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White Pine Studio and Gallery open in Marquette

A new art studio is open in Marquette, focusing on ceramics and woodwork.
White Pine Studio and Gallery opened at 501 North Third Street in Marquette with a grand opening celebration with the Lake Superior Community Partnership.
Owners Megan and Trevor Belmonte are creating a space for local ceramicists and woodworkers to be able to make, show and sell their work. Equipment like a pottery wheel is available for use at White Pine, and classes are held weekly so artists of all skill levels can learn more about these skills.
Different exhibits also will rotate on White Pine's walls, so local artists will want to keep an eye on what the gallery is planning next. The best way to do that is on their Facebook page, which has a current call for artists for a "Blues on the Bayou" exhibit honoring the late BB King.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: White Pine Studio and Gallery

Sawyer Service Center will open gas pumps

A young business at K.I. Sawyer is bringing a new service to town, as gas pumps will be running there for the first time in 20 years.
Sawyer Service Center already offers automotive repair services and recently got a convenience store up and running on Avenue A in Sawyer, and now three gas pumps will be open to retail customers.
Owner Josh Bahrman first opened the automotive center in 2014 and says there hasn't been retail gas available to Sawyer residents since 1995. The gas station and service center is located at 314 Avenue A.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Sawyer Service Center

Great Turtle Toys opens in children's museum

A Mackinac Island-based toy store is opening a permanent new location in Marquette in partnership with the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum.
Great Turtle Toys originally opened in Marquette for the Christmas 2014 shopping season, just a few doors down from the children's museum on Baraga Avenue, but owner Ben Nye had such success that he started looking for a long-term location.
The museum's internal store, Sprout, focused on educational children's toys, but the museum saw the benefit of partnering with Great Turtle to hand over the toy store space to an expert.
Great Turtle Toys will now replace Sprout in the museum's 123 West Baraga Avenue location, as a satellite of Nye's main store on Mackinac Island. The store recently celebrated a grand opening along with the Marquette Downtown Development Authority.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Marquette Downtown Development Authority

Brickside Brewery expands to bottling

Brickside Brewery in Copper Harbor is making big strides this spring. Open with extended seasonal hours as of now to welcome the tourism season in, the craft brewery also announced it will be bottling soon.
On the production line is slated three Brickside brews, including a Quincy Brown ale and a as-yet-nameless double IPA which Brickside is holding a naming contest for via its Facebook page until May 25.
Owner Jason Robinson says on Facebook the third brew is a limited release named Roche Verde Lumiere, and if you have a vague memory of French class in high school, you might guess--it's pretty hoppy. It's a collaboration with local restaurant and pub The Fitzgerald, which also takes its craft brew seriously.
"Whenever the Fitz and us get together and brew we tend to go to places that are out of the way stylewise," writes Robinson. "SOooooo this is a 9.7 percent Belgian Golden hop bombed with an obscene amount of Mosiac, then dry hopped with more Mosiac, Citra and a pinch of Nelson Suavin. A bright strong citrus nose and big fluffy head square off against big Belgian yeast flavor and complexity. So far it's been aged 8 months in the bottle and it just keeps getting better. Look for it this summer here or at The Fitz."
The brewery is located at 64 Gratiot Street in Copper Harbor and currently is open seven days a week from 3 to 9 p.m.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Brickside Brewery

Dairy Queen will come to Marquette

Just in time for summer jobs, a new Dairy Queen is opening in Marquette.
The new restaurant is a DQ Grill and Chill location, meaning it'll have both ice cream treats and a fast-food burgers-and-fries type menu. Whether it includes those amazing ice cream cakes, we'll have to wait and see.
Construction company Gundlach and Champion has already broken ground on the building, which is at 3445 U.S. 41--better known as in front of Target to most people--so Marquette fans of DQ can expect to get their fix sometime this summer.
And about those jobs? They're starting off by hiring management, but you can count on dozens of new hires for shift work once those are filled this spring. The Minneapolis-based chain's stats say they typically hire up to 70 people for one restaurant, although many of those are part-time.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Dairy Queen

Maki Chiropractic opens with new membership model

We've seen new models of health care popping up here and there as health care providers try to find better ways to work with their patients and make health care more accessible to everyone. The latest to try out a new model is Maki Chiropractic in Kingsford.
Chiropractor Brandon Maki announced he would move his clinic to a membership model this spring, rather than the usual pay-per-visit model. What that means is that an individual or family can pay one rate to cover up to five visits per week for a family--as might be recommended by your chiropractor.
Maki says in his announcement the new model is intended to increase availability and affordability of chiropractic visits for his patients. He says weekly chiropractic adjustments are something he practices with his own family, but there are many barriers for other families to achieve that level of care. The new model also does not rely on appointments; patients can stop by anytime during office hours.
"The membership practice style removes many of the barriers to regular chiropractic care by making it affordable and convenient," says Maki.
He adds that Maki Chiropractic is part of a network of hundreds of offices practicing this way across the country, so members who travel can also have chiropractic visits elsewhere, included in their care--kind of like the Anytime Fitness of chiropractic care.
Maki Chiropractic is located at 501 S. Carpenter Avenue in Kingsford.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Maki Chiropractic

