The Fire Station Cannabis Company Celebrates Grand Opening of Ishpeming Location
The Store will be the Company’s Eighth Retail Location
December 19, 2022
The store is located at 611 Palms Avenue, the location of Ishpeming’s iconic Ralph’s Italian Deli. TFS has partnered with Ralph’s to allow both businesses to operate in the space.
“We’re thrilled to be able to partner with a community staple such as Ralph’s,” shared owners Stosh Wasik and Logan Stauber in a joint statement. “It’s a one stop shop for customers to get cannabis and great food.”
To celebrate the grand opening, The Fire Station will discount all products across the store by 20 percent from December 9 through December 24. This Ishpeming location marks the eighth retail location across the Upper Peninsula for The Fire Station. Customers can review the Ishpeming menu here.
About The Fire Station Cannabis Co.
The Fire Station Cannabis Co. is a family-owned retail company that operates across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Owned by two U.P. residents – Logan Stauber and Stosh Wasik – The Fire Station prides itself in providing exceptional customer service and pricing on cannabis products. The company was established in 2019 and currently has eight retail locations across the U.P.: Hannahville, Houghton, Iron River, Ishpeming, Marquette, Munising, Negaunee and Sault Ste. Marie. One additional store is slated to open in the coming months in Menominee.
Pictured from left to right: Bob Hendrickson, Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce Director, Celia Lindquist, TFS Receptionist, Heather Nation, TFS Lead Inventory, Dustin Howard, TFS Ishpeming General Manager, Dusty Wirtanen, TFS Lead Budtender, and Elle Jansen, LSCP Economic & Community Development Specialist.
Mount Mfg Celebrates Opening of New Manufacturing Facility in Marquette to Accommodate Accelerated Growth
November 4, 2022
Mount Mfg, a premier contract manufacturer in the medical device industry, announced their move into an expanded manufacturing facility in Marquette, MI. Moving to this larger facility and investments in additional capital equipment will allow Mount to expand their current offerings and bring its high level of technology and service to new customers.
“We’ve been hearing from our customers and the medical device industry that there is a need for advancements in quality and automation as companies continue to innovate and create more diverse solutions for the aging population,” said Jesse Nye, Chief Operations Officer of Mount Mfg. “The new larger facility, along with the modern equipment we’ve invested in, allows us to leverage automation and lights-out manufacturing; we achieve production 24 hours per day. Enabling us to serve our present and future customers with the quality, speed, and efficiency they’re looking for.”
“We’re excited to have landed our technology-focused company in a permanent location in Marquette Township. Here, we can leverage the fantastic local workforce, Northern Michigan University, and surrounding infrastructure as a basis to grow our company and serve more patients,” says Jesse.
About Mount Mfg:
Located at 875 Brookton Rd, Mount Mfg is an orthopedic manufacturing and contract service company. Mount Mfg was founded in 2015 by a group of experienced medical device manufacturing professionals to address the needs of the industry, specifically the orthopedic spine and extremity markets. Along with their larger facility, they have already added new state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, including another 5-axis CNC Swiss Lathe, precision inspection equipment, and a fully automated cleaning and passivation system. Automation and the latest technology are at the forefront of Mount Mfg’s growth plans. For more information about Mount Mfg, visit their website at www.mountmfg.com or call at (906) 273-0522.
Pictured from left to right: Sean Leahy, Select Realty Associate Broker/Owner, Kayla Keiser, Production Technician, Mary Myers, LCSP Business Development Director, Gabby Rautio, CNC Machinist, Jason Filizetti, Sr. Applications Engineer, Trevor Richards, Incredible Bank, Lea Dziesinski, Incredible Bank, Jesse Nye, Chief Operations Officer, Eric Lintula, Chief Executive Officer, Caleb Histed, CNC Machinist, Sara Sands, Production Technician, Michael Buhk, CNC Machinist, Greg LaBelle, Sr. Process Engineer, and Lyn Durant, Marquette Township Supervisor.
Not pictured is Nick Hamel, Mount Mfg CNC Turning Manager.
BioLife Plasma Center in Marquette Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Ribbon Cutting
November 2, 2022
MARQUETTE, MI. – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the 20th anniversary of BioLife’s Marquette location. If you want to learn more about BioLife, its services, and how to donate, visit biolifeplasma.com or 175 Hawley St.
BioLife Plasma Services is dedicated to collecting plasma to offer life-sustaining and life-saving medicines to the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who live with rare and complex chronic diseases.
To address the urgent need for plasma, BioLife operates 190 state-of-the-art plasma collection facilities throughout the United States, and strives to ensure the safety of donors and patients who receive these life-saving plasma-based medicine.
BioLife Plasma Services is part of Takeda, a global biopharmaceutical leader committed to bringing better health for people and a brighter future for the world.
Masserang Furniture Celebrates its First Anniversary with A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
November 1, 2022
Located at 539 N. Lakeshore Blvd, Masserang Furniture has been designing and selling handcrafted, custom furniture pieces since 2021. Interested customers can visit Masserang Furniture – Custom Design – Marquette to learn more about what products they offer.
Masserang Furniture will host an open house on Thursday, November 10, from 5-8, to celebrate its first anniversary from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be product samples, items for sale, and a meet and greet.
