2017 Celebrations

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice Celebrates New Name and Services

MARQUETTE – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently teamed up with Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate the agency’s new name, expanded services, and mission of “Supporting your Journey throughout Life’s Stages.”

Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice, formerly known as Lake Superior Hospice, adopted a new name that reflects a broader reach, offering hope and support to individuals living with chronic conditions through the agency’s new programs. It’s a redefining of the agency’s role, helping to eliminate the stigma of hospice, and providing specialized care that focuses on treating the family as a whole.

“Lake Superior Hospice has always specialized in hospice services and will continue to do so” according to Sue Kitti, CEO, “However, we see many people who would benefit from services long before receiving a terminal diagnosis, we want to be able to support them earlier in life.” The new Life Care name will reflect several new services offered by the agency.

Specializing in hospice care since 1979, the agency now offers a “Transitions” in-home care program designed for those living with chronic disease or health challenges, an adult day services program, an “Alzheimer’s Café” in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, and “Dancing with Parkinson’s” in conjunction with the Dance Zone. In addition, the agency’s community bereavement program recently added a “widows-only” grief group. In October, the Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice will host the 2017 Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care and Hospice Conference.

Pictured: Sue Kitti, Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice CEO; Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice staff and board, Nicole Young, Marquette County Ambassador; Michelle Sellers, Marquette County Ambassador; Tony Retaskie, Marquette County Ambassador and Dave Campana, Marquette City Mayor.

For more information, please call the Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice office at (906) 225-7760.



KADU Designs Welcomed to Downtown Marquette

MARQUETTE – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) and the Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recently teamed-up to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for KADU Designs of Marquette. The DDA also presented KADU Designs with a certificate to welcome them to Downtown Marquette. The creative consulting business is excited to begin providing unique, local design options to the community.

Located at 610 N. Third Street in Marquette’s historic east side, KADU Designs is an interior design studio that offers consulting for interior, exterior, residential, and light commercial projects. The studio also offers many products that are made in Michigan, the U.P. and northern Wisconsin.

After living in California and Wisconsin, Katherine DuVernois, U.P. Native and Owner of KADU, is excited to be back in her hometown of Marquette, MI. DuVernois is a localist, which means she prefers to work with local materials and craftspeople to create designs that are truly unique to the area. She is an experienced designer and can help transform the look of almost any home or business.

KADU Designs welcomes customers to visit the studio during normal business hours, Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or call (906) 362-8440 to set up an appointment.

Pictured from left to right: Mary VanTilburg, LSCP Business Development Representative; Sara Cambensy, Marquette City Commission; Dan Landers, Cook Sign Services; Katherine DuVernois, Owner of KADU Designs; Mona Lang, DDA Executive Director and Marquette County Ambassador and Tara Laase-McKinney, Marquette Downtown Development Authority.



Our Grille Restaurant and Bakery open in Gwinn

MARQUETTE, MI–The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently teamed-up with Our Grille to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for their newly-opened eatery. Located in Gwinn, MI, Our Grille is a restaurant and bakery that aims to provide fresh, quality food to the area.

Our Grille began as a small in-home bakery that quickly built a reputation for its cakes, cupcakes, and desserts. It has since evolved into a restaurant that serves a full menu of homemade soups, fresh salads and sandwiches, as well as homemade sweets and treats.

The owners of Our Grille, Renee Rushlow and Michelle Ford-Thompson, aim to use their love and knowledge of baking to create a special eating experience for all who come.

Our Grille is located at 301 Avenue A, Gwinn, MI 49841.

Pictured from left to right: Caralee Swanberg, LSCP Vice President of Economic Development; Kelly Schmeltzer, Naria Ford-Thompson, Renee Rushlow, Owner; Michelle Ford-Thompson, Owner; Shannon Hope, Hunter Bachman, Al Ford and Ashley Szczepanski, LSCP Marketing and Events Manager.



Barrel + Beam Brewery Breaks Ground

Renovations begin at the old Northwoods Supper Club

Marquette, Michigan: Ground officially broke today on a five-month renovation project which will turn the old Northwoods Supper Club into Barrel + Beam, the region’s only brewery solely focused on farmhouse and barrel aged beers.

Approximately 10,000 of the 16,000 square foot building will be renovated into a multi-level tasting room, brewhouse and barrel aging and bottle conditioning area. Once complete, Barrel + Beam will be open to the public on Saturdays and patrons can purchase bottled beer and special pours exclusive to the tasting room, as well as tour the brewery. No food will be made on-site but carry-ins will be encouraged.

