First off, I lied. Lostin is in fact NOT in Springfield's state (just the one next to it: it's bordered by Texas, Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado). The UNBAN act also included trans-fats as part of the things that couldn't be restricted (it was a very long law).
Of course, Lostin, like any city, has a fair share of culture. From the many museums in the city's prized Museum District:
…to numerous stage productions…
(that's the Lostin Philharmonic Orchestra)
One thing Lostin has that many cities don't is distinct ethnic and cultural neighborhoods. Some people tend to think Troseman is the thing that makes Lostin unique. After all, Troseman (and nearby South Lostin neighborhood) are noted for an eccentric blend of things, people, and culture.
In a relatively conservative city, Troseman is far more liberal than the rest of Lostin. While aesthetically pleasing, there seems to be a constant battle in Troseman, between the yuppies who reside in new townhomes and the ones who want to preserve Troseman the way it is: a unique multi-cultural area full of decorated and aged houses. Troseman could be considered the "gay neighborhood" of Lostin, but in reality, Troseman is seemingly populated with independent coffee shops and bookstores (the nightclub scene has greatly diminished, though it's still around). The main stretch of the neighborhood, Troseman Avenue, is also one of the major roads in Lostin.
South Lostin in many ways is even more eccentric than Troseman. Full of neat shops and restaurants, South Lostin brings tourists both for the beautiful and large South Lostin Park, the many restaurants, tiny subcultures, and more. Lostin South is known to be the state's destination for vintage clothing, and also has the most tattoo parlors per capita in the States (losing out to the similarly named South Austin. Huh.)
That's not even counting the many ethnic areas in the city: there's many Hispanic areas in the city, including Gateway Falls and parts of the East End.
There's also Little Italy and the inner-city suburb of Winbyrn, which has some of the best food anywhere (not the best place to live, though), Chinatown (with a lot of knock-off shops, but an interesting and busy place), Little Tokyo (even with its own version of Akihabara, in a way). There are many smaller, less notable districts nestled within the city and its suburbs. Arbor Station, a suburb in the city, has a collection of Middle Eastern-oriented shops and restaurants: they even have yogurt soft drinks.
Throughout the many neighborhoods of Lostin, there are many grocery stores. Of course, there's Lostin's own Perry's, who has done very well with the ethnic groups, tailoring the retail mix to it, including adding in food accustomed to it as well as general merchandise. Of course, as popular as Perry's is, it has gotten some hate for expanding to general merchandise and becoming "too large".
Walmart also has several Supercenter stores located in and around Lostin, which has sniped a significant (but not leading) margin.
Kroger remains popular, including Troseman's love-it-or-hate-it "Krappy Kroger"
H-E-B, the popular grocery store from Texas, has a handful of stores in town.
Meijer (based in Michigan) stepped in to fill the void left by Super Kmart Center (there are no longer Super Kmart Centers in town, only regular ones were left after the 2002-2003 closings)
Fiesta, the Hispanic-oriented grocery based out of Houston, even has a few stores in town. It has good prices on many things.
Even Safeway has a small presence here (it isn't much, however)
Jacksunny - Yeah, I'll keep that in mind.
Haydon1996 - Um, thanks?