Lansing Shuffle to bring food, music and games to Lansing’s riverfront

Shuffleboard is moving from your grandparent’s backyard to the heart of downtown Lansing.

Lansing Shuffleboard and Social Club will open its doors on Jan. 25th. The building that formerly houses Lansing City Market has been transformed into a venue that will comprise seven restaurants, five shuffleboard courts, two bars, a lounge and a riverfront patio.  Development Consultant Kristie Ducorouble said Lansing Shuffle aims to bring the community together through food, music, drinks and entertainment – the same concept as its sister company, The Detroit Shipping Company, located in Detroit.

But why shuffleboard?The simple nature of the game makes it easy, approachable and ideal to bring the community together, what Ducorouble says is the “guiding principle” behind the company’s vision. The game of shuffleboard involves competing either one-on-one or in teams to slide a disc into scoring zones on the opposite end of the board. For a more extensive explanation of the game, Lansing Shuffle’s website has a list of rules.

Lansing Shuffle hopes to host shuffleboard leagues that will have options to meet both weekly and monthly, in addition to hosting an open-play for those who want to take a more casual approach to the game. The location of the “one stop shop” provides opportunity for community involvement and events, Director of Operations Matthew Zacklan said. Located riverside, it serves as an extension of Rotary Park, an outdoor area overlooking the Grand River.