2023 Celebrations

Grand Opening of Tiny Turtle’s Daycare LLC. in Ishpeming

December 21st, 2023

Ishpeming, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership assisted with the grand opening of Tiny Turtle’s Daycare LLC., a new group childcare home , located at 1575 Cypress Street in Ishpeming, MI. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the occasion. Owner Ashley Jarvi is a graduate of the Childcare SPARK program.

Tiny Turtle’s Daycare LLC. is more than just a childcare facility; it is a haven for children, offering a unique childcare home experience. Recognizing the needs of working parents, Tiny Turtle’s Daycare LLC. provides a home-like setting that is secure, safe, nurturing, and conducive to learning. This setting allows children to thrive in a family-oriented environment, fostering socialization and age-appropriate learning experiences.

Ashley’s goal is to create an environment that prioritizes safety, ensuring a secure and protected space for every child; nurturing, providing a caring and supportive atmosphere; and learning, going beyond the basics to instill values such as honesty, respect, self-reliance, self-control, moderation, dependability, sensitivity to others, kindness, friendliness, and a sense of fair play.

Ashley’s journey into the childcare industry was facilitated by the Childcare SPARK program. Recognizing the complexity of the licensing process, she found invaluable resources, mentorship, and a supportive team through the SPARK program. With a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and extensive experience with babies and kids, Ashley decided to open Tiny Turtle’s Daycare LLC. to not only address her personal challenges but also to extend her expertise to other families in need of quality childcare.

Reflecting on her decision to join the SPARK program, Ashley shared, “The licensing process is so confusing, with so many different websites to navigate. The SPARK program provided me with tons of resources, a mentor, and a great team to move forward with. Opening this home daycare made sense in my life right now, juggling the demands of having two kids and managing school schedules. I am excited to help other families and provide quality care.”

For further information about Tiny Turtle’s Daycare LLC. contact Ashley Jarvi at ashleyjarvi4@gmail.com.

Grand Opening of Panera Bread in Marquette, Michigan.

November 18th, 2023

Marquette, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership assisted Panera Bread with a ribbon cutting to celebrate its grand opening in Marquette.

Panera Bread is an American chain store of bakery-café fast food restaurant known for their bread, soups, Panera Bread is located at 3460 US Hwy 41 West, Marquette, MI 49855 and will operate daily from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Pictured left to right:
Zosia Eppensteiner, Marquette County Ambassador; Christopher Germain, LSCP CEO; Deanna Gallagan, Panera Bread Regional Vice President; Belle Shevy, Panera Bread Team Manager; Olive Hauser, Panera Bread Pro Team Lead; Sean Gifford, Panera Bread Area Operating Partner; Danyelle Helt, Panera Bread General Manager; Alyssa Rozumowicz, Panera Bread Multi-unit Training Manager; Ross Connnors, Panera Bread Assistant General Manager; Bishop Connors; Ernie Johnson, Marquette Township Treasurer; Rachel Raak, LSCP Community Economic Development Coordinator; Megan O’Connor, LSCP Outreach and Development Specialist

Grand Opening of Bombshell Boudoir’s New Studio in Marquette

November 9th, 2023

Marquette, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership assisted Bombshell Boudoir with a ribbon cutting to celebrate its new studio located at 907 N 3rd Street in Marquette on November 7, 2023. Bombshell’s owner, Brooke Grondin, has been photographing various genres for nearly a decade and moved into her new studio space in early 2023.  Brooke’s clients travel from all over the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin for their very own luxury boudoir experience that includes professional hair, makeup, and lash application services before heading in for a custom photoshoot.

Brooke takes pride that her clients leave the studio with incredible images that boost their self-confidence and make them feel empowered. Clients have access to the Bombshell Closet during their session, where they can choose from a variety of lingerie, ranging in sizes from XS to 5X, a variety of shoes, jewelry, and props.

Bombshell Boudoir sessions start at $199 with the option to purchase print collections afterwards. Brooke has created payment plans on all print orders to ensure her clients can have keepsakes of their experience. The studio is open by appointment and currently has a limited time offer for a $99 photo session.

Brooke invites the public to tour the new studio, during Marquette’s Ladies Day, on Thursday, November 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be specials all day and a giveaway for a free Holiday Mini Boudoir session with guaranteed delivery of print collections by Christmas. Bombshell Boudoir will also be hosting its first Annual Holiday Dinner Party on Saturday December 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Mather Inn in Ishpeming. The public and Brooke’s clients are invited for an evening of holiday festivities, food, drinks and a giveaway for a $5,000 Bombshell Boudoir package. Tickets to the Holiday Dinner Party are $25 and can be purchased at https://facebook.com/events/s/bombshell-boudoir-1st-annual-h/1400226240562245/

Brooke has also created an online community that you can join to see photos, tips, model calls, and client reviews. The Bombshell VIP Lounge can be found on Facebook at


Contact Brooke Grondin at bombshellboudoirbybrooke@gmail.com or 906-250-4492 to book a session or to learn more about Bombshell Boudoir.

