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Anchor Coupling expands in Menominee

Anchor Coupling in Menominee will be expanding into a next-door building, which means more jobs and more production.

The hose and coupling assembly manufacturer plans to invest more than $9 million and add up to 120 jobs, according to an announcement from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The project's been approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund, and will get a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for the expansion. 

Anchor Coupling has been in Menominee since 1978 and has been a subsidiary of Caterpillar, Inc., since 1993.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Paw-Riffic Pet Grooming opens in Ishpeming

We here at Second Wave are big fans of pets -- we have several, actually -- but one of the least enjoyable parts of being a pet owner is when it comes time to groom them. Like many things in life, we suggest you find a professional to do the dirty work.

Paw-rific Pet Grooming is home to such professionals, like owner Jill Rankinen. She's been grooming pets for the past 30 years, though most of that time was part-time and in her home. Now, she and Paw-rific Pet Grooming have a new home, and it's right on U.S. 41 in Ishpeming.

There, you can get a variety of services for your four-legged friends, such as nail trimming, bathing and brushing out and standard grooming.

They are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. They are also open later on those days and on Sundays by appointment.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Paw-rific Pet Grooming

M Salon opens on Baraga in Marquette

If you're anything like us, then you're probably always interested in getting your hair cut. Thankfully, there are plenty of places to choose from throughout the area, and the newest is the M Salon in Marquette.

The company recently opened its doors at 129 W. Baraga, Suite C, which is right next to Everyday Wines near the Children's Museum. They are open Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday.

The salon, owned by Marla DeBolt, offers full-service options including men's and women's cuts, coloring and more.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: M Salon

Marquette-based U.P. 3D Physical Therapy cuts ribbon

Physical therapy is something all of us take seriously, so it's always a positive to have plenty of options to choose from when searching for those services.

U.P. 3D Physical Therapy recently hosted its grand opening and ribbon cutting at 1025 Washington Street, Suite 2, behind Mathews Floor Fashions.

The company, which is owned by Kate Rose, focuses its practices on applied functional science, which is individualized and uses three-dimensional physical therapy models. Beyond the traditional approach of regular physical therapy, 3D physical therapy works on the problem area as well as other parts of the body. The idea behind it is that all the body parts are interconnected, and pain and dysfunction in one area of the body can causes problems in other areas.

For more information about U.P. 3D Physical Therapy, you can visit their Facebook page.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: U.P. 3D Physical Therapy

B Cubed Fitness opens in Marquette

There is definitely no shortage of places to work out in Marquette, and those looking for a change in venue or a newly-opened location can take a visit over to B Cubed Fitness, which recently celebrated its grand opening. 

The company, which is located at 1025 Washington Street, Suite 2, which is on the backside of the Mathews Floor Fashion building, offers up training services that range from individual personal fitness to small group training sessions. In addition, local golfers will be thrilled to discover B Cubed Fitness actually offers classes that are designed for golf performance training. They are the only facility in the Upper Peninsla to have a Nike Golf Performance specialist on staff. 

B Cubed Fitness is owned by Brett Conklin and is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: B Cubed Fitness 

Alger County trailhead breaks ground

Trails are a big part of what makes it great to live in or visit the Upper Peninsula, with lots of opportunity to hike, ride, bike, walk, off-road, snowmobile, fish, kayak and all kinds of other things. 

So the more interconnected and developed that trails in different areas of the U.P. are, the better for tourism, local businesses, and residents. That's the idea behind a recent groundbreaking at Au Train Township in Alger County, where the Au Train Heritage Trailhead Development is now underway.

The trailhead will include a universally accessible kayak launch, fishing pier, pavilion, interpretive center, picnic tables, restrooms and multi-use trailhead. Parts of the project are reuses of existing resources; the pavilion is a former railroad depot, and the interpretive center is an old log cabin.

The whole thing will cost $333,700, but part of it is thanks to a $246,700 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant to the township in 2012, which allowed construction to start recently. The rest of the money is coming from Au Train Township, with the help of other grants and fundraising through the Alger County Chamber of Commerce. The construction and contracting portions of the project are being completed by local contractors.

"The Au Train project is a wonderful addition to an already beautiful and popular area. This site will provide opportunities for not only residents of the area, but also visitors. By incorporating universal access in various forms, this opens up opportunities not found in other areas for those wanting to enjoy some of the area's natural resources," says Kathy Reynolds, executive director of the Alger County Chamber of Commerce.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Alger County Chamber of Commerce

Blue Lounge will become 906 Sports Bar and Grill

It looks like there's a new sports bar coming to Marquette -- well, a new sports bar that's in an old location. 

The Blue Lounge, located in the former home of the Matrix night club, is going to be going through some changes as it switches it's focus and its name to the 906 Sports Bar and Grill

The sports bar and grill, which was recently advertising for the need of several bartenders, will be offering up a "delicious and affordable" menu for customers to dine upon while watching various sports on 10 high-definition televisions.

The grill will serve up lunch and dinner daily, and the full-service bar will have happy-hour specials. The crew was out at the Blueberry Festival Friday showing off some of their burgers and serving some blueberry mojitos as a taste of what is to come. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: 906 Sports Bar and Grill

New salon opens in Ishpeming

There is a new salon in downtown Ishpeming and its focus is on being family friendly and competitively priced. 

All About You Full Service Family Salon is currently open and will be hosting a ribbon cutting and grand-opening celebration Aug. 6 from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, including cake and coffee, and prize drawings. All About You Full Service Family Salon is located at 123 Cleveland Ave. 

