The REO Town Commercial Association is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit established in 2001 by a group of business owners and neighborhood residents to promote cultural and commercial development in REO Town.

 

Originally home to the R.E. Olds Motor Company, today REO Town is known for its vibrant arts scene and is home to a dynamic and diverse community of restaurants, retail shops, and professional services.

 

We are a thriving community where people meet to create, experience, and share art, food, and culture. Our commercial core is experiencing a dramatic rebirth and we would love for you to be a part of it!

 

Want to get connected?  Join our mailing list, shoot an email to info@reotown.org, or check us out on social media below.

The REO Town Commercial Association is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit established in 2001 by a group of business owners and neighborhood residents to promote cultural and commercial development in REO Town.

Originally home to the R.E. Olds Motor Company, today REO Town is known for its vibrant arts scene and is home to a dynamic and diverse community of restaurants, retail shops, and professional services.

We are a thriving community where people meet to create, experience, and share art, food, and culture. Our commercial core is experiencing a dramatic rebirth and we would love for you to be a part of it!

Want to get connected?  Join our mailing list, shoot an email to info@reotown.org, or check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, or Twitter.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Jolene BrunchJolene Brunch

Saddleback BBQ
1147 South Washington Avenue
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

Inspired by Dolly Parton's song "Jolene," this brunch will take you on a culinary journey. All dishes feature carnivorous fare from Saddleback BBQ! (see what I did there...;)

Three seatings are offered for this three course brunch:

10:30am to 12pm
12:30pm to 2pm
2:30pm to 4pm

All brunches come with sparkling water, orange juice and coffee included in the price.

Gratuity is included in the ticket price. Restaurant will be set-up with two community style tables. If you have bought more than one ticket, you will sit with your group.

Menu
Course I
Brisket Slider: Saddleback brisket, kimchi coleslaw, bbq sauce, biscuit bun

Course II
Memphis inspired Eggs Benedict: house-made English muffin, collard greens, Saddleback pulled pork, smoked hollandaise, pickled onions

Course III
Chipotle Chocolate Ice Cream: candied Saddleback bacon, cornbread


Collaborations with local farms, businesses and Michigan growers for this brunch:

MSU Student Organic Farm - cabbage, onions, carrots and garlic

Willowbrook Farms - eggs

Rust Belt Roastery - coffee

Saddleback BBQ - location

DJ spinning tunes - ETTA

Occasionally, substitutions are necessary due to ingredient availability. If this happens we will replace the ingredient with something a little more fancy!
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REO Town Run DownREO Town Run Down

Riverview Church REO Town Venue
1115 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

This month's Run Down will be at the Riverview Church Cafe. Riverview is one of REO Town's active locations with weekly church services. They also play host to multiple events including weddings and the Art and Craft Beer festival. This was once the location of the Cadillac Club and still has many of the unique features including the bowling alley floor in the Cadillac Room. Come join the RTCA in an evening of networking.... See MoreSee Less

The Poetry Room: In Living ColourThe Poetry Room: In Living Colour

The Robin Theatre
1105 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

"I like 'em Brown, Yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian/ My name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu Nation/ Told you in the jam that we can get down" - A Tribe Called Quest, Electric Relaxation

Party People in The House! We are calling an audible. You voted for the change. As you may have heard, Richard Spencer will be coming to our home to speak. I refuse to fight hate with hate but I will fight this with love. Let's celebrate! Let's celebrate you and me. Let's celebrate this awesome group from all different demographics. We are super duper trooper dope.

Option Dress Theme: 90's. Wear your bright colours, overalls with the one leg rolled up.
Prompt: Celebrate our differences...Or you can also bring your F@#$ Love poem you had already written.

Get ready to party poets! Let us celebrate each other.
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The Dangling Participles | Blue Owl CoffeeThe Dangling Participles | Blue Owl Coffee

MI Blue Owl Coffee
1149 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI  48906 Map

The Dang P's will perform at Blue Owl Coffee in REO Town for the last time before the debut of their new album in April. Come join us at this groovy little coffee bar!

RENT STRIKEs IX Album ReleaseRENT STRIKE's IX Album Release

The Robin Theatre
1105 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

RENT STRIKE is bringing their album IX to the Robin Theatre on Friday, March 2nd, with a half punk show, half stage production weird pseudo-gala evening event.

RENT STRIKE is the musical project of Lansing-born John Warmb. Since 2011, John has been performing his brand of lyric-driven acoustic punk rock on street corners, in bars and in basements, growing and developing a distinctive sound and writing style. Tonight, and for now, John is joined on the stage by friends and comrades Dakota Peterson, Nicole Geller and Emma Grrl, plus support from other talent.

As an album, IX draws from many disparate traditions. The nine songs flow both in style and in sound, from raucous and harmony-laden to dissonant and unsettling, while following a cohesive narrative based around JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Listeners have described IX as something 'nobody asked for' and 'better than it has any right to be'.

