Taste and Tour of Old Town Event

Taste and Tour of Old Town: 

By: Meegan Holland
Have you ever looked at the second or third stories of some of Old Town’s most charming buildings and envisioned lofts with exposed brick walls, granite countertops and a bird’s eye view of life in Lansing’s hippest neighborhood?
Now’s your chance to find out what lies behind those historic facades. 
The 8th Annual Taste and Tour, a fundraiser for the Old Town Commercial Association, puts out the welcome mat for seven lofts on Saturday, April 11 starting at noon. If you can’t get enough of HGTV’s Property Brothers or House Hunters, this is the event for you. 
For $15, you can get your almost-all-access pass to admire loft décor and learn about the history of the buildings, which were built between the late 1870s to the early 1900s. The age and architecture – ranging from Italianate to Georgian American – are why the North Lansing Historic Commercial District was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
If getting an insider’s peek at these living spaces isn’t enough, you get to eat along the way. Participating food stops will offer tasty samples, included in the ticket price. 
Two of Old Town’s newest residents are graciously opening up their loft for perusal. The newness of their digs hasn’t yet waned for Joshua Pugh and Breina Field Pugh, who were thrilled to find out a loft they’d been eyeing had become available. 
“After a month we love being so close to so many art galleries, antique stores and diverse, delicious restaurants,” says Josh.
Breina talked about why Old Town is special. “There’s a greater sense of community in Old Town than in any of the other places we’ve lived in Lansing, and we really love that.”
And that’s exactly what the OTCA is all about – a sense of community. Attend Taste & Tour 2015 to help enhance the association’s efforts to beautify the neighborhood this spring and make Old Town a destination for shoppers, diners, tourists and more.