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Virtual Consultants opens up shop

When it comes to getting your computer repaired, there are a lot of different options you can choose. Now, there's one more thanks to the recent opening of Virtual Consultant, DTS.

The company, which is owned and operated by Craig Hanninen, is based out of Sawyer, but where the business is headquartered doesn't limit where Hanninen will go.

"I don't really have (a service area)," says Hanninen, who has been doing some business in Marquette most recently. He's even willing to help find the best prices and parts online for customers who are virtually anywhere.

Virtual Consultants is focused mostly on working on PCs, both laptops and desktops. Hanninen specializes in fixing them for home or general office use, as well as helping customers with networking, data storage solutions, creating file-sharing servers, setting up printers and even graphic work.

For more information about Virtual Consultants, please visit the company's Facebook page.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Virtual Consultants, DTS

Menominee company L. E. Jones gets grant to expand

L.E. Jones Co. in Menominee is expanding with the help of a state transportation economic development grant.

The company manufactures heavy-duty valve seat inserts for outfits like Volvo and Caterpillar, from a machine shop and foundry in Menominee. It recently began planning a big expansion in Menominee, including a remodeled manufacturing facility, new loading and shipping areas, and new offices. 

To do so, L.E. Jones needed upgrades made to 11th Street, which wasn't up to the task of the increased heavy truck traffic the expansion would create. So the city of Menominee along with the Michigan Department of Transportation applied for grant funding, which has now been approved.

The transportation project will mean 11th Street will be resurfaced from 34th Avenue to the company's entrance. The street also will be extended 220 feet south to bring it up to standards and provide all-season access to the new shipping and loading dock area.

$206,400 will come from the state of Michigan, and $51,600 from the city of Menominee, for a total of $258,000 spent on the road improvements. 

In turn, L.E. Jones will spend $12 million on the new construction, creating 20 jobs and updating equipment in the manufacturing plant.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Department of Transportation

Eisenhower Center opens satellite office in Chassell

A newly-opened center in Chassell is offering up specialized programs that focus on traumatic brain injury.

Eisenhower Center, which is headquartered in Ann Arbor and has several locations, opened the satellite residential rehabilitation facility recently. At the center, the company offers rehabilitation services that include occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, physical therapy and counseling. Additionally, Eisenhower Center provides program coordination, behavior analysis, health education supported employment, community-based recreational activities and transportation.

Eisenhower Center, which is known for encouraging residents to take an active role in local community life, is located at 45224 Paradise Road.

For more information about Eisenhower Center, the multiple programs and services it offers or for current employment opportunities, visit the company's website.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Eisenhower Center

Century 21 Goldwood has new location in Iron River

Usually, real estate companies are busy trying to help clients get into their own new homes, but earlier this year it was Century 21 Goldwood, Inc. in Iron River that was celebrating a new location to settle into.

The company relocated to 330 W. Adams St. and threw a bash for clients, family and friends to help them celebrate. The new location is in the old Hoovers Standard Station, which was renovated by Century 21 Goldwood inside and out.

The company, which has a full complement of real estate professionals on staff, helps clients sell and buy homes, land and more throughout all of Iron County.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Century 21 Goldwood, Inc
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Crossfit 906 has a new home in Ishpeming

Ishpeming-based CrossFit 906 has itself a new home, and athletes will be able to enjoy the new facilities as soon as December.

The business, owned and managed by Ishpeming residents Shay and Jill Korpi, focuses on the popular workout style that is constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements that are scaled to each individual's fitness level. Workouts contain three main areas, says Jill Korpi: metabolic conditioning like cardio, running, rowing, jumping rope; gymnastics like push-ups, sit-ups, squads, pull-ups and other body-weight movements; and weight lifting like Olympic lifts, sled pushing, kettle bells, medicine balls and more.

CrossFit workouts are short and intense, averaging around 20 minutes or less.

"In CrossFit, our specialty is to not specialize," says Korpi. "We focus on being good at everything vs. one specific area. We offer 24/7 access, and group and individualized training, CrossFit Kids and, soon, yoga."

The company originally opened in Nov. 2010 in a 600-square-foot location before moving in April 2011 to their current location at 144 Greenwood St. Growth has forced the Korpis to expand again, so they decided to build their own location to fit their needs.