Attendees of this release show will be provided with a short zine containing the lyrics to the nine songs that will be performed, accompanied by illustrations from local artists. Copies of the CD and zine will be available for a small donation on the day of, alongside light refreshments and other RENT STRIKE paraphernalia.

Doors are at 7:30, music will start at 8:00. Opening the show is Lonely Arms, followed directly by RENT STRIKE. Ticketing will be limited to 85 seats, with additional standing room tickets sold at the door on the day of the event.
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Frances Luke Accord / Michael Beauchamp (of Red Tail Ring)Frances Luke Accord / Michael Beauchamp (of Red Tail Ring)

The Robin Theatre
1105 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

Save the date for the very talented, modern folk/jazz duo,
Frances Luke Accord! With very special guest, Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring!

7PM, 6:30 doors, All ages
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"Frances Luke Accord are the definition of lean-in music." - Joni Deutsch, NPR's Mountain Stage

Frances Luke Accord are some of our very favorite musicians, songwriters, and people. We couldnt recommend their debut LP, FLUKE, highly enough. - Darlingside
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franceslukeaccord.com/video/
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Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles. Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.

Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord's approach to music has marked a boundless evolution. In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, Kandote, a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Childrens Choir of Kkindu, Uganda an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir. Bringing their world/folk sound to Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo quickly garnered local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Live @ Strobe (April 2015), and, most notably, their debut full-length album, Fluke (May 2016).

Fluke, FLA's pseudo-self-titled introduction to a national audience, is a self-produced vocal tour-de-force that leaps quickly and definitively into the canopy of contemporary art. It is dreamlike and philosophical, haunting and whimsical. Its melodies evoke a noir film, a Spanish folktale, an enigmatic egoeye. However you pin it, something in the music is turning heads. Whether evidenced by their invitation to perform on NPR's Mountain Stage Radio Show with Larry Groce, tours with Darlingside and Anaïs Mitchell, official showcase at Folk Alliance International's 2017 Conference, or the $16K Kickstarter that funded Fluke, Frances Luke Accord's compositions take the listener by the ear, pull the rug from beneath her feet, and leave her deliciously airborne. Listen.
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The Poetry Room: #MyInspirationThe Poetry Room: #MyInspiration

The Robin Theatre
1105 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

REO Town Thrift Store GalaREO Town Thrift Store Gala

REO Town
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

It's the 5th annual REO Town Thrift Store Gala and Burlesque Extravaganza! Don your finest gently-used suits and ball gowns and join us for an evening of burlesque, magic, food, booze and fancy outfits! This year's event will feature some of the country's most talented performers in various states of undress, delicacies bites from our favorite food trucks, beer from our friends at Lansing Brewing Company, fine cocktails crafted by the mixologists at Reo Town Pub, and a whole mess of entertainment options!

"The man with 37 faces", Glen Heroy will be hosting this year's event with arial feats by Violet Defiant, mind-blowing magic from Maciek The Magician, and titillating burlesque performances by Vivacious Miss Audacious, Gurl Haggard, Jax Nippleson, Gala Delridge, Sadie Tate, and Deliah Poppers! Ten of the region's thriftiest ladies will face off in Lansing's only pin-up pageant! Forever capture your fineness in Decadence Dolls' photo booth and then put on your dancing shoes and after party!

Tickets are available for $10 in advance or $15 at the door to anyone 18 and up. Proceeds benefit the REO Town Commercial Association and help us to keep putting on awesome events like this one! Extra special thanks to our sponsors: Decadence Dolls by Autumn Luciano, Good Truckin' Diner, Urban Systems, Elm Street Recording, Dicker & Deal, Curvaceous Lingerie, and The Artisan Company Salon!

Want to save some cash? Buy your tickets early at Eventbrite!

To enter the pinup contest send your name, one pinup styled portrait, and short (one paragraph) bio decadencedollpinupportraits@gmail.com! Preliminary rounds end March 14th! Must attend the Thrift Gala on April 14th. Winner will receive a free pin up photo shoot with Decadence Dolls by Autumn Luciano, including wardrobe and styling, valued at $1,200, plus a grab bag of goodies from the gala's other fabulous sponsors!
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Jolene BrunchJolene Brunch

Saddleback BBQ
1147 South Washington Avenue
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

Inspired by Dolly Parton's song "Jolene," this brunch will take you on a culinary journey. All dishes feature carnivorous fare from Saddleback BBQ! (see what I did there...;)

Three seatings are offered for this three course brunch:

10:30am to 12pm
12:30pm to 2pm
2:30pm to 4pm

All brunches come with sparkling water, orange juice and coffee included in the price.

Gratuity is included in the ticket price. Restaurant will be set-up with two community style tables. If you have bought more than one ticket, you will sit with your group.