Those who are looking for a new salon to get their services at will be happy to know that All About You offers two manicure stations, three pedicure stations, facials, complete hair services and massages. You can make an appointment by calling 906-486-6691, though walk-ins are welcome, too. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce

Team Wireless to take over former Arby's in Escanaba

As you may have already heard, the end of Arby's in Escanaba has come. Roast beef, it seems, must give away to bigger and better things. 

That prime real estate, located right on U.S. 41 and U.S. 2, already has a new owner. Team Wireless will be moving in to the location, replacing the company's current Escanaba location with this one. Construction, says Team Wireless president and CEO Brian Boucher, will begin Aug. 1. 

"We hope to be in there and open by Sept. 1," he says. "The building will be getting a complete facelift, inside and out."

The new location will be the 28th for Team Wireless, which employees approximately 170 people. Escanaba was the first store and Boucher says "still one of our most successful." 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Team Wireless

Root 41 opens in Beaver Grove

Why is it I always seem to sit down to write about new restaurants when I've skipped lunch? This time, it's the newly-opened Root 41 in Beaver Grove that has my stomach growling. 

The restaurant, which is owned by sisters Sarah and Barbara Tullila, recently opened up shop at its U.S. 41 location, at the former home of The Grove restaurant. The culinary team is Barbara Tullila, Anthony Conrad and Brad Pepin. 

The company had a soft opening last week and has plans for a full grand opening come fall. 

So what can you expect at Root 41? Breakfast all day, to start, and "classy comfort food paired with exceptional service, quality and value." And what U.P. restaurant would be complete without a Friday fish fry? You can see their entire menu here

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 3 p.m. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Root 41

U.P. Hair Co opens up shop in Marquette

A lot of folks were sad when JC Penney closed its doors earlier this year -- not so much because of the clothing options were being taken away, but because the salon was going away, too, after having been open for 25 years. 

Barb Bahrman, the owner of the salon, knew that would leave a void for the company's longtime clients. So, she decided to open up U.P. Hair Co. 

The new salon is located in the WJMN-TV Plaza between Arby's and the Safety Store. 

The salon is open Monday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday until 8 p.m., Saturday until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: U.P. Hair Co. 

Stephenson National Bank and Trust opens new Menominee location

The Stephenson National Bank and Trust is returning to Menominee with open doors. 

For the last several months, the bank's Menominee office has been closed for construction, directing customers to its nearby Marinette, Wisconsin, branch instead. 

Now, Menominee residents can return to banking in their hometown to a newly remodeled branch office at 1111 Tenth Street.

"This renovation is a sign of our ongoing commitment to the greater Menominee area, and our focus on true community banking," says Daniel Peterson, bank president and CEO. "We are very proud of the end result and encourage everyone to stop in and see our updated facility."

The remodel included replacing the main sewer line in the building, redesigning the look to be more contemporary, building a more user-friendly drive-up window, and adding two new employee office spaces in the interior to improve the bank's floor plan.

New hours for Stephenson National Bank's Marinette and Menominee locations also were announced; the Menominee office will not be open on Sundays, but from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lobby, and until 6 p.m. for the drive-through. Saturdays the bank is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the bank's Marinette location, the hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and until 6 p.m. for drive-up customers; from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

The Stephenson National Bank and Trust also has offices in Oconto, Wisconsin and a trust and investment office Marquette, Michigan.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Stephenson National Bank & Trust 

9 & 10 News moves to new Sault location

Eastern Upper Peninsula TV news staple 9 & 10 News, WWUP, and its sister station Fox 32 have a new home in Sault Ste. Marie.

The stations recently held a ribbon cutting hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Area Chamber of Commerce to welcome the community to its new location at 106 Arlington Street. 

Previously, the location was at 125 Ashmun Street, also in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.

The CBS affiliate has been operating in Sault Ste. Marie since 1962.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Sault Ste. Marie Area Chamber of Commerce

mBank will buy Peninsula Bank

Two Upper Peninsula banks are becoming one, as Manistique-based mBank announced it will buy Ishpeming's Peninsula Bank.

The deal includes six Peninsula Bank locations and almost $132 million in assets, and will be finalized sometime this fall, subject to shareholder approval. Those locations will join seven mBank locations in the U.P., bringing mBank's total locations in Michigan up to 17.

While mBank already was the largest bank headquartered in the U.P., the acquisition of Peninsula Bank will make it even bigger, with assets estimated at $710 million after the deal is closed, becoming the 16th largest bank based in Michigan.

"We are extremely pleased and excited to be able to partner with a long standing community-focused institution like Peninsula Bank," says Kelly George, mBank president and CEO. "…[W]ith the increased Marquette County footprint, we will be able to offer an even more convenient and comprehensive banking experience with a strong line of products and services for all our clients and drive further market procurement of loans and deposits. In turn, we expect to expand and deepen our valued client relationships."

Peninsula Bank customers and shareholders will be kept up to date on what the acquisition means for them over the next few months on the Peninsula Bank and mBank websites and in mailings, and, George says, anyone also is welcome to stop into a branch location to talk with one of mBank or Peninsula Bank's bankers.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: mBank

New restaurant Rustic Grill open in Sault Ste. Marie

A new restaurant in Sault Ste. Marie recently opened in a nice highway location on M-28. 

The Rustic Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full menu, and is at 8936 South Mackinac Trail, on the corner of M-28 and Mackinac Trail, formerly a restaurant and motel which was closed in 2008.

The motel part of the property has since been torn down, and the restaurant is now reopening after some restoration and remodeling, which, incidentally, preserves the original cedar logs harvested locally. 

It's all thanks to new owner Sherri Bloomfield, who has put together a menu including fresh whitefish, burgers, and turkey and ham roasted in the restaurant daily.

The Rustic Grill is open daily, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Rustic Grill
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