At Bungalow 47, Jill Rinner and Chantelle Deimling are dedicated to mingling old and new aesthetics with repurposed vintage furniture and the homey touches of throw pillows, French soaps, and candles. The store’s own wide floorboards and exposed-brick walls perfectly complement its wares, which include vintage bedroom sets spruced up by Bungalow 47 artisans and furniture made of salvaged barn timber, ideal for attracting the friendly ghosts of well-loved dairy cows. Peppered among these personality-filled home accessories, smaller items such as Wild Thyme soup mixes, aprons, notepads, and jewelry excavated from flea markets draw the eyes of gift givers. In addition to selling home goods, Bungalow 47 equips customers to revamp their own vintage finds with self-priming, eco-friendly CeCe Caldwell’s Paints, which the store’s own artists use while updating cabinets or bed frames for 21st-century use. It also offers workshops that teach students techniques for painting the pie safes they’ve uncovered in attics.
Organic Eats & Treats crafts only organic food and wares with products fresh from local farms. Their goal is simple: ensure a sustainable and clean world in which to live. To work toward achieving that end, they ship their dry, bagged granola, handmade organic granola bars, baby wipes, and insecticide in compostable packaging and cups. Every product they ship is made to their standards by hand, and their foodstuffs don't incorporate potentially harmful products such as sodium nitrite, aspartame, food dyes, and television. The team also makes sundry other products without the addition of chemicals, and they exclusively use USDA organic ingredients.
Fantastic Alterations by Kelly's owner, Kelly Wheaton, professes that in her 25 years of tailoring she has learned to "alter anything to fit anyone," and believes that skilled tailoring has the potential to completely transform an outfit's appearance. She applies her skills to both men's and women's clothing, performing work from small jobs, such as mending and hemming, to major projects such as the repair of dresses, suits, or the cloth coverings of Conestoga wagons. Along with weekday appointments, she schedules fittings for both evenings and weekends to accommodate clients' schedules, and, as the sole employee at Fantastic Alterations, she ensures all customers receive the same standard of service from visit to visit.
Pressing one’s ear to the rim of a beer glass at The Watershed Tavern & Grill’s bar, one can almost hear the small waves lapping against the shores of nearby Lake Lansing. The white Christmas lights strewn across the ceiling similarly evoke the outdoors with their semblance to a starry night sky. The owners of the cozy neighborhood pub didn’t have to look far for the inspirations behind this décor—Lake Lansing Park, with its lush trees and notoriously hungry lake monster, lies just across the street. Additionally, strains of music from live bands and DJs can be heard most evenings, adding to the bar's welcoming atmosphere. Though many visitors stop in thanks to the pub’s proximity to recreation as well as to Michigan State University and downtown Lansing, signature menu items such as the Shed chips ensures a steady stream of regulars. Seasoned, fried, and served with chunky blue-cheese dressing, the homemade sliced russet potatoes remain a staple, as do the home-style chicken Parmesan and spicy buffalo chicken wrap. The all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar is also a crowd-pleaser, offering crisp leafy greens and warming soup pours. High-definition televisions line the pub’s dark hardwood walls, causing draft brews and stacked sandwiches to teeter as Spartans fans slam their tables in celebration of touchdowns and strategic timeouts.