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Entries for April 2013

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May 1st is Loyalty Day

This May day has been designated for showing your loyalty, especially for the United States.  Consider reaffirming your loyalty by truly pledging your allegiance. 

Find a proudly flying flag, stand for a moment in reverence for all the liberties we have as citizens of the United States and recite the following, right hand over heart:

               
 I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,

    and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God,

                indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

It is a good time to reflect on how important the word indivisible is in this pledge. In times of difficulties we are reminded that we are somehow stronger and better when we pull together – indivisible.  And, this land which was founded on the tenets of religious freedom does indeed provide liberty and justice for us all.

When you stop in to Cravings Gourmet Popcorn on May 1st, pick up or pull out your Cravings frequent shopper loyalty card, give us a salute and we will recite the pledge of allegiance with you, and then punch your card twice for joining us in this sign of loyalty to our country.


Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

 

 

Posted in: Events
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 Gallery 1212 Features Illustrator Dennis Preston

One of the best ways to get out and enjoy a pleasant day is to participate in the regular Old Town First Sunday Gallery Walk.  What a great way to experience some of our area’s most creative talents ---all on display in the galleries of Old Town.  At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we love First Sunday Gallery Walk because new people find their way to the area, and of course, to our store.

Gallery 1212 in Old Town is pleased to announce that they have a permanent  gallery wall for one of the most prolific and creative illustrators – Dennis Preston. “We love Dennis’ work and it has proven to be very popular here,” said Gallery 1212 co-owner, Donna Randall.

When you look at a Dennis Preston illustration you will see a style that has echoes from the past.  In the late 60’s and 70’s Preston distinctive style was put to good use creating concert posters for bands and artists like:  The Byrds, Earth Wind and Fire, Bob Seger, and The Guess Who.   Nowadays if you haunt local Biggby’s Coffee Shops you may have seen Preston in the corner doodling on a napkin.  Preston says sometimes it is the people that come in that may inspire a doodle or idea, or maybe it is the news of the day.  These doodles have been a real boost to the barista tip count, Preston makes sure that every napkin is labeled as the property of the baristas and is only available for sale with a generous contribution to the tip jar.

Preston, a truly gifted illustrator, is also a musician and has several places online where his illustrative work and music can be seen or purchased.

While you are in Old Town be sure to stop in to Cravings and say hello!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

 

Posted in: Events
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Cravings Invites You to Experience Old Town

Friends, we bet that if you were to measure the fun per square foot, Old Town really packs a punch. There is so much to see and do in Old Town – you just have to experience it.  Here are two good, family friendly ideas for your next visit to our part of town. 

Fascinating Fish

The Brenke Fish Ladder is an amazing feat of form and function.  It is one of six installations along 184 miles of the Grand River from Lake Michigan to South Lansing. It was built to help salmon and other fish with their natural migration to swim upstream against the strong current of the Grand River. The Brenke is a unique spiraling ladder. 

Fish ladders enable fish to pass around barriers, like dams, by swimming and leaping up a series of relatively low steps (hence the term ladder) into the waters on the other side. The velocity of water falling over the steps has to be great enough to attract the fish to the ladder, but it cannot be so great that it washes fish back downstream or exhausts them to the point of inability to continue their journey upriver.

Watching the fish making their way up the ladder is a wonderful natural history experience for the whole family.  You will find the Brenke Fish Ladder in the heart of historic Old Town.

Just Two Blocks East

Here is another fascinating fish opportunity for your next visit to Old Town.  Just around the corner from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn and few blocks east of the Brenke Fish Ladder is Preuss Pets, an enormous pet store that is more amusement park than pet store. 

The store includes an outdoor water feature as well as an indoor stream stocked with some very well-fed Koi.  While Preuss has more than fish for pets, they have a stock of fresh and saltwater fish that will keep you mesmerized for quite some time.  And, that’s alright with the folks at Preuss, every department has knowledgeable staff experts that are more than willing to allow you to look for as long as you want and to answer any questions you might have. 

They also breed many of their fish right in the store.  They produce all of their: angelfish, guppies, platies, mollies, and swordtails.  They've also begun to breed a significant portion of their freshwater shrimp, corydoras catfish and rainbow fish.  They will be only too happy to tell you about the advantages of keeping these locally bred fish!

Preuss Pets understands that it is a destination store and that is why they encourage school field trips to their store, monthly educational events for kids, and even birthday parties.  We are proud to have such an awesome neighbor in Old Town!  While you are here, don’t forget to stop in to see us for a little popcorn love. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

 

Posted in: Family
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It’s A Plan

Before you know it your big event will be upon you.  If you are planning an event like a Graduation Party, an Open House, a special Office Party, or even a Wedding Reception Craving’s Gourmet Popcorn wants to help you make your special event, even more special.  Take a cue from newlyweds Natalie and Mike Vial, see how they made their wedding reception memorable with our help. 

Special events call for special solutions and that’s why if you are looking for something unusual, stop in to our store and tell us you are looking for something special for the event you are planning…we’ll break out our super-duper secret menu  with flavors like:  Cheeseburger – a blend of dill pickle flavor, cheddar cheese, barbecue flavored white cheddar. 

In addition to your favorite popcorn flavor, we can help you create a special order for a custom-printed gift box or labels. Imagine your name, your colors, your logo, or your slogan on our great popcorn!

