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Sprout Lab offers agribusiness, startup resources

If you haven't yet heard of Sprout Lab and you're into big ideas and the future of the region, it's something you might want to check out.
 
Sprout Lab is a public-private partnership with several colleges and universities in Michigan, along with government agencies, business foundations, small business agencies and other groups interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.
 
They're holding a series of idea boot camps and seminars all over the state, including one in Escanaba March 26 and 27.
 
The boot camps are designed to help innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs move their ideas forward, especially in the realms of agribusiness, natural resources, tourism or renewable energy--or maybe more than one at once. It's for people in the exploratory stages of how to get their ideas to come to life, whether it's filling a gap in the local business scene or solving an energy or natural resources problem with an innovative solution.
 
Among the local partners are the MI-SBDC, Michigan Technological University, Michigan State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Northern Initiatives.
 
Sprout Labs also is forming longer-term rural entrepreneurship courses in areas where there is enough interest, called Co.Starters. Courses are forming in Escanaba and Sault Ste. Marie, starting in March, and cost about $150 for nine weeks of seminars and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs. They are designed for people a little farther along the road of building a startup, and have the goal of creating a solid startup community in each area.
 
Other initiatives planned through Sprout Labs include a pitch showcase with financial prizes in 2015, and making connections in more communities in Michigan.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Sprout La

Racers Burger Bistro offers new dining option in Hancock

A new dining option is available in Hancock, and vegans and vegetarians will want to be sure to check it out.
 
Racers Burger Bistro is located at 787 Market Street, in the Quincy Centre in Hancock. It's in Suite 3, also known as the former location of Cousins Subs.
 
What sets the new diner apart is its focus on only fresh ingredients, made to order each day, and the use of grass-fed beef, hand-cut fries and a general emphasis on homemade quality.
 
Some of Racers Burger Bistro's menu options also are vegan and vegetarian, including a popular beet burger recipe, sweet potato fries with blueberry ketchup, a Brie and grilled fig sandwich, and lots of fresh sauces and ingredients to customize any burger. (Ancho crema or garlic basil aioli, anyone?)
 
The diner also offers up varieties of poutine, malts, shakes and traditional burgers for the whole family.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Racers Burger Bistro

 

Richer Image returns to Marquette

John Richer has opened a photography studio in the lower level of the Masonic Square Mall in downtown Marquette and is ready to capture the beauty in everyone.

Richer, who previously had a studio in Marquette before moving to Austin, Texas and then returning home in late 2014, is known for his quality work shooting weddings, senior photos and aspiring models. Locally he has helped several models launch their careers and get noticed by modeling agencies.

Richer has also expanded his services to local businesses, using his connections with local models to help with advertising photography and teaming with businesses to showcase their products, apparel and more in modeling shoots.

With photography experience ranging back more than a decade, Richer has become known as a photographer who is easy to work with, who offers outstanding pricing and is almost always able to accommodate clients no matter what their schedule may need.

Additionally, with his new studio, Richer is offering other local photographers a chance to rent out his studio space by the hour, which includes his lighting and backdrops and more.

For more information, visit him on his Facebook page.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: John Richer

 

Ron's Taco Shop reopens in downtown Marquette

Ron's Taco Shop in Marquette has moved around a little in the last year, but its customers and fans--especially those downtown--should be happy to note its new location.
 
The California-style taco shop re-opened, after a few months of inactivity, in the lower level of the Masonic Square building on West Washington Street in downtown Marquette.
 
The official opening date was Saturday, February 21 at the new location, which the owners say on their Facebook page is not going to be a permanent home.
 
It's a restart process for the taco shop, which will be offering up a limited menu in its new space, and accepting cash only for the first few days back in business, as they are waiting on new credit card scanners.
 
Ron's says it will accept any old coupons and also was welcoming new customers Saturday with buy-one-get-one-free coupons if they happened to be nearby over the weekend for the Downtown Marquette Rail Jam.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Ron's Taco Shop

Island Resort and Casino expanding

The Island Resort and Casino in the western Upper Peninsula announced it is planning a major expansion over the next two years.
 
The hotel, casino and golf course is owned by the Hannahville Indian Community and is located on West Highway 2 and U.S. 41 in Harris.
 
The resort announced that the expansion will include a second championship-quality golf course to pair with the existing Sweetgrass Golf Club, a full-service spa, presumably attached to the hotel or golf club, and several renovations on existing parts of the property.
 
