2021 Celebrations

New Road Dedicated to Gerry Corkin 

Gwinn, Mich. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted the Marquette County Road Commission (MCRC) with a road dedication ceremony. 

A new road was created by the MCRC as part of the Superior Extrusion, Inc expansion. On May 28, 2021 Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced economic development grants for Superior Extrusion, Inc to aid in their expansion. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a state TEDF grant in the amount of $660,000 to help fund infrastructure improvements associated with the expansion pending all relevant federal approvals.

The grant will help support work performed by the MCRC, including relocating 11th Street, building a new roundabout and road from the existing 11th Street south to 10th Street, resurfacing and adding turn lanes on Kelly Johnson Memorial Drive and 10th Street, and other associated road improvements. MCRC is contributing over $72,600 to the project. The new road being created was named after long-time public servant and Chair of the Marquette County Board, Gerry Corkin.


Epps Apothecary Moves to New Location

MARQUETTE, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Epps Apothecary with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their move to a new location. After a successful first year, Epps Apothecary has moved to a new, larger location at 110 N. Third Street in Marquette, between Washington and Bluff Street.

“I opened Epps Apothecary last year, in between the lockdowns, because I wanted to do something to help revitalize our local economy. I want Epps Apothecary to be a beacon of art, science and Marquette’s strength over adversity,” said Spencer Epps, artist, owner and Marquette native. “We’ve worked hard, and with the support of our amazing Marquette community, we’ve had a successful first year. We’ve outgrown our old shop, and it’s time to expand into a larger one.”

The new Epps Apothecary will transport you to the Emerald City, capital of the mythical Land of Oz. Inside the shop, you can find “art with soul,” “home goods with swagger,” and “wizardly wonders.” In addition to beautiful art, handcrafted jewelry, ancient Japanese tie-dye (Shibori) and high-voltage wood-burning (Lichtenberg burning), there are some exciting new wonders to explore.

Be an Alchemist for a day at the new Alchemy Bar, where you can make organic health teas and elixirs. Consult the Oracle to divine the true, ancient meaning of your name from the original Phoenician pictographs that eventually evolved into our modern alphabet.

Epps Apothecary also has a new metaphysical books section and a crystal grotto to make even the Gnome King himself jealous. With brand new magical services, tarot reading and more, it will be an enchanting experience for the whole family; like no other in the Upper Peninsula.

In addition to Epps Apothecary’s commitment to rebuilding the Marquette community, Epps, a medical doctor, is also committed to caring for the elderly. Epps donates 10% of all profits throughout the year to provide food, housing, animal companionship and improved quality of life for the elderly of Marquette.

Experience the new Epps Apothecary and be transported to a land of wonder and enchantment when you visit their new location. You can contact the shop at (906) 250-3497 or check out their website eppsapothecary.com for more information on their products and services.

Pictured from left to right: Jenna Smith, City of Marquette Mayor, Tara Laase-McKinney, Marquette DDA, Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Sam Elder, Marquette County Ambassador, Spencer Epps, Epps Apothecary Owner, Sally Davis, Marquette City Commission, Rebecca Finco, Marquette DDA, Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach Coordination, and Judi Schwalbah, Senator Ed McBroom’s Office.


City of Negaunee Celebrates Completion of Phase One of Iron Ore Heritage Trail Lighting Enhancement Project

Negaunee, Mich. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted the City of Negaunee with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of phase one of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail (IOHT) Lighting Enhancement Project.

Phase one of the project, which started in July of this year, includes the installation of 3,000 feet of underground electrical conduit and 13 new light fixtures placed along the IOHT. The lights start at Gold Street, pass by the new pavilion in Jackson Mine Park, and end where Merry Street was once located in Old Town.

The total project cost is $48,000, which includes $22,500 in underground boring performed by Northern Utility and $26,000 in parts/materials installed by the Negaunee Electric Department.

Phase two of the project will start in 2022 and will continue for approximately 4,200 feet to the Negaunee/Ishpeming city limits, with an additional 22-lights installed.

Pictured from left to right: Craig Ilmonen, Negaunee City Council, Dana LaLonde, Negaunee City Council, Paul Maino, Negaunee City Council, Nate Heffron, City of Negaunee, Carol Flusher, Iron Ore Heritage Trial, Roger Matson, trail patron, Bob Hendrickson, Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber Of Commerce, Mona Lang, Negaunee DDA, Scout the Dog, Larry Marta, Negaunee Lions Club, and Brooke Quinn, Lake Superior Community Partnership.


Levätä Sleep Moves to New Location

Marquette, Mich.  – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Levätä Sleep with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their move to a new location. Levätä Sleep is now located at 304 State Highway 553, across from the Crossroads Gas Station, in Marquette.

