The entire state of Michigan serves as the stockroom for The Great Lakes Market Place. The market's owners, husband and wife John and Sara LaCroix, scour the pleasant peninsula to fill their shelves with everything from farm fresh eggs, to baked goods, to micro-brewed beers. More than 200 total items arrive regularly from 70 plus Michigan-based producers, including Williams Cheese Co. of Linwood and Little Diablo Salsa of Brighton.
While their goods come from across Michigan, John and Sara model their market's atmosphere after the small-town grocers of old, where neighbors would spend some time chatting about supply-chain economics. They often greet customers by name, before pouring them a cup of hot coffee from The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company or scooping cones of Guernsey Ice Cream. Their market also encompasses The Great Lakes Artisan Village, which displays the creative work of Michigan-based artists including sculptors, painters, and authors.
Moonlight pools in the gym’s entryway as the nighttime visitor stops to fumble for her keycard. It’s 3 a.m. She worked the night shift again and wants to work off some tension. Her fingers grasp the small plastic card and with a quick swipe, she’s inside. Immediately enveloped by the warm glow of Snap Fitness, she joins the other late-night exercisers in pounding on the treadmill and lifting weights before the sun rises.
Accessible 24/7 via keycard, guests enter Snap Fitness to tone their physiques on myriad cardio and strength equipment day or night. During staff hours, they can seek out fitness assessments and one-on-one sessions with personal trainers, which ensure all moves are performed effectively, topped with a dose of motivation. The trainers devise personal fitness plans for each guest, taking into account their strength, cardio, and flexibility conditions to help them tackle weight loss, boost overall body strength, or attempt to finally unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Vibrant, neon colors coat walls surrounding the glossy rinks at Edru SkateARama, where experienced staff members monitor skaters of all ages in a family-friendly environment. Equipped with rented wheels, skaters glide along smooth surfaces under colorful lights to the beat of lively music. Their family members, perched along the rink's perimeter in stadium-style seats, watch or take bets on who can do a figure eight the fastest. Novice skaters brush up on rolling skills during beginners lessons taught by skilled instructors.
Skaters can take a break from four-wheeled footwear to take up electronic arms in the laser-tag battle arena, vanquishing vested foes and soliciting references for space-marine-officer school applications. Meanwhile, rumbling stomachs are silenced with bites of pizza or trips to the on-site ice-cream shop, which serves up swirls of soft serve doused with fudge or balanced atop cones.
Vibrant colors coat walls surrounding the glossy rinks at The New Rink, where experienced staff members monitor skaters of all ages in a family-friendly environment. Equipped with rented wheels, skaters glide along smooth surfaces under colorful lights to the beat of lively music. Their family members, perched along the rink's perimeter, watch or take bets on who can do a figure eight the fastest. Skaters can take a break from four-wheeled footwear to play arcade games, silence rumbling stomachs with bites of pizza or other snacks, or enjoy The New Rink's recently opened Bounce Zone, which includes a Mickey Mouse-themed house for kids 5 and younger, Toy Story-themed house for kids 7 and younger, obstacle course, and inflatable sports arena.
They're local business owners. They're community and family members. They're moms and dads, nature lovers, and beauty appreciators. They're the Friends of Ingham County Parks, and they want to preserve and enhance the beauty and recreation found throughout local parks. The nonprofit corporation arranges fishing trips for kids, organizes fundraising festivals, and arranges a concert series in the Lake Lansing Band Shell. Its projects over the years have included building playgrounds, installing drinking fountains throughout the Ingham County landscape. They welcome guests to visit any of the parks or events, donate a little money, or apply for full membership to lend a hand.
Owner and senior instructor Justin Pierce dispenses 20-plus years of baseball and softball wisdom to younger generations within his 10,000 square-foot training facility. The thunderous impact of ball on bat resounds as MP4 Iron Mike Batting Machines pitch up to 600 baseballs, 300 softballs, or 21 snow globes at fast and slow speeds with simple one-touch start. Authentic turf sprouts from an indoor practice infield, clay mounds grace the pitcher's bullpen, and the batting cages retract to provide space for long-range drills or transformation into a Batcave.