About Masserang Furniture:
Masserang Furniture is owned by Furniture Designer Josh Masserang. Josh Masserang is a furniture designer and maker originally from Detroit. He received his BFA in Furniture Design from Northern Michigan University and has started his own business in Marquette, designing and selling furniture.
Josh’s designs highlight the natural characteristics of his materials, primarily wood. His pieces tend to be minimalist and modern in form without sacrificing functionality. Many of his newest works are sculptural pieces and differ from traditional furniture forms and shapes. For more information, visit their website at www.masserangfurniture.com or call (586) 215-0280.
Pictured from left to right: Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach and Development Specialist, Stephanie Masserang, Josh Masserang, Masserang Furniture, and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.
City of Negaunee Celebrates Completion of Phase Two of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail Lighting Enhancement Project
October 27, 2022
NEGAUNEE, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted the City of Negaunee with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of phase two of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail (IOHT) Lighting Enhancement Project.
Phase one of the project, which started in July of 2021, included 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.
Phase two of the project commenced in August of 2022 and installed an additional 4,200 feet of lighting to the Negaunee/Ishpeming city limits, with an additional 20-lights installed.
Altogether the project cost around $100,000.00.
Pictured from left to right: Elle Jansen, LSCP Economic and Community Development Specialist, Doug Lindblom, Senator Gary Peter’s Office, Jeremy Hosking, Governor Whitmer’s Office, Samantha Lajeunesse, Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, Dana LaLonde, City of Negaunee Mayor, Nate Heffron, City of Negaunee, Bob Hendrickson, Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, Blake Becker, Love and Bicycles, and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.
CG Financial Services Celebrates Grand Opening of New Marquette Office
October 12, 2022
With over $3 billion in assets under management and 22 years of serving clients, CG Financial Services is an industry leader in offering lifestyle, retirement, business, legacy, and risk management services. By striving to keep their clients’ unique financial goals aligned with market conditions and resources available, they aim to help investors maximize their return on life. Their life planning process goes beyond traditional financial planning to help efficiently grow investments, reduce taxes, and protect wealth with an adaptive and agile plan.
Ashley Musselman, local CG Financial Services Advisor, is passionate about helping individuals and families feel confident in their finances. Ashley specializes in addressing each client’s unique situation and ensuring that their financial plan encompasses the areas of life most meaningful to them.
Born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Ashley lives in Negaunee with her husband, Chris, and one-year-old son, Jack. She received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University and her graduate degree, Masters of Business Administration, from Davenport University. Her free time is spent exploring the outdoors and relaxing with friends and family.
About CG Financial Services:
The CG Financial Services team is comprised of the collective wisdom, expertise, and knowledge of over 20 years in the financial industry. They hire some of the best and brightest in the industry to create a comprehensive and integrated team that is more effective collectively than separately. Some situations often require professionals from more than one specialty. Their multi-disciplinary team collaborates and takes the necessary steps to redirect their clients’ lives toward their goals.
For more information, contact Ashley Musselman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 458-6525.
Advisory Services offered by CG Advisory Services, a Registered Investment Adviser.
Pictured from left to right: Parke Petersen, Christian Whitehead, Scott Palomaki, Tony Mazzali, Laura Farmer, Ashley Musselman, Ken Evangelista, Jeff Casey, Austin Brown, and Sally Davis, Marquette City Commission.
The Honorable Distillery Celebrates Grand Opening
October 7, 2022
The Honorable Distillery at the Nordic, located at 136 W. Washington St. in Marquette, opened in August 2022. The distillery is owned and operated by Anne White and Scott Anderson, who embarked on a three year long journey during the pandemic to transform the previously vacant Book World building into an operating distillery and tasting area. Anne grew up in Marquette and is excited to return to the area with the hope that the presence of The Honorable Distillery in the midst of downtown Marquette will contribute to the overall Marquette experience that has been cultivated by the city and the other businesses in the area and that a distillery may add a new dimension to an already dynamic city.
At The Honorable Distillery at the Nordic, you will find hand crafted distilled spirits for sale by the bottle as well as have the opportunity to sample spirits by the taste, or by the glass from a seasonally themed cocktail menu. Current offerings include vodka, gin, bourbon and rye with plans underway for new offerings in the very near future.
Guests are encouraged to stop in and chat with the owners or any of the wonderful staff, and depending on the day, there may even be an opportunity to see the magic of how distilled spirits are made.
Tenet Therapies Inc. Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting
October 3, 2022
Ritesh Tripathi, owner of Tenet Therapies Inc., is a physical therapy graduate from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India in 2006. He moved to Marquette in 2009 and specializes in neurological rehabilitation for adults and kids. He obtained his board certification in Neurology Physical Therapy in 2019 and completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in Neurology in 2019. He lives with his wife and two kids in Marquette. Outside of work, Tripathi enjoys mountain biking, hiking and spending time in nature with his family and friends. He also volunteers at the local bike group to help encourage Marquette County’s youth to enjoy being outside and staying active.
Tenet Therapies Inc. provides physical therapy services for anyone with any physical health condition requiring physical therapy, including but not limited to dizziness/vertigo/fall, stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, pediatric motor developmental delays, workers comp, chronic pain. Services are provided for any age group.