Levätä, means “rest” in the Finnish language. Levätä Sleep offers patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, or who have failed CPAP, the option of oral appliance therapy. By fitting individuals with a custom oral sleep appliance, Dr. Hoffstrom and her team can help improve patients sleep, alertness and overall health. To schedule a consultation, call their office at 906-242-2443.

Pictured from left to right: Stephanie Ray, Levata Sleep Office Liaison, Heather Norman, Levätä Sleep Director of Marketing and Physician Services, Dr. Anja Hoffstrom, DDS Levätä Sleep President and Founder, and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.


Alluma Yoga Celebrates Grand Opening

Marquette, Mich. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Alluma Yoga with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their grand opening. Following a successful soft opening in early August, Alluma is now open seven days a week with a staff of seven teachers.

Alluma Yoga strives to offer a variety of styles of yoga including vinyasa yoga, hot yoga, hatha yoga, restorative yoga and yoga nidra. Some vinyasa classes include pilates mat-work for core toning and flexibility. All of Alluma Yoga’s classes unite body and mind in movement and breath.

Alluma Yoga is the only yoga studio in the Upper Peninsula to offer both hot yoga and unheated classes in a large-sunlit space. All teachers are certified by the Yoga Alliance and follow strict protocols for a safe practice, including disinfection of all surfaces before and after class, and adequate social distancing in class. With more than 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, 30 years in fitness and group exercise instruction, and 12 years of yoga practice and teaching, Isabel Francis has recruited a dynamic and talented team of instructors to ensure that Alluma Yoga offers the greatest variety of classes that safely meet all needs. The mission of Alluma Yoga is to empower their students to achieve their highest goals for their physical, spiritual, and emotional health in an inclusive, supportive and nurturing environment.

“It’s been quite a challenge to acquire and install the infrared heat lamps and humidification, but the support of the Marquette yoga community has been tremendous! We are so excited to have a fantastic team of teachers offering a wide variety of classes seven days a week. We are reaching out to nonprofits and health care providers to expand our offerings to include teens and children, and are always looking for creative ways of bringing the gift of yoga to our friends, families, and community,” said Alluma Yoga Owner, Isabel Francis.

Hot power classes follow a Baptiste Power Yoga format, allowing the instructor to offer a range of options to each student based upon their level, following a well-known sequence. Hot power classes raise students’ heart rate, improve flexibility, burn calories, reduce stress, and help the body relax. Heated vinyasa classes provide all the same benefits.

Unheated classes include vinyasa and hatha flows, Flow and Float (a vinyasa/Nidra combination), restorative yoga, and beginner vinyasa. Alluma Yoga also offers a unique combination of yoga and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) called YOD (Your Own Determination) Yoga. This class blends intentional movement and HIIT segments, cool down/stretch, and final resting pose to challenge and stretch you mentally, physically and emotionally. With 1200 square feet of practice space, Alluma Yoga has room to accommodate all of its students safely.

Alluma Yoga is also constantly seeking opportunities for outreach in the community, focusing on children, intergenerational yoga, teens and others at risk.

Alluma Yoga is located at 925 W. Washington St in Marquette. For more information, call (906) 360-7933, email allumayoga@gmail.com, or visit allumayoga.com. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Pictured from left to right:  Kyle Lafreniere, Val Morris, Scott Knaffla, Marquette County Ambassador, Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Lori Beth Jokinen, Alluma Yoga Instructor, Isabel Francis, Alluma Yoga Founder, Brianna Salmela, Alluma Yoga General Manager, Heather House, Alluma Yoga Instructor, Mary Connor, Alluma Yoga Instructor, Jenn Hill, Marquette Mayor Pro Tem, Kristin Gordon and Ellen Doan.


Madgoodies Studio Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary

Marquette, Mich. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Madgoodies Studio with an anniversary celebration to honor the store’s three-year anniversary. The store is located at 209 W. Ohio Street.

Madgoodies is a metals studio with an art gallery. Madeline Goodman, store owner, displays her work, along with many other artists from all over the Midwest, some being current Northern Michigan University students or Northern Michigan University alumni.

The Studio, which opened in September of 2018, has grown significantly since the grand opening, and continues to grow as a place to bring artists and makers from all over together in one spot.

You can find Madgoodies Studio on Facebook and Instagram.

The store is open from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is located at 209 W. Ohio Street.

Pictured left to right:  Michaela Zuzula, LSCP Marketing Coordinator, Rebecca Finco, Marquette DDA Executive Director, Tori Row, Madgoodies Studio Intern, Madeline Goodman, Madgoodies Owner/Artist, Adam Hall, friend of Madgoodies Studio, Fred Stonehouse, Marquette City Commission and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.


Coleman Agency – Farm Bureau Insurance Celebrates Grand Opening

Marquette, Mich. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Coleman Farm Bureau Agency with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their grand opening.

