Articles written by: Melissa Beauchamp

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Mount Pleasant resident Chris Fowler left, talks with Mount Pleasant resident and shop owner Erica Marsden Thursday afternoon in the giftshop of her business Crystal Mountain Lotus Moon located at 206 South Main Street in Mount Pleasant.  Her business, which opened Dec. 17, offers specialty gift items, books, jewlery, rocks and gems, body work and massages.  "The whole experience has been really educational learning about opening up a shop in the downtown district,"said Marsden.  "The community has been really supportive and receptive, people come in and they're excited that we are here." (Photo by Andrew Kuhn/Staff Photographer)

New downtown metaphysical shop Crystal Mountain Lotus Moon offers services, gifts

Erica Marsden hopes she has established a spiritual and healing destination to meet the needs of the Mount Pleasant community. The doors of Crystal Mountain Lotus Moon, 206 S. Main St., opened Dec. 17. The business is open seven days […]
Metro / Student Life

Clinton Township freshman takes leadership role in international marketing association

Stephanie Cardaris is enhancing her educational experience outside of the classroom and into the business world. The Clinton Township freshman is a member of the 2010-11 Michigan Distributive Education Clubs of America executive council. DECA is an international association of […]
Business/Nonprofits / Featured

Westside Barber Shop still going strong after 38 years in business

Dave Brown has the barber business in his blood. Brown decided he, too, would travel down the barber's path while observing his brother at work.
On Campus
Tim Wise stresses problems with ‘colorblindness’ in Martin Luther King, Jr. Week keynote speech

Tim Wise stresses problems with ‘colorblindness’ in Martin Luther King, Jr. Week keynote speech

Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker Tim Wise would rather Americans improve their color-consciousness instead of trying to ignore race. Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium was filled Tuesday evening with spectators gathered for Wise, who utilized sarcastic humor and passion […]
Dyan Stensrud of Mount Pleasant serves patrons Thursday at the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, 621 S. Adams St. It was her first day working at the kitchen. "I heard about it and decided to volunteer," Stensrud said. (Photo by Erica Kearns/Staff Photographer)

Isabella Community Soup Kitchen sees heavy traffic over winter break

With all of the holiday season’s hustle and bustle, it is sometimes difficult to find time to give a helping hand. But that didn’t stop the Mount Pleasant Community from providing support to those in need with efforts through the […]

Local businesses hope Events Center increases game-day turnout, sales

Many businesses surrounding Mission Street hope the opening of the renovated Events Center will increase game-day traffic. Some businesses envision the Events Center as a source of business because students, parents, visitors and fans will celebrate a big win after […]

Stores expect typical business decline during break; establishments with community focus do not expect drop

Though holiday breaks are great for students, they are not usually great for local businesses in a college town. Hungry Howie’s Pizza, 111 S. Mission St., experienced major setbacks in the past because the lack of students in town during […]

New restaurant takes ‘risk’ on ethnic foods with local produce, personal atmosphere

Deb Smith said all restaurants are a risk, and Risk Restaurant is no exception. The restaurant, featuring natural and organic cuisine, opened Sept. 3 at 437 S. Mission St.

Nonprofit’s fund drive prompts students to give back; more than $56,900 raised in campaign

The United Way’s Central Michigan University campaign is almost halfway to its $99,999 goal. As of last week, $56,905.66 had been raised, said Stan Shingles, co-chair of the CMU fund drive and vice president of University Recreation.
Mount Pleasant

Wellspring Literary Series brings poets, performers to Art Reach downtown

Chad Sweeney asks listeners to go on an adventure with him through his poetry. Sweeney, whose work has been in publication such as Best American Poetry, Black Warrior Review, Verse Magazine and the Denver Quarterly, will be reading from his […]

CMCH merges with McLaren Health Care; no immediate affiliation changes expected

The merger with Central Michigan Community Hospital and McLaren Health Care won’t prompt any immediate changes to affiliations for CMU’s College of Medicine. CMCH is one of five medical organizations to enter partnerships with the college since plans to pursue […]
Beals City resident Abram Fields, 4, waits to share his thoughts on potential exhibits for the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum Thursday night in the Child Development and Learning Lab of the Education and Human Services Building.  The hands-on museum will be geared toward children between the ages of 8 and 10.  Fields suggested an exhibit inspired by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. (Paige Calamari/Staff Photographer)

Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum names Patricia Chase first executive director

Patricia Chase has a lot of enthusiasm for her new job as executive director of the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum. After seeing an article about the museum, the Mount Pleasant resident of more than 20 years realized changing the lives […]

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