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River Valley Bank breaks ground on new location

The Third Street location of River Valley Bank in Marquette is under construction, after a new groundbreaking ceremony was held to commemorate the construction.

The bank is putting about $750,000 into the 1101 North Third Street branch, and it'll be closed until at least mid-November to allow for renovations. River Valley's Washington Street branch is still open to serve Marquette customers. 

Bank president and CEO Todd Nagel says the renovation of the branch is driven by a strong Third Street business district.

"The 3rd Street District is such an essential part of the economy in Marquette we felt strongly about re-investing some of our capital in this market," he says. 

River Valley Bank has 16 branches throughout the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: River Valley Bank

Marquette General Hospital agrees to buy new property

A new site has been announced for the new location of Marquette General Hospital in Marquette. 

Duke LifePoint Healthcare announced it had agreed to buy a 37-acre site for $4 million near downtown Marquette from the city, to locate its new hospital campus on.

The site is known as the roundhouse property, since it previously was an industrial and railroad site leading to the docks in Marquette. Duke says they'll put $280 million into building the new hospital there, including a 80,000-square foot medical office building and a 279-bed primary and urgent care hospital.

The next step is negotiating final contract terms with the city, which will take place over the coming months. The city also will be pursuing brownfield status for the project to include more incentives to construction, and has agreed to tie in surrounding streets to the new hospital, including a new entrance to the hospital from nearby U.S. 41.

"We are excited to partner with the city to revitalize this area and move forward on the construction of the new hospital and medical campus," says Jeff Seraphine, eastern group president for Duke LifePoint.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Marquette General Hospital

New restaurant Rapid River Pizza opens

The Rapid River Grill on U.S. 2 has become a pizza restaurant.

Now called Rapid River Pizza, the new establishment had its official opening in the spring and has created a new menu of pizza, baked subs, salads, nachos, breadsticks and other specialties, like root beer floats made with draft 1919 root beer.

Some standout special items include a BBQ chicken pizza and a chicken bacon ranch pizza. Create-your-own-pizza and gluten-free options also are available.

New interior renovations and a new pizza oven completed the changeover.

Rapid River Pizza is located at 7878 U.S. 2 in, where else, Rapid River. It's open each afternoon from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Rapid River Pizza

Chocolay River Brewery officially open

There's a new microbrewery inside the Bayou Restaurant and Bar near Marquette. 

Located at 200 West Main Street in Harvey, the Chocolay River Brewery recently opened for business with an official ribbon-cutting. 

The opening was timed to accompany the U.P. Beer Festival held in Marquette this September. To start, the Chocolay River Brewery is offering up a selection of five craft beers: Bayou blonde ale, Rock Cut pale ale, Shot Point wheat ale, Breakwall Blueberry wheat ale, and Gitche Gumee black ale. They're working on an IPA, Blast Furnace, next. All of them are created by former Jasper Ridge Brewery brewmaster Grant Lyke.

The new brews will be offered to Bayou restaurant and bar patrons during the restaurant's business hours.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Bayou Restaurant and Chocolay River Brewery

Two entrepreneurs start downtown businesses

Downtown Marquette has a couple of new businesswomen helping to drive it forward, with the addition of two new businesses.

Both are located in the Revive fitness studio at 307 South Front Street in Marquette, owned by Shanna Bennett. 

Bird on a Perch is a new Pilates studio founded by Allison Cherrette which will offer group and private Pilates lessons. She's a graduate of the advanced training program at The Pilates Center of Boulder.

Angie Cherrette--they're sisters--has founded Sage and Spry in the same location. It's a massage and wellness practice; Cherrette is a trained massage therapist, wellness coach and natural chef. She has had training in Swedish, deep tissue, clinical, acupressure, craniofacial, reflexology, and prenatal massage at the Sky Hill Institute in California.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

Carpet One adds new location

Marquette is now home to a new location of Carpet Specialists Carpet One Floor and Home

The national chain, which has a location in Ishpeming, announced its new store opening at 2322 U.S. 41 West in Marquette along with the Lake Superior Community Partnership. 

Carpet One Floor and Home offers floor coverings of every type, including major brands and specialty brands that are exclusive to the retailer. Product lines include carpet, tile, vinyl, hardwood and laminate flooring and area rugs. The store also offers professional installation services. 

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Carpet One Floor and Home

Threads printing and design shop opens in Iron Mountain

A new printing, design and embroidery shop is open in Iron Mountain.

Threads, owned by Bill and Sanna Hendrickson, opened its doors at 408 South Stephenson Avenue in Iron Mountain with a ribbon cutting celebration hosted by the Dickinson Area Partnership.

The new location will offer a wide range of graphic and custom services including printing, design, embroidery and more services.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Dickinson Area Partnership

Hardwood flooring center open in Kingsford

A new hardwood flooring store is now open in Kingsford. It's owned by partners Don Summers of Summers Lumber and Larry Neargarth of Neargarth Services. 

It's called Kingsford Hardwood Flooring Center and is located at 1133 South Carpenter Avenue.

Among the store's offerings are a large selection of both prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring, featuring Indiana Hardwood Flooring Specialists flooring and Aacer brand flooring made in Wisconsin. Walnut, red and white oak, ash, birch, maple, and hickory of various widths all are in stock and special orders also can be made.

