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IKEA BUSINESS Main St. Makeover

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One town. Ten small businesses. Ten real makeovers in just ten days! Get inside the winners of the ground-breaking IKEA Main St. Makeover contest. See how a group of entrepreneurs in Old Town Lansing, MI transformed their business district with the help of real IKEA designers and just $5,000 worth of IKEA furniture, each. The results are nothing short of astounding. Discover tons of useful design solutions, and see how a group of indy business owners banded together to improve their home town.

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One town. Ten small businesses. Ten real makeovers in just ten days! Get inside the winners of the ground-breaking IKEA Main St. Makeover contest. See how a group of entrepreneurs in Old Town Lansing, MI transformed their business district with the help of real IKEA designers and just $5,000 worth of IKEA furniture, each. The results are nothing short of astounding. Discover tons of useful design solutions, and see how a group of indy business owners banded together to improve their home town.

iTunes Ratings

7 Ratings
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1

Excellent and actually relevant!

By aubz81 - Nov 09 2008
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These episodes are great, especially since I'm a semi regular customer at almost all of the shops madeover by Ikea! Very interesting to see how all of this was done step by step!

Yay!

By HeyMisterTJ - Jul 09 2008
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I'm Trenton - I'm the designer who did Vernadine's Soulfood restaurant - awesome to see this finally made its way onto iTunes (even though I look like the ultimate douchebag in the vid) and glad you guys are enjoying it!

iTunes Ratings

7 Ratings
Average Ratings
3
3
0
0
1

Excellent and actually relevant!

By aubz81 - Nov 09 2008
Read more
These episodes are great, especially since I'm a semi regular customer at almost all of the shops madeover by Ikea! Very interesting to see how all of this was done step by step!

Yay!

By HeyMisterTJ - Jul 09 2008
Read more
I'm Trenton - I'm the designer who did Vernadine's Soulfood restaurant - awesome to see this finally made its way onto iTunes (even though I look like the ultimate douchebag in the vid) and glad you guys are enjoying it!

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IKEA BUSINESS Main St. Makeover

Updated 6 days ago

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One town. Ten small businesses. Ten real makeovers in just ten days! Get inside the winners of the ground-breaking IKEA Main St. Makeover contest. See how a group of entrepreneurs in Old Town Lansing, MI transformed their business district with the help of real IKEA designers and just $5,000 worth of IKEA furniture, each. The results are nothing short of astounding. Discover tons of useful design solutions, and see how a group of indy business owners banded together to improve their home town.

Ep. 4 – Portable Feast and Friends

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Owner of one of Old Town Lansings best restaurants, Sharon Hind struggled with several of the IKEA design suggestions for the makeover of Portable Feast and Friends. See how a willingness to take chances and a $5,000 budget changed her restaurant from front to back.

Jun 17 2008

12mins

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Ep. 5 – Pablos Panaderia

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Pablo Maldonado overcame extreme obstacles to get his restaurant, Pablos Padaderia, where it is today. After his makeover, his business grew 30 percent within the first five months. Find out how some simple changes to the restaurants atmosphere gave a boost to his bottom line.

Jun 25 2008

11mins

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Ep. 11 – Old Town Commercial Organization

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The Old Town Commercial Association, OTCA, is a non profit dedicated to revitalizing the Old Town neighborhood of Lansing, MI. With a full time staff of two co-workers, plus a number of unpaid interns, not to mention 500 extra volunteers throughout the year, their modest facilities are stretched to the limit. Furnished with a hodgepodge of donated and found items, watch how their space transforms after receiving a new kitchenette, meeting area and office layout.

Aug 06 2008

16mins

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Ep. 10 – Sierra Club

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The Sierra Club is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the earth. The Michigan chapter has five full time employees, with three working from home. For an office furnished with donated furniture, it came as a quite a surprise when IKEA Creative Director Mats suggested they do a complete makeover from scratch, and a green one at that. Watch how some simple ideas turned this local chapter from a drab, unorganized office environment, to one that reflects their identity and supports the important work being done there

Aug 01 2008

11mins

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Ep. 3 – Elderly Instruments

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Ederly Instruments opened a small shop in 1972 and now employs 85 coworkers in a store that connects several old buildings into a sprawling paradise of stringed instruments. The challenge for IKEA was substantial, make $5,000 worth of IKEA furniture create an impact in an antique looking establishment without ruining the great old time feeling.