Three new businesses move into Penstar Office Center in Escanaba

Three new businesses have opened offices in the Penstar Office Center in downtown Escanaba.
The office center announced a private investigating firm, a counseling office, and a nonprofit organization all have moved into the building, located at 1401 North 26th Street.
Delta Force Digital Surveillance is the PI firm, owned and operated by Jim McNeil and Molly Barron. McNeil comes from a law enforcement background, while Barron is putting to use investigative skills learned in the social work field.
Ouradnik Psychological Services is owned by Renee Ouradnik, a licensed psychologist who has been providing mental health counseling in the Escanaba area since 1996, has also moved into the building.
Finally, Universal Service Fund opened its doors in a suite at Penstar. USF Medical Consortium is a nonprofit which offers services to nonprofit hospitals and clinics wanting to be part of the federal Rural Healthcare Program. USF helps pay for telecommunication and Internet services to lower the cost of these services for rural health care providers, and links providers with services and staff to coordinate the funding through the federal program.
The new tenants join DSTech, Sysco Food Services, the Sault Tribe, Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Perspective Adult Day Care, Bottom Line Marketing, Auto Owners Insurance, and Randy Maleug, CPA, among others.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Penstar Office Center


Northern Hydroponics open in old Earl's Carpet Shop in Marquette

A new sign is out on Washington Street in Marquette. Northern Hydroponics has opened up in the former Earl's Carpet Store location, at 401 West Washington.
The hydroponic gardening and indoor growing business originally opened in Marquette Township in 2012, founded by Ryan Hammack and Stosh Wasik, who saw their business niche open up to serve hydroponic gardeners after both were pursuing degrees at Northern Michigan University. Hammack studied environmental sustainability and Wasik studied finance, putting their talents together on the business venture, which has grown--no pun intended--successfully over the last few years.
They celebrated their new opening with a grand opening on April 20, attended by Senor's Taco Truck offering up free tacos, and accompanied by sales, a raffle, free samples and weeklong discounts. Northern Hydroponics made the move official in February and worked at getting the inside of the shop, more than twice the size of their previous location, all set for customers this spring.
Northern Hydroponics is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Northern Hydroponics

Former Red Bird bar in Sault is home to new business

A former bar in Sault Ste. Marie is getting a whole new purpose and new life. The old Cardinal's Red Bird Inn on Portage Avenue is being transformed into Bird's Eye Outfitters.
Bird's Eye Outfitters is a outdoor recreation and sporting goods store, located at 107 E. Portage Avenue in Sault Ste. Marie. Owned by Ken Hopper, according to the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce, the new store will feature a coffee shop in the front, and in the back, retail goods including outdoor gear for camping, kayaking and other outdoor pursuits will be displayed.
A small lounge area offers patrons space to enjoy beverages, as well as in an outdoor seating area.
Hopper also plans to make the shop a destination for adventure travel and tourism, with planning of local outdoor trips highlighting the area's natural resources.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Sault Area Chamber of Commerce

Upper Hand Brewery still working at capacity, adding new brew to lineup

Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba announced it'll be rolling out two new beers this year, only a year after the brewery opened with its first three offerings, which it only distributes above the Mackinac Bridge.
The first beer is UPX, a strong pale ale that's like a hoppier version of Upper Hand's existing UPA, with the emphasis on the hop flavor. Upper Hand describes it as "similar to an India Pale Ale in aroma and flavor, but with lower bitterness."
Then, there's the Yooper Ale, brewed with U.P.-grown hops and oats, and adapted from  a Bell's recipe, but with a more northern spin. Designed as a session beer, it's a "light, bright, toasted oat ale," according to Upper Hand.
They join the brewery's UPA, Upper Hand Lager and Escanaba Black Beer, which can be found both on grocery stores and retailers' shelves, and on tap or in the bottle at U.P. bars and restaurants.
"We have had tremendous success with our three core brands since we launched last fall and those will continue to be our focus," says Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell's Brewery, of which Upper Hand Brewery is a division. "But we will always experiment and look for ways to expand our portfolio in order to bring our fans new and unique beers that will only be available here in the U.P."
The new beers should be available this spring in bars and restaurants across the U.P.--for now, UPX and Yooper Ale are just available on draft.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Upper Hand Brewery

