypes of Orville Gibson smashing his first guitar.
Founded by two wilderness guides in 1992, Moosejaw has merged an Everest-sized variety of top-flight outdoor goods with thoughtful, friendly service, leading CityVoters to name the retailer the Best Outdoor Apparel store for two years running. Beloved brands such as The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hard Wear, Marmot, and Arc'teryx decorate the walls, and Moosejaw's own product line has fanatics worldwide. Outfit a summer surfing trip with some funky boardshorts ($19.99–$59) and some Hyperflex Mesh gloves ($23.95) to ensure maximum tread when open-face slapping disorderly waves. There's an extensive array of footwear to pacify and protect your lower paws. Lace haters and hip Dutch tulip farmers can slip on the snug Merrell clogs ($70). Moosejaw's glut of gear covers a wide range of activities, from snowboarding and rock climbing to indoor sunglassing and extreme strollering.
La Bodega garbs its patrons with popular brands such as Funky People and Tulle, as well as pieces produced under the Orchid Lane label. Slip into a potpourri of vibrantly tinted tops, such as the Edie top ($15), then mix, match, and reshuffle them with pants and leg-swaddling layers of wrap skirts. Bead jewelry, such as earrings or rings ($7+), adds a colorful accent to any outfit, and a wood frame ($15) holds family photos or photos of epic Etch-A-Sketch sessions.
Modern Skate & Surf’s alternative-sports shop was founded in 1979 and has since hosted events frequented by Olympic and professional athletes—including superstar Tony Hawk—as well as earned a feature as Best Snowboard Shop in 2012 from Real Detroit Weekly. In Modern Skate Park's world-class, 60,000-square-foot Royal Oak skate park—one of the largest facilities of its kind in the US—skateboards grind across rails or glide over jumps, and inline skaters whiz over obstacles and BMX bikes hang in midair. Customers can build on their extreme-sports skills in clinics and lessons or rent out the facility for parties or high-speed chases. Committed to supporting the next generation of extreme athletes, Modern Skate Park offers discounts to students who bring in report cards sporting A’s and B’s.
In addition to the skate park, Modern Skate & Surf also maintains a East Lansing store that stocks snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, skating, and protective gear to facilitate exciting adventures.