Cravings Blog

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Cravings Welcomes You to the Old Town Scrapfest

One of our favorite events of the summer season is the Old Town Scrapfest. This is an event that you will not find anywhere else and one you won’t want to miss.

The Old Town Scrapfest is in its fifth year and this scrappy little event is taking on a life of its own.  Local artist and perennial Scrapfest committee member, Barb Hranilovich, credits the idea to David Such of Such Video. (Take a look at the videos from past Scrapfest events shot by Such.)

 “This is event is so ‘Old Town’ – take what you have and make it better,” said Hranilovich.  “And with the Friedland Industries scrap yard occupying a significant amount of Old Town real estate it is no surprise that this unique event which celebrates the resourcefulness of taking something that has been cast-off and turning it into something beautiful, was born here. “

The event begins with The Pick (which occurred on June first) where registered teams have just one hour to enter the Friedland scrap yard to pick and haul out 500 lbs. of scrap.  Friedland, the main sponsor of the event, assists the teams with the equipment to move their raw scrap.  From that point the teams have two weeks for The Creation when the teams feverishly work to complete their scrap art sculptures in secret locations all over the city. 

This year a week has been added for The Preview, when completed scrap art piece entries will be chauffeured around town for the community to have a first look.  The Old Town Scrapfest ends with The Voting which happens in Old Town at the Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun.  “What I love about The Voting is that it is accessible for families, there are no velvet ropes keeping you from touching the art. This is where you will hear families talking about art in ways you won’t hear anywhere else,’ commented the artist.

This crazy, gritty creativity means each year Old Town is commissioning works of art (last year 18 of them) that end up in people’s yards or places of business.  The sculptures are sold and the proceeds go to the Old Town Commercial Association.  It may be too late this year, but there is a way you can get involved besides voting or buying.  There are team sponsorship opportunities and other ways that you can volunteer.  For Team Sponsor information contact Louise Gradwohl   louise@oldtownmainstreet.org

If sponsoring a team is not in your budget - you can still support the Old Town Scrapfest by purchasing a mini scrap souvenirs created by Barb Hranilovich from Friedland scrap. 

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.

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Lady Bowlers Invade Lansing

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is ready for the invasion … of lady bowlers. We've popped the best kernels into the tastiest popcorn, are ready with our best recipes for flavoring popcorn, and have plenty of our all-time favorite flavors like caramel with sea salt on hand and all packaged up to go.

The folks at the Convention and Visitors Bureau must be giddy with delight.  The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Midwest Women’s Bowling Tournament is a six week tournament that hosts competition bowling every weekend starting May 19 and ending June 29.  These lady bowlers come to compete for prizes but also bring revenue to area hotels, restaurants and shopping areas.  This is a big economic shot in the arm that happens once every six years. The next time we see the lady bowlers it will be 2019. 

So, Lansing, let’s roll out our welcome mat for these visitors that will no doubt be looking for fun and interesting things to do when they are not bowling.  The tournament is being held at the Royal Scot Bowling alley, which means there is a great opportunity for Old Town businesses to host these visitors.

Don’t worry regular Cravings visitors, there is plenty of room in the store and if it gets busy we promise that the team will work extra hard to get you in and out in a hurry. 

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 in the nation. 

Image courtesy of franky242 at FreeDigitalPhotos.netnwide.

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Chalk of the Town  2013

As odd as it seems Cravings Gourmet Popcorn was happy to see people sitting, crouching and even laying down on the streets and sidewalks of Old Town Saturday June 1st.

Chalk it up to creativity on display.  This event, Chalk of the Town, is rapidly becoming an Old Town favorite.  Artists creating art for art’s sake with little regard for the possibility that rain will wash away the product of their labor.  This year the weather gods shined for the artists decorating the sidewalks and there were some spectacular pieces of work. 

If you do any surfing on the internet you may have seen the incredible chalk artists that are able to transform the two-dimensional street canvas into an awesome, eye-tricking and mind-bending three dimensional display. 

Time probably doesn’t allow for the incredible 3-d variety of chalk art but our local street chalk artists did us proud. Check out our gallery (coming soon) of the “Best of Chalk of the Town 2013.