Tell us about your event or the guest(s) of honor and we will do our best to make your special order worth every penny!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Posted in: Events
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Zoobies Returns!  Old Town Tavern to Re-Open

The rumors are true.  Zoobies will be open soon, under new ownership, but with the conviction to deliver the ambiance of a neighborhood tavern.  New owners Alan Hooper, Aaron Matthews, and Sam Short are no strangers to Old Town.  They all have skin in the game, and think Old Town is an awesome place for this venture.

The managing partner, Sam Short, says he is a lover of good booze in general. “As a sommelier I have always felt that it is important to serve the best product you possibly can, and we are going to make that so at Zoobies Old Town Tavern.”  See what the Zoobies website says about their product and presentation:

“We're a small neighborhood joint with an expansive beer, wine, and cocktail menu, some damn delicious bar snacks, and a fantastic retail carry-out area.(we have samples of a lot of our retail beer and wine, so try a sip before you buy a bottle.  In the winter you can cozy up to the fireplace and complain long and loud about the snow, and in the summer we have an outdoor area - because drinking outside in the summer in Michigan is why we all live here, right?)Come on in; you'll be happy that you did.”

You will be happy to hear that the distinctive name and Sputnik inspired sign will remain. The projected opening date is in mid-May. You can watch for updates on their website and Facebook fan page.

Craving’s Gourmet Popcorn welcomes Zoobies Old Town Tavern to the family of Old Town businesses that know that with hard work and a willingness to work together, good business can happen here!  And in the spirit of collaboration we are pleased to announce that Zoobies will be serving Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  More on that later!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Events
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Make A Date for Old Town Taste & Tour '13

Mark your calendar, Saturday April 13th is Old Town Commercial Association’s sixth annual Taste & Tour of Old Town, a progressive food sampler and exclusive loft tour. The sampler gives visitors a chance to taste a variety of Old Town’s eats and an opportunity to tour real estate in Old Town.

The event will take place from Noon - 5pm, so get your chores done early, work up an appetite and come on down to Old Town.  This year’s participating restaurants include:

Cravings Popcorn

Sir Pizza Grand Café

Spiral Dance Bar

Grand Grillin'

Olympic Broil

Pablo's Panaderia

Aggie Mae's Bakery & Deli

Portable Feast

Mark's Gourmet Dogs

To add to the festivities there will be some musical entertainment.  The musical groups include:

The Distorted Waltz, this Bay City, Mich.-based group has a unique 1970s-inspired sound.

The Bard Owls, this East Lansing-based group performs old time folk music and original compositions, as well as covers of popular songs.

Desmond Jones, a six member band combines jazz, funk and progressive rock, among other genres, to create a one-of-a-kind sound.

Here Are The Details:

Tickets are priced $15, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. PRE-SALE Taste & Tour tickets get two extra food sample tickets (7 in total)! Tickets will also be sold for loft tours only for $5 in advanced and day of the event.

Participants check in for the event at the OTCA office where they may either purchase tickets or pick up previously ordered ones. All attendees will receive a map highlighting the participating restaurants and lofts, wristband to grant entrance to the lofts and food sample tickets. Food sample tickets are used at participating restaurants to receive the sample offered. If attendees are interested in purchasing additional samples they may do so at the OTCA office the day of the event. 

Tickets can be purchased in advanced at the OTCA office, 1232 Turner St. Lansing, MI 48906 or on our website. For more information please call 517-485-4283 or email alaina@oldtownmainstreet.org.

The Taste & Tour of Old Town is a fundraiser for the OTCA, which helps to continue its mission of revitalizing Lansing’s Old Town district. Craving’s Gourmet Popcorn is proud to be a part of this event to further the mission of the association.  We all win when you join in! 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.


 


Posted in: Events
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

"An Opener is not like any other game. There's that little extra excitement, a faster beating of the heart. … You know that when you win the first one, you can't lose 'em all." Early Wynn .

Opening Day Baseball helps us remember that anything is possible. The playing field is level and every team has a shot at winning for a brand new season. That is why at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we love the idea of Opening Day.

Locally, Opening Day for the Lansing Lugnuts is April 4th, playing against the Cleveland Indians starting at 6:30pm.  Major League Baseball is back with full force as the Detroit Tigers meet the New York Yankees on Friday April 5th at 1:05pm.

Opening day for baseball can be iffy weather-wise so plan ahead. We might have a bright sunny spring day, maybe it will rain a bit, or we might even have snow. No matter the temperature, Opening Day is still a special day. If you are a baseball lover, your happy space has almost arrived.

Even if you can’t get out to Opening Day in Detroit or Lansing, you can enjoy some great caramel popcorn from Craving’s Gourmet Popcorn as you watch the MLB season unfold on television.  We think that’s better than cracker jack any day of the week!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Image courtesy of pichart99thai at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Posted in: Pop Culture
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No Fooling…We’ve Got a Great New Flavor

April Fool’s Day is a great day for pranks and other foolishness.  You will get some extra leeway on this unofficial holiday of Fools as you try to pull a hoax on your friends and family - because on this day, everyone can take a joke!

The early history prior to the actual April Fools' Day includes the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria, held on March 25 and there are even references to April Fools in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, circa 1390.  But seriously, there is something to the idea of taking the risk to be foolish.  Cher, of Sonny & Cher fame, suggests that “…until you are ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.”

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we are taking the risk of looking foolish this month by introducing our latest new flavor, Chicken and Waffles!  Inspired by this southern soul food tradition we are bringing you this flavor for your consideration and tasty sensation.   

Stop by and give it a try. We think it’s great!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Image courtesy of boulemonademoon at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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