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Spice Merchants in Marquette is open on Washington Street.

New stores add spirit and spice to Marquette community

After long careers in other fields, two pairs of NMU alumni are embarking on new adventures in the Marquette retail scene.

Kristen and BJ Alden of North Coast Post.

Yooper converts love life in the Northland

These three "adoptive Yooper" couples have one thing in common: One or both members grew up outside the U.P. and moved here for one reason or another. Here's how they're adjusting to life in the Upper Peninsula--and what makes staying a no-brainer.

A pedestal by Leonard Fieber won UP Second Wave's Northern Exposure media award.

Manistique artist creates from his surroundings

The winner of the Upper Peninsula Second Wave Media Award for 2014 at the Northern Exposure exhibit in Escanaba is a Manistique artist who creates furniture designs based on wood already shaped by nature.

How smart is our energy grid?

How 'smart' is Michigan's electrical grid?

You may have a smart meter on your house, but what's so "smart" about it? We explore Michigan's foray into the "smart grid" and how it affects you.

Garfield School in Sault Ste. Marie will become Garfield Commons.

How old schools are coming back to life

Some Upper Peninsula schools are being redeveloped into mixed-use developments--returning to their roots as community centers in the process.


A new menu offering at the Tanglewood Inn.

Shingleton restaurant has new menu, new management

The local blog Small Town Girl, Foodie World reviews an Alger County restaurant that's undergone new menu changes and new management. 

Wintergreen Farm Blog

U.P. blogs you should be reading

We've rounded up a selection of blogs to read in 2015, all from Upper Peninsula bloggers, and all worthy additions to your reading list.

Owner Jess Shull at Boomerang Retro and Relics.

Women who are moving their businesses and communities forward

Women who are building their own small businesses in the Upper Peninsula are connected by one thing--their passion and drive to do what they love. Here, we profile some of those women.

City Green Market takes a new approach to groceries.

City Green Market launches all-vegan grocery store in Negaunee

Two Negaunee business owners are trying out something new to the U.P. -- an entirely vegan grocery store. The City Green Market is now open and offers vegetarian, vegan and organic products to shoppers.

A Lake Michigan power plant.

Special Report: Michigan's Future Energy Mix

Electricity in Michigan comes mostly from coal and nuclear power, but that's set to change in the next decade. DTE Energy's Nick Khouri talks about how the utility is planning for the change.

Downtown Marquette from above.

Michigan Municipal League releases PlacePlan for Marquette's Baraga Avenue

Baraga Avenue in downtown Marquette is a vibrant area filled with interesting shops and plenty of local culture. But its connection to the rest of downtown Marquette is tenuous at best. Find out how the Marquette Downtown Development Authority is hoping to change that.

The Landmark Inn in Marquette.

What the future for the Landmark Inn looks like

A Minneapolis-based company officially purchased the Landmark Inn earlier this fall, opening a new chapter in its 85-year history while maintaining its historic connections to the Marquette community.

Quartzite Falls near L'Anse.

Things to Do in the U.P.: Explore waterfalls in L'Anse

Among the many things to do in the U.P. is go waterfall hunting. L'Anse is one great spot to try, according to blog Things To Do In The U.P. If you're a photography buff, finding these even in the winter might be worth the trip.

Local ingredients are the focus of catering from Paladino's.

How to make your Christmas party super-local

There's a lot of emphasis on how to shop local for the holidays. That's a worthy goal, but anyone who has a holiday party in their future should check out these ways to locally-source food, drinks and decorations for your home this season, too.
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