Lansing businesses are populating and flourishing, sprouting everywhere from historic REO Town to artistic Old Town Lansing. In 2016, 796 new businesses were established in Lansing proper; all of which have contributed to fostering a budding economy, a slew of new visitors and a greater sense of community.

Here are just 10 businesses you should get to know:

The Artisan Company Salon


The Artisan Company Salon is a family-owned salon and spa in the heart of historic REO town. This rustic industrial hub of beauty was founded in May 2016 and has dedicated itself to creating a new and unique salon experience where your imagination can run wild. Choose from a plethora of beauty and salon services at 117 W. South St., Lansing, MI 48910.

Metro Retro


Metro Retro is a fashion and collectibles store in Lansing’s ever-eclectic Old Town. The store opened its doors in May 2016 offering everything from clothing to homeware to miscellaneous treasures. Rummage through this boutique while soaking in their funky vintage vibe at 1132 S. Washington Ave., Lansing, MI 48910.

REO Town recording


REO Town Recording is a recording studio that aims to provide bands and artists with a space to create music and recordings without burdening them with a big-corporation-like bill. A rapper and an engineer joined forces to make artists into stars with their equipment, skills and affordability. Evan, the rapper and co-founder, is even reaching out to local businesses to contract a commercial so that this audio haven can foster not just music, but creative services. Find Evan and Alec, the engineer and co-founder, at 1132 S. Washington Ave., Lansing, MI 48910 and bust out a tune.

Capital Vine


Capital Vine is Lansing’s chic and modern wine bar, bistro and lounge as of winter 2016. Experience a luxurious micro-dining experience that includes gourmet small-plate pairings to an exceptional selection of wines. Come breathe in the rich aromas wafting throughout this cozy and exquisite spot, located at 2320 Showtime Drive, Lansing, MI 48912.

The Ozone Brewhouse


The Ozone Brewhouse is a father and son business between Dan and Kyle Malone founded in the spring of 2016. The duo has created hundreds of self-designed and inspired beers. They call their brews “liquid art” and with flavor mixes like cherry vanilla amber ale and chocolate pepper porter and sage ale, it’s not hard to see why. Come grab a beer at this artistic micro-brewery in Old Town, located at 305 Beaver St., Lansing, MI 48906.



AerBots is a startup by Mario Swaidan, a recent graduate at Michigan State University’s neuroscience program. This entrepreneur created an educational drone to be used by educators and students that also taps into the growing market of automatic aerial vehicles. AerBots are customizable and buildable drone kits where customers can create their own personal flying machines. The company’s mission is to allow people to discover and explore electronics and aeronautics, especially in this technology-reliant time. Visit Swaidan at 313 S. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933 to learn more and maybe even test out a drone.

Sunripe Produce


Sunripe Produce is Lansing’s newest produce market, offering a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Their focus is to provide fresh local produce, all grown in Michigan. Stock up your fridge with all your favorite fresh foods at 3322 N. East St., Lansing, MI 48906 when this market opens just in time for the holidays.

Mimi’s Sweet Shop


Mimi’s Sweet Shop is a coffee, ice cream and candy shop, offering quality and Michigan-made ice cream, chocolates, coffee, donuts, tea, hot cocoa and soft drinks. Mimi’s hometown and cozy atmosphere is the perfect place for students to meet up with friends or study for exams and professionals to grab a coffee and grind out some work. Satisfy those sweet tooth cravings at 2425 Showtime Drive, Lansing, MI 48912, in the Eastwood Towne Center behind NCG.

Bloom Coffee Roasters

Bloom Coffee Roasters is a specialty, boutique coffee company living amongst the charm of Old Town. The company believes drinking coffee should be one of the most pleasurable experiences of a person’s day and they do so by paying great attention to detail. They’re dedicated to making sure every sip of their premium roasted and home-brewed creations satisfies the core of every person who walks through their doors. They understand the art and beauty of a simple cup of coffee. Indulge at this cozy caffeine haven at 1236 Turner St. #B., Lansing, MI 48906 where coffee lovers can get their beans, know their cup and their roaster.

