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The Fun Zone open for business in Escanaba

It's time to go have fun with the kiddos! Oh, but it's raining outside. 

So what does that mean? Are all the fun plans ruined? Of course not, thanks to a new business in Escanaba called the Abra Cadabra Fun Zone

The company may sound familiar, and that's because they have been in operation renting inflatable units to folks to have for use for parties and the like. But now, they have an indoor facility that boasts five areas that include an arcade, a toddler room, two private party rooms and a main area. 

Customers will find an inflatable obstacle course, a slide, ball games and a lounge area in the main room while the arcade room has an air hockey table and video games. 

While the company does specialize in private parties, they also have open jump times and teen nights, which are on the third and fourth Saturday of each month. On those teen nights, the inflatables make way for a sticky wall and -- hold on tight! -- a mechanical bull. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Abra Cadabra Fun Zone

Pemble Concrete Coatings ready for construction season

Construction season is almost upon us and if you're looking to get some work done you might want to consider seeing what Marquette-based Pemble Concrete Coatings can offer you. 

The company, owned and operated by Charles Pemble, offers concrete designs and finish work with concrete enamel, coloring, coating and surface treatment. The business doesn't require new construction, either -- they can transform existing concrete into a customized surface. From walkways, driveways, sidewalks, patios, pool decks, garage floor, basements and even the exterior of buildings, Pemble Concrete Coatings can modify just about any concrete surface. 

The coating is expected to help the surface resist high traffic, extreme temperatures and even salt damage. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Pemble Concrete Coatings 

Delona's opens up in Escanaba

If you are anything like us, you were feeling like something was missing from your dining options in the Escanaba area -- well, the good news is that hole has been filled now that the Delona Restaurant is open again with new owners. 
Dan and Holly DeGrave have reopened the doors of the restaurant, which is located right on the highway between Escanaba and Gladstone. 
The restaurant offers up breakfast (all day, actually) as well as a full lunch and dinner menu with such items as burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, shrimp and sizzling steaks. The Delona will also have a Friday fish fry. 
The owners have chosen to keep the same name and the same family-friendly atmosphere that the Delona was known for before closing down last year. 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Delona Restaurant 

Westside Home Furnishings now open in Manistique

Need some home furnishings or appliances and you're living in Manistique? Then you might want to get in touch with the city's newest business -- Westside Home Furnishings & Appliances
The new store, which is located on Deer Street in the old Ace Hardware building, is owned and operated by Pam Morden and her family. 
Westside Home Furnishings carries brand-name appliances and furniture. Stop on in to shop the products available in house, or have a chat with the staff about ordering something specific for your home. 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Michigan SBTDC

Northwoods Dog Lodge set to open this spring in Marquette

The old Northwoods Supper Club in Marquette has seen some various plans come and go as to what it would become after the restaurant closed its doors in 2006. 
Since then, there have been plans for a new restaurant, and turning it into condos and… well, the list goes on. None of them really took off. 
That is, until now. The once-popular supper club has gone to the dogs, quite literally. The location will be opening this spring as the Northwoods Dog Lodge, and it will be an upscale location for dog daycare, boarding, grooming and training. 
The new business is owned by Steve and Wendy Beach. 
Dogs must go through an interview processes, be spayed or neutered, but up to date on vaccinations and be friendly with other dogs, among other requirements. 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan SBTDC

BioLife expands, reopens in Marquette

The BioLife Plasma Services center in Marquette has expanded, renovated and is now open again at 175 Hawley Street.
The company, which collects human plasma that is processed into a variety of life-saving therapeutics, will be having a re-opening celebration April 28 at 9:30 a.m.
"BioLife is proud to be the only plasma donation center located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We appreciate the continued support of our loyal donors who have donated at our center during our renovation," says Barry Oosterhouse, center manager. "We now offer a more  modern facility, which can accommodate more donors. Marquette County is such a giving community, and our BioLife team is very proud to grow here."
The renovated facility has an expanded donor floor with natural lighting that now holds 50 beds for those looking to provide plasma in exchange for some funds. The center has free WiFi, Saturday appointments and free supervised playroom for children to stay during their parent's donation time.
The facility is now accepting new and return donors.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

New Pet Sitters Plus location to open in Negaunee

A Marquette County kennel is expanding with a new location planned to open this year.
Pet Sitters Plus has locations in Harvey and Negaunee Township currently, and will be opening a new kennel in Negaunee sometime in 2014, according to an announcement from the owners. 
It'll be located at 107 County Road 480 in Negaunee. The announcement from owner Amber Sodergren and her staff says work has been taking place on getting the new kennel ready, although there's no opening date set as of yet.
Founded in 2002, Pet Sitters Plus began as an in-home pet sitting service, but moved into a boarding facility in 2005. The second location in Negaunee Township opened in 2007. Pet Sitters Plus specializes in senior and special needs pets and offers a wide range of kenneling options focusing on comfort. 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Pet Sitters Plus

Farmer Q's will reopen in new location

It's OK. Just admit it. You, like many of us, were sad that Farmer Q's Market was closing and leaving Marquette forever.
But, the owners recently announced that they've decided against that decision, and instead will be opening in a larger location in South Marquette to serve their customers. 
The company, which offers up a variety of produce and other items that are typically sourced in Michigan, will open up shop at the corner of South Front and Genesee streets in south Marquette. If you're trying to picture what is there right now, it's the former Cliff's Muffler Shop. 
There, the business will have better parking and expanded space. They are expecting to resume operations by the week of May 11--Mother's Day--which the company says is just in time for Michigan-grown asparagus. 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Farmer Q's Market 

