While many businesses come and go in the downtown area, Palace Jewelers is an institution. They offer good prices and quality service. My husband and I bought our engagement and wedding rings there, and my family has taken numerous watches, rings and other pieces of jewelry there for repairs over the years. I've even picked up a few Beanie Babies at the store.
I danced at this studio for 12 years. The teachers were friendly and knowledgeable, and they offered a wide variety of classes and competitive groups. Students of all ages should take advantage of the fun of dance. The studio has expanded since I graduated, and I can only imagine that it makes for a better dance experience.
I feel like this is Flint's forgotten movie theater. Everyone I know goes to the two Showcase Cinema locations, but I never hear of people checking out the movie listings for Cinema 10. It used to be the "cheap theater" before Courtland Center took over that honor, but it was never cheap in appearance or upkeep. If there is a foreign or arthouse film showing in the Flint area, it's most likely to be shown at this theater. It's part of the National Amusements chain that owns every other theater in Flint, so prices are the same as everywhere else.
If you're willing to be patient, you can see all of your favorite movies at a fraction of the price at Courtland Center Cinemas. It's a National Amusements movie theater, so it has the quality of a big name behind it, while still keeping the prices low. The mall location is convenient, and the theater has always appeared clean and well-maintained. But concession prices are high, as always.
I grew up in the Flint-area, and I always took the drive-in for granted. How was I to know that not everyone has one fifteen minutes from their house? So if you're in the area, you really do need to take advantage of the unique drive in experience. It's great for a family trip, a date, or an outing with friends. It's economical because you get to see two movies and you can bring your own snacks and coolers to avoid the concession stand. You can listen to the movie audio through speakers placed throughout the drive-in, or tune into to specific radio stations.
The main advantages of this theater are its convenient location and cheap ticket prices, and unlike a lot of cheaper movie theaters, they show first-run movies. The downside is that you get what you pay for. The movie theater is run down, and most of the theaters are small. The biggest one is about the size of a multiplexes smallest theater. And the smallest theater here is like a big screen TV in a large hallway. On the few times I've watched a movie here, I've also noticed problems with the picture quality. So you'll have to decide if it's worth giving up atmosphere and a sharp picture to not have to drive to Lansing to see a movie.
This mall has an amazing number of stores. You can find a little bit of everything here. While they have the standard anchor stores like JCPenney, you can also find smaller niche shops and kiosks. The atmosphere is pleasant and safe. The food court offers a wide variety of options. This is *the* mall to go to in the Lansing area. For MSU students, it's conveniently located on a main bus line.
While it's not as big as the Meridian Mall, the Lansing Mall holds its own in offering a variety of stores, from clothing to books. The mall also has a very nice food court. In the past few years, the mall has really taken steps to project a classier image, with carpeting, couches and other similar touches along the walkways. I've never had a problem with parking, and the lots feel safe and well-lit.
This is a great location for shopping, eating, and even watching a movie. The outdoor mall atmosphere is outstanding, and you can find everything from video games to books to bras in the stores. My only complaint is that the stores tend towards high-end names, making bargains few and far between.
If you're looking at this listing expecting a shopping mall, you'll be disappointed - this is actually a strip mall. Unfortunately, L&L Food Centers just closed, so that leaves one of the largest stores vacant. But otherwise, there's a decent variety of stores and restaurants. There's also a small movie theater, a Secretary of State's office and an off-site location of Lansing Community College. It's definitely worth taking a drive around the parking lot to see what's there.