When you stop in to Cravings, let us know which one was your favorite chalk art display from Chalk of the Town 2013.

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.

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Not Too Far To Walk

Among community developers the idea of creating walkable communities is the Holy Grail.  Walkability is measured in many different ways (see this website on what makes a walkable community).  We think Old Town is making great strides towards being more walkable, yet there are still many people that live and work close-by, people that would or should be the most likely to walk, yet in most cases they choose not to walk and complain about the lack of parking.  This is puzzling to us at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.

If you think about big city life, say Chicago, parking your car turns into a long-term event.  This is out of necessity because it doesn’t make sense to move your car from one of the precious few parking spaces. Residents and visitors willingly release their dependence on cars and walk the city. People are more than willing to walk 6, 8, 10 blocks and even farther to their destination(s) even in cold, windy weather. 

To put this in perspective, the distance from the city center and State Capital building to Cravings in the heart of Old Town is 12 blocks, Lansing Community College is 10 blocks from Old Town, the Stadium District is 10 blocks from Old Town.  Distances from Downtown to Old Town are even shorter if you use the River Trail.  The distance from Arties Filling Station to Cravings is 2.5 blocks,  from Cravings to Zoobies is 3.5 blocks,  and Cravings to Golden Harvest is 2 blocks.  Pruess Pets to Cravings – 2.5 blocks, Cravings to Elderly Instruments, 2.5 blocks.

Too far to walk?  Really?

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.

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Are We There Yet?

“There was nothing like a Saturday - unless it was the Saturday leading up to the last week of school and into summer vacation. That of course was all the Saturdays of your life rolled into one big shiny ball.” ― Nora Roberts, Rising Tides

Memorial Day is around the corner and vacation season is here. Before you take on a vacation that requires hours in the car and an endless litany of “…are we there yet?” – take a beat and Be a Tourist in Your Own Town.  Spearheaded by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, on June 1st over 60 attractions open their doors to you with your special one-day passport. There is so much to see and do in mid-Michigan, you are going to have a great mini “staycation.”  From 10am to 5pm take a whirlwind tour of attractions using the dedicated CATA buses.  New this year is a check-in contest to win prizes by using your GPS enabled phone to go on a scavenger hunt for points.

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town is a fun-packed day of sampling some of the area’s best attractions. Pack for the day by carrying along a backpack or satchel with all the necessary items to keep your family comfortable and able to keep moving.  Be sure to include drinks and snacks, and what could be better for snacking than a traveler bag of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn? Stop in before the 1st and stock up, or cruise in while you are touring Old Town. You’ll be glad you did, and so will we.

If you choose to Be A Tourist In Your Own Town, you’ll be able to answer the question “Are we there yet?” with the answer: “Yes we are!”

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.

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Let The Vacation Season Begin

If you are planning a vacation this summer there is no better choice than a Pure Michigan vacation. Travel Michigan, the Great Lakes state, because it is perfect for boating, camping, hiking and swimming for the ultimate “Up North” vacation. The coast around our beautiful peninsula has 3,288 miles of shoreline which is more than any other state except Alaska.  That is probably why there are 829 boat access points, ten spectacular light houses punctuating our shores, and 97 state parks that offer unique natural beauty experiences.

While you are planning your vacation, we would like to suggest that you take Cravings along. Check out our online store for tins of flavor-sealed popcorn to purchase for your vacation snacking, the shipping is FREE.  Or, if you are local, just plan on making your last stop, before you hit the road a ,stop to our Old Town store on Turner Street in Old Town.  You can’t miss us, just look for the giant popcorn box. 

Pretty sure you will gobble up the popcorn long before the vacation is over – here are some suggestions for the empty tin:


-          Use the tin to scoop up some smelt from one of the many streams flowing into the lakes
-          Fill up your tin with the distinctive Petoskey stones that you find from your Lake                Michigan beach walk
-          Others like to collect small pieces of driftwood or sea glass for art projects, use the tin to    carry them home
-          At your camp site fill the tin with tinder for starting the fire and fill the tin with water for    dousing the fire out at the end of the evening
-           Flip the tin upside down and use it to sit on while you roast your marshmallows for     everybody’s campfire favorite – S’mores.  (Made with marshmallows, chocolate and                graham crackers)
-          Or, if you are really smart, you will save that tin for a refill at Cravings Gourmet              Popcorn to take on your next vacation.