Grand Opening of Little Cubs Learning Center LLC

November 7th, 2023

Marquette, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership assisted Little Clubs Learning Center LLC with a ribbon cutting to celebrate its new childcare group home located at 325 Brookton Road in Marquette, MI. The owner, Lysa Stockwell is the first graduate of the Childcare SPARK program to open an in-home, group daycare. Lysa became concerned about finding and paying for daycare in Marquette when her daughter became pregnant. Lysa and her husband retired and moved to Marquette to assist their daughter with childcare.
“The SPARK class gave me the opportunity to spend time with very knowledgeable people who helped me with every step of obtaining a Michigan daycare license,” Lysa Stockwell explains. “It also provided the opportunity for me to make some connections in the community with people who were applying for a daycare license at the same time I was.”
Little Cubs Learning Center LLC has its State of Michigan license which allows the group home to provide daycare for 12 children in Stockwell’s home.
Contact Lysa Stockwell at lysastockwell@gmail.com to learn more about the Little Cubs Learning Center LLC. About Childcare SPARK: Childcare SPARK is an innovative, first-of-its-kind program combining expertise from business development, childcare operations, and childhood development organizations into a business accelerator model to help interested entrepreneurs understand, launch, operate, and grow home-based childcare businesses. Our goal is to successfully establish new childcare businesses throughout Marquette County to help families find the care they need to remain or re-enter the workforce. Childcare SPARK is just one of several initiatives in our area to address the childcare shortage.
Childcare SPARK is made possible through initial support from the State of Michigan Equity Fund and an ARPA allocation from the Marquette County Commission.

Hidden Gem Restorative Celebrates Grand Opening in Downtown Negaunee

October 19th, 2023

Negaunee, MI- Hidden Gem Restorative, a unique boutique healing practice nestled at 327 Iron Street Negaunee, is pleased to announce its official grand opening. The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) celebrated the occasion with a ribbon cutting.

Soulful Proprietor Kim Nixon Hainstock, a seasoned healer with over two decades of experience, welcomes the local community to Hidden Gem, where healing arts are offered by appointment, complemented by a delightful pop-up shop on select days. The grand opening took place on Friday, October 13 at noon, followed by an open house until 6 pm, allowing attendees to explore this unique healing haven.

Kim’s diverse background includes studies at the Institute of Natural Therapies in Paavola, Michigan, under the instruction of Hal Rudnianin starting in the fall of 2003. She also holds a writing degree from Northern Michigan University and is a trained yoga Instructor.

Kim expressed her excitement about the new location, stating, “Now that summer has passed and we have sidewalks and solid streets, it is time to celebrate our new location on Iron Street in Negaunee. Finally, a street level practice with windows and signage in a supportive community with a healthy downtown district surrounded by other supportive business owners and establishments–It feels vibrant–and the creative possibilities are endless.”

Hidden Gem offers convenient online booking at massagebook.com/biz/hiddengem. You can also connect with Hidden Gem on social media through Facebook @HiddenGemRestorative and Instagram @hiddengem.healing

For more information about Hidden Gem Restorative, contact Kim Nixon Hainstock at (906) 360-5448.

Coborn’s, Inc. Announces Tadych’s Marketplace Grand Re-Opening in Marquette, MI

October 12th, 2023

Marquette, MI – The Lake Community Partnership helped Coborn’s Inc. celebrate the grand re-opening of the Marquette Tadych’s Marketplace, located at 1401 O’Dovero Dr., Marquette, MI., with a ribbon cutting on October 5, 2023.  The company recently completed significant updates to the grocery store offering guests a fresher and larger product selection and an enhanced shopping experience.

“We are proud to invest in the Marquette Tadych’s Marketplace store and offer an enhanced shopping experience to the community with an expanded produce, dairy, bakery, frozen, and liquor departments along with a fresh new store design and a Caribou Coffee shop,” said Dave Meyer, COO and President of Coborn’s, Inc., the parent company of the Tadych’s Marketplace locations. “We are excited to bring remarkably fresh offerings with incredibly friendly service to the Marquette community.”

The remodel includes a new Caribou Coffee with seating and a drive-thru for guest convenience. Other upgrades to the store include a dedicated sushi space plus the store’s flooring, décor, and bathrooms were updated and new lighting was installed allowing the location to operate with greater energy efficiency.

The remodel also consists of expanded and enhanced frozen, dairy, produce, bakery, floral, and liquor departments giving guests a larger and fresher selection of products. Lastly, the front end was upgraded with a new guest services counter and self-checkouts.

“We’ve enhanced the product selection throughout many of the departments,” said Dan Parvu, Store Director of Tadych’s Marketplace in Marquette. “The improved features will bring a cleaner, brighter, and fresher look to the same great store the guests have been used to.”

For more information contact Dennis Host, Senior Vice President/Marketing and Communications at dennis.host@cobornsinc.com or 320.252.4222, Ext. 6167.

Grand Opening of Third Street Marketplace and Pizza@Marquette

September 15th, 2023

Marquette, MI – Third Street Marketplace (3RDSTMP) and Pizza@Marquette announced its grand opening on Friday, September 15, 2023. The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) assisted with a ribbon cutting to mark the celebration at its location 1034 N. Third Street in Marquette.

In August of 2020, Marketplace owner Joe Constance started the plans for transforming the vacant building that used to house a grocery store into the Marketplace. Today, three food and beverage businesses are now under the Marketplace roof.

Building owner Ann Constance stated “We are excited that a vacant building in our downtown area now offers a variety of food and drinks to our residents, students, and visitors. It took the work of many people, and we are grateful to all of them for helping to make this happen.”

Within the Marketplace is Kognisjon Bryggeri, a brewery and taproom that Cognition owner Jay Clancey and his team brought from the Ishpeming Cognition Brewery to the 3RDSTMP in May of 2023. Chef Kevin Bray, manager of the popular Fish Express food truck, joined in February of 2023 to have its storefront in 3RDSTMP, where patrons will find delicious fish, chicken and other specialty items on the menu. The newest addition to 3RSTMP is Pizza@Marquette, managed by Brandon Wicks. Pizza@Marquette offers a variety of toppings and specialty sized pizzas with gluten-free and vegan-friendly options that cook in under 3 minutes.

