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Local Scene

The community beyond Olivet College boasts a variety of options students can take advantage of less than five minutes from campus. The local scene provides safe and convenient options of entertainment to students above and beyond the regular activities of campus life.


The Lamplighter
A classic sports bar and restaurant within walking distance from all student housing. Dedicated to Olivet College, the restaurant hosts memorabilia both new and old from iconic moments throughout the history of Comet athletics. From burgers, salads, sandwiches and wraps to Mexican dishes and pizza, you can grab a bite from around the world or right at home from a diverse menu. The Lamplighter hosts special nights dedicated to OC students and several events in conjunction with the college throughout the year.

Tim’s Pizza
The name says it all. A local favorite, students and community members flock to the restaurant for breadsticks, grinders and ice cream, in addition to pizza, of course. Available to dine in or take out, students can order a fresh pie seven days a week. With daily lunch and dinner specials, Tim’s makes it possible to feed a family for less than a fortune – perfect for hungry students collaborating on class projects.

Street’s Eats
Stop by Street’s Eats on Main Street for classic drive-in favorites like cheeseburgers, fries and ice cream! Be sure to taste test Hot Rod, a Mooville ice cream flavor made exclusively for Street’s Eats, featuring a decadent caramel swirl with a sweet marshmallow twist in rich, chocolate ice cream.

Whitetail Farms Fresh Market
From wings, BBQ, brisket and ribs to macaroni and cheese, waffle fries and fresh fruit, there’s a delicious meal waiting for everyone at Whitetail Farms Fresh Market. This local favorite offers great deals on lunch and dinner specials featuring smoked meats and homestyle sides.

The Willow Tree
A local favorite for any Olivetian is the Willow Tree Cafe! Located in downtown Olivet, this homey coffee shop offers breakfast and lunch items as well as quality coffee. Head downtown today to pick up a delicious treat.

If it’s a sub you’re craving, head down to the local Subway for a better-for-you sandwich, made just the way you like it. The restaurant is conveniently located in the Marathon gas station on convenience store.

Business Highlights

Eaton Humane Society
The Eaton County Humane Society, located on Main Street, welcomes student-volunteers to assist with the care of animals. Many students enjoy walking dogs to relieve stress and exercise at the same time!

Main Street Stylers and Mary’s Hair Care welcome students for fresh cuts, colors, manicures and tanning year-round

Across from the Cutler Event Center, students can fill their gas tank and rent movies at a Marathon Station. Also on Butterfield Highway, is Whitetail Farms – Farm Fresh Market , which sells produce, dairy and other local goods.

In addition, the city of Olivet contains several churches, mechanics, banks, insurance agencies, medical practices, parks and a Dollar General stocked with school supplies, snacks and toiletries to serve the student-population.

Other Things to Do

Visit the OlivetCharlotte, Marshall or Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce to check out outcoming community events.

Head to Lansing for shopping, only 30 minutes away from Olivet.