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Neuvokas will expand in Keweenaw

A Keweenaw County manufacturer is expanding its operations with the help of a state transportation economic development grant.
 
Neuvokas Corp. recently purchased a vacant building in Allouez Township on the seasonal No. 6 Road. The rebar manufacturer will be building a larger facility to increase its manufacturing operations there, adding 31 new jobs and investing $1.58 million.
 
To help support the new development, the Michigan Department of Transportation is funding the improvement of the No. 6 Road in the amount of $136,911. That'll go toward paving, shoulder and drainage improvements to bring the road up to all-season standards and allow Neuvokas to use the road to truck materials in and ship products out year-round.
 
The Keweenaw County Road Commission also is contributing $34,228 toward the project.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Department of Transportation

CrossFit 906 cuts ribbon on new place

CrossFit 906 has celebrated their new grand opening in Ishpeming. Moving to a new location means a new ribbon cutting, which the gym held with the Lake Superior Community Partnership.
 
The new location is on 610 Lakeshore Drive in Ishpeming, a move from CrossFit 906's former Hematite Avenue address.
 
The new CrossFit 906 location was newly built by the owners, the Korpi family, for the business to provide more space, along with some room to grow in the future.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: CrossFit 906

Java Bay holds grand opening in Marquette

In the little town of L'Anse in the Upper Peninsula, coffee shop Java Bay is famed for its reliably good coffee and friendly service.
 
Now the same shop is seeing if it can make a go of it in the bigger town of Marquette, which does have some good coffee shops already.
 
The prime coffee shop location, 1102 North Third Street near the campus of Northern Michigan University, should help with that. Java Bay opened its new Marquette location this summer and celebrated their grand opening along with the Lake Superior Community Partnership recently.
 
Java Bay offers coffee drinks and smoothies along with lunch and breakfast sandwiches and other dishes, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Java Bay

Bay College opens new welding center in Kingsford

Bay de Noc Community College announced it has opened a welding skill training facility associated with its West Campus in Iron Mountain.
 
The Welding Center will offer a Bay College welding certificate and be located at the Dickinson-Iron ISD Tech Center in Kingsford. It's funded through a $400,000 federal grant that is paying for welding equipment, instruction and space for the center.
 
The certificate is a one-year program and on completion, qualifies students to work in welding occupations included construction, shipbuilding, pipefitting and industrial and production welding. It's a highly in-demand skilled job currently, and the center will work to meet employment needs from manufacturers in the Dickinson County area and throughout the U.P.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Bay de Noc Community College

New antique store opens in Marquette

A new antique shop is open in Marquette.
 
Antique dealers Richard and Pat Hennessy and Steve LaForais opened Birdcage Antiques and Eclectic Decor alongside Karen Larson Interior Design at 1508 W. Washington Street.
 
It's a high-end antique store focusing on design and incorporating antique, vintage and new furniture, art and design items.
 
"People have compared the shop to a gallery because we take care to choose high quality pieces and arrange them beautifully," says Pat Hennessy.
 
The Hennessys and LaForais are long-time antique dealers, also owning Lowenstein's Antique Marketplace in downtown Negaunee. They also buy antiques and can make in-home appointments. Birdcage Antiques and Eclectic Decor is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Birdcage Antiques and Eclectic Decor

Natural Escapes opens in Ishpeming

A new downtown Ishpeming business, Natural Escapes, celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting this week.
 
The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce announced the event at Natural Escapes, which is located at 211 South Main Street in Ishpeming.
 
Natural Escapes offers all natural, organic, fair trade and non-GMO products, including home, body and beauty items like shampoo, lotions, lip balms, soaps and lots of other products.
 
Handcrafted and sustainably produced items, like those that use project-verified oils and safely-harvested plant materials, are the focus at Natural Escapes, which introduced itself to the Ishpeming-area community recently at the summer Festival of Treasures downtown. More information can be found on the store's Facebook page.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Landmark Inn unveils new Piedmont restaurant

The new restaurant located in the Landmark Inn is now open.
 
Formerly Capers, the new name is the Piedmont, located off the historic hotel's lobby, and not to be confused with the Northland Pub on the Front Street side.
 
The Piedmont was recently home to a grand opening in conjunction with the Lake Superior Community Partnership, showcasing its new menus. The Piedmont is open for breakfast through dinner hours, featuring flavors of Italy's northwest region, from which it gets its new name, of course. Rustic and hearty are the words being used. 
 
The dinner menu includes wood-fired pizzas, pasta and a wine list selected with Everyday Wines in Marquette. Breakfast is a little more traditional American fare, with bacon eggs, granola, pancakes, and skillets offered up, but with some European-influenced options like a porchetta and egg panini or an order of savory crepes.

The changes to the hotel's restaurant were announced when it was purchased last year by the Graves Hospitality Corporation, as a revamping of the food offerings at the Landmark.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

Shoe Sensation holds grand opening in Delta County

Listen. People need shoes, OK? And sometimes you need new places to shop for shoes. Thankfully, the Delta Plaza Mall is now home to the newest place to accomplish those needs.

Shoe Sensation (not kidding) is now open at the mall, which is located at 301 N. Lincoln Rd. in Escanaba. It has a whole slew of shoes to choose from, including popular name brands such as Nike, Under Armour, Sketchers, New Balance, Timberland, Vans, Converse and many more.