For more information, visit Tenet Therapies Inc. at 1055 W. Baraga Ave in Marquette, visit their website, tenettherapies.com or call (906) 250-9050.
Pictured from left to right: Pranathi Boyanpally, Vinod Kumar Alli, Greg Kublin, Cheryl Kublin, Jeremy Hosking, Governor Whitmer’s Office, Veronica White, Yuba Gautam, Anvi Tripathi, Ritesh Tripathi, PT Tenet Therapies Inc. Owner, Aarna Tripathi, Ram Kishan Tripathi, Suniti Rani, Dr. Katie Brang, Dr. Ryan Brang, Elle Jansen, LSCP Economic and Community Development Specialist, Allison Kublin, Sam Hadjis, and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.
City of Negaunee Celebrates Senior Center Grand Opening
September 29, 2022
NEGAUNEE, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently assisted the City of Negaunee with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the grant improvements made at the Senior Center and surrounding area.
The City of Negaunee was awarded a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) back in 2020.The grant funds allowed the center building to undergo major updating and renovations, including a complete remodel of the kitchen, a fully accessible bathroom, front desk upgrades and a janitorial closet. It also included an overhaul of the exterior façade, including added stone work and new siding, the addition of an automated door entrance on Tobin Street and more.
The project also included updating the parking available around the Center, with improvements to a sewer main.
The total grant awarded was $542,866, with more than $215,000 going toward renovating the Senior Center building itself.
Pictured from left to right: Dave Nelson, Negaunee City Planning and Zoning Admin, Zosia Eppensteiner, Marquette County Ambassador, Jeremy Hosking, Governor Whitmer’s Office, Dana LaLonde, City of Negaunee Mayor, Kristy Basolo-Malmsten, Negaunee Senior Center Director, Dave Kangas, Mayor Pro tem, Nate Heffron, City of Negaunee, Doug Lindblom, Senator Gary Peter’s Office, and Aubrey Moore Senator Gary Peter’s Office.
My Community Dental Centers Celebrates New Office Space with Ribbon Cutting
September 13, 2022
MARQUETTE, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently assisted My Community Dental Centers with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its relocation.
NorthCountry Health Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting
September 12, 2022
NorthCountry Health, owned by Dr. Ryan Brang, is launching an innovative approach to primary care in the Marquette community.
NorthCountry Health takes the form of Direct Primary Care, which is a membership-based alternative to the traditional fee-for-service model. For less than what the average person spends on their cellphone bill, patients can have access to Dr. Brang by phone, text, email, or televisit in addition to in-office appointments at the NorthCountry Health office on West Washington Street. Same-day or next-day appointments can be easily scheduled. Standard primary care in-office procedures will be included in the membership fee or offered at wholesale cost for members. Standard lab draws will occur within the office and cost a fraction of what traditional lab services bill. Common medications are available and will be dispensed directly to you at the office if you prefer. There are no copays or expensive office visits at NorthCountry Health.
Dr. Brang can do this because he has reserved time for a limited number of members and can thus offer extended appointments and expanded access. This is possible because NorthCountry Health does not bill insurance and can instead focus on providing great patient care. This includes education on topics that can make a difference in the health of our members: nutrition, wellness, preventative medicine, stress management, and much more. NorthCountry Health is dedicated to empowering patients to optimize their health through an unparalleled doctor/patient relationship.
For more information, visit NorthCountry Health at 717 W Washington St. in Marquette, visit their website, NorthCountryHealthMQT.com or call (906) 936-3499.
Pictured from left to right: Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Dan Watkins PT, DPT, Mario Petretti, Deirdre Collins, Linda Kaleita , Dr. Katie Brang, Dr. Ryan Brang, Owner, Ralph Olson, PhD Psychologist, PK Zerbel, Jeremy Hosking, Governor Whitmer’s Office, Elle Jansen, LSCP Economic and Community Development Specialist, Gar Atchison, Marquette County Ambassador, Judi Schwalbach, Senator McBroom’s Office, and Jessica Limban, UP Health System- Marquette.
Improvements to Sugarloaf Mountain Completed, Celebrated with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
August 31, 2022
Marquette County Planning, Community Development, Forestry, and Recreation Division and Board of Commissioners held the ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of an improvement project focused on Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area – a popular destination in Marquette County that features a 470-foot climb to the summit with 360-degree views of Lake Superior and the surrounding landscape. Improvements include interpretive signing along the trail, picnic tables, bicycle racks, a solar-powered waste collection and compaction system, and a concrete vault toilet.
In collaboration with the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, Sanders and Czapski Associates, and the County of Marquette, the project completion marks another milestone to improve the visitor experience at the scenic park.
Pictured from left to right: Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Jon Kangas, Marquette Township Manager, Jeremy Hosking, Governor Whitmer’s Office, Zosia Eppensteiner, Marquette County Ambassador, Greg Zyburt, Marquette County Sherriff, Lyn Durant, Marquette Township Supervisor, Johnny DePetro, Marquette County Commission, Gerald Corkin, Marquette County Chairman of the Board, Emily Leach, Marquette County Planner, Karen Alholm, Marquette County Commissioner, Thyra Karlstrom, Marquette County Planning, Community Development, Recreation, and Forestry Manager, John Pepin, Michigan DNR Information Officer, Bill Sanders, Sanders & Czapski Associates, PLLC, Christopher Germain, LSCP CEO, and Sven Gonstead, Marquette County Planner/Recreation Coordinator.
