11 Lansing Hot Spots That Are Sure To Bring Out Your Inner Hipster

11 Lansing Hot Spots That Are Sure To Bring Out Your Inner Hipster

It's time to explore.
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Lansing, the capital of the Mitten State, holds some of the most unique, ultra-urban hotspots you'll ever find. Not only do these hole-in-the-wall businesses give off a chill vibe, but the locals you will come to know could easily become your new pals. I invite you to read up on some of Lansing's finest, but beware: this listicle will leave you itching to throw on those Birkenstocks and start exploring.

1. Strange Matter Coffee Co.

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Strange Matter Coffee Co.'s claim to fame is its unique pour-over multi-roasting experience, also providing its customers with a sleek espresso bar. You will be sure to love the natural light within this comfortable dwelling, as well as the unique flavors, such as "Cinnamon Honey Latte," that will leave your taste buds dancing.

2. Horrocks Farm Market.

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What doesn't Horrocks provide? Whether it's that specialty brew you've been searching for, that bottle of wine you've been dying to pop open or the fresh produce for that summer picnic, you'll find it ... in abundance. Horrocks also prepares ready-to-go meals, soup and a colorful greenhouse, making it Lansing's one stop shop!

3. Old Town General Store.

You know the saying "Don't judge a book by the cover"? Well, in this case, judge a store by its exterior, because the interior looks just as amazing! If you're looking for organic products, yummy teas or need a gift idea, stop into Old Town General Store!

4. Juice Nation.

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This one is a given. Juice Nation offers just that: juice. With two locations in both downtown and Old Town, you will find that press that offers you all the nutrition you need, yet all the flavor you were secretly hoping for. Oh! And don't count out their smoothies at the downtown location: the "Blueberry Bliss" is ... well ... blissful.

5. Firefly Hot Yoga Bar.

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If you enjoy heat and relaxation, Firefly Hot Yoga bar is for you. The best part? You don't even need to be an experienced yogi. If you have a mat, want to relax and have a desire for chill music, stop in and give it a go!

6. Glazed and Confused.

Instagram: @glazed_and_confused

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, this picture contains a thousand calories. And I'm OK with that. Glazed and Confused is home to some amazing sweet treats, and I can tell you from an experience or two (or three) that you will not be disappointed. I mean, have you ever seen such pretty donuts?

7. American Fifth Spirits.

Instagram: @americanfifth

American Fifth Spirits is "Lansing's first distillery, ever." Local ingredients are added into their drinks, and free tasters are offered to those who crave a swig or two between the hours of 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays. Alcohol isn't all they offer: yummy sweets and snacks are in the mix, such as the pickle and olive platter.

8. Spin Bicycle Shop.

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If you like to ride, or you like cats, then hit this place up this summer. Whether you want to start riding or are looking for more gear, the chill staff is here to help. Spin is also a full-service repair shop that takes pride in getting you back on your bike in no time.

9. Fish Ladder Tattoo Co.

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With summer here and your winter clothing hidden away in your closet somewhere, it's time to show off those arms and legs! If you are looking to tat them up or add just a bit of art to your skin, go visit Fish Ladder Tattoo Co. Here you will find some of the best artists in town who will give you just the design you were looking for.

10. Golden Harvest.

If you love eclectic decor and are starving for some homemade food, Golden Harvest will provide just that. As you can tell, they are all about those neat, cool, old, amazing pickings that add contribute to the WOW factor of visiting this stellar scene.

11. Lansing Art Gallery.

Instagram: @lansingartgallery

The Lansing Art Gallery may be non-profit, but it is rich in all things art. Est. 1965, it is home to various exhibitions, camps, galleries and more. The Lansing Art Gallery gives back the community and hosts several ultra-cool and colorful events that branch out onto the sidewalks of Washington Square.

So what you are you waiting for? It's time to tour your town like you've never seen it before!

Cover Image Credit: Flickriver, Lansing 1969

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If You Give A Girl A Little Brother

You've given her the world.
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I remember back to my childhood, standing at the top of the steps yelling down to my parents "Why did you decide to have another child?" I remember riding in the backseat yelling "Mom, was I not good enough for you?" as my brother threw snow at me .

I remember crying when my mom made us share our first cell phone. I remember playing in a pool at a waterpark, and my dad couldn't play with me because my brother couldn't swim and needed my dad to be with him. I played by myself, thinking "They must have not wanted a girl when they only pay attention to him."

But now, at almost 22, I realized that the best gift God has ever given me was my little brother.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a pain in her ass.