Comedy Coven


Comedy Coven is a company consisting of a group of Lansing-based women comedians. They’ll hit your funny bone with their original sketches and stand-up comedy acts. Their monthly showcases take place every third Tuesday of the month at The Robin Theatre in Lansing’s REO Town. Don’t miss the next show at 2311 Vine St., Lansing.




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Good coffee is no stranger to Lansing thanks to Paramount Coffee and Biggby Coffee dominating the Michigan coffee scene. Now, Bloom Coffee Roasters in Old Town has been added to the all-star roster since the opening of its café at 1236 Turner St. this past July. CEO and co-founder of Bloom, Jared Field, began the company as a wholesale micro-roaster in April 2014, and after spending a few years learning about the coffee industry and the roasting process, he decided to bring a third wave micro-roaster to Lansing. According to Field, being a coffee roaster is a fulfilling experience because he gets to “connect with customers through the flavor of their souls.”

The connection between Field and his customers seems to be a two-way street, because within the first two weeks of the café’s grand opening, Bloom pulled average sales of $4,500 per week and about $2,000 per week on the wholesale roasting end.

The café offers the standard coffee menu that can be served hot or cold including, pour-over coffee, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos and mochas. In addition to coffee, the company also sells Cascara Tea and soda, beans for retail and baked goods from local stores including Groovy Donuts of Williamston and Glory Bee’s Sweet Treats of Mason. Since opening Bloom’s café, the company has created partnerships with The Cosmos, Old Town General Store, Urban Beat and Ozone’s Brew House, while also providing coffee to ‘Wake-Up Old Town’ on the first Friday of every month.


 Described by others as an “old soul,” the Kalamazoo native discovered he wanted to open a location in Lansing after visiting the area with his father, and learning about the deep coffee roots that lie within the city.

“Lansing has always been a well-developed coffee town; with Paramount and the Biggby chain both playing a huge role in creating a coffee culture here,” said Field. “With those two companies creating a strong foundation, I saw the need for a more focused approach to coffee in Lansing, and we feel that we couldn’t have picked a better time.”

When choosing to open his roastery in Old Town, Field found it was the “sense of life and spirit that breathed into Old Town” that made him want to be a part of this area. Also, the artistry elements and history of the town captivated him.

“Old Town is a very artistic community and viewing coffee as our art form makes it incredibly easy to relate to the culture of Old Town,” said Field. “The spirit here definitely fuels our fire to excel and be great at what we do, while trying to stay relevant in a rapidly changing community. To me, Old Town is the best part of Lansing. The energy here is incredible. People are definitely coming to Lansing from all over to see what Old Town has to offer.”

The Old Town Commercial Association also believes the café is making a great impression on Old Town, as they are finding that Bloom is attracting both Old Town residents and visitors from outside the greater Lansing area.

“The café at Bloom has been a tremendous addition to the Old Town neighborhood. As a gathering place for the public, Bloom is epitomizing what Old Town stands for —community interaction,” said Vanessa Shafer, executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association. “It is a place where both our residents and our growing number of visitors can engage with each other while enjoying a product made with Old Town pride.”


 Third wave coffee is considered an art form, much like wine and microbrews. The process of creating a third wave of coffee involves many stages from production and processing to building strong relationships between growers, traders and roasters. All of these stages must be completed precisely in order to provide high quality coffee to its customers. At Bloom Coffee Roasters, Field sources the coffee beans through two companies – Café Imports in Minneapolis, Minn. and Bodhi Leaf in Oakland, Calif. Using a Victory roaster, the roasting process takes between 11 to 15 minutes per batch. The team can roast a maximum of four pounds at a time, where beans vary between 400 and 420 degrees at their end temperature. Field estimates they roast about 200 pounds each week.



