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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

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
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