The new CrossFit 906 home will be at 610 Lakeshore Drive and will be a 7,000-square-foot facility, known as a "box" in the CrossFit community. The increased room will help fit the 200 clients and 10 staff members.

"With the new building we will be able to offer more services and accommodate for projected future growth," Korpi says. "(We have) a designated area for our CrossFit Kids 906 program and also extra space for our newest service, Yoga 906.  Our ceilings are higher, which will enable us to do our 15 foot rope climbs indoors, and there will be 75 feet of turf to push our sleds within the building.  We also have a ton of new CrossFit gear from Rogue Fitness on the way to our new place."
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: CrossFit 906

American Comfort Systems opens in Iron Mountain

Take a look outside right now and it's easy to see that there is always going to be a need for heating specialists. And when summer rolls around (it will eventually get here again, we promise), the idea of being nice and cool sure sounds great, too.

Thankfully, there are companies that are here to help us stay comfortable, like the newly-opened American Comfort Systems, located at 7800 S. US-2 in Iron Mountain. It's a new location for the Amberg, Wis.-based company.

The company, owned by Mark and Martha Wolff, offers up services in both heating and air conditioning, as well as sales and services. They also offer up repairs, maintenance and even do commercial HVAC services.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Dickinson Area Partnership

Dickinson Home Medical Equipment opens in new location

Dickinson Home Medical Equipment has some new digs, and they are located at 710 Carpenter Avenue in Iron Mountain.

"We are anxious for everyone to se our new location so they know about the home medical products and services we provide right here in the local area," says Randy Holmes, department manager.

The new location is more centralized for the company, allowing them to better serve their customer with ample parking, easier access and a more customer-friendly showroom. There is even a separate area for those who need C-PAP machines and the fitting the equipment needs to work properly. There is also a garage for loading and unloading equipment.

Dickinson Home Medical Equipment has nurses and technicians on staff to make sure customers know exactly how to work their equipment properly. They also provide free delivery and direct billing services for insurance.

The company's former location was on North Stephenson Ave.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Dickinson Area Partnership

Bell's Upper Hand Brewery officially opens

Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba, the new Upper Peninsula division of Bell's Brewery, is officially open this week.

Owner and founder Larry Bell has been working on opening the brewery, complete with a 20-barrel brewing system to produce regular and specialty brews. Its location near the Delta County Airport hosts an 11,500-square-foot brewing facility to help distribute Upper Hand brews in both kegs and bottles to bars, restaurants and store shelves across the U.P. The grand opening hosted this weekend marked the first wide availability of Upper Hand brews.

And, for now at least, they'll only be available in the U.P., quite different from the Kalamazoo-based Bell's. In fact, Bell says Upper Hand won't use the famous Bell's branding or make any beers for the downstate beer icon.

Some of the bottled varieties on offer are the UPA, or Upper Peninsula Ale, the Escanaba Black Beer, and the Upper Hand Lager. More varieties, of course, will likely be in the works for the future.

"We're focusing on good quality session beers" in popular styles, Bell told us earlier in the year. "It's a walk before you can run thing." 

A public open house is set for December 6 if you'd like to see more of the Upper Hand Brewery.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Upper Hand Brewery

Superior Vitality celebrates new location

Superior Vitality has some new digs and recently celebrated the location with a grand opening and ribbon cutting. 

The company, which is a boutique and consultation clinic that is designed to help individuals manage the physical appearance and changes brought about by cancer and its treatment, has a new location at 714 N. Third St. in Marquette. 

Superior Vitality is owned by Penny Aldrich and offers up a variety of products ranging from organic lotions, soaps and herbs to specializing in breast forms, mastectomy bras and wigs. 

For more information about the company, or the various products they offer, visit the Superior Vitality Facebook page

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership 

Jose Taco in Escanaba has new owners

We here at Upper Peninsula Second Wave are pretty big fans of the humble taco. It doesn't matter if it's hard or soft, just so long as it is a taco and it tastes good. 

That's why we're excited that Jose Taco in Escanaba is now under new ownership, and those owners happen to be Erik and Diane Johnson, who also own D&M Subs (one of our two favorite sub spots in the U.P.). 

The Johnsons, who opened up the taco shop as the new owners Oct. 6, have brought back some of the old favorite recipes, like the sour cream burrito ($3.99 for a mini and $6.49 for the large), and their menu is full of tasty treats and good prices. Want a taco? Just $1.49, and just $1 on Tuesday. How about a taco burger? Just $2.49. Nachos? Just $3.49. 