Marquette Chamber of Commerce launches

A new chamber of commerce has formed in Marquette, with its stated goal to help serve Marquette businesses and connect with other local chambers.
It's called, appropriately, the Marquette Chamber of Commerce, and has its first employee in executive director Jason Schneider, formerly a Marquette city council member.
The MCC has several founding business members: The Marquette Food Cooperative, 906 Technologies, Quick Trophy, Everyday Wines, Ore Dock Brewing Company, Dia de los Tacos, the U.P. Catholic Credit Union, Beth Milner Jewelry, and Elegant Seagulls. Other businesses also have joined the chamber, according to the announcement.
Schneider says the new chamber will fill needs going unmet for Marquette businesses, and work together with the Lake Superior Community Partnership, which works on economic development and serves businesses and other chambers all over the north central U.P. The previous Marquette Chamber of Commerce dissolved in 1997, and LSCP took over some of its roles, but Schneider says the MCC will be more specifically focused on Marquette.
"There are other organizations that do a great job providing direct services, however, there are still gaps," he says. "The MCC's intention is to fill those gaps by collaborating with business owners, municipalities, and the other business service organizations to support the future Marquette area economy."
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Marquette Chamber of Commerce

Martin Sports & PC Medic have new Ishpeming location

Customers of Martin Sports Apparel and PC Medic will be stopping at a new location thanks to a move by the two companies, which are owned by Scott Martin.

The companies, which have been based in Ishpeming since they were founded, are now located at the Country Village off of U.S. 41. They are located behind Blimpie Subs and next to the laundromat.

The reason for the move, says Martin, is simply logistics. Their former location, which was next to Meyer Yamaha, came with a massive showroom where Martin Sports Apparel showcased many of the styles of clothing available for customers. The problem was, they were almost always making sales through catalog orders and not off the showroom floor.
The new location still features a big display of shirts, hats and even football helmets that Martins Sports Apparel specializes in, but is smaller and far more cost-effective. Additionally, it gives Martin the chance to be more involved when customers come walking through the door.

PC Medic is also housed in the same building, though not a lot has changed for the company that has been fixing computers in Ishpeming and across the Upper Peninsula for more than a decade. Customers can still drop off their computers for quick repairs, and parts, custom builds and more are still available.

For more information, visit the PC Medic and Martin Sports Apparel Facebook pages.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Martin Sports

Construction on LSSU's school of business will begin

Lake Superior State University is starting construction this spring on its project to renovate South Hall into a modern business school building for its Lukenda School of Business.
Bids were awarded on the $13.5 million expansion and refurbishment of the historic building, which now will bear the name R. W. Considine Hall after benefactor Robert Considine of Trout Lake.
Considine Hall was first built as a U.S. Army barracks in the early 1900s, as part of Fort Brady. The project will consist of two phases; one to renovate its existing 32,000 square feet and upgrade its infrastructure, and one to put on a 12,000-square-foot addition to connect the two wings of the building and create an atrium. The addition will serve as a commons area with an expanded café and support space including a securities trading lab and the LSSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
David Finley, dean of the LSSU College of Business and Engineering, says the goal of the capital project is to strengthen LSSU's business offerings and position the school to help push economic growth.
"This is a very exciting time for the Lukenda School of Business. We're now firmly poised to take our already strong program to the next level, with a high-tech, state-of-the-art facility to support our efforts," he says. "With so many of our graduates garnering leadership positions in northern Michigan and Ontario companies, the completed R.W. Considine Hall will support sustainable economic development throughout the region for many years to come."
Construction is scheduled for a May 2016 completion date.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior State University

Lasalletech moves to new Hancock office

Financial IT company Lasalletech in the Keweenaw announced it is moving out of the MTEC SmartZone and into a new Hancock office.
The tech company started up at the business incubator eight years ago and in February, sold the business to CameronTec Group, a global company focusing on financial trading infrastructure and technology.
Lasalletech's focus is on creating IT solutions in the financial trading industry, and especially in electronic trading, so the purchase was a good fit for both companies. As part of the deal, Lasalletech will continue to operate in Hancock, employing at least its current seven people.
"This is a very exciting time for the company and our future," says Lasalletech cofounder Jacob Northey. "We are proud that we've been able to grow a company and hire talent who live, work and raise families in the Keweenaw."
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: MTEC SmartZone

Marquette SmartZone officially opens for business

The Marquette arm of the MTEC SmartZone in Houghton is up and running, it announced in its first public statement.
The Marquette SmartZone is the newly incorporated satellite of the existing zone in the Keweenaw, and is made up of a Local Development Finance Authority created last year, the new 501(c)3 corporation and its board, which is in the process of forming. Bylaws are being written, board members are being chosen, and the hiring of a new executive director is upcoming, all spurred by the recent approval of the SmartZone by the Michigan Department of Economic Development.
The new economic development engine will be named Innovate Marquette, according to its statement, or, in longer form, the Innovation Marquette Enterprise Corporation. It does have some specific areas of industry as its mission to develop, says finance authority chair Rosemary Smith.
"We are really energized and excited to be progressing through the paperwork and organization of the LDFA and SmartZone plans so we can move forward in creating high-tech, high-quality businesses and jobs here in Marquette with the focus on life sciences, green technologies, IT and social media, natural resources and food systems technology companies," she says.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Marquette SmartZone
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