The three businesses in 3RDSTMP will run specials throughout the weekend from September 15 to September 17 to celebrate the Marketplace’s grand opening.  Constance said that the Marketplace still has one leasehold available, and they are working with several entities on something that will complement the other three tenants.

For more information about 3RDSTMP, contact Joe Constance, 906-362-9736.

Kall Morris Inc. Celebrates Grand Opening of Headquarters in Marquette, MI

September 6th, 2023

Marquette, MI — Kall Morris Inc (KMI), an orbital debris remediation company co-founded by three Northern Michigan University (NMU) alumni, celebrated the official opening of its first headquarters in Marquette, Michigan. The Lake Superior Community Partnership assisted KMI with a ribbon cutting on September 6, to help mark the significant milestone in KMI’s mission to make space safer and more accessible for all.

KMI is dedicated to the advancement of Active Debris Removal (ADR) technologies, focusing on the removal of legacy assets, such as unprepared, uncontrolled, and potentially unrecognizable debris objects in orbit. With a unique combination of proprietary software, exclusive hardware, and strategic partnerships, KMI is actively working towards a commercially viable solution to address the growing issue of space debris.

Troy Morris, Co-Founder and Director of Operations at KMI expressed his gratitude and excitement about the new headquarters, stating, “Since attending and graduating from NMU, each of the founders dreamed of returning to Marquette again, but it’d be hard to say we could imagine doing it with our own business, or providing employment to even more talented people than ourselves in the process. By opening in the heart of Marquette, KMI is connecting to the community that supported us first as students, then as a startup, and now as a fellow business. With engineers building technology for space in our space next to team members engaging with stakeholders across the country, the physical location of KMI further connects our team and solidifies our steps forward on our mission we’ve been building in Michigan: Keeping Space Clear For All.”

The open house celebration also included a plaque presentation from the Downtown Development Authority and speeches by notable guests such as (TBD). Attendees had the opportunity to tour the KMI headquarters with the KMI Space Rangers. KMI’s Marquette headquarters is located at 130 W Washington St, Marquette, MI 49855. More information about Kall Morris Inc. can be found by visiting www.kallmorris.com.

John Kivela Center Open House and Tours 

August 28th, 2023

Negaunee, MI:  Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc. (GLRC) is proud to announce that renovations have been completed at the former Teal Lake Medical Clinic in Negaunee and welcomes the public to an Open House and tours of the facility on August 31, 2023 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  The newly renovated 33,000 square-foot facility renamed the John Kivela Center will provide a campus model of behavioral health care for residents of Marquette County and beyond.

The transition of the former Teal Lake Medical Clinic from UP Health Systems in 2022 was instrumental in GLRC’s vision of creating a regional behavioral health campus.  An unprecedented $300,000 pledge to be paid out over five years from the West End Health Foundation and nearly $2.8 million from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services under the leadership of Director Elizabeth Hertel, allowed GLRC to move through the renovations needed to transform the medical facility into a behavioral health campus, including residential treatment.  Congressional Directed Spending through Congressman Jack Bergman and Senator Debbie Stabenow also helped to move the project forward.  Continued conversations are being held with other funders to secure final payments for the multi-million dollar project.

Although significant renovations need to be completed to transform the 33,000 square-foot facility into a regional behavioral health campus, the building is in the ideal location, right off of US 41, adjacent to GLRC’s Adolescent Services Center on the border of Ishpeming and Negaunee.

The John Kivela Center will house Teal Lake Residential, a residential treatment program for women with substance use disorders and will include detoxification services, as well as Sue B’s House, a recovery house for women.  Both Teal Lake Residential and Sue B’s House will allow children (up to age 11) to stay with their mothers, addressing what is often a barrier to mothers receiving treatment.  In addition to the residential programs, the John Kivela Center will also house the Negaunee Integrated Care Clinic, providing outpatient mental and physical health services, Child & Adolescent Specialty Services, including psychiatric care, mental health and substance use disorder outpatient counseling.

For more information about the John Kivela Center, please visit www.glrcfoundation.org/john-kivela-center.

West End Gymnastics Center Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

August 25th, 2023

NEGAUNEE, MI – The West End Gymnastics Center proudly announced its grand opening, on August 25th. Accelerate UP and the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) assisted the celebration with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. The Center held an open house on August 27 at its new facility within the Negaunee City Center.

West End Gymnastics Center is a gymnastics facility focused on nurturing confidence and lifelong skills in children through comprehensive, empowering gymnastics programs.

“We’re excited to see our dream of having a dedicated home for our athletes materialize,” expresses Coach Bridget Johnson, the business owner of West End Gymnastics Center. “Our goal is not just about teaching gymnastics; it’s about empowering our children and our community by building confidence, and helping them acquire skills that will serve them throughout their lives.”

The Center will begin taking registration for classes on August 27th with the last day to enroll being September 8th.  The first week of classes will begin September 11. Welcoming a wide range of students, from the most energetic toddlers to ambitious high schoolers and everyone in between, the Center is committed to providing a safe and fulfilling environment where children can channel their energy, create lasting friendships, and grow personally and athletically.

“West End Gymnastics Center is a community where every child can find their place,” adds Coach Bridget. “Whether they aim to make their school teams, seek to improve their performance in other sports, or simply love the excitement of gymnastics, we’re here to nurture their passion.”