Diane Anderson Massage Therapy opens in Finlandia's Jutila Center

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a writer, I'll say this: You sit still for very long periods of time. And usually in an office chair. And that means your back gets a little cranky at times. Thankfully there are plenty of top-quality massage therapists around the Upper Peninsula (hey… can I write that off as a business expense?) and the newest location is in the Jutila Center at Finlandia University. 
Diane Anderson Massage Therapy has opened up shop at the center, which houses small businesses and start-ups. 
The usual suspects for massage services are available, and the business is currently taking appointments for Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Later appointments are available, but must be requested. 
The location for the shop is 200 Michigan Street, suite 703 in Hancock. 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Diane Anderson Massage Therapy

Lake Michigan Armory open for business in Escanaba

Looking to pick up some ammo for your favorite rifle or shotgun? In the hunt for a handgun that just fits your personal needs? Want to arrange for classes to get your concealed weapons permit? 
Well, the folks over at Lake Michigan Armory are ready and waiting to lend a helping hand. 
The location, which is now open at 2713 North Lincoln Road in Escanaba, offers up a huge selection of new and used firearms ranging from pistols to rifles to shotguns and everything in-between and slightly related. They even have an on-site gunsmith. 
They also have a full supply of ammunition for those looking to stock up. 
Additionally, they have gear for being outdoors, like boots and shoes, and have a selection of sporting goods, including fishing gear and supplies. 
Lake Michigan Armory is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Michigan Armory

New CBS station coming to Marquette this spring

There's a new news source (who knew?) in the Upper Peninsula now that WJMN-TV is opening up a local station in Marquette. 
The television station, which is owned by Nexstar Broadcasting, is in the process of opening an operations center and high-definition news facility that will include a full staff. 
The station will begin airing local news come next month, and at the helm as news director and anchor will be none other than longtime journalist Cynthia Thompson. Thompson was previously the news director for ABC 10. She was also previously a reporter and news anchor for WLUC-TV6. 
The station's news will focus on Upper Peninsula-based reporting and will run Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. 
You can find out more about the site, current job openings and more at UPmatters.com
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: WJMN-TV

PHAT Closet opens up shop in Marquette

When it comes to shopping in the Upper Peninsula, you're usually out of luck when it comes to buying the big brand names that are on the market. 
Well, that is unless you're stopping in over at PHAT Closet, which recently opened up a location in Marquette and held a ribbon cutting last week. 
The store, which is located at 2168 U.S. 41 West in Marquette near AT&T and Lawry's Pasty Shop (I really shouldn't be writing these on an empty stomach), has a huge selection of resale items that span from Coach to BKE to Forever 21 to DC to VS Pink and everything in-between. 
The business is always looking for new products, too, and they pay cash for items you bring in that they accept. 
PHAT Closet, which also has a location in Sault Ste. Marie, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 5 p.m. Sunday. 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: PHAT Closet 

Bear's Den Brewpub opens in Ishpeming

You know how now and then you get the desire to sit down and eat as many chicken wings as you can while drinking locally-crafted beer? Well, maybe that's just me (hey, I didn't have lunch today!), but no matter because if that's what you desired, then there is a place in Ishpeming that can make it happen. 
The Bear's Den Brewpub recently opened up in the Country Village and it offers up all kinds of goodness to satisfy your thirst and your hunger. The brewpub, which is located inside the existing Country Grill Restaurant, offers up a variety of fun for everyone to enjoy. There's camo night and bean bag tosses, dart tournaments and more. On the food and beverage side of things, you can order from a selection of items that range from hamburgers to sandwiches to chips and dip to breaded mushrooms and many, many more. You can also get a nice selection of brews, including those crafted right over at Jasper Ridge Brewery. 
But for those with endless appetites? Tuesday night is the night you'll want to show up -- all-you-care-to-eat Broaster chicken wings that come in plain, hot, BBQ or garlic parmesan flavors. 
For more information, or to keep up with the various specials and happenings, head over to the Bear's Den Brewpub Facebook page and give them a like. 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Bear's Den Brewpub

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center opens location in Calumet

An apple a day, they say, keeps the doctor away. If you're anything like the average person, you're probably not eating enough apples and doctors are a necessity. And if you're in Calumet, your options on where you see a doctor just expanded thanks to the Calumet Family Health Center--part of the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center group--now being open. 
The center, which is accepting new patients, is a full-service clinic that will see patients regardless of their financial situation or ability to pay. 
The center is staffed by Dr. Sharon Stoll, who was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula. 
She earned her doctorate at Michigan State University. 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

Southwoods Apartments officially open in Marquette

The Southwoods Apartments are officially open following a ribbon cutting recently at the Marquette residences. This, of course, is not news for anyone who has been following the availability of apartments in the city as they have been accepting tenants for about six months. 
But, a ribbon cutting is a ribbon cutting, and the apartments are officially open. And with it? Some nice amenities, such as two bedrooms and one and a half bath in each and every unit. There are even elevators in the buildings and--most welcome in this past winter weather--heating that is built right into the floor. No cold toes when you get up in the morning! 
Southwoods Apartments are far from the only properties owned by Schramm Superior Properties, which has several complexes throughout Marquette. 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership
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