"We were trained by the original owners Jackie and Loran Wulf," the Johnsons write on the company's Facebook page. "Diane and I are proud to reopen this classic Mexican-American restaurant for your eating pleasure." 

And they have menu items for those who aren't as smitten with tacos as we are, like hot dogs, chicken strips, French fries (with chili and cheese varieties as well) and some chicken strips, too. 

Make sure to stop by 2315 Ludington Street in Escanaba and have a bite. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Jose Taco

Junction 95 bar now open near Champion

A new bar and restaurant is open in Humboldt Township. Junction 95 opened its doors on U.S. 41 in Champion. 

The former Randy's Grand Slam, which closed earlier this year, previously occupied the building at 11522 U.S. 41. There's been renovating done both inside and out, including a new parking lot and sign.

Junction 95 is now owned by Rhonda Numikoski and opened for business in October. It's hours are from 4 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays, and from noon to 2 a.m. on Saturday nights.

On the menu is both lunch and dinner, and the joint is family-friendly up till a certain time of night, past which your kids probably shouldn't be out anyway. Take-out and delivery are both options.

The location at the junction of U.S. 41/M28 and M95, as well as on the snowmobile trails, should make the place a regular stop for those in the area. Also on offer throughout the year will be live music, karaoke, game nights and tournaments including softball, horseshoes, euchre and cribbage.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Junction 95

Stephenson National Bank and Trust adds new offices with merger

Stephenson National Bank and Trust in Stephenson announced it has completed a merger with Bank North, adding five new offices. The move also brings with it more than 6,500 new customers.

"We'd like to say 'Welcome!' to all the new families joining SNBT. We're excited to be your banking partner and are looking forward to serving you with the highest quality of service," says Daniel Peterson, president and CEO of SNBT. "Since the merger was announced in February, we have been working very hard to make the transition as smooth as possible." 

The merger brings the bank's locations up to eight, across three counties: Marinette and Oconto counties in Wisconsin, and Menominee County in Michigan. According to the bank, most staff will stay the same including Bank North's Jerry Schmidt, who will continue to lead the former Bank North offices as market president.

New signs went up at the new SNBT branches as of Monday, when the merger became official. The locations of SNBT are now in Marinette, Wausaukee, Crivitz, Amberg, Pembine, and Oconto in Wisconsin, and Menominee and Marquette in Michigan.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Stephenson National Bank and Trust

Former Delft Theater in Marquette gets grant for rehab

During a recent round of community development funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a grant to the Delft Theater in Marquette was announced.

The historic downtown theater will get funding for rehabilitation into a restaurant and dinner theater, with the help of the City of Marquette, which applied for the grant.

The amount is $481,000 in community development block grant funds. The project includes a rooftop deck, flexible stage for live performances, and balcony seating. Another $10,000 is coming from the Marquette Downtown Development Authority, along with nearly $1.3 million in private investment from the building's owners.

One condition of the grant funding is that the rehabilitation project create at least 26 jobs, with half of those going to low- to moderate-income employees.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Happy Bubbles car wash comes to Gwinn

Does your card need to get happy? You should probably take it over to the intersection of M-553 and M-35 in Gwinn pretty soon and stop by Happy Bubbles Car Wash

The new business, which will feature both a touchless "laser" wash and a self-service bay, is almost ready to open the doors. The developers, Sorensen Development, are no doubt banking on the decent traffic flow through that intersection to bring in business. It is just the second car wash in Forsyth Township, with the other being located at the Mobile Station near Gwinn High School. 

But Happy Bubbles has an ace up its sleeve when it comes to competition -- they will also have a dog wash station for those who want Fido looking as good as their automobile. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Happy Bubbles Car Wash 

Ron's Taco Shop opening new location soon

If you're looking for Ron's Taco Shop and stopped by the Third Street location in Marquette only to find it closed, have no fear -- the popular restaurant is simply relocating to a location with more visibility, better nearby parking and a larger interior. 

Ron's Taco Shop will be reopening at 219 West Washington Street, right near BabyCakes Muffin Shop. The crew from the restaurant has been busy inside the building -- formerly occupied by Farmer Q's Market before they relocated to South Marquette -- and will be reopening in the very near future. Keep an eye on the company's Facebook page for an official reopening announcement. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Ron's Taco Shop
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