West End Gymnastics invites everyone to celebrate the journey of spreading gymnastics, kindness and community in its new center.

For more information about West End Gymnastics Center, the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, or registration for classes, please visit their Facebook page at @westendgymnasticscenter or contact Owner Coach Bridget at coachbridget@westendgymnastics.com or (906) 251-0980.

Grand Opening of Brasswire Campground in Ishpeming, MI

August 10th, 2023

Ishpeming, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) and the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Chamber of Commerce (GINCC) held a ribbon cutting to announce the grand opening of Brasswire Campground on August 10, 2023, at 10:00 am. Nestled amidst the rugged foothills of Ishpeming, Michigan, Brasswire Campground is now ready to provide camping experiences for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.
Funded in part through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Grant, Brasswire Campground spans approximately 16 acres. The campground integrates with the environment, with about 12 acres clear-cut as a forestry remedy for the dying jack pine stands. This strategic clear-cutting transformed the area into a space best suited for campground development, embracing nature and recreation. With a total of 50 campsites, Brasswire Campground is a testament to responsible land usage and community collaboration.
Offering a rustic camping experience without hook-ups, Brasswire focuses on a more natural setting. Additionally, two water wells have been thoughtfully installed for the convenience of registered campers.
For those planning ahead, reservations for the upcoming camping season can be secured starting October 1. The reservation cost is set at an affordable $25 per night, encouraging families and individuals to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the campground.
Campers can make online reservations exclusively through the campground’s official website, brasswire.org. This user-friendly platform has hassle-free bookings for campers eager to explore the area’s natural beauty. Campers under the age of 21 must be accompanied by and under the immediate supervision of a parent or legal guardian to be registered for a camping permit.
Check-in hours, between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., offer flexibility for travelers arriving at different times. Check-out is required by 1:00 p.m. to ensure the efficient preparation of campsites for incoming visitors.
Brasswire Campground is located at 234 Malton Road, Ishpeming, MI 49849. For a complete list of camping policies or to make a reservation, visit brasswire.org.

Chaval Christian Dance Company Celebrates Grand Opening

August 7th, 2023

Marquette, MI – Chaval Christian Dance Company celebrated their grand opening at its new location with a ribbon cutting ceremony and presentation of the first dollar on the August 4. The new location is 147 West Washington Street, the former Marquette Center for Dance building. The first dollar was presented by Pat Shaw to Marquette resident Hannah Lynne Zick, Chaval’s founder and owner, in memory of Bill Shaw. Hannah has a passion for the arts and that God will be glorified in them.

Founded in 2020, Chaval Christian Dance Company is a studio where dance, music, and art classes are offered. Its mission is to raise technically trained artists who are filled with passion to honor God in their movements, performances, and daily life.

Chaval offers daytime and evening classes Monday through Friday. Dance classes range from tot to adult and include private lessons. Private music lessons include voice, piano, violin, guitar and ukulele, and an intro to music tot class. Art classes are available for individuals or groups.

For additional information about the Chaval, visit www.chavalwith.us or contact Hannah Lynne Zick at 906-362-2475 or email hannah@chavalwith.us


City of Negaunee’s Downtown Enhancement Project Commences with Ground-Breaking Ceremony

July 24th, 2023
Negaunee, MI – The City of Negaunee announced the commencement of its highly anticipated Downtown Enhancement Project (aka, Streetscape Project). To mark this significant milestone, a ground-breaking ceremony was held on June 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Chiri Park in Negaunee, MI.
The Downtown Enhancement Project, with a budget of $3.4 million, aims to revitalize the downtown area, making substantial infrastructure improvements while also focusing on placemaking initiatives. Approximately 75% of the project will be crucial infrastructure enhancements, ensuring a more resilient and efficient cityscape. These improvements include upgrades to water and sewer mains, installation of new sidewalks, street lighting, and the implementation of fiber networks.
Recognizing the importance of creating vibrant social spaces, the Downtown Enhancement Project incorporates placemaking elements. The project will introduce six distinct social hubs throughout the downtown area, providing residents and visitors with attractive gathering places. Each social hub will be thoughtfully designed to promote community engagement and economic development opportunities.
Firefighters Square, situated near the fire hall and Breitung Park, will pay homage to the City’s brave firefighters past and present. This revitalized space will feature landscaping, interpretive signage, seating areas, and a striking firefighter sculpture. Additionally, Firefighters Square will address safety and pedestrian connectivity concerns at the Division and Pioneer Streets intersection.
Irontown Plaza, reminiscent of a market plaza, will serve as the main entryway to downtown. This open space will offer landscaping, seating, cell phone charger stations, ADA access, and designated areas for food trucks.
Ericson Park will undergo an extensive makeover, including new landscaping, seating, ADA-compliant sidewalks, and an eating area, complete with a drinking fountain and bike racks.
Chiri Park will become the new home for Negaunee’s Farmer’s Market, transforming into an inviting open green space. Its features will include landscaping, ADA access from the Silver Street parking lot to Iron Street, a bike shelter with a charging station, drinking fountain, food truck locations, cell phone chargers, a dual car charger, picnic tables, and a captivating public art installation.
Tobin Place, situated along Tobin Street from Iron to Jackson Streets, will provide a welcoming downtown gathering space, especially for those enjoying the nearby Iron Ore Heritage Trail. This cozy space will feature landscaping, comfortable seating, and convenient cell phone chargers.
Rail Street Overlook, the most unique of all the social hubs, will be located near UP Brewing on the viaduct, offering breathtaking views of downtown. With landscaping and seating surrounding three outdoor natural gas fire pits, this location is sure to become a favorite destination for residents and visitors alike.
The Negaunee Downtown Enhancement Project received unanimous approval from the Negaunee Downtown Development Authority and final approval from the Negaunee Planning Commission and the City Council. This ambitious project has been made possible through various funding sources, including a substantial $885,000 grant awarded to Negaunee by the state of Michigan.
City Manager Nate Heffron expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This is the biggest investment that Negaunee has seen in quite a long time, and we’re very excited about it. It’s a very exciting time to be in downtown Negaunee.” Comprehensive plans for the Downtown Enhancement Project can be viewed at forgenegaunee.com
For more information about the Negaunee Enhancement Project, please contact City Manager Nate Heffron at 906-475-7700 ext. 11.

Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter Celebrates Marquette Office with Open House

July 25th, 2023
Marquette, MI- The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter held a ribbon cutting during their open house to celebrate their new Marquette office opening. This open house served as an opportunity for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to connect with the Alzheimer’s Association and explore the valuable resources available in the region. Attendees had the chance to meet the dedicated Marquette team, including knowledgeable staff and passionate volunteers, who provide support, education, and advocacy for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and education to individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Through its programs, services, and advocacy efforts, the Michigan Chapter strives to enhance the quality of life for those impacted by the disease and advance research towards finding a cure.
For more information about the open house event and the services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter, please visit http://alz.org/gmc or call (906) 373-3107.

Curio Design Studio Celebrates Grand Opening

July 21st, 2023
Marquette, MI — Curio Design Studio, a leading provider of innovative and bespoke interior design solutions, celebrated its grand opening in Marquette. The occasion was marked by an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at their Marquette studio on Presque Isle Ave.
Founded in 2012 by Allison Harlow, Curio Design Studio specializes in creating distinctive interior environments for new constructions, whole house renovations, and kitchen and bath remodels. Focusing on modern families and leading professionals, the studio offers personalized design services locally to Marquette clients and nationwide through virtual consultations. The studio incorporates eco-friendly materials and implements energy-efficient solutions whenever possible, contributing to a more environmentally conscious and socially responsible design industry.
Allison Harlow, interior designer, and founder, brings a unique and organized approach to interior environments. Allison’s services include space planning, finish and fixture selection, detailed design plans, color selections, and project management. Her ability to combine aesthetics with functionality ensures a cohesive and flawless interior design outcome.
Complementing Allison’s expertise is Ryan Nie, a general contractor and carpenter; Miriam Rowe, a junior designer; Cheryl Sewell, an interior designer; and Christina Stacey, a project coordinator.
The studio invites individuals and businesses to discover their transformative and personalized design experience; for a residential makeover or a large-scale commercial venture.
For more information about Curio Design Studio visit curiodesignstudio.com. For media related inquiries please contact hello@curiodesignstudio.com.

Dawn Florio: Real Estate’s Newest One-Woman Show

July 19th, 2023

Marquette, MI – Dawn Florio, a seasoned real estate professional with over a decade of experience, announced her transition from a two-person team to a one-woman show Wednesday, July 19th at RE/MAX 1st Realty in Marquette. The change was celebrated with a ribbon cutting.
Dawn’s journey in the real estate industry began ten years ago when she first obtained her realtor license. She honed her skills and gained invaluable experience at John DeMay Real Estate, PROEX Realty, and EXP Realty from 2013 to 2020. Dawn held various positions throughout her career, including Licensed Assistant, Property Manager, Agent Recruiter, Agent Orientation/Trainer, Social Media Specialist, and Transaction Coordinator. This diverse background has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the industry and the ability to handle multiple facets of real estate transactions.
Following her time at the agencies mentioned above, Dawn joined RE/MAX, where she worked alongside another agent for nearly three years. During this period, she expanded her knowledge and expertise while operating under the RE/MAX umbrella. Over the past three years, Dawn successfully managed the residential side of the business, gaining exposure to the dynamic world of commercial real estate—an area she intends to focus on more extensively in the future.
Dedicated to continuously improving her skills and expanding her professional capabilities, Dawn has set her sights on obtaining additional certifications. She is working towards becoming an Accredited Commercial Practitioner and earning two residential endorsements: Senior Specialist and Remodel Specialist. These achievements will further enhance her ability to serve commercial and residential clients, ensuring they receive exceptional guidance throughout their real estate journeys.
As Dawn embarks on this new chapter as a one-woman show, she is excited to provide personalized attention, unwavering dedication, and a wealth of expertise to her valued clients. Whether individuals are seeking to buy, sell, or invest in properties, Dawn Florio Real Estate promises a seamless experience backed by her extensive knowledge, exceptional negotiation skills, and unmatched commitment to client satisfaction.
For more information, please visit Dawn Florio Real Estate’s website at StartMyNewBeginnings.com or contact Dawn Florio directly at dawn@Remax906.com or call/text (906) 360-0796.