Kingsford Hardwood Flooring Center also offers rental floor finishing equipment for those who prefer to do it themselves. Customers are welcome to drop in or set up an appointment.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Kingsford Hardwood Flooring Center

Anchor Coupling expands in Menominee

Anchor Coupling in Menominee will be expanding into a next-door building, which means more jobs and more production.

The hose and coupling assembly manufacturer plans to invest more than $9 million and add up to 120 jobs, according to an announcement from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The project's been approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund, and will get a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for the expansion. 

Anchor Coupling has been in Menominee since 1978 and has been a subsidiary of Caterpillar, Inc., since 1993.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Paw-Riffic Pet Grooming opens in Ishpeming

We here at Second Wave are big fans of pets -- we have several, actually -- but one of the least enjoyable parts of being a pet owner is when it comes time to groom them. Like many things in life, we suggest you find a professional to do the dirty work.

Paw-rific Pet Grooming is home to such professionals, like owner Jill Rankinen. She's been grooming pets for the past 30 years, though most of that time was part-time and in her home. Now, she and Paw-rific Pet Grooming have a new home, and it's right on U.S. 41 in Ishpeming.

There, you can get a variety of services for your four-legged friends, such as nail trimming, bathing and brushing out and standard grooming.

They are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. They are also open later on those days and on Sundays by appointment.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Paw-rific Pet Grooming

M Salon opens on Baraga in Marquette

If you're anything like us, then you're probably always interested in getting your hair cut. Thankfully, there are plenty of places to choose from throughout the area, and the newest is the M Salon in Marquette.

The company recently opened its doors at 129 W. Baraga, Suite C, which is right next to Everyday Wines near the Children's Museum. They are open Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday.

The salon, owned by Marla DeBolt, offers full-service options including men's and women's cuts, coloring and more.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: M Salon

Marquette-based U.P. 3D Physical Therapy cuts ribbon

Physical therapy is something all of us take seriously, so it's always a positive to have plenty of options to choose from when searching for those services.

U.P. 3D Physical Therapy recently hosted its grand opening and ribbon cutting at 1025 Washington Street, Suite 2, behind Mathews Floor Fashions.

The company, which is owned by Kate Rose, focuses its practices on applied functional science, which is individualized and uses three-dimensional physical therapy models. Beyond the traditional approach of regular physical therapy, 3D physical therapy works on the problem area as well as other parts of the body. The idea behind it is that all the body parts are interconnected, and pain and dysfunction in one area of the body can causes problems in other areas.

For more information about U.P. 3D Physical Therapy, you can visit their Facebook page.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: U.P. 3D Physical Therapy

B Cubed Fitness opens in Marquette

There is definitely no shortage of places to work out in Marquette, and those looking for a change in venue or a newly-opened location can take a visit over to B Cubed Fitness, which recently celebrated its grand opening. 

The company, which is located at 1025 Washington Street, Suite 2, which is on the backside of the Mathews Floor Fashion building, offers up training services that range from individual personal fitness to small group training sessions. In addition, local golfers will be thrilled to discover B Cubed Fitness actually offers classes that are designed for golf performance training. They are the only facility in the Upper Peninsla to have a Nike Golf Performance specialist on staff. 

B Cubed Fitness is owned by Brett Conklin and is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: B Cubed Fitness 

Alger County trailhead breaks ground

Trails are a big part of what makes it great to live in or visit the Upper Peninsula, with lots of opportunity to hike, ride, bike, walk, off-road, snowmobile, fish, kayak and all kinds of other things. 

So the more interconnected and developed that trails in different areas of the U.P. are, the better for tourism, local businesses, and residents. That's the idea behind a recent groundbreaking at Au Train Township in Alger County, where the Au Train Heritage Trailhead Development is now underway.

The trailhead will include a universally accessible kayak launch, fishing pier, pavilion, interpretive center, picnic tables, restrooms and multi-use trailhead. Parts of the project are reuses of existing resources; the pavilion is a former railroad depot, and the interpretive center is an old log cabin.

The whole thing will cost $333,700, but part of it is thanks to a $246,700 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant to the township in 2012, which allowed construction to start recently. The rest of the money is coming from Au Train Township, with the help of other grants and fundraising through the Alger County Chamber of Commerce. The construction and contracting portions of the project are being completed by local contractors.

"The Au Train project is a wonderful addition to an already beautiful and popular area. This site will provide opportunities for not only residents of the area, but also visitors. By incorporating universal access in various forms, this opens up opportunities not found in other areas for those wanting to enjoy some of the area's natural resources," says Kathy Reynolds, executive director of the Alger County Chamber of Commerce.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Alger County Chamber of Commerce

Blue Lounge will become 906 Sports Bar and Grill

It looks like there's a new sports bar coming to Marquette -- well, a new sports bar that's in an old location. 

The Blue Lounge, located in the former home of the Matrix night club, is going to be going through some changes as it switches it's focus and its name to the 906 Sports Bar and Grill

The sports bar and grill, which was recently advertising for the need of several bartenders, will be offering up a "delicious and affordable" menu for customers to dine upon while watching various sports on 10 high-definition televisions.

The grill will serve up lunch and dinner daily, and the full-service bar will have happy-hour specials. The crew was out at the Blueberry Festival Friday showing off some of their burgers and serving some blueberry mojitos as a taste of what is to come. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: 906 Sports Bar and Grill
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