Coleman Farm Bureau Agency, formerly Scott LaMora Agency, is a locally owned and operated multi-line insurance agency, offering a wide range of insurance products. Christine Coleman, owner of Coleman Farm Bureau Agency, spent four years working and growing her insurance knowledge under the prior owner before establishing her agency. Coleman lives in Negaunee Township with her husband and three children and has a passion for helping others and feels grateful to have an opportunity to work with the people in our community to help protect them against the perils of life.

When you think of Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan you may think that they are only insure Farmers, but they are so much more! Since 1949, Coleman Farm Bureau Agency has been helping to protect the people of Michigan with a wide range of insurance products including auto, home, lake estate, farm, commercial, life, annuity and more.

Coleman Farm Bureau Agency strongly believes that when it comes to insurance needs, one size does not fit all, so they take the time to meet with each of their customers to review their current protection plans, discuss any gaps in coverage, their personal needs and goals and then work together to create a plan that protects what matters most to them.

Coleman Farm Bureau Agency will be celebrating their grand opening for the entire month of September with drawings and other special events. For details, visit their office at 2315 US 41 South Marquette, their Facebook page Coleman Farm Bureau Agency, their website farmbureauinsurance-mi.com/Agent/Christine-Coleman or call (906) 225-1328. They are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Evenings and Saturdays available by appointment.

Pictured from left to right: Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Michelle Sellers, Marquette County Ambassador, Christine Coleman, Owner of Coleman Farm Bureau Agency, Jacqueline Brussee-Snedden, Client Service Representative and Tammy LaMora, Account Manager.


Upper Peninsula Surgery Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Marquette, Mich. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Upper Peninsula Surgery Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their grand opening.

Upper Peninsula Surgery Center is Marquette’s first ambulatory surgery center. With a mission to provide value, convenience, comfort, and dependability, the Upper Peninsula Surgery Center is dedicated to high-quality outpatient surgical care in a convenient and comfortable setting.

Upper Peninsula Surgery Center’s brand-new state-of-the-art facility is located in the Peninsula Medical Center at 1414 W. Fair Avenue in Suite 235 and features technologically advanced medical equipment and board-certified, experienced staff dedicated to providing patients with excellent healthcare.

The Upper Peninsula Surgery Center is open Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by phone at (906) 273-2223 or on their website at upsurgerycenter.com. For more information about Upper Peninsula Surgery Center visit their Facebook page Upper Peninsula Surgery Center or follow them on Instagram @upperpeninsulasurgerycenter.

Pictured from left to right: Garrett J. Kerns, D.O., Upper Peninsula Surgery Center Co-Owner, Zachary C. Leonard, M.D., Upper Peninsula Surgery Center Co-Owner, Tammy Luoma, RN, CEN, Upper Peninsula Surgery Center Clinical Administrator, Robert H. Blotter, M.D., Upper Peninsula Surgery Center Co-Owner, Jason D, Doppelt, M.D., Upper Peninsula Surgery Center Co-Owner and Randy Wetton, RN, BSN, Upper Peninsula Surgery Center Assistant Manager.


Jonny’s Outdoors Celebrates Grand Opening

Marquette, Mich. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Jonny’s Outdoors with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their grand opening.

Jonny’s Outdoors sells a variety of live bait and tackle and locally made products. Sherry and Jon Peek, owners of Jonny’s Outdoors, love the outdoors, specifically pan and pike fishing in the summer and bear and deer hunting in the fall. When they aren’t hunting and fishing, Sherry and Jon like to spend time with their two children, granddaughter, and two old dogs. Their goal for Jonny’s Outdoors is to help others create amazing memories like they do with their family outdoors.

Jonny’s Outdoors is located at 2210 S. US 41 in Marquette and is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Jonny’s Outdoors visit jonnysoutdoors.com, visit their Facebook Page at Jonny’s Outdoors or call (906) 235-2894.

Pictured from left to right: Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Jonny and Sherry Peek, Owners of Jonny’s Outdoors and Michaela Zuzula, LSCP Marketing Coordinator.


Superior Extrusion, Inc. Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Expansion in Marquette County 

Gwinn, Mich. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Superior Extrusion, Inc. (SEI) with a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate their expansion.

SEI is a national leader in extruded aluminum products. SEI uses multiple hydraulic presses to create the starting aluminum shapes needed to make vehicle parts, docks, trailers, boats and so much more. Over the past 23 years, SEI has grown tremendously and continues to grow due to the increasing demands of current customers as well as the addition of new customers and the production of electric vehicles. These increasing demands have required them to expand their business, creating 44 new jobs, and representing one of the largest manufacturing expansions in the U.P. in years.