Cove Boutique Celebrates Opening with Ribbon Cutting Event

June 29th, 2023

Marquette, MI – Cove Boutique, a beautiful concept store dedicated to creative expression and style, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 29 to celebrate the opening of their new storefront.
Cove Boutique owner, Jordan Mattarella, handpicks brands that prioritize longevity, upholds values for the greater good, and offers timeless and inclusive pieces that bring inspiration to people’s lives. The boutique prides itself on its wide selection of sustainable and high-quality clothing. The boutique’s pieces are intentionally sourced from small family-owned businesses, one-woman show brands, earth-conscious fashion labels, local artists, and makers from around-the-world. By featuring unique and underrepresented brands, the boutique fosters discovery and supports the growth of small businesses and independent designers.
Cove Boutique will also host a party to celebrate its opening on Saturday, July 1 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 209 West Ohio Street in Marquette. The event will showcase new arrivals of products, a flower bouquet and a plant pop-up shop by Samara Floral Co. from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and include live acoustic music. The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
Cove Boutique occupies the corner of Third St. and Ohio, making it a prominent destination for fashion enthusiasts. It is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Its highly anticipated website coveboutique.co also launches this summer.
For further information about Cove Boutique and its offerings, contact Jordan Mattarella at jordan.m.mattarella@gmail.com.

Marquette Social District Has Officially Opened

June 20th, 2023
MARQUETTE, MI – The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA) held a ribbon cutting celebrating the official opening of the Downtown Marquette Social District on Tuesday, June 20 at 11 a.m. at the Marquette Commons.
The Downtown Marquette Social District will operate Monday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The boundaries are set to include any Downtown Marquette bar or restaurant with an on-premise liquor license so that they may choose to participate in the Social District. A current list of participating businesses can be found at the Marquette DDA website, downtownmarquette.org/social-districts. The website also includes a Social District map, all rules and reminders for those who will be participating, and any special announcements that may come up involving the Downtown Marquette Social District.
Members of the public who would like to partake in the Downtown Marquette Social District will need to visit a participating business, purchase a Social District beverage in a specially marked container, and consume that beverage outside, within the Social District boundaries. Social District beverage containers will have a sticker denoting where it was purchased as well as a sticker showing that its specifically for the Social District, with the option for a date and time stamp. Containers are one-time use only, and extra trash receptacles have been placed around the district to help with easy disposal. The public is reminded that participating in the Social District is for those who are 21 years of age and older, and public drunkenness is still against the law.
“We are very excited to finally get the Downtown Marquette Social District up and running. We see this as a great way to add to the atmosphere of downtown. It will give those visiting the opportunity to spend a little more time here, and will encourage them to walk around the district and see all that Downtown Marquette hast to offer,” said Tara Laase-McKinney, Marquette DDA Executive Director.
For more information, please contact Mike Bradford, Business Outreach & Promotions Director, at (906) 228-9475, ext. 104 or Mike@downtownmarquette.org.
About The Marquette Downtown Development Authority Established in 1976, the purpose of the Marquette Downtown Development Authority is to “halt property value deterioration and increase property tax valuation…to eliminate the causes of that deterioration, and to promote economic growth” throughout Downtown Marquette. At times unexpected, Downtown Marquette is always alive with unique businesses, amazing flavors, welcoming events, vibrant arts and boundless opportunities.

City of Negaunee Announces Completion of Beach Expansion Project on Teal Lake

June 19th, 2023
NEGAUNEE, MI – The City of Negaunee announced the completion of its highly anticipated beach expansion project on Teal Lake with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on June 19, 2023, to celebrate the project’s successful completion and opening to the public.
Thanks to a generous grant of $82,600 from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), the City of Negaunee completed multiple upgrades to the Teal Lake shoreline beach area. The upgrade recommendations came from Michigan State University’s Teal Lake Shoreline Climate and Health Adaptation Vision project, completed in July 2020.
The beach expansion project cost $107,700, and the City contributed 25 percent of the funding, amounting to $25,100. The City held several public meetings throughout the planning and design phase to provide residents with opportunities to contribute their input. The engagement of various commissions, including the Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, and the

City Council, ensured a comprehensive and inclusive decision-making process.
The project provided an enhanced beach experience for residents and visitors with notable upgrades, including expanding the sandy area from 1000 square feet to 1800 square feet, relocating street surface stormwater discharge pipes, and installing ADA components such as a picnic table, ramp, and beach mat. In addition, the project added new trashcans, picnic tables, signage, and planting of trees, further enhancing the overall aesthetics and functionality of the beach.
For further information about the Negaunee beach expansion project, contact City Manager Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11

Provisions MQT Celebrates Official Grand Opening and One-Year Anniversary

June 8th, 2023
Marquette, MI – Provisions MQT celebrated its one-year anniversary with the long-awaited and official grand opening, marked by a ribbon-cutting event on Thursday, June 8. The celebration continued with live music performed by musician Kobie Guidebeck.
Since its inception in May 2022, Provisions MQT provides a space where the community can collaborate, connect, and savor life’s simple pleasures. From hosting invigorating yoga sessions to engaging cooking classes, serving aromatic specialty coffee to offering delectable artisan gelato, and showcasing locally sourced baked goods, it truly has something for everyone. The establishment’s small-batch artisan gelato, complemented by locally sourced baked goods, has been a hit among Marquette locals and visitors alike. It offers a delightful fusion of flavors and a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

Provisions MQT is located at 401 S Lakeshore Blvd, Marquette, MI 49855, adjacent to the piers and Ore Dock of Marquette’s Lower Harbor on the first floor of One Marquette Place.
They have expanded their summer hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST, seven days a week. Whether it’s a morning coffee, an afternoon gelato, or an evening stroll along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Superior, Provisions MQT ensures that patrons can indulge in their favorite treats all summer long.
For further information and media inquiries, please contact Jesse Renfors at jsrenfors@gmail.com. Additional details about Provisions MQT can be found at provisionsmqt.com or by calling (906) 273-0760.