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.

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This is the time of year when most students are anxious to see the end of the school year.  It is harder and harder to concentrate on lessons when the great outdoors is promising long days of fun and new adventures.  The pace accelerates for the teachers and there is a frantic air as the list of things to accomplish before the end of the school year seems to get longer rather than shorter.

This week at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we celebrate National Teacher’s Day, and ways to say thank you. It is a good time to reflect on those teachers that gave you the powerful tools that have put you on your own path to success. Maybe this is a good week to acknowledge the teachers of your children (and maybe even your teachers) for their tireless efforts at providing not only education, but encouragement and empowerment.

I asked a friend of mine, a former teacher of second graders, to reflect on what those last days before the end of the school year were like for her.  “The end of the school year was always bittersweet. Although we teachers were also ready for the summer break, it was a bit sad that we would be saying goodbye the children that we had invested not only our time but our emotional energy for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week for 9 months,” said Suzy Winkel. “We have to say goodbye, and the best way is to remember what the students have accomplished and how they have grown. Truthfully, this is a big hand-off and I’m not going to lie, we worry about what is in store for these students over the summer and into the next school year. The only consolation is that we will have some time to rejuvenate and be ready for a new batch of students in September.”    

Suzy went on to reminisce about the one day at the end of the school year that created a sense of finality for students and teachers. “We called it rag and bag day. Each child was to bring a bag to carry all their personal belongings home and a rag to clean their desk. We cleaned the desks with shaving cream, which works surprisingly well and makes for a lot of fun for the kids.”

Might we suggest that a great gift to acknowledge a teacher would be a tall bag of Craving’s finest popcorn?  Tie a ribbon around it and attach a card with your expressions of gratitude for a school year well done!

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.

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When people get together to share their talent in music and song, it's like the feeling you get when you sit around a campfire.  Good feelings, good times – at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, we love that about our little corner of the world.  Take a look at this video, it is irresistible!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywmg9FFmuBs


Every Tuesday from May through October starting at 6pm until dusk Burchard Park in Old Town fills with music. Pickin’ in the Park is a weekly social affair and jam session for artists, musicians, and residents in the heart of Old Town.

Come on down, bring your instrument or just come to enjoy.  Stop in and see us at Cravings for some snacks.

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.

 

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Small But Mighty, Ukuleles Strike the Right Note in Old Town

The ukulele fits the small but mighty description to a “T” – and perhaps that is why Mighty Uke Day is back by popular demand for the third year in a row.  It all happens in historic Old Town and includes a  festival atmosphere which brings together film, live shows, workshops, open microphone time, children’s activities, broadcast, strum-a-longs, jams, all in a celebration of the “people’s instrument.”  Organizer and ukulele aficionado, Ben Hassenger, commented on how he got interested in the ukulele-  “ In 2009 I took a trip to Hawaii and fell in love with the ukulele. When I got back I checked in with Stan Werbin from Elderly Instruments and we ended up forming the group LAUGH  (Lansing Area Ukulele Group) which meets every second Saturday at the Sir Pizza in Old Town.” 

In 2011they pulled together the first Mighty Uke Day in just six weeks; it grew in 2012, and this year they’ve really kicked it up a notch with the help of sponsors like Elderly Instruments and the new Old Town General Store.  “We kind of a kick-off the festival season in Old Town, we like to think we have the corner on quirkiness.”

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is proud to welcome this Old Town event which is scheduled for May 10 and 11, check out their website for a complete line-up of activities. There are free activities and some concerts which carry a cost. This year Mighty Uke Day will feature one of the world’s finest ukulele players, James Hill headlining with a special concert on Saturday, May 11. James is well known around the globe for his technical, songwriting, and educational skills. But most important James Hill is a thoroughly entertaining performer.