On May 28, 2021 Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced economic development grants for Superior Extrusion, Inc to aid in their expansion. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a state TEDF grant in the amount of $660,000 to help fund infrastructure improvements associated with the expansion pending all relevant federal approvals. The grant will help support work performed by the Marquette County Road Commission (MCRC), including relocating 11th Street, building a new roundabout and road from the existing 11th Street south to 10th Street, resurfacing and adding turn lanes on Kelly Johnson Memorial Drive and 10th Street, and other associated road improvements. MCRC is contributing over $72,600 to the project. The new road being created will be named after long-time public servant and Chair of the Marquette County Board, Gerry Corkin.

The Michigan Strategic Fund has also authorized an amendment increasing the company’s existing Michigan Business Development Program (MBDP) grant to $422,000 to help secure an additional $28 million in investment by SEI in Michigan over competing sites in Iowa and Ohio. The company originally received a $150,000 MBDP grant in 2017 for the creation of 30 jobs. Prior to this amendment, SEI had met the first jobs and investment milestones required.

The expansion will be completed in two phases. The first phase is the realignment of the airport terminal access road and utilities currently under construction with completion scheduled this fall. Phase two will begin in April of 2022 and will consist of the construction of a 200,000 sq. ft. building and installation of a new nine-inch (9”) Extral Press, which is projected to be operational by late December of 2022.

Pictured from left to right: Johnny DePetro, Marquette County Commissioner, Ken Dillinger, President U.P. Engineers & Architects, Brad Couture, SEI CEO, Vicki Schwab, MEDC Senior Business Development Manager, Randy DeBolt, SEI Co-Founder/Board Member, Brooke Berube, SEI Project Manager, Myron DeBolt, SEI Co-Founder/Board Member, George LaBlonde III, SEI Chairman of the Board, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Quinten Messer, MEDC CEO, Christine Zuzga, MDOT TEDF Manager, Gerry Corkin Marquette County Chairman of the Board, Sarah Lucas, LSCP CEO, and Steve Adamini, Marquette County Commissioner.


City of Negaunee Celebrates Completion of Jackson Mine Park Pavilion Project with Surprise Dedication Ceremony

Negaunee, Mich. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted the City of Negaunee with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the construction of the Jim Thomas Pavilion.

During the ribbon cutting, the City of Negaunee held a surprise dedication ceremony to dedicate the pavilion to Jim Thomas. Thomas, a native son of Negaunee, was instrumental as one of the founding members of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail Authority and its trail system.

Planning for the pavilion began in 2012 when the Negaunee Parks and Recreation Committee established a pavilion sub-committee and submitted a grant application for the project in 2017. The City of Negaunee broke ground on the project in the summer of 2019, after the Negaunee City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution to accept a $291,000 grant from the Michigan DNR Trust Fund. The total cost of the pavilion is $485,100, with the City of Negaunee’s required to match at $194,100. Other funding was sourced from the Cliffs and Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund which donated $70,000, the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority which donated $25,000 and the Negaunee Area Community Fund which donated $8,500.

“Jim is the example of what it is to be a community leader. Through is his leadership, dedication, and collaboration with others we this wonderful trail system today”, said City of Negaunee Manager Nate Heffron.

The Jim Thomas Pavilion is located at 199 Tobin Street in Negaunee, near the Iron Ore Heritage trail spur. The 55×30 pavilion includes a covered recreation area for picnicking and events, restrooms, onsite parking and will eventually include a kitchen.  For questions or to reserve the pavilion, please call the City of Negaunee Parks and Recreation Department at (906)475-7900.

Pictured: Jim Thomas surrounded by family and friends, MDNR, Cleveland Cliffs, Inc., Jay Gage, Senator Stabenow’s Office, Joe Boogren, Forsyth Township Supervisor, Nate Heffron, Negaunee City Manager, Jason Wallner, City of Negaunee Mayor, State Senator Ed McBroom, Iron Ore Heritage Trail Recreation Authority, Aubrey Moore, Senator Peters’ Office, George LaBlonde, Senator Peters’ Office, Anthony Stagliano, Negaunee City Council and Dana LaLonde, Negaunee City Council.


Dunegrass Co. Celebrates Grand Opening

Marquette, Mich. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Dunegrass Co. with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their grand opening.

Based out of Traverse City, Dunegrass is excited to bring their unique brand of tourism-focused retail to the U.P. They continuously strive to deliver a top-notch customer experience and price-effective cannabis products to everyday users and new adopters alike. As advocates for Northern Michigan and the U.P. Dunegrass puts a great deal of effort into supporting regional growers and processors so that Northern Michigan and U.P. communities can benefit from the economic multipliers from the cannabis industry.