The Island Sports Bar will get renovated into a major sports bar venue within the resort and casino, and the casino's bingo hall will undergo renovation as well.
 
Finally, to welcome visitors to all the new changes, the main exterior hotel entrance will be redesigned and renovated.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Island Resort & Casino

UP Rehab moves to new Kingsford location

U.P. Rehab Services is now open in a new location in the western Upper Peninsula.
 
In a move from Iron Mountain to Kingsford, the rehabilitation clinic is now located near Kingsford High School at 101 North Hooper Street in Kingsford.
 
The move means more services being offered, added staff, more space in the new location, and a therapy pool, all quite state-of-the-art. The warm-water aquatic therapy pool includes an underwater treadmill for rehabilitation therapies.
 
"My team is very excited about increasing the size of our clinical staff, expanding our professional services, and having increased availability for our clients to receive treatment. It is also my personal promise that we will continue to treat all clients with evidence-based treatments that best serve their unique needs. It has always been my philosophy that the community I serve is an extension of my family and they will be treated as such," says Kingsford clinic director Dr. Sara Edlebeck.
 
U.P. Rehab offers orthopedic and spine care services, and various types of rehabilitation therapy, like occupational, speech, physical and pregnancy-related.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: U.P. Rehab Services

Biggby Coffee opening in Marquette Township

Downstate chain Biggby Coffee will be opening a location in Marquette.
 
The Biggby Coffee of Marquette Facebook page proclaims that the franchise, new to Marquette, will be opening a location at 3165 Wright Street, part of the WJMN-TV Plaza.
 
It's in the former location of the Safety Store in Marquette, and will be remodeled to suit the new coffee shop.
 
Other tenants in the plaza, located at the corner of Wright Street and U.S. 41, are Arby's, WJMN-TV, and the U.P. Hair Co. The development is owned by Veridea Group and first opened in 2012. It was renamed WJMN-TV Plaza in 2014 after the TV station moved in; it was previously called West Towne Plaza for its location west of Marquette in Marquette Township.
 
Biggby serves up a wide array of coffee drinks (of course), and also offers smoothies, baked goods, and bagel sandwiches. A similar new Biggby's opened in 2013 in Sault Ste. Marie as the company has pushed to expand in its home state of Michigan.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Biggby Coffee of Marquette

TEAM Wireless plans headquarters in Escanaba

Northern Michigan and Wisconsin phone and internet company TEAM Wireless is building a new corporate headquarters in Escanaba.
 
It already has two locations in Escanaba, at 2220 6th Avenue North, which also serves as its corporate office currently, and a new location at the former Arby's restaurant at 314 Lincoln Avenue. That one just opened at the end of 2014.
 
Now, the company is posting renderings of a new building to be constructed at 1008 North 30th Street, formerly owned by the manufacturer Harnischfeger, which closed its plant in Escanaba in the early 1980s.
 
In October, TEAM Wireless applied to have the 11-acre site on the corner of North 30th Street and Ninth Avenue North rezoned for commercial use from heavy manufacturing. At a city planning commission meeting at that time, the estimated investment going into the new corporate headquarters was $1.1 million. The timeline is planned for construction to be done in the fall of 2015.
 
TEAM Wireless serves customers with cell phone, smart phone, wireless accessories and Internet needs. It has 32 stores across Michigan and Wisconsin.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: TEAM Wireless

New gastropub opening in Sault by owner of Soo Brewery

Soo Brewing Company is already spearheading the cause of craft beer in the Sault Ste. Marie area, and now its owner is hoping to expand that mission in a new way.
 
The goal is to have a new pub open just down the street from the Soo Brewery on Portage Avenue in Sault Ste. Marie. It'll be owned by brewery owner Ray Bauer and offer up lots of things the current brewery can't do, like served food, an array of craft beern and wine, and televisions in the pub.
 
A patio also is in the plans, one reason the pub is aiming for a summer opening date. The Soo Brewery has been open for several years now and has been constantly refining its offerings--now seems like a good time for expansion.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Soo Brewing Company

Two U.P. animal shelters getting new homes

Two Upper Peninsula animal shelters are making big moves.
 
The Delta Animal Shelter reopened its doors after a move to a brand new building with more room in December, and the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter is moving to a bigger site near the Marquette County Fairgrounds.
 
In Escanaba, the Delta Animal Shelter is now operating out of a large new 7,400-square-foot building, the John and Melissa Besse Pet Adoption Center, with plenty of room for all of its animals and more space to facilitate community adoptions. The building was made possible by a $450,000 donation from the John and Melissa Besse Foundation.
 