Oh, he'll be annoying. He'll get in the shower just because you said you were going to. He'll start talking every time you do. He'll pull stupid pranks, he'll make you listen to bogus music, he'll make you watch stupid tv shows, he'll smell up the bathroom (and probably smell himself.) and boy, I promise there will be day's you will resent him. But he's just training for living with your husband one day.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a role.

As a big sister, I had somebody copying all my moves. If I did something, so did he. If I didn't eat something, neither did he. If I didn't like somebody neither did he. He was like a little shadow that did everything I did, so I was always motivated to make good choices and make him proud of me.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a rough side.

I wouldn't have done half the things I did if it wasn't for him. Play basketball in the drive way, spend hours on our bikes, spend the summer days in the pool, or down at the park. I wouldn't have learned that it's okay to get in the dirt and have some fun. I wouldn't have played half the made up, imaginary games we played every day. I wouldn't have played with Hot Wheels, or Lincoln Logs, or Leggo's. I would have played with Barbies by myself all day long, and what's the fun in that?

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her the best friend she'll ever have.

In the end, when our parent's both pass away, I won't be alone, because I will have my little brother. When the world gets tough, and everyone turns away from me, he will always be there. No matter where he end's up in life, I know he will drop everything and come running when I'm in need.

For Christmas this year, I bought my brother his first tattoo. We got matching tattoo's on our sides. Our lives our different now, because we're grown up and live on opposite sides of the state. But no matter where we go in life, if we look up, we will be looking at the same sun and moon. We are made up of the same matter, 'made' by the same people, and love each other more than I think we'd like to admit.

Alex is my true other-half.

Give a girl a little brother, and you made her whole.

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10 Signs You're From New Hampshire, Wickedly So

I'm never cold, apparently.

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I have been told that everyone from New Hampshire is always obsessed with New Hampshire; I can't blame them since is it a wicked cool state. If you or someone you know is from New Hampshire I guarantee these are 10 things they can relate to:

1. You love Aroma Joe's.

Anyone not from the northern New England area probably has no idea what Aroma Joe's is. It's basically the Starbuck of New Hampshire. Known for flavored coffee and energy drinks all Rush. Every other high school student would stroll in late to school with the iconic Aroma Joe's foam cups (which have now been changed to clear plastic to help the environment).

2. The Sheetz and Wawa's debate means nothing to you.

There is a huge debate among select states over which GAS STATION has better food. Yeah, weird right? Of course, we New Hampshire citizens have spent our fair share of time at the Chill Zone at a Cumberland Farms or 7/11 but getting real food from a gas station is a whole other story.

3. You know what fried dough is.

One of the most shocking things I learned while living out of state is that not everyone knows what fried dough is. They have a similar treat called Funnel cake (which I had heard of but never actually ordered somewhere before moving to PA) and I assure you we are not missing out because fried dough definitely takes the win.

4. You pronounce Reese wrong.

In New Hampshire everyone (including myself) pronounces it "Rees-EES," but after highly offending some Hershey, Pennsylvania residents and a heated debate I have finally admitted defeat that the true pronunciation is "Rees-IS." But I will always say "Rees-EES" because to me, that is what it is called.

5. You use the word wicked a lot .

I honestly didn't believe it when people told me the word "wicked" was a New England thing. Majority of people understand the meaning but are just shocked by how frequently I use the word. But in the past, people have actually asked me what it meant!

6. When you say it's winter you actually mean it...

I am talking temperatures in single digits or even the negatives, multiple feet of snow that doesn't melt for months and snow storms that resemble blizzards. I have been to parts of the country where people freak out about two inches of snow that melts within 48 hours and are wearing winter coats when it's in the upper to mid 50 degrees.

7. People assume that you don't get cold.

Don't get me wrong, New Hampshire residents have to go through some tough winters but that doesn't mean we don't get cold! Yes, we need to wear a jacket when it's below freezing too! We are just less bothered by snow.

8. A beach day isn't a big deal.

Some parts of New Hampshire are further from the beach than others but overall the drive shouldn't be that bad. After working full time all summer and only making it to the beach about five, I was shocked when people kept telling me how exciting my summer looked via social media. Then I was reminded that for some people the closest beach is hours away and they are lucky if they make it there once.

9. Everyone assumes you ski or snowboard.

Don't get me wrong, A LOT of New Hampshire residents grew up either snowboarding or skiing, but for those of you who didn't (me), everyone is always shocked.

10. You love your state.

People actually make fun of me for how much state pride I have. I love the beautiful colors in the fall to the mountain views in the north and the ocean sunsets that you can't see anywhere else; no matter where I live no state will match up to how gorgeous New Hampshire is.

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