Dunegrass Co. is located in South Marquette at 100 Genesee Street and is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information on Dunegrass Co. visit dunegrass.co or call (906) 273-0020. You can also follow them on Facebook at Dunegrass Co. Marquette and Instagram at @dunegrass.co.

Pictured from left to right: Front row: Randy Larson, Marquette County Ambassador, Jake Putala, Senator McBroom’s Office, Sally Davis, Marquette City Commission, Jeremy Hosking, Governor Whitmer’s Office, Brian Buchanan, Bryan Piedmonte, Eric Piedmonte, Dunegrass Co. Chief Operating Officer, Sarah Vanden Bossche, Rebecca Herd, Hannah Bolduc, Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach Coordinator, and Mary Myers, LSCP Director of Business Development.

Back row: Danny Simmons, Alex Scott, Chris Piedmonte, Arthur Marshall, Danielle Ashley, River Kressler, Miranda Rosten, Lucas Porter, and Kaylee Feltner.


Fairfield By Marriott® Hotel Now Open In Marquette, Michigan As The First Marriott Hotel In The Upper Peninsula

The Hotel Opens with a New Design that Pays Homage to the Brand’s Origins at the Fairfield Farm

Marquette, Mich. – The 92-room Fairfield by Marriott in Marquette, Michigan opened Friday, June 18 with a new décor that provides guests with a feeling of warmth and calm while traveling. Located at 808 S Lakeshore Boulevard, the Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Marquette will operate as a Marriott franchise, managed by North Michigan Hospitality Management, LLC.

“Marquette is truly a Michigan gem, and we are excited to bring the first Marriott property to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” said Fritz Heller, president of North Michigan Hospitality Management. “We are proud to be a part of this thriving and active community.”

The management team at the property is led by General Manager Stefanie Congdon who has over 20 years of hospitality management experience. Stefanie has spent the last eight years on Mackinac Island, and prior to that, many years managing Marriott branded hotels for franchisees as well as a year as a Corporate Trainer for Marriott International.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Marquette offers guests convenient access to beautiful Lake Superior, downtown Marquette, Northern Michigan University and UP Health Systems – Marquette as well as convenient access to all of Marquette’s outdoor activities.

The new décor package is warm, timeless, forward-thinking, and inviting with simple nods back to the brand’s heritage. Specific elements meant to evoke feelings from the Fairfield Farm include a farmhouse table in the lobby for gathering and connecting, photography from the Fairfield Farm serving as artwork in the lobby and guest rooms, natural materials and unique textures featured throughout, and a history wall in every property showcasing the brand’s roots.

“We are excited to introduce the new Fairfield Inn & Suites to the Marquette community,” said Stefanie Congdon, General Manager, “Marquette has always been a memorable childhood destination for me and has extended to my family, friends, and employees as a special place to celebrate events, holidays, and create memories.”

The new guestroom design is impactful, unique and addresses the functional needs of the Fairfield guest for a seamless experience. The room was designed with the modern traveler’s needs to stay productive on the road in mind without overcomplicating the guestroom. Each room features a modern lounge chair, serving as both functional and comfortable to either work or relax in. The artwork in the room takes center stage with the window treatment acting as a focal point, displaying photography taken at the Fairfield Farm. The material is sheer and allows light to pass through the photography, warming up the room and creating a comfortable environment. The guestrooms also feature an ergonomic workstation, a comfortable couch, refrigerator, coffeemaker and microwave.

Additional hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi. There will also be an on-site lounge, featuring selections of local brews. A complimentary hot breakfast, featuring oatmeal, scrambled eggs, sausage, make-your-own waffles and other healthy items, such as fruit, yogurt, and whole grain cereals and breads is also available.

Pictured is: Sarah Lucas, LSCP CEO, Susan Estler, Marquette County Ambassador/Travel Marquette, Barry Polzin, Barry J. Polzin Architects Inc., Sheri Davie, Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Fritz Heller, North Mich Hospitality Management President and CEO, Lisa Kuch, North Mich Hospitality Management Vice President, Stefanie Congdon, Fairfield Inn and Suites Marquette General Manager surrounded by employees of North Mich Hospitality Management and owners of Marquette Opportunities, LLC.


Marquette Mountain Resort Celebrates Grand Opening of Bike Park

Marquette, Mich. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Marquette Mountain Resort with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of their new Bike Park.

Marquette Mountain Resort now offers a new lift-access riding option for mountain biking enthusiasts. Bikers are able to hook their bike to a chair lift and ascend to seven different trails ranging in moderate to extremely difficult. The resort also offers specialty Enduo Comp 29ers bikes available for guests to rent and test out to explore new techniques and challenge yourself. Guests may reserve bike rentals on marquettemountain.com.

Marquette Mountain Resort plans to expand the bike park, completing their course and lift expansion by summer 2022.

The Marquette Mountain Bike Park is located at 4501 M-553 in Marquette, and is open Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To access the bike park, guests will need to purchase a day pass or a season pass. Day and season passes are available for purchase on marquettemountain.com.

Marquette Mountain Resort is a four-season destination offering skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, volleyball, private events, and more. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the slopes or trails, capture spectacular views of Lake Superior and cozy up to the fire with family and friends. Marquette Mountain Resort also offers high-quality dining and art on the Mountain that is conveniently located minutes from downtown Marquette, MI. Visit marquettemountain.com for more information or call 906-225-1155.

Pictured from left to right: Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Sarah Lucas, LSCP CEO, Mary Myers, LSCP Director of Business Development, Amber Nichols, Marquette Mountain Resort Customer Service Manager, Ashlyn Luukkonen, Marquette Mountain Resort Bar Manager, Eric and Sarah Jorgensen, Marquette Mountain Resort Owners, Lori Hauswirth, NTN Executive Director, Fred Stonehouse, Marquette City Commission, Trish Davis, Marquette County Ambassador and Heather Mosher, Marquette County Ambassador.


Lakeshore Skin + Body Celebrates New Location

Marquette – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Lakeshore Skin + Body with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their new location.

Lakeshore Skin & Body is a full-service medical spa located in Downtown Marquette focused in advanced skincare, anti-aging aesthetic services, and body treatments. Each guest receives a personalized experience and healthy skin treatment plan. Lakeshore Skin + Body enhances your natural beauty through advanced skincare treatments, cosmetic injections and laser treatments. They specialize in a variety of Syneron™ laser treatments including ReFirme® Skin Tightening, Skin Rejuvenation, Sublative Radio Frequency and Hair Removal, as well as, CoolSculpting, Botox® and Juvederm™ filler.

Lakeshore Skin + Body is now located at the bottom level of 153 W. Washington Street, across from the Marquette Commons. For more information visit their website, lakeshoreskinandbody.com or Facebook page, facebook.com/lakeshoreskinandbody.

Pictured from left to right: Jake Putala, Senator McBroom’s Office, Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Rebecca Finco, Marquette DDA Executive Director, Kelsey Kerns, Cindy Jackson, Marianne Brugman, Jane Campbell, Jessica Boucher, Terry Letts, Lakeshore Skin + Body Owner, Tina Reno, Kirsti Letts, Jennifer McCarthy, Sarah Peterson, Trish Davis, Marquette County Ambassador, and Jeremy Hosking, Governor Whitmer’s Office.


TEAM Wireless, Verizon Authorized Retailer Celebrates Grand Opening in Marquette

Marquette – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted TEAM Wireless, Verizon Authorized Retailer with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of their new building on 3195 Wright Street in Marquette.

TEAM Wireless was founded in 2001 in Escanaba, MI. This will mark TEAM Wireless’ fifth acquisition in the past eleven years. In addition to the acquisitions, TEAM Wireless has opened locations throughout Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin since its founding. TEAM Wireless will now independently own and operate 63 retail locations with over 350 employees, while maintaining its headquarters in Escanaba, MI. TEAM Wireless is a Verizon Authorized Retailer, certified mobile device repair center, and carries a full line of wireless accessories.

For more information on TEAM Wireless, Verizon Authorized Retailer in Marquette visit teamwireless.com/locations/125936/marquette/ or call 906-273-1029.

Pictured from left to right: Scott Knaffla, Marquette County Ambassador, Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Eric Clifford, TEAM Wireless Store Manager, Madison Eazsol, TEAM Wireless Marketing Coordinator, Justin Burford, TEAM Wireless Vice President of Marketing, Sally Davis, Marquette City Commission, and Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach Coordinator.


Social Justice For Us Celebrates One Year in Marquette

Marquette – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Social Justice For Us with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their one year anniversary.

Social Justice For Us, located in Campfire CoWorks at 132 W. Washington Street in Marquette, is a nonprofit organization that focuses on uplifting the voices of marginalized people in Marquette County. Their mission is to promote socially aware critical thinking by providing education, spreading awareness, demonstrating peaceful community collaboration and distributing resources locally. Social Justice For Us supports underrepresented peoples, including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and impoverished communities.

Social Justice For Us will continue celebrating their one year anniversary at their Juneteenth: A Cultural Celebration event on June 19 from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm at Lower Mattson Harbor Park. This event will engage the crowd through performance acts, spoken word, music and education while providing an everlasting feeling of glee and prosperity. The celebration will be a continuance of Social Justice For Us’ purpose to educate, extend kindness to and provide fellowship to all folk alike.

 For more information on Social Justice For Us or Juneteenth: A Cultural Celebration visit socialjusticeforus.org, their Facebook Page Social Justice For Us, Instagram @socialjusticefor.us6, or email info@sjfumqt.org.

Pictured from left to right: Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Freddy Sims, Social Justice For Us Executive Director and Elijah Anderson, Social Justice For Us Research and Cybersecurity Director.


Room at the Inn Celebrates Grand Opening of Marquette’s First Emergency Homeless Shelter

Marquette – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted the Room at the Inn (RATI) with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completed construction of the first permanent emergency homeless shelter in Marquette.

The RATI is a local non-profit organization that currently operates a Warming Center, as well as, a rotating homeless shelter with the help of local churches. On average RATI assists 20-25 guests per night and serves an average of 1,600 meals per month at the Warming Center located at 447 W Washington St. in Marquette.

The building known as Room at the Inn’s Warming Center is a two-story structure with a partial basement originally constructed in the late 1800s. The first floor of the building was renovated in 2013, when RATI purchased the building, to provide a commercial kitchen and dining facilities for meal service. The second floor of the building was a single-family residential apartment, the partial basement was used for storage and sleeping accommodations for transient, homeless individuals were not provided at this facility. The project completed renovations on part of the first floor and all of the second floor to provide overnight sleeping facilities for 30 homeless individuals, a new bathroom on the second floor, the demolition of the enclosed porch, and the construction of a new emergency exit stairway.

RATI operates the shelter between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The facility is fully staffed for the entire overnight period by at least one RATI Supervisor with additional volunteer support from the community. All guests in the upstairs facility will be assigned a bed-contract, which will serve as their housing plan. Should RATI exceed the capacity of the 30-bed shelter, the dining facility in the Warming Center will be used for any additional homeless individuals seeking shelter. It is important to note that RATI will only take in an excess of 30 people in the winter months (October-May) on an emergency basis. Tables and chairs in the dining area would be replaced with individual sleeping mats for unsheltered individuals that would otherwise be left to the harsh winter conditions.

An adequate permanent Emergency Shelter, coupled with state funding, expands Room at the Inn’s capability of tackling homelessness in Marquette. The shelter will reduce the social burden of helping the homeless on the general public, as well as, the strain on public entities such as the library, police force, hospitals/medical care providers, etc.

To donate to Room at the Inn visit Roomattheinn.org or mail in a donation to 347 Rock Street, Marquette MI, 49855. To volunteer with Room at the Inn visit roomattheinn.org/volunteer/.

RATI would like to thank Closner Construction and architects Ken Czapzki and Bob Cambensy for their hard work on this project.

Pictured from left to right: Don Ludeman, Room at the Inn Board Member, Rebecca Finco, Marquette DDA Executive Director, Melissa Holmquist, Marquette County Ambassador, Cori Bodeman, Room at the Inn Board Chair, Nick Emmendorfer, Room at the Inn Executive Director, Sally Davis, Marquette City Commission, Ken Czapksi, Sanders & Czapski Associates, PLLC Architect, unknown, Jim Johnson, Closner Construction Vice President, and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.


Rise Up Yoga Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

Ishpeming – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Rise Up Yoga with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their re-grand opening.

Rise Up Yoga is an independently owned yoga studio located just off of US-41 in the Country Village, Ishpeming. It offers a variety of classes, including Vinyasa flow and YOD (Your Own Determination Yoga + HIIT), workshops and special events.

Rise Up Yoga opened in November of 2020 and in just seven short months, outgrew their downtown studio space. The new location is at 1000 Country Lane, Suite 600 in the Country Village, Ishpeming. The growing Rise community can count on having a beautifully comfortable studio to practice that is peaceful and welcoming to Yogis of all levels; men and women, and of all ages. This nearly 1000 square foot studio has a separate coatroom for belongings and a private restroom. Blocks, mats, straps, and yoga blankets/bolsters are available and sanitized after any/every use.

Rise Up merchandise is available for purchase, as well as yoga-inspired, handmade jewelry by True North Jewelry, handmade leather earrings by Little Shop on Lilac, and homemade goats milk soap and beeswax lip balm by Wild Vine Farms.

Punch cards are available to purchase classes that do not expire. There is also an unlimited monthly option. Gift certificates are available for purchase and there is a daily drop-in option, as well.

Visit riseupyoga906.com, their Facebook Page Rise Up Yoga, Instagram @riseupyoga906, or email riseupyoga906@gmail.com for more information and class schedules.

Pictured from left to right: Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach Coordinator, Marcus Boase, Jack Boase, Kellie Boase, Owner of Rise Up Yoga, Beth Holmgren, Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.


Richardson Jewelers Marquette Celebrates Remodel

Marquette – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Richardson Jewelers with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their newly remodeled showroom.

Randy Richardson, Owner and Jeweler of Richardson Jewelers Marquette, and his team accomplished a complete renovation of the 19-year-old family business which included a 300 square feet expansion of the showroom, new flooring, paint and trim for the walls, updated cases, new seating area featuring a barn wood wall, and his personal favorite, an Ore Dock mural with live edge wood shelving to display his custom-made U.P. designs.

The remodel took nine days and the Richardson Jewelers Marquette staff never stopped selling jewelry. From engagement rings to custom designs, they never missed a beat! Randy Richardson promises his customers exceptional service, genuine caring, to exceed expectations, continued communication, integrity and trust. He understands how important your jewelry is to you.

Richardson Jewelers Marquette offers custom designed jewelry, engagement rings, wedding bands, fashion and fine jewelry, jewelry repairs and carries many jewelry brands. They are known for their amazing value and exceptional quality.

Richardson Jewelers Marquette will be having an open house this Saturday, June 5 from 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Jewelry Connoisseur, Mr. Gonzalo Briceno of New York will be headlining the day with unbelievable jewelry pieces from top designers. The first 20 people will receive a gift bag. There will also be raffle prizes, giveaways, and sales throughout the day and live music by singer and songwriter, Michael Waite. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, including a chocolate station from Towners Pastry & Chocolate.

Richardson Jewelers Marquette is located at 153 W Washington St B in Marquette. For more information visit their website richardsonjewelersmqt.com, Facebook page facebook.com/richardsonjewelersmqt, or email them at rjmarquette@richardsonjewelersmqt.com.

Pictured from left to right: Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach Coordinator, Melissa Holmquist, Marquette County Ambassador, Sally Davis, Marquette City Commission, Allison Fron, Shoshanna Paananen, Amanda Love, Richardson Jewelers Manager, Randy Richardson, Richardson Jewelers Owner, Lauren Rickerd, Marina Mankee, Danielle Clement, Fred Stonehouse, Marquette City Commission, Rebecca Finco, Marquette DDA Executive Director, and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.


Madison’s Bridal Boutique to Celebrate Grand Opening

Marquette – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Madison’s Bridal Boutique with a ribbon cutting ceremony in preparation for their grand opening.

Madison’s Bridal Boutique, formerly Dan’s Bridal and Formalwear, is a new bridal shop that carries a large number of gowns in a range of sizes. Sarah Bahrman, owner of Madison’s Bridal Boutique, is originally from the Metro Detroit area, she moved to the Upper Peninsula in 2010 and now lives in Skandia with her husband and three children. Bahrman says she loves giving brides the best dress shopping experience possible and can’t wait to be part of their big day.

Madison’s Bridal Boutique will be celebrating its grand opening Saturday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join them at 1001 State Highway M28 E, Suite 7 in Marquette next to Anytime Fitness. They are open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays. All other times will be by appointment only. For questions about Madison’s Bridal Boutique, email Sarah at madisonsbridal@gmail.com or call (906) 241-7785.

Pictured from left to right: Brandon Clement, Tyler Russell, Barry Bahrman, Michele Bahrman, Mia Bahram, Sarah Bahrman, Madison’s Bridal Boutique Owner, Justin Bahrman, Madison Bahrman, Rod Sharp, Mason Bahrman Kristina Sharp, Doreen Takalo, Ansel Frost and Andrew Strohm.


Studio South to Celebrates Grand Opening

Marquette – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) and Accelerate UP recently assisted Studio South with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their grand opening.

Studio South is Marquette’s first communal photo and content creation studio, located in Watermarq Suites at 307 S. Front Street, Suite 200.

Founder, Kim Aisthorpe, says that she is excited to offer a space to create in Downtown Marquette. “I spent a long time looking for a centrally-located space for area creatives, businesses, and traveling photographers to utilize for content creation. This is something that I wish I had access to when I was starting my photography career, and I am just really excited to be able to share it with the community. The support and excitement around the concept has been overwhelmingly positive. I am hoping that, after being disconnected for so long with the global pandemic happening, this space inspires people to collaborate and get creative together.”

There will be photography workshops, pop-ups and collaborations between local artisans, businesses, and photographers hosted at Studio South throughout the year, with the first being during Marquette Art Week June 21-27.

Studio South opened on April 1, 2021, with a mission to provide the community of Marquette and surrounding areas with space to create, and a private studio to make their own. The studio is suitable for portrait photography, content creation, pop-ups, and workshops. Its ample natural light is perfect for photographers, and is fully equipped with a variety of backdrops, light kit, miscellaneous furniture and other props. For more information, event updates, and booking, visit www.studiosouthmqt.co.

Pictured from left to right: Todd Keough, Getz’s, Meagen Morrison, Eagle Mine, Madeline Goodman, Madgoodies Studio, Kim Aisthorpe, Founder of Studio South, Caleb Tarsi, Carrie Ras, Getz’s and Tracy Maki, Getz’s.


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