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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

Forsyth Township breaks ground on new, bigger library

Folks throughout Forsyth Township will have a bit more options when it comes to the books they check out of the library fairly soon. The township broke ground this week on a new library, which will be situated just down the street from the current location. The new library will be double the size, will have a study room, a community room and an area just for young kids. 

The additional room allows the library to run programs -- like story time -- during operating hours instead of after the library closed to the public as is currently done. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Forsyth Township Public Library 

Active Physical Therapy cuts ribbon on Negaunee clinic

Active Physical Therapy just keeps growing in Marquette County. Their latest addition to the family is a new clinic located inside the West End YMCA in Negaunee. 

With offices in Ishpeming and Marquette already, now Active Physical Therapy is able to connect with even more Marquette County residents. It opened in late September, and held a ribbon cutting recently to welcome everyone to the new location, along with the Lake Superior Community Partnership.

The office will offer injury screenings for YMCA members, and can also answer health questions. It also will serve as a home base for the physical therapists at Active who are now providing athletic training in area schools. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Active Physical Therapy

Entrepreneurial program Invent NMU is launched on campus

Northern Michigan University in Marquette is launching a new program to encourage entrepreneurship and business startups. 

It's called Invent@NMU, and will focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, allowing NMU students to learn how to take physical products from idea to reality. The program will work somewhat like a SmartZone, helping regional businesses through the startup process and connecting to NMU educators and students along the way. 

Students will also work with professional mentors to develop skills in design, manufacturing and marketing. Invent@NMU will be located on Presque Isle Avenue across from Cohodas Hall, in the former mBank building.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Northern Michigan University

Huron Mountain Bakery has new Ishpeming location

The Huron Mountain Bakery has moved into a new location in Ishpeming, the old Peggy Sue Restaurant. 

It's just up the highway from the bakery's old location on U.S. 41 in Ishpeming, and opened its doors on Sept. 16 officially. The new location is bigger and allows the store to offer more of its products and services that are offered in the original Marquette store.

The new Ishpeming Huron Mountain Bakery is completely remodeled and now offers cakes, cupcakes, cake decorating, homemade sandwiches, and a wood-fired oven which will mean that soon, wood-fired pizzas will be on the menu.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Huron Mountain Bakery

Jimmy Johns to open location in Escanaba

For those who have been wishing for Jimmy John's to make an appearance in Escanaba, your dreams are about to come true. 

The sub shop, which has two locations in Marquette, will be opening up in the former Just Burgers and More location in front of K-Mart on U.S. 41. The building, which was vacated by the longtime local business in late September, will have renovations done by U.P. company Moyle Inc. Construction and will be operated by a franchisee. 

No open date has been announced for the new location. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Jimmy John's

Marquette's Safety Store finds new home

Continued growth for Marquette's Safety Store found the company opening up shop at a new location recently. 

The company, which was previously located in the strip mall near Arby's in Marquette Township, is now located at 1467 West Washington Street near the Shipping Store and Jet's Pizza. 

The store, which is owned and operated by Dave Allie, is hoping an increase in foot traffic will help drive business at the new location. 

In addition to having a new storefront, the Safety Store has added some new features, too, like a new point-of-sale system for processing credit cards. 

The Safety Store is open from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: The Safety Store

Back in Balance Massage opens in Marquette

A new massage studio is open in downtown Marquette. Back in Balance Massage is a partnership between three independent massage therapists.

Susan VandeWalle, Kylee Fosco and Liz Cragg, each a licensed massage therapist, have joined forces to open the new location, at 119 West Baraga Avenue, Suite 1. They announced the opening through a ribbon cutting held with the Lake Superior Community Partnership.

Cragg, Fosco and VandeWalle offer appointments at Back in Balance Massage Monday through Saturday, and also can make in-home appointments if needed. Among the services offered are massage for pain relief, stress, relaxation, migraine relief, range of motion improvement and hot stone massage.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Back in Balance Massage 

Silver Creek Thrift Shop open outside of Marquette

Do you have $20 in your pocket and simply can't wait to look awesome? Well, head on over to the Silver Creek Thrift Store, which is newly-opened in Harvey, and start finding that next outfit for you to dazzle the public with.

The store recently opened its doors with a large variety of goods for sale. In addition to the shopping, there is also a lounge area where customers can have a cup of coffee and take a break from being on their feet.

The thrift store, which is open in the former Silver Creek Elementary School, is part of the Silver Creek Church. The store, managed by Maria Jensen, offers up a selection of items ranging from clothes to household items to furniture for your home.

The store is open from Tuesday through Saturday, and they are always open to accepting donations.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Silver Creek Thrift Store

Fresenius Medical Care facility making progress in Marquette

The future home of Fresenius Medical Care in Marquette is coming along nicely and it appears the new structure, located in the Harbor Hills Office Park near Econo Foods, is going to be completed in time for the expected late-autumn opening.

The building is being constructed through the Veridea Group, which is responsible for such projects as the Liberty Way building on Washington Street, among several others. Fresenius Medical is known for its work in the field of dialysis treatment, and its new location is expected to showcase state-of-the-art medical equipment and top-quality care for its patients.

The Harbor Hills Office Park has been in development since 2004 when Veridea constructed the first building on the 12-acre site. Since then, it has added two others with the Fresenius building marking the fourth construction. When it is finished, Harbor Hills will have five buildings with nearly 40,000 square feet combined while retaining nearly 75-percent of its original green space.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Veridea Group

St. Francis Hospital's Besse Physical Rehabilitation Center open

OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba recently invited the public to take a tour of their new John & Melissa Besse Physical Rehabilitation Center, and there was definitely plenty to be impressed by.

The center, which broke ground late last year, is 13,300 square feet that totaled $4.45 million to construct. Out of that total, $2.5 million came from the John & Melissa Besse Foundation.

According to statistics from St. Francis, the hospital has just over 56,000 rehab patient visits each year, so the construction of the new center will help provide more space for services previously provided within the hospital itself, as well as room for new services, such as outpatient speech therapy and a warm-water pool therapy area with an underwater treadmill and resistance jets. The center also features a short track and a central gym as well as 12 private treatment bays and a designated pediatric therapy area.
Writer: Sam Eggleton
Source: OSF St. Francis
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