Marquette Officially Welcomes Edge
August 31, 2022
Edge, with offices in Lansing and Chicago, expanded to the Upper Peninsula in response to a high demand for strategic marketing services. The full-service agency provides marketing, public relations, digital media, graphic design, advocacy and event management services.
Edge, started in 2007 by business partners Lorri Rishar and Angela Witwer, has grown into a multimillion-dollar agency that represents clients around the country.
“Edge is thrilled to embark on this new adventure in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula,” said Rishar, CEO and co-owner. “We look forward to partnering with corporate, nonprofit and industry-based organizations that want to expand their marketing efforts.”
Gianna Ferraro, a resident of Marquette, serves as a marketing and communication specialist in Edge’s Marquette office. Ferraro earned a bachelor’s degree in communications studies with a concentration in art and design from Northern Michigan University. She has partnered with the Marquette Arts and Culture office for two years to coordinate First Thursdays Art Tour. This year, Edge sponsors the Art Tour, providing event branding and social media marketing.
Pictured from left to right:
Backrow: Tara Laase-McKinney, Marquette DDA, Dave Aro, Marquette County Ambassador, Susan Estler, Marquette County Ambassador, Manuel Ortega, Photographer, Dr. Martin Reinhardt, President of the Michigan Indian Education Council, and Nate Evink, Resolve Surgical Technologies.
Front row: Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach and Development Specialist, Antonio Adan, Connect Marquette, Tiina Morin, Arts and Culture Manager, Biidaaban Reinhardt, We the People Michigan, Gianna Ferraro, Edge Marketing and Communication Specialist, Lorri Rishar, Edge Partnership CEO, Stella Larkin, Rustico Furniture, Samantha Moore, NMU EEGS Department, Tina Reinhardt, Native American Educator, and Michael Bradford, Marquette DDA.
Select Realty Celebrates New Office Space with Ribbon Cutting
August 19, 2022
MARQUETTE, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently assisted Select Realty with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their new office space, conveniently located at 2363 US-41 in Marquette Township.
After many years of renting, Select Realty brokerage has finally become a homeowner! Originally a single-family home, they purchased the 2-acre property in February of 2021. The nearly 12-month renovation used only LOCAL contractors! They now have a completely renovated commercial space that has 15 offices, a full kitchen and conference room. The best part is their beautiful outdoor space. Agents can use the back deck that overlooks the pond, 2 resident ducks, and a large yard with a firepit and apple trees. Select is the largest, non-franchised brokerage in the area. They have the greatest number of associate brokers of any local agency and never charge additional processing fees to their clients. Select Realty gives back a percentage of every closing into their Community Fund which donates and helps others in times of need.
Pictured from left to right: Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Jon Kangas, Marquette Township Manager, Lyn Durant, Marquette Township Supervisor, Andi Goriesky, Select Realty Associate Broker/Owner, Sean Leahy, Select Realty Associate Broker/Owner, Elle Jansen, LSCP Economic & Community Development Specialist, Christopher Germain, LSCP CEO, Scott Knaffla, Marquette County Ambassador, and Paul Wolfson, Marquette County Ambassador.
Sawyer International Airport and Envoy Air Celebrate Hanger Expansion to Accommodate Larger Fleet of Aircraft
August 9, 2022
MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI – Envoy Air, Inc. has been a tenant at Sawyer International Airport since the mid-1990s and has continued to grow its business presence at the airport. Over their tenure at Sawyer, Envoy has seen the transition from 30 passenger turboprop passenger aircraft to 50 passenger regional jet, and now the transition is moving toward 76 passenger regional aircraft. This latest transition required the need to expand the hangar facility to accommodate the larger fleet of aircraft.
The overall goal of this MDARD project was to provide the removal of the existing airside apron, followed by engineering, design, and construction of a new apron for hangar 665. This construction was necessary due to the substantial expansion of hangar 665 and the need to have a pavement surface able to accommodate larger passenger fleet aircraft that are scheduled for maintenance at Sawyer International Airport.
Without this expansion, Marquette County/Sawyer International Airport was at serious risk of losing Envoy as a long-term tenant and the possibility of the discontinuation of the Envoy/ American Eagle daily air carrier service to Chicago. This impact would have a deep and lasting effect on the community. Envoy’s aircraft maintenance business employs over 200 people at Sawyer in the high-tech transportation industry, and the airline service segment at Sawyer employs several additional people.
The Sawyer International Airport also announced that they have now adopted a Category 3 security status. This new status allows the airport to accept 61 seats and larger commercial aircraft for scheduled and substituted flights. This approval will allow both Sawyer air carriers the opportunity for future growth
Pictured from left to right:
Christopher Germain, Lake Superior Community Partnership, Donna LaCourt, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Tim Close, Mead & Hunt, Tim Kent, Mead & Hunt, Megan Murray, Sawyer International Airport, Bob Leisenring, Mead & Hunt, Rich Rossway, Congressman Jack Bergman’s Office, Paul Martzke, Immel Construction, Gerald Corkin, Marquette County Commission, Duane DuRay, Sawyer International Airport, Johnny DePetro, Marquette County Commission, William Buchholz, American Airlines, Karen Alholm, Marquette County Commission, Scott Erbisch, County of Marquette, Josh Fenske, Mead & Hunt, Steve Rodgers, Envoy Airlines, Jesse Bell, Marquette County Ambassador, Joe Houseman, Enjoy Airlines, Casey Jamison, Envoy Airlines, and Mike Smith, Envoy Airlines.
Med Pros Share & EPIC: Educational Partnership in the Community Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting
August 5, 2022
Founder and Occupational Therapist, Britta Carlson, says the goal within their facility is to create an inclusive, judgment-free, safe family experience to provide programming that promotes well-being. The location consists of two organizations – Med Pros Share and EPIC: Educational Partnership. Med Pro Share is for medical professionals, therapists and educators to share
space and create a collaborative hub for the community to provide accessible therapy and educational services. EPIC offers a preschool/kindergarten half-day program for ages three to five. The program runs from 10:00 – 1:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday with before and after school care. Childcare and education is also available Monday to Friday for half or full days for ages zero through three years old.
Through partnerships in the community, Med Pros Share & EPIC offer early childhood education, therapeutic playgroups, developmental screenings, workshops, multi-disciplinary evaluations, occupational, speech and physical therapy services, a behavioral analyst, kid’s painting classes, yoga, massage therapy, and mental health all in one convenient location.
“This is the first step towards my dream of simplifying care and bringing many types of therapies and providers together, while supporting the busy lifestyles of families involved,” said Britta. “Parents now have direct access to care that works for their family and budget. Parents simply need help and education on how to foster their child’s safety and well-being and families need to know their children are receiving what is necessary for their growth and development. Strengthening the family system together through quality service is a focus area for Med Pros Share.”
Med Pros Share & EPIC: Educational Partnership in the Community are located at 106 Coles Drive in Marquette. For more information, visit medprosshare.com or call 906-629-1003.
Pictured from left to right: Randy Larson, Marquette County Ambassador, Christopher Germain, LSCP CEO, Aurelia Hunter, Licensed Massage Therapist, Lewyn Fure, Penny Barney, M.A.E., Charise Baker, Early Childhood Education Teacher/SLP, Jynessa Fortunato, Childcare Provider, Kasey Scheibe, CFO, Bril Carlson-Pennell, Cheif Joy Officer, Britta Carlson, Founder & Occupational Therapist, Paige Whaley, Marketing & Media Coordinator, Christie Close, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Jeremy Hosking, Governor Whitmer’s Office, Jess Hanley, City Commissioner, Amber Christunas, Creative Play Entertainer, and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.
Trillium House Celebrates Reopening with Ribbon Cutting
July 28, 2022
MARQUETTE, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently assisted Trillium House with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its reopening following a seven-month temporary closure due to flooding. The flooding was a result of a sprinkler system malfunction resulting in damage to the facility.
The ceremony was attended by key stakeholders and partners along with residents now staying at the facility. The Hiawatha Music Co-op provided music by the Feltliners Duo as a gift to the organization.
Located at 1144 Northland Drive in a neighborhood setting south of McClellan Ave and U.S. 41 in Marquette, Trillium House provides support to individuals receiving hospice services and those in need of short-term respite guest care.
“We are truly thankful for our staff and board members who rose to the occasion and community partners who have helped with support, volunteers, and donations,” said Executive Director Rick Sanville, “We have a beautiful facility and are grateful to be able to serve the community again. We welcome continued support so we can continue serving the community for many years to come.”
Pictured from left to right: Michelle Sellers, Marquette County Ambassador, Meagen Morrison, Marquette County Ambassador, Roger Bentlage, Trillium House Board Vice President, Sheri Davie, Superior Health Foundation President, Michele Khouli, Trillium House Board Member, Craig Burgess, Trillium House Volunteer, Alicia Burgess, Trillium House Director of Operations, Rick Sanville, Trillium House Executive Director, Jaime Skoien, Trillium House Caregiver, Dr. Michael Grossman, Trillium House Board President, Cindy Nyquist, U.P. Home Health & Hospice President/Founder, Jackie Martin, Trillium House Board Member, Jennie Garrett-Bureau, U.P. Home Health & Hospice Executive Director/Administrator, Jennifer Voegtline, Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice CEO and Trillium House Board Member, and Zosia Eppensteiner, Marquette County Ambassador.
Madgoodies Studio Celebrates Fourth Anniversary
July 15, 2022
Madeline Goodman, owner of Madgoodies Studio, is a metalsmith, handcrafting organic jewelry from nature molds to lost wax casting and resin. Inspired by the Great Lakes, Huron Mountains, and local hiking trails, Madeline uses organic materials to represent nature in her jewelry.
As of July 25, Madgoodies Studio will move from their current Ohio Street location to be exclusively an online store, and can be found at local art shows and pop-up shops.
Follow Madgoodies Studio on Facebook, Instagram and her website madgoodiesstudio.com. Stay up-to-date with Madgoodies Studio by joining her email list found on her website.
Pictured from left to right: Tiina Morin, Arts and Culture Manager, Bre Hobbins, Sophie Diekevers, Madgoodies Intern, Jenn Hill, Marquette City Commission, Tara Laase-McKinney, Marquette DDA, Emmalene Oysti, Bailey the Dog, Madeline Goodman, Madgoodies Studio Owner, Paige Lackey, Warren Bueche, Judi Schwalbach, Senator McBroom’s Office, Sarah Geiser, and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.
Little Agate Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
July 14, 2022
MARQUETTE, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently assisted Little Agate, a children’s clothing & gear consignment store, with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its grand opening in the Westwood Mall.
Little Agate is the Upper Peninsula’s only dedicated space for gently used children’s clothing, gear, and soon to be a parenting resource touchstone. At Little Agate, you will find quality items, featuring high-end brands for infants, toddlers, and children size Preemie to Kids XL.
Little Agate Owner, Leah Blanchard, started her business at pop-up events but saw the need for a permanent marketplace for U.P. families to buy and sell their gently used children’s clothing and gear without the hassle of using online marketplaces. As a Yooper, NMU Alumna, Member of the Sault Tribe, and single mom, she started Little Agate to reflect her environmental and financial sustainability values, community, support, and connection.
In addition to used items, Little Agate will also be a place for families to find resources such as support groups for lactation, PPD/PPA/PPOCD, mom-to-mom groups, dad-to-dad groups, single-parent support groups, LGBTQIA+ family support groups, and more. Classes are not running yet, but for more information about Little Agate on their Facebook page, littleagate.com, call (425) 287-0842, or visit them in the Westwood Mall at 3020 US-41 in Marquette,
Pictured from left to right: Jeremy Hosking, Governor Whitmer’s Office, Christopher Germain, LSCP CEO, Roxanne Daust, LSCP Board Chair, Judi Schwalbach, Senator McBroom’s Office, Colleen Perria, Leah Blanchard, Little Agate Owner, Lyn Durant, Marquette Township Supervisor, Ernest Johnson, Marquette Township Treasurer, Jon Kangas, Marquette Township Manager, Randy Larson, Marquette County Ambassador, and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.
Upper Peninsula State Bank Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
July 14, 2022
Upper Peninsula State Bank was formed in 1902, and from humble beginnings, their founders and successors built one of the finest financial institutions in the Upper Peninsula. For over 120 years, Upper Peninsula State Bank has made loans to start or expand local businesses, provided mortgages to thousands of people to build and buy homes, and has created a safe and secure place to save and plan for the future. The Bank pairs cutting edge technology with outstanding customer service to provide just the right comfort zone for all levels of technological knowledge and understanding.
Upper Peninsula State Bank is focused solely on the U.P. and enhancing its thriving communities. The Bank continues to expand its footprint across the Upper Peninsula and now has offices in Escanaba, Gladstone, Iron Mountain, Marquette, and Houghton.
Visit Upper Peninsula State Bank in Marquette at 1016 W. Washington Street in Marquette, upstatebank.net, or call (906) 205-0000.
Pictured from left to right: Scott Beaudry, UPSB Executive Vice President & CFO; Cody Mayer, Marquette Mayor Pro-Tem; Jenna Smith, Marquette Mayor; Jenn Hill, Marquette City Commission; Sheri Davie, Marquette Brownfield Authority; Bob Bink, UPSB Chairman of the Board; David Williams, UPSB President & CEO; Andy Herro, Upper Peninsula State Bank Marquette Community Bank President and Commercial Lender; Jim Kirby, UPSB Director; Bob Malmsten, UPSB Director; and Paul Carne, UPSB Director.
Thomas Theatre Group Celebrates 100th Anniversary
June 24, 2022
Founded in 1922, Thomas Theatre Group (TTG) is a family owned and operated movie theater group committed to bringing the latest cinema industry technology to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. Its three locations in Marquette, Quinnesec, and Escanaba, provide an all-digital, family friendly, state of the art movie going experience. TTG is committed to hiring locally and creating jobs in the communities it serves.
Now, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the company, Thomas Theatre Group added a new interactive element to their Marquette location. Recently opening their Family Entertainment Center to the public, TTG is proud to invite their returning, loyal customers and new guests to try out their 20 brand new and high-end arcade games located in the common area of the theater. A self-serve kiosk is used to purchase game cards that are reloadable with any dollar amount and guests are able to stay and play for as long as they want during open business hours (12:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.). Compete with friends on a two-player game before a movie, have the coolest birthday party of the year, or just spend a few hours enjoying a nostalgic and entertaining hobby! Redeem any winning points on the games for a variety of fun and popular prizes right away, or save them up to earn something bigger on the next visit.
There’s no other entertainment center like Thomas Theatre Group’s in the U.P. where you can spend hours gaming, watching first-run, multi-million-dollar movies, and enjoying their delicious popcorn and other snacks. TTG is also happy to offer party packages for the perfect celebration– whether that includes the arcade, movies, or both combined!
As an additional 100th anniversary celebration, and as a way to give back to the community, Thomas Theatre Group is excited to provide free-family entertainment to their customers this summer through their Free Summer Movie Series. Each Friday and Saturday morning at 10 a.m., starting June 10 through August 26, TTG will be showing family/kid-friendly movies for everyone to enjoy at all three of their locations– no ticket purchase necessary. Make sure to visit their concession counter to enjoy a Kid’s Combo and other snacks and stay after the show to play the 20 new, high-end video arcade games at the Marquette location. For more information, visit their website at thomastheatregroup.com, their location at 1525 Commerce Drive, or by phone at (906) 273-2530.
Pictured from left to right: Michelle Sellers, Marquette County Ambassador, Lyn Durant, Marquette Township Supervisor, Thomas Andes, Thomas Theatre Group Owner, Emily Bryant, Marquette Cinemas Theater Manager, Samuel Haske, Marquette Cinemas Assistant Manager, and Kaylee Hubert, Thomas Theatre Group Sales and Marketing Coordinator.
Lake Superior Press Celebrates One Year Anniversary of New Ownership
June 16, 2022
One year ago, new owners Sam and Wayne Jacques purchased LSP from Tom DuBow after 48 years of service. Lake Superior Press is Upper Michigan’s largest commercial printer and has provided clients a full range of award-winning services from creative conceptual ideas, to art and design and fine printed products.
A former employee of LSP, Wayne found a love for printing at an early age. Wayne graduated from Escanaba High School in 1976 and was working for LSP the Tuesday following his graduation weekend. Wayne worked his way from a “Stripper” in the darkroom, to Pressman, then to Production Manager. He left the company in 2008 to pursue a new career as a Union Papermaker at the Escanaba Paper Company. Wayne retired officially from papermaking in 2021 and made his way back to Lake Superior Press to take over as President.
Sam was born into the print industry and worked in the Bindery Department at LSP at an early age, all the way through his high school career at Marquette Senior High School, and his college career at Northern Michigan University. After graduation, Sam accepted a job as a Union Papermaker at the Escanaba Paper Company (just like his old man), then took over as Vice President of Lake Superior Press in 2021.
Find the father-son duo at 802 S. Lake Street in South Marquette, lakesuperiorpress.net, on social media, or call (906) 228-7450. Keep an eye out for next year, as they celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Pictured from left to right: Backrow: Dave Skewis, LSP Production Manager, Dave Aro, Marquette County Ambassador, Jon Keeler, LSP Press Operator, Travis Gerhart, LSP Graphic Designer, Ryan Lehto, LSP Digital Press Jockey, Jo Ann Dollard, Community Foundation of Marquette County Community and Donor Engagement Associate, and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.
Front row: Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach and Development Specialist, Doug Lindblom, Senator Gary Peter’s UP Regional Coordinator, Claire Smith, LSP Office Manager, Sam Jacques, LSP Vice President, Wayne Jacques, LSP President, Elle Jansen, LSCP Economic and Community Development Specialist, and Zosia Eppensteiner, Marquette County Ambassador.
Dead River Coffee Roasters Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
May 20, 2022
Theo McCracken started Dead River Coffee Roasters in 2002 with the mission to make good coffee that fits everyone’s budget and to create a safe space for all to enjoy a cup. He did that, and Sloan Dorr is continuing this legacy.
Starting out as the ‘Saturday Adult’ four years ago, Sloan eventually moved into a full-time position. She began learning the ins and outs of the coffee business, all the while learning to roast, manage, and develop a palate for coffees.
In November 2021, Sloan bought the business. Along with the Dead River name she bought a few pieces of equipment and inherited an amazing community that she is continuing to grow and support.
Dead River is planning a yearlong celebration for their 20-year anniversary, but on May 20 the shop was filled with live music, old photos to reminisce over, games of cribbage and a shop filled with flowers.
“I’m very excited to carry Dead River into the next 20 years of a community focused safe space that roasts a damn good cup of coffee,” said Sloan.
To learn more about Dead River Coffee Roasters, visit them at 119 W. Baraga St. in Marquette. You can also visit their website deadrivercoffee.com, call (906) 226-2112 or find them on Facebook.
Pictured from left to right: Front row: Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Rebecca Houghton friend of Dead River Coffee, Sara Johnson, MDDA Farmers Market Manager, Sloan Dorr, Dead River Coffee Owner, Heather Carlson Dead River Coffee Employee, Sara McClanathan, Dead River Coffee Employee, Steve Van-Hulle, WJMN Local 3, and Steve VandenAvond, Marquette County Ambassador.
Back row: Analise Osgood friend of Dead River Coffee, Henry Steinhaur, Dead River Coffee Employee, Elle Jansen, LSCP Economic & Community Development Specialist, Andrew ‘Bear’ Tyler, friend of Dead River Coffee, Kevin Dorr, Sloan’s father, and Evan Bonsall, Marquette City Commission.
Iron Golem Games Celebrates Grand Opening
May 4, 2022
Iron Golem Games is Marquette’s premiere location for tabletop games. They feature a selection of Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Games Workshop products as well as all the accessories you need for gaming. Iron Golem Games also carries a selection of board games, miniature games, miniature kits and a large variety of paints. Inside Iron Golem Games you will find many selections of demo games and plenty of tables for playing games. Iron Golem also hosts a variety of events. To learn more about their events or to special order games and accessories, contact them at (906) 273-0434 or emailing IronGolemGamesMQT@gmail.com.
You can check them out at 329 W. Washington Street, Suite A in Marquette or visit their Facebook page.
Pictured from left to right: Tara Laase-McKinney, Marquette DDA, Cody Mayer, Marquette Mayor Pro Tem, Sally Davis, Marquette City Commission, Jordan Gokey, Iron Golem Games Co-owner, Joseph Baker, Iron Golem Games Co-owner, Eric Lori, Upper Peninsula State Bank, Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach and Development Specialist, and Randy Larson, Marquette County Ambassador.
Higher Love Cannabis Co. Celebrates One Year Anniversary with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
April 20, 2022
Higher Love Cannabis Co. brings natural, high quality cannabis to the U.P., but also focuses in empowering others on their wellness journey. Whether you’re seeking relief from chronic pain or are looking for a natural means to relax your mind and body, Higher Love Cannabis Co. is here to help you.
Located on Washington Street in downtown Marquette, Higher Love cannabis is grown using strictly organic methods, with exacting standards and meticulous attention to detail. All of their flower is provided directly from the state of Michigan, including Ottawa Innovations, an organization based right here in the U.P.
To learn more about Higher Love Cannabis Co., visit them at 344 W. Washington St. You can also visit their website findhigherlove.com, call (906) 226-7285 or email email@example.com.
Pictured from left to right: Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach Coordinator, Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, Sally Davis, Marquette City Commission, Kristen Johnson, Social Media Coordinator, Jen Gemignani, Purchasing Agent, Tyler Romback, General Manager, Trisha Anderson, Regional Manager, Joni Moore, President and Owner, Sandra Johns, Director of Human Resources, Stacie Blomquist, Senior Compliance Officer, Brandon Smith, Director of BI and Analytics, Rebecca Finco, Marquette DDA, and Tara Laase-McKinney, Marquette DDA.
Freshcoast Wellness Co. Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
March 30, 2022
Freshcoast Wellness Co., LLC was founded by Julie Kab and Lacy and Eric Williams. Together they bring many years of healthcare experience and specific training for IV vitamin therapy to the community. Through functional medicine, the owners have learned when you take care of your body, you take care of your mind, and in turn, you take care of the world around you. Freshcoast Wellness offers a variety of injectables and infusions, all listed on their website freshcoastwellness.com.
To learn more about Freshcoast Wellness, contact them at 906-273-1038 or Info@FreshcoastWellness.com. You can also visit their Facebook, website or their new office at 307 S. Front Street, Suite 120, in Marquette.
Pictured from left to right: Tara Laase-McKinney, Marquette DDA, Sally Davis, Marquette City Commission, Julie Kab, Freshcoast Wellness Co. Co-Owner, Eric and Lacy Williams, Freshcoast Wellness Co. Co-Owners, Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, and Megan O’Connor. LSCP Outreach Coordinator.
Fancy Free Celebrates One Year Anniversary with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
February 4, 2022
Fancy Free, a pop-up thrift shop, is open once a month for three days a week. This allows owner Greta Hillstrom to travel across the county, looking for fashionable women’s clothing and home décor.
Fancy Free is located at 131 E. Michigan Street in Marquette. The next pop-up shop will be March 3, 4, and 5 from 12:00-8:00 p.m. For updates, you can follow Fancy Free on Instagram @fancyfreehq.
Pictured: Greta Hillstrom, Fancy Free Owner, surrounded by family and friends.
LINK Learning Celebrates New Location with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
January 24, 2022
Blending brick and mortar with virtual schooling, LINK Learning provides students with the opportunity to build a personalized plan with the care and support to help them succeed. With internships, mentoring opportunities, field trips, clubs, and other extracurricular activities, students have every opportunity to pursue the future they deserve.
LINK Learning provides nontraditional education to help students ages 14-21 pursue their educational objectives by giving them the resources they need in a place where they can succeed. With first-class centers, one-on-one instruction, and small group teaching assistance, students are empowered to learn at their own pace with the support of a welcoming and inclusive learning environment.
But just because LINK Learning offers online education, doesn’t mean they are not a full-service school. Their in-person locations provide certified teachers, mentors, school social workers and English language learner support available to all students. They even offer 504 plans and IEP services for students if needed. Unlike other programs, LINK Learning allows students to work on their schoolwork when they can be most productive. They provide the flexibility for students to work around their busy schedules.
LINK Learning has been in Michigan for over ten years and in the UP for over eight years. The Marquette office has been open for five years and has just moved to 2170 US41 West in Marquette. You can reach their office at (906) 273.0497. You can also find out more at linklearning.org.
Pictured from left to right: Patty Knuth, LINK Learning Teacher, Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach Coordinator, Kristi Teall, LINK Learning Executive Director, Ryan Thelen, LINK Learning Associate Executive Director of Curriculum, Margaret Fierstine, LINK Learning Center Director, Julie King, LINK Learning Regional Director, Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative, and Heather Mosher, Marquette County Ambassador.
2013 Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies