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Root 41 opens in Beaver Grove

Why is it I always seem to sit down to write about new restaurants when I've skipped lunch? This time, it's the newly-opened Root 41 in Beaver Grove that has my stomach growling. 

The restaurant, which is owned by sisters Sarah and Barbara Tullila, recently opened up shop at its U.S. 41 location, at the former home of The Grove restaurant. The culinary team is Barbara Tullila, Anthony Conrad and Brad Pepin. 

The company had a soft opening last week and has plans for a full grand opening come fall. 

So what can you expect at Root 41? Breakfast all day, to start, and "classy comfort food paired with exceptional service, quality and value." And what U.P. restaurant would be complete without a Friday fish fry? You can see their entire menu here

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 3 p.m. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Root 41

U.P. Hair Co opens up shop in Marquette

A lot of folks were sad when JC Penney closed its doors earlier this year -- not so much because of the clothing options were being taken away, but because the salon was going away, too, after having been open for 25 years. 

Barb Bahrman, the owner of the salon, knew that would leave a void for the company's longtime clients. So, she decided to open up U.P. Hair Co. 

The new salon is located in the WJMN-TV Plaza between Arby's and the Safety Store. 

The salon is open Monday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday until 8 p.m., Saturday until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: U.P. Hair Co. 

Stephenson National Bank and Trust opens new Menominee location

The Stephenson National Bank and Trust is returning to Menominee with open doors. 

For the last several months, the bank's Menominee office has been closed for construction, directing customers to its nearby Marinette, Wisconsin, branch instead. 

Now, Menominee residents can return to banking in their hometown to a newly remodeled branch office at 1111 Tenth Street.

"This renovation is a sign of our ongoing commitment to the greater Menominee area, and our focus on true community banking," says Daniel Peterson, bank president and CEO. "We are very proud of the end result and encourage everyone to stop in and see our updated facility."

The remodel included replacing the main sewer line in the building, redesigning the look to be more contemporary, building a more user-friendly drive-up window, and adding two new employee office spaces in the interior to improve the bank's floor plan.

New hours for Stephenson National Bank's Marinette and Menominee locations also were announced; the Menominee office will not be open on Sundays, but from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lobby, and until 6 p.m. for the drive-through. Saturdays the bank is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the bank's Marinette location, the hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and until 6 p.m. for drive-up customers; from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

The Stephenson National Bank and Trust also has offices in Oconto, Wisconsin and a trust and investment office Marquette, Michigan.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Stephenson National Bank & Trust 

9 & 10 News moves to new Sault location

Eastern Upper Peninsula TV news staple 9 & 10 News, WWUP, and its sister station Fox 32 have a new home in Sault Ste. Marie.

The stations recently held a ribbon cutting hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Area Chamber of Commerce to welcome the community to its new location at 106 Arlington Street. 

Previously, the location was at 125 Ashmun Street, also in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.

The CBS affiliate has been operating in Sault Ste. Marie since 1962.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Sault Ste. Marie Area Chamber of Commerce

mBank will buy Peninsula Bank

Two Upper Peninsula banks are becoming one, as Manistique-based mBank announced it will buy Ishpeming's Peninsula Bank.

The deal includes six Peninsula Bank locations and almost $132 million in assets, and will be finalized sometime this fall, subject to shareholder approval. Those locations will join seven mBank locations in the U.P., bringing mBank's total locations in Michigan up to 17.

While mBank already was the largest bank headquartered in the U.P., the acquisition of Peninsula Bank will make it even bigger, with assets estimated at $710 million after the deal is closed, becoming the 16th largest bank based in Michigan.

"We are extremely pleased and excited to be able to partner with a long standing community-focused institution like Peninsula Bank," says Kelly George, mBank president and CEO. "…[W]ith the increased Marquette County footprint, we will be able to offer an even more convenient and comprehensive banking experience with a strong line of products and services for all our clients and drive further market procurement of loans and deposits. In turn, we expect to expand and deepen our valued client relationships."

Peninsula Bank customers and shareholders will be kept up to date on what the acquisition means for them over the next few months on the Peninsula Bank and mBank websites and in mailings, and, George says, anyone also is welcome to stop into a branch location to talk with one of mBank or Peninsula Bank's bankers.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: mBank

New restaurant Rustic Grill open in Sault Ste. Marie

A new restaurant in Sault Ste. Marie recently opened in a nice highway location on M-28. 

The Rustic Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full menu, and is at 8936 South Mackinac Trail, on the corner of M-28 and Mackinac Trail, formerly a restaurant and motel which was closed in 2008.

The motel part of the property has since been torn down, and the restaurant is now reopening after some restoration and remodeling, which, incidentally, preserves the original cedar logs harvested locally. 

It's all thanks to new owner Sherri Bloomfield, who has put together a menu including fresh whitefish, burgers, and turkey and ham roasted in the restaurant daily.

The Rustic Grill is open daily, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Rustic Grill

GEI Consultants moves into old food co-op building in Marquette

It looks like GEI Consultants has a new location in Marquette. 

The engineering company, which previously had offices on Washington Street, are now calling the majority of the former Marquette Food Co-op building home. The firm will be taking all of the upstairs to use as offices for its staff, while half the lower level of the building will be used for lab work. 

GEI Consultants' focus here in the Upper Peninsula is working with various businesses -- including the local mines -- as well as government agencies. 

GEI Consultants is licensed to provide engineering and science services in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and two Canadian Provinces. The company was founded in 1970 and has completed more than 35,000 projects in al 50 states and 25 countries. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: GEI Consultants

Mexican restaurant Carlos Cantina opens in Iron Mountain

A new Mexican restaurant is delighting diners in the Dickinson County area. 

Carlos Cantina is now open in downtown Iron Mountain, at 200 East Ludington Street, right next to Sol Blu. 

It's located over two stories in the building, with lots of room for large parties and events, and offers up an authentic Mexican menu with a wide range of dishes that come from family recipes of the owners.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Dickinson Area Partnership

Chappers' nightclub opens in Negaunee

Are you one of those people who just have to dance? Does the thump of the bass move you? Well, boogie on down to Negaunee and step through the doors of Chappers' Club, located at 440 Iron Street. 

Chappers is likely a name that sounds familiar if you're at all aware of the bar scene in Negaunee. That's because Chappers' Pub is located right next door to the new club. 

The club, which just recently had a grand opening, will be offering up dancing to DJ music on every Friday and Saturday night. But there's more to admire than just the beats being thrown down. The building the club is housed in was built in 1901, and the owners have kept many of those old features intact for the modern club. 

Both the club and the bar are owned by Gary Tresedder, who is looking to draw in younger customers with the new location. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Chappers' Pub

Yooper Dogs in Sault Ste. Marie opens

You don't have to go all the way to Chicago or New York to get an authentic "street dog" experience thanks to the recently arrival of Yooper Dogs in Sault Ste. Marie. 

The hot dog cart, which is owned and operated by Steve and Michelle Alexander, offers up a couple of variety of dogs, including the self-titled hit, The Yooper Dog, which comes with bacon, cheese, grilled potatoes and a nice touch of brown mustard. 

Michelle Alexander is responsible for the culinary aspects of the food cart, and she brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the culinary and food service industry. 

In addition to their hot dog selection, which is expected to expand soon to include gluten-free, diabetic-friendly and even vegan menu items, the cart has some soups and even some sweets available. 

For more information on Yooper Dogs, or to find out where they will be next, check out their Facebook page

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Yooper Dogs

New nail salon opens in Ishpeming

A new nail salon is now open in downtown Ishpeming. Owned by nail technician Sarah Garver, Native Nails is located at 209 South Main Street. 

It recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce

Garver will offer manicures, pedicures, nail art, acrylic nails and nail care services, among other services. She studied at the Main Street School of Cosmetology in Ishpeming previously.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce

Edward Jones office opens in new Sault location

Sault Ste. Marie residents looking for financial and investing advice have a new location to turn to. 

The Edward Jones office led by Brent Osterhout opened its doors at a new address in a grand opening celebration held with the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce. 

It's now accepting new clients at 1130 East Easterday Avenue in Sault Ste. Marie. Osterhout offers financial advising services and is registered as an investment advisory representative.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Edward Jones

Gregory Gardens opens new greenhouse

Gregory Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie hosted a new greenhouse opening recently. 

In conjunction with the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce, the new greenhouse was toasted at a grand opening celebration at Gregory Gardens, at 3290 East 9 Mile Road. 

Gregory Gardens has been growing in the area since 1993, starting as a plant nursery for landscaping. The greenhouses came along later in the 90s, and retail sales grew it into the residential and commercial plant market it is today. 

It offers locally-grown, high-quality and Northern-hardy plants, as well as landscaping services through K-Woz Landscaping, also from owner Kevin Wozniak. The nursery and greenhouses are open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through August, with reduced hours in September.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Gregory Gardens

Buon Appetito resturant opens in Ironwood

A new restaurant is open in Ironwood, serving up what is from all accounts delicious and authentic northern Italian food, probably close to the hearts of many in the U.P.

Buon Appetito is owned by Tiziana Thompson, who says she grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy and is inspired by her parents' cooking at home. 

The restaurant and coffee shop, at 102 East Aurora Street, offers bistro-style food like pasta and pizza, Italian hot chocolate, organic coffees and espresso, pastries, panini sandwiches, and, oooh, freshly made gelato. 

Thompson uses organic and local ingredients combined with imported ingredients for a homemade, authentic Italian menu. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Buon Appetito

New distributor U.P. Outdoors open in Delta County

When it comes to the Upper Peninsula, it's easy to think about the outdoors. Some folks, like Ward Johnsen, think about what business opportunities those outdoors might bring. 

Johnsen is the owner of a new business called U.P. Outdoors, which is a distributor of outdoor products throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. 

The company, which can be found online, works with a couple of different products, such as an interesting water-mat that holds up to 1,300 pounds called the MauiMat, or fishing bobbers in the shape of shotgun shells. 

For those who have lakefront property, they also have a device called a MuckMat that helps improve waterfronts and make them more usable and reduces weeds. 

For more information about Johnsen's company, or to check out the products, visit the U.P. Outdoors website.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: U.P. Outdoors 

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