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Norway Mountain ski hill undergoes renovation, reopens

The Norway Mountain ski hill in Norway, Michigan reopened its doors with a new look this skiing season.
Owners Kris and Neil Urban held a ribbon cutting to welcome Dickinson Area Chamber ambassadors and the public to the new renovations at the ski hill. The Urbans took over the longtime ski resort a few years ago and reopened it. Ever since, they've been making improvements.
The most recent updates are new paint inside and out, and outside lighting on the ski hill should be done soon. A new liquor license also rounds out the food and drink offerings at the resort, making it possible to offer beer, wine and spirits to skiers.
The ski hill is open for the season and current conditions can be found on their website.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Norway Mountain

Edwards Automotive in Iron Mountain holds ribbon cutting

 Edwards Automotive in Iron Mountain held a grand opening and ribbon cutting to celebrate their new building.
The Chevrolet & GM dealership and service center is still located at 1807 North Stephenson Avenue in Iron Mountain, but it's now home to an all-new, updated and beautiful building and showroom.
The event, which included tours, appetizers and beverages, was held in December along with the Dickinson Area Partnership and their Chamber Ambassadors program.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Edwards Automotive

Escanaba radio stations sold to Wisconsin group

 A group of Escanaba-based radio stations are being bought by a Wisconsin media company.
Lakes Radio, Inc., announced it will sell WGLQ-FM (Magic 97) , WCMM-FM (102.5 The Moose), and WCHT-AM (600 AM) in Escanaba, and WTIQ-AM (Cruisin' 1490)  in Manistique, to Armada Media Partners of Fond du Lac.
"Armada owns radio stations less than an hour away in Menominee, Michigan and Marinette, Wisconsin, and adding our five radio stations to their coverage will offer listeners and advertisers a great opportunity with bigger and better resources," says Lakes Radio VP and general manager Rick Duerson.
Armada also owns radio stations in South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota in similar small markets. Duerson says he and the other employees will continue in their current jobs, and pending FCC approval, Armada will assume operations in April.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Lakes Radio, Inc.

Superior Outfitters opens doors in downtown Marquette

Rumor over at the old Chatham ski hill was that there is a new place to pick up used athletic and outdoor equipment, including skis and snowboards that would make coming down the community slope quite a bit of a blast.

That place, it just so happens, is Superior Outfitters, which recently opened up shop in downtown Marquette right at 209 S. Front St. -- the former home of Switchback Gear Exchange.

Owner Nick Simon is no stranger to the business of used -- but still in great shape -- gear. That's because he was one of the employees at Switchback before it closed up shop.

The real focus of the shop is fishing gear (a real breath of fresh air when you're looking for knowledgeable sales in that department), but customers will also be able to browse a nice selection of other gently used equipment for a large variety of outdoor sports and recreation.

Need bait for your morning ice fishing adventure? Stop on it as they will be able to set you up to pull your next meal up through the hard water as they carry waxies, spikes, suckers and even fatheads.

The shop even offers up classes, such as fly tying. Check out their Facebook page to keep up with what's happening there.

Stop on in and check out their inventory. From camping to winter sports to fishing to so much more -- they seem to have something for every outdoor enthusiast.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Superior Outfitters

Consignment store Reblossom moves to new location

Don't fret if you stop over at Marquette's ReBlossom in the near future and find that the store is no longer at its old location of 333 W. Washington St. Instead, head down the street to 104 W. Washington to visit your favorite resale shop.

ReBlossom, which is known as an upscale consignment boutique that only offers up brand names, will be taking over the former location of the Moonstone Gallery. There you'll be able to find all of the same items that has helped make ReBlossom a favorite stop among consignment shoppers in the Marquette area. They'll be opening up the doors at the new location after the first week in February.

The store currently has a huge sale on all remaining winter items (60 percent off!) and from now until Jan. 24, ReBlossom will continue with sales to help reduce how much stock needs to be transported. After that, the store will be closed until it opens up at the new location.

Remember that once the shop reopens that they will take those brand name items you just don't wear anymore and help you turn them into cash. And, as the company points out on their website, just one gently-used shirt and one pair of jeans that get recycled instead of thrown away saves a full pound of chemicals from being put into the landfill.

For more information, keep tabs on the consignment boutique via its Facebook page, where it often shows off items that has come into the store.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: ReBlossom

Rebar manufacturer to locate in Keweenaw

A rebar manufacturer is locating in the Keweenaw Peninsula after getting a community development block grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

The funding, $275,000, will be administrated by Allouez Township, and is to be used for on-the-job training for workers that are newly employed at Neuvokas Corporation.

Neuvokas is a developer and manufacturer of basalt-fiber-reinforced-polymer rebar, located in Ahmeek, and plans to lease the former Rensen Manufacturing building in Allouez in order to expand its operations. Neuvokas plans to invest about $1.3 million in new equipment, machinery and payroll, hiring 31 new workers.

With the grant funding, the company can be sure those workers will be well-trained for their new jobs.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Economic Development Corporation

U-Haul buys five U.P. stores

Five moving and self-storage locations in the Keweenaw Peninsula have just been bought by a regional U-Haul company.

U-Haul Company of Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula announced it has added the five locations in Hancock, Lake Linden, Calumet, Dodgeville and Houghton. 

All five were formerly owned by Kevin and Judy Moyle as Kevin's Self Storage, which was based in a main Houghton location and had expanded out to the other locations. The U-Haul Moving and Self Storage in Houghton, the former headquarters, will serve as an administrative base for the other four locations.

"Each of the five areas we now operate in Copper Country are tight-knit communities with a hometown feel," says Justin Kaminski, marketing president of U-Haul Company of Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. "U-Haul will continue to offer that small town, family oriented service. We have received a warm welcome in these communities due to our providing expanded services that you don't typically find in a small town. These acquisitions are proof that larger companies, such as U-Haul, can operate in smaller towns, if they remember that we are able to be here because of our customers and community support."