In case you didn’t know, the ukulele, a small 4-string guitar-like instrument, has been around since the 1880’s when it was said to have been created by the Portuguese.  The instrument gained popularity when it was brought to the Hawaiian Islands and embraced as a cultural icon.  Since then the ukulele has been adopted around the world, mostly because of its size, accessibility and ease of play.  In the 1920’s the ukulele was symbolic of The Jazz Age.  Most recently this mighty little instrument was re-popularized  by a giant of a man, Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, particularly through his enormously popular 2003 medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World."

Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, don’t miss Mighty Uke Day in Old Town, and be sure to stop by Cravings for a visit.

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.


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Another Great Local Asset – Woldumar Nature Center

Now that the weather has finally changed to spring it is time to get out and have some fun. At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we are proud to be part of a community that has so many great assets, Woldumar Nature Center is one of them.   

May 10th and 11th are the dates for the Spring Celebration and 50th Anniversary Celebration of the association of the Woldumar Nature Center. 

Friday evening is an adult craft beer and wine sampler and dinner fundraiser. Details included on the special events page of the Woldumar website.  Saturday, the festivities are FREE, except for some minor materials fees for some activities.  All day Saturday, beginning at 10am, you can experience the nature center coming alive from a long winter dormant state. 

Spring Celebration activities include lots of educational events, a special eco pontoon boat tour of the Grand River, and a nature wildflower walk for a closer look at the returning foliage.  For the adventurous try one of Woldumar's GPS devices to explore Woldumar Nature Center on your own. Each way point will lead you to an interesting feature or cool location. Test out your skills, as some points may lead you to unexpected discoveries!  (Note: photo is a sample of the kinds of flower baskets for sale during the Spring Celebration at Woldumar)

This is a perfect family event to help you bust out of your winter rut.  While you are out and about, plan on a visit to Old Town – stop in and see us at Cravings.

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.

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How to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

This holiday is an easy one to remember if you know how to count in Spanish.  What day is Cinco De Mayo? Literally translated it is the 5th Day of May. This is a holiday originally created to commemorate an unlikely win in a battle against the French on May 5, 1862. The Mexican Army, against all odds, defeated French forces in the Battle of Puebla. Since that time the celebration has come to be a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. 

Cinco De Mayo is usually celebrated with music like salsa, tejano, mariachi, and more; Mexican food favorites such as tamales, chili rellenos, and mole sauce; decorations will include color pennants and flags with the Mexican colors of green, white and red; and of course drinking and dancing. 

Come on Lansing, let’s get our salsa on!

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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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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.


 


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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.

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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.

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Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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Start Close to Home for Pure Michigan Experience

The best way to experience Pure Michigan is to start close to home. The Old Town Commercial Association and the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau both have events coming up that make it fun, easy and affordable to enjoy this area’s greatest attractions. If you have company coming to visit any time this year, why not get ready to show them a great time by previewing with Taste and Tour of Old Town on April 13th and Be A Tourist in Your Own Town on June 1st.  You will come away with some fabulous ideas for continuing to enjoy your own town close-to-home throughout the year, have some great ideas for things to do when guests visit, and help two great organizations fulfill their mission.

Taste and Tour of Old Town

Participants check in for the event at the OTCA office where they will receive a map, purchase tickets, and wristbands to be on the tour. Tickets are priced $13 in advance, $15 the day of, and $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets will also be sold for loft tours only for $5. 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. Tickets can be purchased at the OTCA office, 1232 Turner St. Lansing, MI 48906 or in advance on their website (link above).

 Be A Tourist In Your Own Town

Here is How it works: For only $1 you can purchase a "Be A Tourist Passport" which grants you FREE admission to more than 60 area attractions, local businesses and special activities on June 1, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can reach most of the participating attractions by jumping on one of four designated CATA bus routes! There are maps to help you make your way around to many of the attractions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the Be A Tourist in Your Own Town event. Blue, Red, Yellow, and Green Route buses run approximately every 20 minutes. Children 42" tall or less ride for free.

Join us and be proud to be part of the Pure Michigan experience.

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.

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