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LaChance joins Fox Negaunee

Stephanie LaChance is the newest service advisor at the Fox Negaunee dealership and service center in Negaunee.
 
LaChance has 12 years of experience in auto dealerships and is a U.P. native.
 
She'll be helping customers as part of Fox Negaunee's service team at its U.S. 41 location.
 
LaChance says she enjoys watching NASCAR, four-wheeling, camping, playing volleyball and spending time with her family.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Fox Negaunee

Border Grill is now offering more than 20 types of craft beer

The craft beer boom is reaching pretty much all corners of the U.S., and the U.P. is certainly no exception.
 
A popular Mexican restaurant is on board with it, having recently announced it will serve more than 20 new craft beers in Marquette.
 
The Border Grill on Third Street is offering up all kinds of niche brews to pair with its casual cuisine--after all, not much goes better together than a good beer and some tacos or burritos.
 
Among the offerings are Bell's, Pinner IPA from Oskar Blues, and Weihenstephaner. The restaurant also is opening its patio for the summer season, and live music is scheduled regularly at the location on the corner of Third and Prospect streets, with the first Thursday Music Night planned on May 28.
 
Border Grill has two locations in Marquette and one in Negaunee.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Border Grill

Three hired at Escanaba Country Club

Three new hires were announced at the Escanaba Country Club, in time for the summer season to kick off.
 
Tyler Finch, a Gaylord native, is the club's new course superintendent and will oversee golfing at the club. He comes to Escanaba from northern lower Michigan, where he most recently was the assistant superintendent of the Treetops North golf resort.
 
The club also has a new director in the pro shop, Jeff Rae. Rae is an Escanaba native and Escanaba High School graduate, and has been working in sales since 1999. He is returning to the area from St. Augustine, Florida, where he was a national sales manager.
 
Finally, the Escanaba Country Club's kitchens will be overseen by a new chef, Christopher Dahlke. He has experience with many different types of cuisine and comes from the Escanaba area.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Escanaba Country Club

Marketing Department hires operations manager

The Houghton-based Upper Peninsula Marketing Department, Inc. announced it has brought on a new operations and account manager, Shannon Vairo.
 
She'll manage the day-to-day operations of the company, which recently expanded to add clients in the Marquette area, and will be in charge of finances and procedures, besides supporting major clients like Michigan Technological University and the MTEC SmartZone.
 
Vairo, a Houghton native, comes to Marketing Department from Finlandia University, where she was most recently the school's external relations coordinator. Previously, she was Michigan Tech's assistant director of annual giving. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing at Michigan Tech and is involved in the Delta Zeta International Sorority and March of Dimes.
 
"Shannon has vast experience in fund raising, business development and building positive relationships," says Karyn Olsson, CEO of Marketing Department Inc. "She is extremely organized, a strong leader and highly energetic. As we continue to grow, Shannon will play a critical role in keeping us on a strategic path."
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Marketing Department, Inc
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Placemaking workshops will be held in U.P.

Placemaking has been on the lips of economic development officials throughout the state as the solution to problems big and small faced by both cities and small towns in Michigan.
 
U.P. towns are about to get the benefit of the push for better placemaking with a series of workshops held across the U.P. by the MIplace Partnership Initiative.
 
The idea is to find ways to improve quality of life in communities who want to retain and attract talented workers and local businesses. To that end, the workshops will be held May 26 in Iron Mountain, May 27 in Ishpeming, May 28 in Hancock, and May 29 in Escanaba.
 
The intended audience is local elected officials, planning commissioners, municipal, county and regional staff, developers and interested citizens. The free workshops consist of three hours of seminars, then a three-hour facilitated workshop to help each community prepare placemaking strategies.
 
Registration is required, and that can be done here.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Municipal League

 
 

Drummond Island restaurant reopens as Esther's Authentic Mexican Cuisine

A new Drummond Island restaurant is offering up authentic Mexican food starting this spring, having just celebrated its grand opening.
 
The former Deb's Island Restaurant, at 29299 East Channel Road on Drummond Island, is now Esther's Authentic Mexican Cuisine, owned by Esther Parris. It's open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
And she does mean authentic--Parris is originally from Mexico City, Mexico, and cooks a wide variety of affordable, classic Mexican dishes, from breakfast to some delicious-looking desserts. It looks like a very good reason to take a trip over to Drummond Island this summer, in fact.
 
Menu items include chimichangas, tacos, fajitas, burritos, salads, churros, flan and sopapillas, as well as Mexican traditional dishes that might not be as familiar to U.P. palates, like tamales and salpicon salad.
 
Esther's also offers take-out options, and catering services for events and parties. The restaurant also offers its own salsas, in an array of flavors from mango to chile arbol, by the pint for use at home. You can keep up to date on Esther's daily specials, often chosen with a flair of creativity from fresh ingredients, on the restaurant's Facebook page.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source; Esther's Authentic Mexican Cuisine

LSCP to hold Sawyer service center hours

The Lake Superior Community Partnership announced it will hold office hours on a regular basis at Sawyer.
 
A LSCP business development team member will staff an office at the Sawyer Service Center (also known as where you go to pay your water bill at Sawyer). The hours started May 1 and will be scheduled every other Friday, on the first and third Fridays of the month, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
 
The idea is to help support new and existing businesses in Sawyer and encourage more development there.
 
"The LSCP is committed to making access to business services as easy as possible in all areas of Marquette County," says LSCP VP of Economic Development Caralee Swanberg. "We look forward to meeting with and assisting more businesses at Sawyer and in the surrounding communities."
 
The Sawyer Service Center is located at 125 G Avenue in Sawyer near the airport. Appointments can be made to schedule business planning or advisory meetings, by calling 906-226-6591.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

L'Attitude to reopen this month in Marquette

The doors are opening and the hiring is happening at downtown Marquette's lakeshore restaurant, L'Attitude.
 
The restaurant on the corner of East Washington and Lakeshore closed temporarily in March, after cutting down to five days a week earlier in the winter. Then, it announced it would be open to private events only through the end of April.
 
Now, the L'Attitude Facebook page says it will re-open in mid-May with a new menu, new approach "and many changes that we are confident you will both enjoy and appreciate," in a message from the new management.
 
Also in the post was news of jobs available in the downtown restaurant scene; L'Attitude will hire a new slate of positions, including management, wait staff, bartenders, cooks, dishwashers, prep, bussers, hosts and maintenance. Training will take place before opening, and new service standards will be set, according to L'Attitude.
 
According to Word on the Street's Brian Cabell, the new management consists of restauranteur Joe Constance and general manager Jill Hayes, who will be the managing partner. L'Attitude is owned by Steve Nagelkirk, but Nagelkirk will be stepping away from the restaurant to focus on his landscaping business, writes Cabell.

Constance and Hayes' vision for the new L'Attitude includes a small-plate focused menu, a wide selection of hand-crafted drinks, wines and beers, and a casual, lakeside atmosphere.
 
The restaurant is located at 105 East Washington Street in Marquette.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: L'Attitude

Taiga Games adds new employee

Taiga Games in Marquette added its first employee, Garrett Schramm.
 
The games and comics store is located on Third Street in the Village shopping center, at 1015 North Third Street, and is locally owned by Sam and Robert Towers, who have been running it themselves since opening last year.
 
Now, the business has grown to the point where some help is needed, so Schramm was brought on to help customers, especially tabletop, RPG and card gamers, as he is the shop's resident Warhammer 40K, WarMachine, Hordes and X-Wing expert.
 
The shop will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day this week, with special events, sales, contests, and naturally, free comics, on May 2.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Taiga Games
 

Rare Earth Goods in Ishpeming adds cafe

Rare Earth Goods already brings a touch of homemade and natural goods to Ishpeming, but it's pushing that mission even further with made-from-scratch menu offerings… at its new in-store café.
 
The café serves up delicacies like quiches, carefully-planned sandwiches, soups and salads, and, of course, home-baked desserts that vary by the day. Recently, the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to make the opening of the Rare Earth café official.
 
Rare Earth owners Pam and Dan Perkins envision the store as a gathering place for those who love food, art, music and crafts of all kinds, and it's certainly a great addition to have all that tasty food and drink on hand in the new café, which serves from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
 
The store is located at 200 East Division Street in Ishpeming. Also on the schedule are classes in various kinds of arts, crafts and skills, and a weekly open mic night.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Rare Earth Goods

Marinette Marine to build two more Navy ships

Marinette Marine, one of the biggest employers in the western U.P., has good news for the future employment in the area--it has sub-contracted with the U.S. Navy to add two more ships to its shipbuilding schedule.
 
