The Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) is hosting a Ribbon Cutting to welcome the six new businesses in Old Town. The tour will be led by the Mayor of Lansing, Virg Bernero, and will take place on Wednesday, April 10, at 11 a.m.

The tour will begin on N. Washington Avenue at Linda J. Beeman Studio (located in the alley behind the Grand River Avenue 100 block), an art gallery that houses Beeman’s unique Moku Hanga woodblocking prints. Next will be a visit to Salon 1131, a full-service salon, in the historic Walker Building located on the corner of Grand River Avenue and Washington Avenue. Traveling down Grand River Avenue, the tour will stop at four businesses – Old Town Marquee, Bradly’s Home and Garden, Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Michigan Community Resources. Old Town Marquee, a one-of-a-kind event venue, is now located in the building that once housed Perspective 2. Right down the street in the historic Comfort Station building is a new business, Bradly’s Home and Garden, a retail shop specializing in home furnishings and garden supplies. The building is also home to two businesses – Michigan Historic Preservation Network, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to advocacy of historical structures, and Michigan Community Resources, an organization delivering free legal services to nonprofit organizations building neighborhoods throughout the state – who both recently relocated their offices to this site.

The tour’s final stop will be on Turner Street at Portable Feast, a restaurant that recently reopened in Old Town after closing its doors in 2009. 

The OTCA works within the Michigan Main Street Program to preserve Lansing’s only historic commercial district and influence economic development and planning. The organization is heavily involved with each business in Old Town and is dedicated to their success, according to OTCA Executive Director, Louise Gradwohl. As an entire community, Old Town businesses generated more than $394,294 in private investment as of August 2012.

“It is exciting to see new businesses launch in our community that enhance our already-existing creative business mix,” said Gradwohl. “Not only do we have new businesses that choose to start their entrepreneurial ventures in Old Town, but they also choose to stay here.”

The OTCA invites all community members and Old Town supporters to join in its efforts to give these businesses a warm welcome to the neighborhood. For more information contact the OTCA office at 517-485-4283.