 Today, no longer are we seeing the ‘hipster’ stereotypes associated with coffee drinkers. Field also has experienced this market shift with his café customers; finding that he cannot specify just one type of customer at Bloom as they are connecting with a very diverse market each day.

“We deal with all walks of life. The other day, a little girl, probably no older than five years old, walked in by herself while her parents waited outside. She ordered a hot chocolate and had questions to ask about other drinks on our menu,” said Field. “It was awesome that we could connect with someone of that age who was seriously interested in what we are doing. Our menu is simple but it’s also very diverse, and that’s what is bringing people to our café.”

With the evolution of the coffee scene, Field knows that it is important to market accordingly, and with coffee always trending through social platforms, he knew capturing the online scene was the correct way to go about their marketing strategy.

The hashtags, #KnowYourRoaster and #KnowYourBarista are added to every social media post from Bloom Coffee Roasters; where the idea behind these hashtags are to get customers talking, and for them to feel a part of the third wave coffee movement.

“We want to make everyone who comes into our café feel comfortable when asking questions about coffee, or to tell us about their day or some significant event taking place in their lives,” said Field. “These hashtags do just that, and we really want to connect with people on a higher level than your average café.”


Bloom Coffee Roasters is located in Old Town at 1236 Turner St. The café is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., and is closed on Mondays for roasting. According to Field, menu item favorites include any of the pour-overs and the lavender latte. Bloom cycles through its coffees each week, offering two single origins, one blend and one decaf, so that customers will always find something different and will be able to inquire and connect with their coffee tastes.

“We know that if we can accomplish a deep connection with our customers, we can help establish a better quality of life,” said Field. “Not only for people in our community, but in coffee farming communities all over the world.”




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Bloom Coffee Roasters Opening Flagship Roastery Café in Lansing, Mich.

Two-year-old Lansing, Mich., company Bloom Coffee Roasters is currently opening its first retail café. Having relocated its 2-kilo-capacity Victory roasting machine out of their former REO Town warehouse production space and into the new retail space in Old Town, production will now occur in full view of coffeehouse patrons, inviting them into the process.

“We hope we get a lot of questions on the roasting process, and how that plays a role in the cup,” BCR founder and co-owner Jared Field told Daily Coffee News. “We’re really focusing on the educational aspect and getting that out there, because we don’t want to roast something dark and oily for somebody just because they want it. We want our customers to know why the coffee tastes so good, and why the way we roast impacts the flavor of the cup.”

Field takes the stance that if a coffee needed to be roasted darkly to bring out its best flavors, then that’s what they’d do, although he rarely finds that to be the case. “We usually stick to between 405 and 430, but we did have a Mexico that went to 432,” said Field of the typical temperatures at which he finishes his roasts, which are generally kept on the lighter side to highlight each origin’s distinct characteristics.


Jared Field at the helm of the Victory roaster.

The new café will eventually be the site of educational public cuppings, food pairings, and other classes and activities, possibly to include some kind of basic roasting workshop.

“I don’t know how to really make it basic for people yet, without giving away too much information and creating a lot of heavy competition for ourselves,” said Field, partly in jest.

The drink prep and service counter at Bloom’s 1,000-square-foot flagship consists of a 2-group Rancilio Classe 7 for espresso, and Chemex and V60 manual brews. Greens reach the roastery by way of Café Imports and Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders, although the company is interested in pursuing more direct trade relationships.

“We’ve established a relationship with two brothers, one of them is out of Grand Rapids and the other one lives in Guatemala, with relationships on farms in Guatemala and Honduras,” Field said. “We’ve been talking pretty seriously about establishing direct trade relationships through them.”

Field, who studied journalism in college and has skills and interest also in music and the arts, first entered the coffee industry in 2012 to make ends meet. He landed a barista job at Water Street Coffee Roaster in Kalamazoo, Mich., although a sudden and unexpected shuffling of personnel there resulted in him being moved onto production roasting. That’s when the coffee bug really chomped in, and a couple short years later, after moving to Lansing to be closer to family, he partnered with his brother-in-law Cameron Russell to start the commercial roastery.


