Tag Archives: Third places

A Quartet of Former Vintage Barber Shops


As a follow-up to my previous post of old barber shops still operating, here are four (4) that no longer are used as barber shops. Two (2) are currently empty though the barber shop in Honor was a sign shop … Continue reading

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A Quartet of Old Barber Shops


One of the traditional and original third places of most small towns and larger cities is the barber shop. They often serve as a natural gathering spot for local news, discussion, gossip, and small talk. I can’t think of a … Continue reading

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I scream for Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor


“I scream…you scream…we all scream…for ice cream!” One of the newest and sweetest delights of visiting Mackinac Island is Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor at the base of The Grand Hotel. True to the island’s quaint Victorian-era heritage, this wonderfully decorated … Continue reading

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What a “smart park” idea!


According to the Daily Tribune newspaper, the City of Royal Oak, Michigan is in the process of establishing what is thought to be the nation’s first “Smart Park” in a pedestrian plaza within its trendy and vibrant downtown area. This … Continue reading

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No copycats allowed when placemaking!


Let me start off by saying that placemaking is a very useful and beneficial approach to enhancing one’s community and creating pride in place.  That being said, there is also an inherent risk that placemaking efforts across the nation can become … Continue reading

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Cities are alive with the sound of music!


Thursday evening I had the chance to attend a seminar entitled, Music’s Impact on the Community. This superb and fascinating event was held at Michigan State University’s Center Community and Economic Development in Greater Lansing. Not only did the program … Continue reading

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A trek to Eagle Monk Brewpub


Last Friday afternoon, my middle son and I decided to partake the food and  craft beers at a newish brewpub in Greater Lansing called Eagle Monk. It is located on the west side of town along Mt. Hope Highway and just … Continue reading

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Smitten by Mitten Brewing Company


Last evening, Alison and I decided to have dinner and drinks at a brand new brewpub in Grand Rapids that opened this past October. Mitten Brewing Company is located in lovingly restored 1890 historic landmark fire station (Engine House #9) … Continue reading

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Zingerman’s puts the “deli” in delicious


Even if you have never been to Ann Arbor, Michigan, there is a fairly good chance you have already heard of Zingerman’s. It happens to be one of the coolest, hippest, and yummiest delicatessens anywhere on planet Earth. Located in the historic Kerrytown … Continue reading

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GR’s “Wealthy” home of tasty treats


Located just southeast of downtown Grand Rapids is a delightful third place full of sweet and tasty treats that first opened in 2002. The Wealthy Street Bakery was one of the first places Alison took me in Grand Rapids after … Continue reading

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