Jun 10 2008

16mins

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Ep. 11 – Old Town Commercial Organization

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The Old Town Commercial Association, OTCA, is a non profit dedicated to revitalizing the Old Town neighborhood of Lansing, MI. With a full time staff of two co-workers, plus a number of unpaid interns, not to mention 500 extra volunteers throughout the year, their modest facilities are stretched to the limit. Furnished with a hodgepodge of donated and found items, watch how their space transforms after receiving a new kitchenette, meeting area and office layout.

Aug 06 2008

16mins

Play

Ep. 10 – Sierra Club

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The Sierra Club is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the earth. The Michigan chapter has five full time employees, with three working from home. For an office furnished with donated furniture, it came as a quite a surprise when IKEA Creative Director Mats suggested they do a complete makeover from scratch, and a green one at that. Watch how some simple ideas turned this local chapter from a drab, unorganized office environment, to one that reflects their identity and supports the important work being done there

Aug 01 2008

11mins

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Ep. 9 – Such Video

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Such Video is in its 27 year of business providing video, film and post production services for broadcast and corporate communication clients. After seeing growth for the past eight years, their office space no longer matched their personality or served the functional needs of their team members and clients. Watch how their office transformed after receiving a new waiting room, office organization and coffee break area.

Jul 25 2008

15mins

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Ep. 8 – Gone 2 the Dogs

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Dog lover Jana Nicol started her business in 2003 after deciding that she finally wanted to be her own boss. Gone 2 the Dogs is a truly unique businesses that specializes in toys, gourmet treats, plus an array of custom made items, all for canines. For her makeover, Janas business completely reshuffled her space to create an improved office area, super effective product display plus a whole new creative work area.

Jul 18 2008

15mins

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Ep. 7 – Preuss Pets

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Preuss Pets started out as a mom and pop pet store, but has grown enormously over the years, now employing 80 coworkers. A fantastic place to visit and shop, the only thing missing was a comfortable break room and a more functional office space. Watch how Preuss Pets made their business an even better place for their employees to spend the work day.

Jul 18 2008

12mins

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Ep. 6 – Headroom Salon

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The Headroom Salon is a bustling beauty salon in the heart of Old Town Lansing. Owner Kendra Cosme opened the business six years ago and hasnrsquo;t refreshed the interior since then. Her makeover included a new waiting area, enhanced product display and a whole new break room for her hard working employees.

Jul 03 2008

12mins

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Ep. 5 – Pablos Panaderia

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Pablo Maldonado overcame extreme obstacles to get his restaurant, Pablos Padaderia, where it is today. After his makeover, his business grew 30 percent within the first five months. Find out how some simple changes to the restaurants atmosphere gave a boost to his bottom line.

Jun 25 2008

11mins

Play

Ep. 4 – Portable Feast and Friends

Podcast cover
Read more

Owner of one of Old Town Lansings best restaurants, Sharon Hind struggled with several of the IKEA design suggestions for the makeover of Portable Feast and Friends. See how a willingness to take chances and a $5,000 budget changed her restaurant from front to back.

Jun 17 2008

12mins

Play

Ep. 3 – Elderly Instruments

Podcast cover
Read more

Ederly Instruments opened a small shop in 1972 and now employs 85 coworkers in a store that connects several old buildings into a sprawling paradise of stringed instruments. The challenge for IKEA was substantial, make $5,000 worth of IKEA furniture create an impact in an antique looking establishment without ruining the great old time feeling.

Jun 10 2008

16mins

Play

Ep. 2 – Vernadines Soul Food

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The inimitable Vernadine opened her soul food restaurant in Old Town Lansing, MI four years ago. While her BBQ is unmatched anywhere in the state, the restaurants atmosphere didnt reflect the quality of her cooking. The inimitable Vernadine had expected she might receive some new chairs for her restaurantrsquo;s $5000 take from the IKEA BUSINESS Main St. Makeover, but much to her surprise, she got a complete visual overhaul. See how her restaurant went from bleak to chic in under ten days.

Jun 04 2008

14mins

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