Inside the Bloom retail space, set to open July 5.

Today, Bloom Coffee Roasters is ready to offer their single-origin coffee brews and drinks, cascara teas, local donuts and other sweets to the Lansing community, with an eye towards expanding and upgrading their production equipment within six months to a year.

“We really want to expand our wholesale end as well,” said Field, adding that the extended plan is to have additional cafés in Michigan if not also within Lansing, depending on the need, with roasteries attached to each future café.

The first one soft-opens this July 1 at 1236 Turner Street, Suite B, in Lansing. The grand opening is scheduled for July 5.

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Howard Bryman is the associate editor of Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine. He is based in Portland, Oregon.

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Bloom Coffee Roasters to open cafe in Old Town

Bloom Coffee Roasters to open cafe in Old Town

Vickki Dozier , Lansing State JournalPublished 4:05 p.m. ET June 24, 2016 | Updated 9:34 a.m. ET June 27, 2016

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LANSING - Jared Field logged on to his computer to start job hunting on the Monday after he graduated from Western Michigan University. One of the big headlines that day was the Chicago Tribune laying off 300 employees. Field's degree was in journalism.

"I thought I'd better start applying basically anywhere," he said.

The job he got was at a coffee shop in Kalamazoo called Water Street Coffee Joint, and it set his career on a different trajectory.

Two years later, Field and business partner Cameron Russell launched Bloom Coffee Roasters in REO Town in Lansing.

Now they are preparing to open a cafe in Old Town.

Field didn't plan to fall in love with coffee roasting. He planned to be a barista for a while.

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Coffee beans are called after roasting at Bloom Roasters new cafe Monday, June 20, 2016 in Old Town Lansing.  (Photo: Dave Wasinger/Lansing State Journal)

But Water Street Coffee Joint has a roasting operation, and Field was hired in.

He worked for a week or so, packaging and learning the ropes, then left to go on vacation. When he returned, the roastmaster had been fired. The production roaster moved up to roastmaster and they needed someone to move up to production roaster.

Field got the job. And, he says, he fell in love with it.

"Everything they taught me from that first batch was kind of an art and a science to me," Field said. "It was just something I could really relate to. Being a journalist and I was a musician growing up too, it was something that I really felt fit my personality."

That was in 2012. Two years later, Field's father moved to Okemos, and Fields decided he'd learned all he could at Water Street. He wanted to be his own boss. He also wanted to be closer to his father.

"I wanted to be in a community where they needed some level of coffee education, but they also had some, that we could kind of be a part of. It seemed like the third wave of coffee was pretty new to Lansing at that time and that people really wanted it to be here."

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Jared Field, owner of Bloom Roasters, stands outside the new cafe Monday, June 20, 2016 in Old Town Lansing. He plans of opening the pour-over cafe on July 5, with limited hours on July 1 during Arts Night Out. He said he was drawn to Old Town because it's an artsy community, and he considers roasting his art form. (Photo: Dave Wasinger/Lansing State Journal)

Field and his father drove through Old Town one day, and he knew it was the spot he wanted to be in.

There was no space available, though, so Field and Russell signed a lease in REO Town and began the business of roasting in a 2,200-square foot warehouse.

Through serendipity, Field says, they found a space in Old Town within a few months. The partners started making plans to open a sit-down coffee shop.

"Old Town is such an artistic community, and we view coffee roasting as our artistic expression," Field said. "I've always been really into the fine arts, drawing and painting, playing music, playing the drums.  And writing. It just seemed like it was the community in Lansing to be in, to sort of be a catalyst for all those types of art. We want our space here to be a place where local artists can hang their art."

The 1,000-square-foot building had been used only for roasting, but will soon be serving up freshly roasted coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas. And pour overs, a single-serving style of brewing coffee meant to allow for the full extraction of the flavors. Field hopes pour overs will prove to be their main drink.