The company based in Marinette will build two more littoral combat ships, a design they have been producing several of for the Navy in recent years. The new contract, through Lockheed Martin, is valued at $362 million, and also has an option for a third ship next year.
 
"Marinette Marine and the surrounding community are extremely proud of the LCS program," says Jan Allman, president and CEO of Marinette Marine Corporation. "We currently have six ships under various stages of construction, and are now in full rate serial production. We look forward to extending our backlog and continuing our strong partnership with the Navy for many more years to come."
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Marinette Marine

UP Health System names new cancer center director

UP Health System in Marquette announced the hiring of a new medical director for its cancer center.
 
Dr. Phillip Lowry will take on that role, as well as being a clinical liaison with the Duke Cancer Network, which UPHS-Marquette affiliated with in 2014. He's board certified in hematology and oncology and will see patients in Marquette and Escanaba, as well as lead the UPHS Cancer Center clinical team.
 
Most recently, Lowry was chief medical director of hematology and oncology at Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pennsylvania, and previously was the medical director of the Centre Medical and Surgical Associates Cancer Program in State College, Pennsylvania.
 
He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard College and his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also completed a residency in internal medicine and a hematology and oncology fellowship at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.
 
"I am excited to join the Upper Peninsula Health System for many reasons," Lowry says. "The area is physically stunning and the people I have met so far are delightful. Cancer treatment here has already reached excellent levels with national recognition of that, but the partnership with the Duke University Cancer Network promises to move that to the absolute cutting edge of care."
 
He adds, "The very geography that is so beautiful is also a challenge--patients in the Upper Peninsula must travel great distances to get great care. I hope to work with the team here to bring that care as close as possible to where patients live and have their families and support systems in place."
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: UP Health System

NMU business competition winners announced

The winners of the annual New Business Venture Competition at Northern Michigan University were announced.
 
The competition, sponsored by the NMU College of Business, encouraged student entrepreneurs to enter their business ideas, in the form of business plans, elevator pitches and trade fair displays, for judging through a process that started in October. The top three places received prizes including cash for startup, financial and legal consulting and technology support.
 
First place in the business plan competition, worth $7,750, went to a team of international students, Wenfei Kou and Yufeng Zhuo of China, and Wilson Goh of Malaysia, for their business Hobby Car Malaysia, which connects people interested in vintage and classic cars in Malaysia. They also took first in the trade fair display awards.
 
Justina Liss of Bark River took second place in business plans, earning a $4,000 prize, and also won the best elevator pitch. Her business is Superior Shores Bike park, which serves mountain bikers through all seasons.
 
Third place, $2,200, went to Micah Argeropoulos of Marquette for his business, Cardboard World, and fourth place was Brett Etengoff of Clarkston, for his business Specular Restraint. The top four teams are receiving consultation on their business from NMU faculty.
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Northern Michigan University

Spencer joins Edwards Automotive

Edwards Automotive in Iron Mountain has hired a new employee, Ryan Spencer.
 
Spencer joined the recently-expanded company as a new and used car sales and leasing associate. He is a Kingsford native who served for six years in the National Guard and also has a background in commercial plumbing sales.
 
He is part of a recent expansion at Edwards, which has been adding staff since late 2014, when the auto dealer and service shop constructed a new building complete with body shop, car wash and GM certified service department.
 
Spencer also can offer help with new and used car sales and lease agreements, and can be found on his professional Facebook page here.
 
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Edwards Automotive

Myefski Architects adds one to their team

Myefski Architects announced it has hired on a new architectural coordinator in the firm's Marquette office.
 
The Chicago-based architecture company opened its Marquette office in 2013 and has taken on several major projects, like the new city municipal building, the Liberty Way development for Veridea Group, and local housing developments.
 
Now, Joel Norton will fill the role of architectural coordinator for Myefski's regional projects. Norton is a Calumet native and studied at Northern Michigan University before completing his architectural degree at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.
 
His responsibilities include taking on project tasks and coordinating design processes.
 
"We are excited to have Joel on the team," says Josh Dawson, project manager for the firm, "His experience and hard work have already proven beneficial towards delivering the standard of quality our clients have come to expect."
 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Myefski Architects 
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