Menu
Course I
Brisket Slider: Saddleback brisket, kimchi coleslaw, bbq sauce, biscuit bun

Course II
Memphis inspired Eggs Benedict: house-made English muffin, collard greens, Saddleback pulled pork, smoked hollandaise, pickled onions

Course III
Chipotle Chocolate Ice Cream: candied Saddleback bacon, cornbread


Collaborations with local farms, businesses and Michigan growers for this brunch:

MSU Student Organic Farm - cabbage, onions, carrots and garlic

Willowbrook Farms - eggs

Rust Belt Roastery - coffee

Saddleback BBQ - location

DJ spinning tunes - ETTA

Occasionally, substitutions are necessary due to ingredient availability. If this happens we will replace the ingredient with something a little more fancy!
... See MoreSee Less

·
REO Town Run DownREO Town Run Down

Riverview Church REO Town Venue
1115 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

This month's Run Down will be at the Riverview Church Cafe. Riverview is one of REO Town's active locations with weekly church services. They also play host to multiple events including weddings and the Art and Craft Beer festival. This was once the location of the Cadillac Club and still has many of the unique features including the bowling alley floor in the Cadillac Room. Come join the RTCA in an evening of networking.... See MoreSee Less

The Poetry Room: In Living ColourThe Poetry Room: In Living Colour

The Robin Theatre
1105 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

"I like 'em Brown, Yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian/ My name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu Nation/ Told you in the jam that we can get down" - A Tribe Called Quest, Electric Relaxation

Party People in The House! We are calling an audible. You voted for the change. As you may have heard, Richard Spencer will be coming to our home to speak. I refuse to fight hate with hate but I will fight this with love. Let's celebrate! Let's celebrate you and me. Let's celebrate this awesome group from all different demographics. We are super duper trooper dope.

Option Dress Theme: 90's. Wear your bright colours, overalls with the one leg rolled up.
Prompt: Celebrate our differences...Or you can also bring your F@#$ Love poem you had already written.

Get ready to party poets! Let us celebrate each other.
... See MoreSee Less

The Dangling Participles | Blue Owl CoffeeThe Dangling Participles | Blue Owl Coffee

MI Blue Owl Coffee
1149 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI  48906 Map

The Dang P's will perform at Blue Owl Coffee in REO Town for the last time before the debut of their new album in April. Come join us at this groovy little coffee bar!

RENT STRIKEs IX Album ReleaseRENT STRIKE's IX Album Release

The Robin Theatre
1105 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

RENT STRIKE is bringing their album IX to the Robin Theatre on Friday, March 2nd, with a half punk show, half stage production weird pseudo-gala evening event.

RENT STRIKE is the musical project of Lansing-born John Warmb. Since 2011, John has been performing his brand of lyric-driven acoustic punk rock on street corners, in bars and in basements, growing and developing a distinctive sound and writing style. Tonight, and for now, John is joined on the stage by friends and comrades Dakota Peterson, Nicole Geller and Emma Grrl, plus support from other talent.

As an album, IX draws from many disparate traditions. The nine songs flow both in style and in sound, from raucous and harmony-laden to dissonant and unsettling, while following a cohesive narrative based around JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Listeners have described IX as something 'nobody asked for' and 'better than it has any right to be'.

Attendees of this release show will be provided with a short zine containing the lyrics to the nine songs that will be performed, accompanied by illustrations from local artists. Copies of the CD and zine will be available for a small donation on the day of, alongside light refreshments and other RENT STRIKE paraphernalia.

Doors are at 7:30, music will start at 8:00. Opening the show is Lonely Arms, followed directly by RENT STRIKE. Ticketing will be limited to 85 seats, with additional standing room tickets sold at the door on the day of the event.
... See MoreSee Less

·
Frances Luke Accord / Michael Beauchamp (of Red Tail Ring)Frances Luke Accord / Michael Beauchamp (of Red Tail Ring)

The Robin Theatre
1105 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI  48910 Map

Save the date for the very talented, modern folk/jazz duo,
Frances Luke Accord! With very special guest, Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring!

7PM, 6:30 doors, All ages
---
"Frances Luke Accord are the definition of lean-in music." - Joni Deutsch, NPR's Mountain Stage

Frances Luke Accord are some of our very favorite musicians, songwriters, and people. We couldnt recommend their debut LP, FLUKE, highly enough. - Darlingside
---
franceslukeaccord.com/video/
---
Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles. Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.

Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord's approach to music has marked a boundless evolution. In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, Kandote, a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Childrens Choir of Kkindu, Uganda an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir. Bringing their world/folk sound to Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo quickly garnered local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Live @ Strobe (April 2015), and, most notably, their debut full-length album, Fluke (May 2016).

Fluke, FLA's pseudo-self-titled introduction to a national audience, is a self-produced vocal tour-de-force that leaps quickly and definitively into the canopy of contemporary art. It is dreamlike and philosophical, haunting and whimsical. Its melodies evoke a noir film, a Spanish folktale, an enigmatic egoeye. However you pin it, something in the music is turning heads. Whether evidenced by their invitation to perform on NPR's Mountain Stage Radio Show with Larry Groce, tours with Darlingside and Anaïs Mitchell, official showcase at Folk Alliance International's 2017 Conference, or the $16K Kickstarter that funded Fluke, Frances Luke Accord's compositions take the listener by the ear, pull the rug from beneath her feet, and leave her deliciously airborne. Listen.
... See MoreSee Less

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