Discover Chiropractic Announces Move to Third Street Location

June 1st, 2023

Marquette, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Discover Chiropractic which celebrated its 17-year anniversary on June 1 at its new location, 1208 N Third Street in Marquette. With the purchase of the adjacent lots, this new location will have excellent parking and has bike-able/walkable convenience of being centrally located near NMU’s campus in the Village of Marquette.
Dr. Craig Thomas, DC, is a 2004 Palmer Graduate. He practiced in Galway, Ireland, before moving back to Marquette in 2006 to establish Discover Chiropractic. He customizes various adjusting techniques to meet each patient’s needs. He has also been implementing Functional Neurology into patient care since 2009. He is proficient at evaluating and restoring extremity functions, including ankles and feet, to fit custom-made orthotics. Discover Chiropractic also offers on-site massage therapy, digital X-rays, and bike fittings using Retul’s motion capture technology. “We are expanding services and adding new cutting-edge modalities to meet the public’s health care needs. We now have more office space and are able to accept new patients,” said Dr. Thomas.

Chiropractic history at 1208 North Third Street:
There is a deeply rooted chiropractic history at this location. Since the 1970’s, the building has only been a chiropractic clinic.
“I was a former patient here while attending NMU. I am grateful to have come full circle in purchasing and renovating the property – keeping the Marquette chiropractic tradition moving forward into another generation,” said Dr. Thomas.” A higher level of health exists for us all. With my education, knowledge and experience in pursuing those higher levels – I am passionate about helping my patients reach their goals.”
For more about Discover Chiropractic, visit their Facebook Page Discover Chiropractic Mqt, website dcmqt.com or call (906) 228-2765. Contact Dr. Craig Thomas DC at dcmqt1@gmail.com.

Graci Gallery: A Beacon of Artistic Excellence in Marquette, MI

May 15th, 2023

Graci Studio, an esteemed art destination, is thrilled to announce the grand opening of its latest location in downtown Marquette, Michigan. Accelerate UP and the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) supported the launch with a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony, signaling the beginning of a new era for the city’s vibrant arts scene. Graci Gallery, situated at 110 North Third Street in Marquette, is the brainchild of renowned artist, Joe Graci.

Inspired by the beauty of Lake Superior’s shoreline, Graci employs a unique blend of hand and power tools to craft exquisite carved wood panels and objects. His innovative creations have garnered critical acclaim nationally. The new gallery extends Graci Studio’s commitment to showcasing the finest regional and national talent by featuring a carefully curated selection of works from exceptional artists and craftspeople. Visitors can expect an immersive and engaging experience as they explore the diverse array of pieces on display. “We’re excited to bring the unique vision of Graci Gallery to downtown Marquette,” said Joe Graci. “Our mission is to create a dynamic space that inspires our community and showcases the incredible talent and creativity of artists from the region and beyond.”

Graci Gallery is poised to become a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts, collectors, and tourists alike. The gallery’s opening represents a significant investment in Marquette’s cultural landscape and underlines Graci Studio’s dedication to supporting and promoting the arts in Northern Michigan. In the month of May, Graci Gallery is proud to feature the extraordinary work of Stella Larkin, a distinguished local artist who constructs sculptural works using natural and human-made materials she finds along the beach, at yard sales, and junkyards.
For more information on Graci Gallery, its featured artists, or upcoming events, please visit the gallery’s website or contact Joe Graci at Joe@gracigallery.com.

About Graci Gallery:
Graci Gallery is a premier art institution dedicated to fostering creativity and promoting exceptional artists from regional and national arenas. Founded by Tina and Joe Graci in June 2020, the gallery specializes in showcasing diverse and captivating artwork, with a strong emphasis on local talent. Graci Gallery remains committed to elevating the arts within the community and providing a dynamic platform for artists and art enthusiasts alike.

Chandler Pizzi Insurance Agency Celebrates Grand Opening

April 19, 2023

Marquette, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Chandler Pizzi Insurance Agency. Chandler Pizzi Insurance Agency is a startup agency that will help families gain a better understanding of their insurance needs.

“At Chandler Pizzi Insurance Agency, we will take the time to listen to your needs and find the right policy to fit your circumstance. Your satisfaction is our number one priority as our focus is on you,” said Chandler Pizzi, Chandler Pizzi Insurance Agency Owner. “We are very optimistic about what we do as a local business! We will be good local neighbors, committed to providing safety, security, and peace of mind.”

Chandler Pizzi Insurance Agency represents a carefully selected group of financially sound, reputable insurance companies. Additionally, they offer auto, home, renters, life, umbrella, motorcycles, ATVs, mobile homes, boats, trailers, and more! Chandler is excited to help provide reliable and quality insurance to U.P. residents.

To learn more about Chandler Pizzi Insurance Agency, contact Chandler at cmpizzi@acg.aaa.com, 906-273-0614, or like their Facebook page!

Marquette Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates Officially Joins Marshfield Clinic Health System

April 12, 2023

MARQUETTE, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Marshfield Clinic Marquette Center who celebrated the grand opening of their new space, located in the Upper Peninsula Medical Center, at 1414 West Fair Avenue, Suite 334, in Marquette.

Marquette Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates (MIMPA) and Marshfield Clinic Health System finalized their affiliation agreement, bringing Marquette’s most prominent independent healthcare provider practice together with Marshfield to continue to provide Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Pediatric, and Neurological clinical services to the residents of the Upper Peninsula. Renamed the Marshfield Clinic Marquette Center, the clinic will collaborate with Marshfield Medical Center-Dickinson to ensure the future of needed healthcare services in the Marquette region.

