Friday, May 30, 2008

Another One Bites the Dust Jacket

Got some bummer news from O.G. Lansing friend B. Shiels yesterday: Lansing's Community Newscenter has finally closed. I can't believe it lasted this long. Shiels and I were reminiscing yesterday about how the porn mags were right next to the sports pubs, so we always found ourselves standing next to the greasies who commonly came in to get their adult fix. The bookstore was maybe the last remaining link with the old, weird Frandor shopping center just across from Ma's house. Frandor is still there, but it long ago lost its spooky, musty charm to the vagaries of renovation.

The Newscenter was preceded in death by Grand Gourmet, the Spartan Theater, the Odeon, that Native American gift store no one ever shopped at, Frandor Barber (right?), and an ATM that gave money in $5 denominations. It's survived by (the new) Marshall Music, Kroger's, Video to Go, Tripper's, Frandor Deli, and Gumby's Pizza (I hope!).

Here's to the inevitable ...

5 comments:

The City Desk said...

Woah, woah- what about Sparty's Coney Island?

Craig said...

Rest easy, R.J. Coney Island is still there.

Pat said...

Frandor Deli my ass. That place was -- and still is, in all but its name -- a Westside Deli. They kept the same menu when they changed names.

Best deep-dish pizza by the slice in all of Frandor. Also, Italian subs with salami, capicola and (oddly, but deliciously) muenster. On a seeded hogie roll. Damn.

adrian said...

sometimes i went into that native american store when i was really, really, really bored.

Solari said...

I don't think the bookstore is closed just yet. It is closing, though - they're liquidating merchandise and even the shelves themselves. I was just there about a week or so ago just to stop in and reminisce. It is still seedy as hell, though the sports pubs have moved closer to the front away from the porn.

R.J., next time y ou're back we'll hit Sparty's Coney Island. I have a bunch of free coney coupons that Kimmerly gave me.