“I’m really stoked for Bloom to open, and I’m thrilled that the Lansing coffee scene is growing," said Cara Nader, owner of Strange Matter Coffee Co. on East Michigan Avenue. "I’ve heard there is another shop working on opening in REO Town. I think it’s great there is so much excitement for coffee.

"I look forward to the day when we can have local latte art throwdowns and other events together," she added. "Building a solid coffee community is really important to me."

At Strange Matter, good coffee is a science

Groovy Donuts in Williamston and Glory Bee Sweet Treats in Mason will provide that touch of sweetness to go along with the beverages at Bloom.

"The donuts will change up quite a bit and rotate," Field said. "Glory Bee's Sweet Treats will be peanut butter cookies, orange cranberry muffins and blueberry muffins."

Field says his vision is to help educate the Lansing area about what coffee goes through from seed to cup.

"I think a lot of people just enjoy the drink but they don’t really know the hard work that goes into it from the farm, to get it here, and then for us to roast it specifically to bring out specific flavors and characteristics that are appealing to people," Field said.

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Assistant roaster Doug Mains, left, Jared Field, owner, and Andrea Sherman, cafe manager, prepare for opening day at Bloom Roasters new cafe Monday, June 20, 2016 in Old Town Lansing. The pour-over cafe will open on July 5, with limited hours on July 1 during Arts Night Out. He said he was drawn to Old Town because it's an artsy community, and he considers roasting his art form.  (Photo: Dave Wasinger/Lansing State Journal)

The coffee beans are sourced through two companies - Café Imports in Minneapolis and Bodhi Leaf out of Oakland, California - chosen for their transparency.

"We usually get a lot of stories behind the farms and what lots they come from, specific flavors," Field said. "It's a really easy way for us to track where our beans are coming from. Eventually we'd like to get into the direct trade where we go to the farm ourselves and bring back beans."

They use a Victory roaster, and the roasting process takes no more than 15 minutes for a batch. Depending on the roaster, or who you talk to, that range might be wider, he says. But for all of Bloom Coffee Roasters' beans, everything is between 11 and 15 minutes.

"We do what's called 'charging a batch', that’s with no beans in it, we let it get to about 510 degrees, then all of our beans kind of vary between 400 and 420 degrees at their end temperature," Field explained.

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Andrea Sherman, cafe manager, talks on the phone as she tries to get the espresso machine working properly at Bloom Roasters new cafe Monday, June 20, 2016 in Old Town Lansing. The cafe will open on July 5. (Photo: Dave Wasinger/Lansing State Journal)

They can roast a maximum of four pounds and a time, and he estimates they roast about 200 pounds each week. To start, they will offer six single origin coffees, three blends and one decaf.

"On a personal note, I feel like we are still far from a saturated market when it comes to “third wave coffee” in the area," Nader said, "but I’m thrilled I can get a decent cappuccino now and not take up space at my overcrowded bar on the weekend."

The cafe will be closed on Mondays, so they can get their bearings with roasting and production, Field explained, making sure they have the freshest coffee available for the cafe and for their wholesale customers.

"Eventually we'd like to use those Mondays as sort of community training sessions," Field said. "We'd like to have community education sessions where people can come in and get a roaster walk through, do coffee pairings with food, those types of things.

"We want people who are coffee beginners, or who are just interested in having a better cup, to come here and enjoy it, ask questions and see the roasting operation. We hope that builds sort of a coffee culture community."

Contact Vickki Dozier at (517) 267-1342 Follow her on Twitter @vickkiD.

Bloom Coffee Roasters

Opens July 5 at 1236 Turner St., Lansing, MI

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Coffees available at Whole Foods in East Lansing, Foods For Living in East Lansing, Old Town General Store and Monticello's Market in Haslett. Bloom Coffee is served at Black Cat Bistro in East Lansing.