Those who would like to know more about the store and its various locations can visit the Shoe Sensation website or its Facebook page.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Shoe Sensation

Watersports business holds grand opening in Escanaba

 MISH Watersports in Escanaba has announced they are celebrating a grand opening in time for the kickoff of beach season.
 
The watersports rental business is located in the Escanaba Beach House in Ludington Park on the Lake Michigan shoreline. The Escanaba municipal beaches are open as of June 20, so MISH Watersports is welcoming beachgoers with discounted prices.
 
Among the services offered are kayak rentals, stand-up paddleboard rentals and lessons, and beginner kiteboarding lessons.
 
The owners, Rick Elrod and Jarred Drown, say Delta County residents get half off all rentals, all summer long, with an ID that shows residence.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: MISH Watersports

Systems Control expands at Iron Mountain headquarters

Systems Control in Iron Mountain just finished announcing they were expanding in the U.P. with the addition of a new Houghton office.
 
Now the manufacturing and engineering firm is breaking ground on a new expansion at its headquarters in Iron Mountain, to increase the space available for its manufacturing floor.
 
Ground-breaking on the new 70,000-square-foot addition started this month and once it's done, it will allow Systems Control to build more equipment enclosures, one of the company's products that is seeing good growth in sales currently.
 
It's the second Iron Mountain expansion in three years for the growing company, which projects to add 65 more employees in 2016 with the new expansion in place. In the next five years, Systems Control says it'll hire more than 500 new workers to keep up the pace.
 
To support all that growth, the Iron Mountain City Council approved an industrial tax exemption to Systems Control on the new expansion, in the neighborhood of $5.8 million.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Systems Control

Integrated Wellness Chiropractic has new location

Integrated Wellness Chiropractic in Marquette has a new downtown location.
 
Owned by Dr. Brandon Turino, the chiropractic practice is now located at 109 West Baraga Avenue in Suite D in Marquette. They hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the move with the Lake Superior Community Partnership recently.
 
Integrated Wellness offers a broad range of practice, serving families, patients with health challenges, people looking to support active lifestyles, or those interested in alternatives to medications or surgery.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Integrated Wellness Chiropractic

Upper Hand Brewery announces building expansion

Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba made a second big announcement, on the heels of adding several new beers to their product line.
 
Now, the brewery is undertaking a major expansion at their Escanaba facility, adding more than 5,400 square feet in a new construction project starting in July.
 
The expansion will include another 2,700 square feet of outdoor storage and enable the brewery to triple its output from 5,000 barrels annually to 15,000 barrels. Ten 100-barrel fermenters will be installed with room for more to come, along with added cold storage and warehouse room.
 
Also on the way: a second whirlpool, improved yeast and grain handling equipment, an additional grain silo, upgrades to hot water production and glycol chilling systems, and, to accompany it all, site work including better freight access and more parking.
 
The announcement comes just six months after Upper Hand officially opened, signaling some pretty decent demand for their products, which are available both on tap at local bars and restaurants, and in bottles on retail store shelves.
 
The brewery, owned by Larry Bell of downstate Bell's Brewing, distributes only "above the bridge," i.e. in the U.P. and northern Wisconsin. That area also will expand once the new additions are up and running, he says.
 
"This expansion will allow us to extend our sales territory beyond the U.P. into northern portions of adjacent states," says Bell.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Upper Hand Brewery

Creation Station grows in Kingsford, Escanaba

 When Michelle Schneider started teaching workshops in Iron Mountain last fall on how to make wreaths, she hadn't pictured creating a whole new business out of it.
 
But within a few weeks, demand had risen so high she was teaching classes three times a week, and the crafters were asking for more.  They wanted classes like glass and canvas painting, garden art, cake decorating, crocheting and others.
 
Schneider says she didn't know how to teach those things, but since her day job is an executive recruiter with her own search firm in Iron Mountain, she knew how to find people who could. That's how the Creation Station was born in Kingsford.
 
The Creation Station held its official ribbon cutting at 501 S. Carpenter Avenue in Kingsford this spring, and already, expansion plans to Escanaba are underway.
 
"We are now doing classes at the Quality Inn & Suites in Escanaba because we have so much demand there and were getting groups coming nightly from Esky," Schneider says. And the Creation Station's canvas painting classes in Escanaba now are drawing folks from even farther afield, like Manistique and Marquette.
 
So, Schneider is making plans to open a second new location in Escanaba later this year.
 
"It's exciting and growing at the speed of light!" she says. So far, the word has mostly spread online, with more than 3,500 people following The Creation Station's Facebook page, where you can find info on the classes available.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: The Creation Station

Gitche Gumee Cider Works opening in Hancock

A new cider house is coming to the Keweenaw, at least according to some initial reports.
 
Gitche Gumee Cider Works was approved by the Hancock city council to operate a hard cider brewery on North Lincoln Drive recently, according to the Keweenaw Report.
 
The company was first incorporated last year by Phillip Kelm, also owner of Gitche Gumee Brewery Services, and is located at 350 N. Lincoln Drive, according to the state of Michigan's business license registry.
 
The report says the owners intend to use local Keweenaw apples for their ciders, creating a different flavor than the typical commercial hard cider. Plans include brewing for local bars and restaurants as well as possibly packaging for retail shelves.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Keweenaw Report

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
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