”Marquette patients and area residents deserve access to excellent care,” said Amanda Shelast, President of Marshfield Medical Center-Dickinson. “We are proud to support the continued delivery of these resources to the local community.”

The partnership will focus on continuing to deliver expert clinical care in the Marquette area while also exploring future growth of services within the region.

The affiliation with Marshfield is a victory for our clinic and region,” said Dr. John Bartlett, Marquette Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associate. “We look forward to continued success in delivering personalized patient care and building our medical services through the support of Marshfield to provide the best care possible to our community.”

With the affiliation agreement, Marshfield will formally incorporate its care and operational support system into the Marquette Center. Integrating Marshfield’s team and resources will also enhance services, strengthening the exceptional care already provided.

The Art Drop Shop & Studio Celebrates First Anniversary 

April 11, 2023

Marquette, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently assisted The Art Drop Shop with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate their first anniversary.

The Art Drop Shop & Studio is a gently used art supplies and workplace space located at the lower level of the Masonic Square Mall at 130 W. Washington Street in downtown Marquette. The Art Drop Shop welcomes all ages and talents to participate in their studio and accepts various donations of used art supplies to increase accessibility. The nonprofit’s goal is to enhance the creative community of the Upper Peninsula.

Help support The Art Drop Shop & Studio’s mission by folding origami paper cranes! To celebrate its first anniversary, The Art Drop Shop & Studio invites the public to color and design their own paper cranes on Friday, April 14, from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. According to Japanese tradition, a wish comes true when 1,000 cranes have been folded! Donations are appreciated to continue The Art Drop Shop & Studio’s mission to provide Marquette and the greater Upper Peninsula with affordable and accessible art supplies. The event is open to all ages.

For more on The Art Drop Shop & Studio, visit their Facebook page or Instagram @theartdropshop.

Iron Golem Games Celebrates First Anniversary

February 28, 2023

Marquette, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently assisted Iron Golem Games with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their first anniversary.

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 Games 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.

Iron Golem Games will also be offering special discounts. Find more information on their website irongolemgames.com and their Facebook page. The discounts will run until Monday, March 6. You can check out their storefront at 329 W. Washington Street, Suite A in Marquette or visit their Facebook page.

Pictured from left to right: Tara Laase-McKinney, Marquette DDA, Jordan Gokey, Iron Golem Games Co-owner, Joseph Baker, Iron Golem Games Co-owner, Michael Bradford, Marquette DDA, and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Senior Business Development Representative.

Firelight and Co. Celebrates Grand Opening

February 27, 2023

Sands Township, MI – The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Firelight and Co. Firelight and Co. opened on March 5, featuring various products. There is something for new users, seasoned tokers, and everyone in between, including locally-made items, craft products, and things for people on a budget. In addition, they carry flowers, pre-rolls, cartridges, concentrates, topicals, tinctures, edibles, CBD products, and more!

Firelight and Co. was founded in February 2022 by former travel nurses. After seeing that many of their patients were struggling with diagnoses that never seemed to heal and forced to use several medications with serious side effects, the Firelight and Co. team decided to continue their healthcare journey within the recreational cannabis industry.

When you shop with Firelight and Co., you can take comfort in knowing their budtenders are educated in all aspects of cannabis. The model of Firelight and Co.’s team is providing the best products for their customer’s wants and needs. Their highly knowledgeable budtenders will guide you through the purchasing process to make sure you’re satisfied with every Firelight and Co. purchase you make. Firelight and Co. believe people deserve affordable, high-quality products that will produce the proper effects.

Firelight and Co. hopes to support their customers and community with high-quality products. To learn more about Firelight and Co., like their Facebook page, follow them on Instagram @firelight918cr, or visit their website, firelightandco.com.

Functional Behavior Services (FBS) Celebrates Opening of New Marquette Township Location 

February 17, 2023

Marquette Township, MI – Functional Behavior Services (FBS) is a privately-owned outpatient therapy clinic specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and mental health therapies. FBS is celebrating the opening of its new location at 2353 Badger St. in Marquette Township. FBS provides services to individuals of all ages and abilities, specializing in individuals with different learning styles who need a more hands-on approach and integrative strategies. Services are provided in individual and group formats based on the individual’s needs. The new clinic location includes individual treatment rooms, a large playroom, a life skills/ kitchen group room, and an outside park/ wooded area for multiple and varied learning opportunities.  

FBS was founded in 2015 by Carrissa Rondeau, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, and Licensed Clinical Therapist, to expand and enhance the services available to individuals and families throughout the Upper Peninsula. From its humble beginnings as its sole therapist, Carrissa has grown the practice to employ seven  Board Certified Behavior Analysts, four Licensed Therapists, six Behavior Technicians, and Clinical Support Staff.  

 The success of FBS would not have been possible without the past and present professional, talented, and dedicated individuals that work tirelessly every day to ensure our learners and their families lead a more productive and fulfilling life. Carrissa would also like to extend a warm, heartfelt thank you to her husband, children, and parents, who have spent tireless hours supporting this clinic’s growth and development. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed and are so appreciated. 

FBS looks forward to continued community engagement as they strive to support friends and neighbors with skill acquisition, behavioral and mental health needs. To learn more about the services FBS provides and to meet the current staff, visit their Facebook Page or their website at www.fbsmi.com.  


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