It will allow the shelter to accommodate up to 100 animals at once, as well as adding socialization rooms to allow animals more time outside of cages, a grooming room, and a medical care room. It's located on County Road 426 in Wells Township and was a needed step up from a cramped, deteriorating building that dated from the shelter's high-kill days. Delta Animal Shelter is now operated under no-kill policies, so more room to house animals safely and comfortably is needed.
 
Delta Animal Shelter is open for adoptions from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
In Marquette County, Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, also a no-kill shelter, needed more room to serve the average of 1,600 pets it cares for each year, including large animals such as horses. To that end, the shelter in January announced its purchase of 20 acres of land on the north end of the Marquette County Fairgrounds on M-553.
 
It also will mean a move for the shelter out of a small building that is about 40 years old, was built as a county stray dog pound, and doesn't offer a lot of room for animals. The new property will allow room for large animals with a barn and a stable.
                                                                                             
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: UPAWS and Delta Animal Shelter

Panache Boutique opens in new Negaunee location

A Negaunee business is celebrating a new grand opening, as it moves to a new location down the street.
 
Panache Boutique in Negaunee is now open at 211 Iron Street, Suite 7--that's in the Negaunee City Center in downtown Negaunee. The events, décor and boutique business previously was in the 300 block of Iron Street.
 
Owner Janice Chittle marked the opening in the new location with an event with Lake Superior Community Partnership.
 
Panache Boutique offers handmade gift items like candles, jewelry, note cards, unique accessories and clothing items, children's items, and décor.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

YMCA early childhood center opens

The youngest members of the Marquette County community have a new place to hang out thanks to the YMCA.

The YMCA of Marquette County welcomed children and parents, as well as the public, staffers and educators to an open house for its new early childhood development center this week. The event was held in conjunction with the Lake Superior Community Partnership.

The new center is located at 3052 Wright Street in Marquette, on the west end of the city. It brings the Y's locations to five, and is open from 7 a.m .to 6 p.m. weekdays. It offers before and after school care, full-day and half-day programs, and other education and care services.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: YMCA of Marquette County

Hirelogic opens in Iron Mountain

A new staffing and recruiting firm is now open in Iron Mountain.

Hirelogic, LLC, is based in northern Wisconsin, but owner Rob Wells says they were handling so many job postings in the Iron Mountain and Escanaba areas, he decided it was time to open a new office in the Upper Peninsula. 

"We have been filling openings with our clients not only here (in Iron Mountain), but in Escanaba as well," says Wells. "The timing was right."

The Niagara, Wisconsin-based firm offers staffing services to companies in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, across all industries. Hirelogic also does hiring consulting, helping companies identify staffing needs, developing job postings and descriptions, and recruiting suitable candidates. 

The office is a second location for the firm, which has another office in Marinette. And, while Hirelogic is definitely recruiting local workers for various temporary and direct hire positions, it also is looking for an in-house part-time employee in Iron Mountain who is versed in HR, employment law and customer service.

Wells encourages anyone looking for work or any employer looking for staffing solutions to visit Hirelogic online or call him at 800-205-9025.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Hirelogic

Norway Mountain ski hill undergoes renovation, reopens

The Norway Mountain ski hill in Norway, Michigan reopened its doors with a new look this skiing season.
 
Owners Kris and Neil Urban held a ribbon cutting to welcome Dickinson Area Chamber ambassadors and the public to the new renovations at the ski hill. The Urbans took over the longtime ski resort a few years ago and reopened it. Ever since, they've been making improvements.
 
The most recent updates are new paint inside and out, and outside lighting on the ski hill should be done soon. A new liquor license also rounds out the food and drink offerings at the resort, making it possible to offer beer, wine and spirits to skiers.
 
The ski hill is open for the season and current conditions can be found on their website.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Norway Mountain

Edwards Automotive in Iron Mountain holds ribbon cutting

 Edwards Automotive in Iron Mountain held a grand opening and ribbon cutting to celebrate their new building.
 
The Chevrolet & GM dealership and service center is still located at 1807 North Stephenson Avenue in Iron Mountain, but it's now home to an all-new, updated and beautiful building and showroom.
 
The event, which included tours, appetizers and beverages, was held in December along with the Dickinson Area Partnership and their Chamber Ambassadors program.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Edwards Automotive
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