Since 1825, the Old Town area has seen both prosperous times and, for the second half of the 20th century, stretches of destitution. Within the last 30 years, dedicated locals have started turning Old Town back around, dropping its building vacancy rates from 90% to fewer than 10%, and establishing a slew of festivals, art venues, and boutiques. The Old Town Commercial Association plays its role in this cultural and economic renaissance by holding the annual Old Town Oktoberfest, a Midwestern interpretation of the traditional German holiday.
Over the course of two days, live polka bands provide a soundtrack for German-style dancing and festivities. Vendors pour German and European Oktoberfest beers from Spaten, Warsteiner, and Frankenmuth, and autumnal beers from American breweries such as Sam Adams and Blue Moon. Local restaurants serve authentic German dishes such as spaetzle, potato soup, frankfurters, and bratwurst throughout the fest, allowing visitors to taste the country’s staples without having to stow away in a UN ambassador’s suitcase.
For 35 years, A-OK Mechanical’s experienced and factory-trained technicians have arrived at residential and commercial sites to see to the maintenance of a variety of systems. They specialize in the repair and regular maintenance of HVAC systems, seeing to the air quality of homes during winter and summer months and air-balancing hot and cold spots. Additionally, they offer services such as air-conditioning and furnace installations and maintenance, plumbing installations, drain cleaning, and electrical installation and upgrades.
The massage therapists at Advance Medical Massage understand that bodywork isn't just indulgent, but therapeutic as well. That's why they tailor their deep-tissue, Swedish, and signature medical massages to clients' wellness goals, which range from relief of tension and headaches to improved sleep. In addition to these traditional modalities, the team also offers less common techniques, including trigger-point therapy and hot-stone massages, which employ warm stones, descendants of the studio's pet rock.
Lake Lansing Family Practice’s medical experts attend to patient needs ranging from family medicine to personalized skincare. Dr. A. J. Ronan takes on wrinkle reduction as a certified-physician injector of Botox and Dysport, which can forestall frown lines for up to three months. The family practice's onsite skincare specialist oversees a barrage of other aesthetic services, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Antifuzz specialists vaporize unwanted hair with Syneron Comet laser technology, which combines diode-laser and bipolar radio-frequency energies to target and disable follicles—a successful pairing that rivals the time Fred and Ginger tap-danced on a giant peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich.
Founded by jaunty moms Joan Blackmer and Kelly Ramirez, Jumpin' Jax provides 10,000 square feet of air-filled entertainment treating children, toddlers, and parents to seven inflatable bouncers, slides, and obstacle courses. Kids and their adult servants can mimic buoyant British barons in the classic jumping castle or compare fabric friction while racing down the 25-foot-long double slide. Obstacle courses like the Fire Truck 3-1 Slide and the 360-degree Adrenaline Rush II combine jumping, sliding, and climbing for the ultimate funfest or life lesson in angry kangaroo evasion. Toddlers being toted along on the inflatable excursion can enjoy a puffed-up play date of their own in the Laugh N Learn course, a special area designed specifically for pint-sized pouncers, and parents can feel assured knowing that all equipment at Jumpin' Jax is cleaned and sanitized daily.
For nearly a decade, the stylists of Rubie's Paradise Salon have been tending to the hair of loyal clients, whether they need a basic trim or head-turning all-over color. Wielding products from Redken, Paul Mitchell, and Matrix, stylist Liz Winowiecki shampoos locks, adds multidimensional highlights, and styles hair into updos for special occasions and nights on the town book-club hopping.