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Metro Retro is popular in Old Town

Metro Retro

Metro Retro is a thrift store located at 304 E. Grand River Ave. in Lansing's Old Town.  Photo by Juanita Kelly-Hill

Juanita Kelly-Hill

By Juanita Kelly-Hill
Staff Writer

Metro Retro is a thrift store located in Lansing’s Old Town at 304 E. Grand River Ave. The store is filled with vintage pieces of clothing, electronics, household items, decor and more.

The thrift store is owned by Ted Stewart and his partner, who heard the once empty space calling their name seven years ago.

“I used to ride by the building every day on my way to work,” Stewart said. “It was a great location, and I felt like the space had so much potential. My partner and I talked about what business would be great and came up with the thrift boutique idea.”

Metro Retro also has some gift shop items that promote social justice and progression. 

“The store is for everyone,” Stewart said. “The only thing we don’t allow here is bigotry; no bigots allowed.” 

The thrift store is also a safe space for underrepresented communities, which holds a lot of value to the community.

“I can’t put a price tag on the value we have,” Stewart began. “But, I was able to sell a trans person their first prom dress, and it meant a lot for me and for them as well.” 

Metro Retro is also one of the most visited places during Pride Month. Stewart said the store plans to host events during this year’s Pride Month in June.

Metro Retro is open on Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed on Monday.

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