Additions to the locations include security cameras, full lines of U-Haul moving supplies, trucks trailers, and U-Box moving and self-storage containers. 

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: U-Haul


Sol Blu opens tap room

Need to quench your thirst and you're in the Iron Mountain area? Consider taking a trek over to Sol Blu and checking out the taproom there.

The bar, which is located at 212 East Ludington Street, has something for every beer lover's tastes. That's because Sol Blu's tap room offers up a variety of small-craft and designer beers that range from those lovely dark stouts to something with a bit more hops to it.

Sol Blu, which is owned by Lee Formolo, Jessie Formolo and Todd Formolo, isn't shy about showing some Upper Peninsula love, either. They carry a variety of U.P.-made brews, including those now being made at the new Upper Hand Brewery, which is based in Escanaba.

Want something more than beer? Sol Blu offers up full bar service, as well as entertainment such as live bands and even a few rounds of the popular Cards Against Humanity game.

Check out their Facebook page to keep tabs on what they are doing.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Sol Blu Lounge and Tap Room

New liquor store opens in Marquette

A new liquor store is part of the Marquette retail scene, named, appropriately, Spirits. It's located in a familiar spot for Marquette customers; in the premises of the former Vineyard store. 

Located at 700 Chippewa Square right off of U.S. 41 and Grove Street in Marquette, Spirits has remodeled the interior of the store and filled it with specialty offerings including soda, beer, wine, and, of course, spirits. Highlights include locally made wines, snack items, gluten-free beers, and build-your-own six-packs of craft beer.

It's open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. most days, and the store's Facebook is the place to keep up on happenings there.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Spirits, Incorporated

Simply Superior Consulting opens

A new consulting business in Marquette is now open and offering its services to other local businesses and institutions.
Simply Superior Consulting provides consulting, training and workshops to get the most out of a workforce, including employee development. They also consult in the educational realm to build student life and develop inter-program cooperation.
That makes sense, since its two principals are Rachel Harris, currently the director of the Center for Student Enrichment at Northern Michigan University, and David Bonsall, who recently retired from that same position.
The agency celebrated its grand opening with the help of the Lake Superior Community Partnership.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Simply Superior Consulting


Manor Care in Kingsford expands services

A Kingsford nursing home is expanding its services to offer post-hospitalization care to patients who are discharged from the hospital, but need nursing care or can't go home yet.
ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford calls their new service MedBridge, because of the bridge it offers between exiting the hospital post-surgery or illness, and home.
"At ManorCare, we feel the best way home for patients is through our doors. The MedBridge unit is positioned to meet this need with clinical skills, rehabilitation sophistication and patient-focused activities, amenities and  education that are unmatched by our competitors," says Cheryl Bray, ManorCare administrator. "When a patient
comes to ManorCare's MedBridge unit, we're planning their discharge home from the moment of admission."
The MedBridge services include medical care, rehabilitation care, physical, occupational and speech therapy if needed, and a nursing team that also oversees nutrition and activity.
ManorCare is located at 1225 Woodward Avenue in Kingsford and is owned by HCR ManorCare.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: HCR Manor Care

Auto Pro Glass and Tire in Houghton expands, adds jobs

A Houghton auto repair shop is expanding in a big way. Auto Pro Glass and Tire recently unveiled the completed renovations on their garage.
The auto shop now has added three more bays, including one that can handle semi trucks and other big commercial vehicles, at its location on West Memorial Drive in Houghton.
Auto Pro has done nothing but expand since they were founded, moving from simple auto glass repair to a full range of tire services and car repairs. They offer consumer, agricultural, OTR, forestry, commercial and industrial tires, as well as auto, commercial and home glass services.
And, to keep up with the increased customers coming through, the shop also hired two new employees.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Auto Pro Glass and Tire

Celestial Press starts up in Marquette

There's a new design and print shop in town--Marquette, that is--and it's called Celestial Press. 

Just started up in November, Celestial Press, owned by Nicholas Erickson, has already been busy designing T-shirts, logos, posters and flyers for local clients. 

They offer screen printing services for commercial and personal needs, and are located on Longyear Avenue in Marquette.

The best way to get in touch with Celestial Press right now is via their Facebook page.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Celestial Press

Calumet company gets Southwestern Energy design contract

REL Inc. in Calumet is getting a contract to develop a new way to use compressed natural gas as a fuel for industrial trucks. 

The $2.1 million deal comes through Michigan Technological University, which will help with the research end, and REL will take care of the development. The contract is with Southwestern Energy Company of Houston, Texas, and lasts for three years. 

The researchers and engineers will collaborate to design, build and test a conformable, compressed natural gas tank for light-duty trucks. Instead of current designs, Southwestern wants a design that will locate the gas tank under the beds of the trucks.

"Tanks today sit in the bed and take up a lot of the space, which is a drawback to the consumer," says John Gargani, SWN vice president and general manager of strategy, performance and innovation.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Technological University

The Stitch Witch up and running in Harvey

Need some clothing repaired, or maybe some alterations done so that you get a better fit to flatter your body shape? The Stitch Witch is now open and ready to help you with any sewing and seamstress needs.

The company, owned by Kendra Symbal, is located at1001 M-28 East, Suite 3 in Harvey, right between Anytime Fitness and McDonalds. There, you can get repairs done or alterations such as hemming, shortening and more done to your favorite garments.

Additionally, the Stitch Witch also offers up services that include teaching you private sewing lessons so you can be more capable of making repairs yourself.

The shop is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. They are also open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about the Stitch Witch, or to see what other services they provide, visit the company's website.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Stitch Witch
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