Barrel + Beam will brew four brands initially: Biere de Garde, Golden Strong ale, Saison, and Belgian Wit will be bottle-conditioned, as is true to their style. The bottled products will be sold at select retailers in Michigan and Wisconsin, as both states allow self-distribution up to a certain threshold.

“Barrel and Beam is a reflection of my long-standing passion for producing authentic farmhouse and bottle conditioned beers using premium ingredients, many of which will be found right here in Michigan,” said Nick VanCourt, founder and brewer.

Future beer offerings will include additional sour beers and Michigan sourced fruit beers that will spend up to a year aging in oak barrels.

VanCourt, a graduate of the World Brewing Academy, a partnership of Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology in Chicago and Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany, has eight years of professional brewing experience at microbreweries, brewpubs, and production breweries in both Wisconsin and Michigan, most recently, as head brewer of Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette.

Fittingly, the traditional style ales will be brewed and bottled in a building that was once the second oldest restaurant in the state and known for its unparalleled quality. The Northwoods Supper Club opened in 1934 and was the host of many first dates, weddings, anniversary dinners and other celebrations before closing its doors over 70 years later.

“We’re thrilled to build our brewery at this historic place,” said Marina Dupler, co-founder. “And we would be honored if many a special occasion was celebrated with a bottle from Barrel + Beam.”

The project is in partnership with U.P. based mBank and utilizes many local firms and contractors including Closner Construction, Wright Electric, United and Integrated Designs. The brewhouse will be designed and built by Quality Tank Solutions, based in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Brewery and construction updates will be posted on the Barrel + Beam Facebook site at www.facebook.com/barrelandbeam.



New Delta Air Lines Minneapolis Flights Celebration

MARQUETTE COUNTY – Delta Air Lines and The County of Marquette recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) to celebrate the return of non-stop air service from Sawyer International Airport (MQT) to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) on SkyWest Airlines, operating as Delta Connection. The newly returned connection will be available seven days a week.

Flights can be reserved online at delta.com.

Pictured from left to right: Jody Lindberg, Sawyer Operations/Marketing & Development, Steve Schenden, Director of Sawyer Operations, Sharon Heley, Delta Air Lines Regional Manager, Duane Duray, Airport Manager, Karen Shaneberger, Delta Air Lines Station Manager, Amy Clickner, LSCP CEO, and Nicole Young, Marquette County Ambassador.




Aurora Piercing Boutique celebrates Grand Opening

MARQUETTE – Aurora Piercing Boutique recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) to celebrate their grand opening. They are a professional body piercing boutique with two full time piercers and a member of the Association of Professional Piercers.

Aurora Piercing Boutique is located at 110 N. Third Street in Marquette.

Pictured from left to right: Amy Kuivanen, LSCP Business Development Representative, Dave Campana, Marquette City Mayor, Nicole Young, Marquette County Ambassador, Chris Ganyou, Owner of Aurora Piercing Boutique, Michelle Sellers, Marquette County Ambassador, Sarah Reynolds, Marquette City Commissioner and Mary VanTilburg, LSCP Business Development Representative.




The Guys’ Place celebrates grand opening

MARQUETTE – The Guys’ Place, A Hair Salon for Men, recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) to celebrate their grand opening. The salon offers quality service for men and boy’s with a unique customer service focus. Haircuts include shampoo, conditioner, a hot towel, eyebrow and mustache trim, a shoulder rub, TV and peanuts all from your own private barber chair.

The Guys’ Place is located at 3117 US Highway 41 W in Marquette and opens Saturday, January 14 at 9 a.m.

Pictured from left to right: Amy Kuivanen, LSCP Business Development Representative, Janelle Ruff, Marquette Township Planning and Zoning, Jason McCarthy, Marquette Township Planner, Emily Smith, Stylist, Dave Aro, Marquette County Ambassador, Kurt Peterson, Owner, Steve Rosiewicz, Stylist, Jess Peterson, Owner, Lexi Peterson, Alyssa Wuori, Stylist, Athena Lohr, Stylist, Angie Johnson, Manager, Don Gladwell, Marquette County Ambassador, Mari Harmala, Stylist, Karen Hayes, Taylor Badder, Stylist and John Marshall, Marquette County Ambassador.



2016 Celebrations
2015 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

2014 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

2013 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

2012 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

2011 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies