Spartan Corner moves to second floor of Student Book Store, now called The Greek Loft
While the city of East Lansing continues to struggle with redevelopment in the Park District area, across Abbot Road the development process has been swift.
Conrad's Grill closed its doors after Christmas in 2016, and now the longtime Greek life apparel supplier Spartan Corner, moved into Student Book Store’s second floor after Christmas, Student Book Store owner Brad Ballein said.
The second floor of Student Book store is now called The Greek Loft and offers all of the services Spartan Corner offered, Claire Nicholas, MSU communication senior and employee at The Greek Loft, said.
Nicholas and MSU communication senior Seanna Krzyzaniak, both former employees of Spartan Corner who are now employed at The Greek Loft, said they just moved with the store.
Nicholas confirmed the move happened during MSU’s winter break.
Nicholas is also a member of Delta Gamma at MSU and said she and her sorority sisters got a lot of merchandise from Spartan Corner, “especially during big little.”
“We like to come here and buy a bunch of cups and little things that say ‘DG’ on it just so (their littles) have their gear and everything,” Nicholas said.
Nicholas said some of her sorority sisters know about Spartan Corner’s move from the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue to the second floor of Student Book store.
“It’s kind of been a slow transfer of information just because a lot people haven’t read the signs on the doors yet … so people, once they got books, they slowly started to realize we were up here,” Nicholas said.
Krzyzaniak said they’re seeing different clientele coming into The Greek Loft than they did at Spartan Corner.
“Spartan Corner was mostly just Greek people, they knew what the store was about, and now, we have a different clientele … because they’re being exposed to something they didn’t know existed,” Krzyzaniak said. “I had a lady come in this weekend and she was like, ‘I’m an alumni, I didn’t even know this was here, we were just getting stuff for the basketball game,’ and then she grabbed a bunch of Kappa Delta stuff.”
Krzyzaniak also said they have items that aren’t related to Greek life, like Lilly Pulitzer stationery items as well as paint and other materials that can be used for crafts.