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rhea open 5-2-12 croppedThe Old Town General Store is a result of many years dreaming about coming back to the area where I grew up. I was a child when this area was a busy little downtown; with a bank, pharmacy, five-and-dime store, and more. I remember having to sit quietly while my mom did her banking and then going to the D&C to look at all the trinkets and toys. (I bought my first doll there.) I rode my bike up and down the streets of Old Town, even when I wasn’t supposed to, and thrived in the diversity of North Lansing.

As an adult, I moved away and found my life and family in nearby Haslett, But, I was always drawn back to Old Town; becoming involved by way of supporting the various festivals and other events. The economy was stagnant, stores came and went, but I knew that it was just a matter of time till Old Town would be Mid-Michigan’s hub of culture and activity.

One evening, in the company of good friends, food, and a bottle of wine or two, the general store idea was born. We all felt that Old Town needed a store that provided quality food at reasonable prices. I was going through a career change and was ready to take on the challenge. So, here I am; the time is right.

I want to create a unique store with a mission. The Old Town General Store will have the warmth of a traditional general store with a progressive approach to foods and customer care and an emphasis on organic and sustainable products sourced from Michigan suppliers whenever possible. I look forward to helping satisfy your grocery needs; it sure feels good to be a part of the neighborhood again!

Rhea Van Atta
Owner: Old Town General Store