A marketplace is like a carnival midway—it offers rows and rows of goodies that only become available after lobbing baseballs at stacks of bottles. Today’s Groupon brings the fresh fare without the carnie cons.
Choose from Three Options
- $5 for $10 worth of candies at Caruso’s Candy Kitchen, such as chocolates ($4–$5/quarter-pound) and caramel apples ($3–$4)
- $5 for a 10-minute table or chair massage at Market Place Massage (a $10 value)
- $10 for $20 worth of wine and cider at Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery, such as cherry wine ($10.99) and pear hard cider ($7.50+)<p>
Lansing City Market
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.