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Need a place to recover? Marquette's newest restaurant is just right.

There's a new restaurant and bar in Marquette and it's in a familiar location to many diners. The Recovery Room opened in late 2016 in the home of the former Wild Rover on Washington Street in the downtown district.

The Recovery Room offers up a nice variety of food as well as a selection of specialty drinks as well as a minimum of 15 craft beers on tap.

The kitchen is open until 10 p.m. each night, and the bar is open until 2 a.m. on most nights, though may close earlier if business is slow.

So far, that hasn't been much of a problem as folks are enjoying the new restaurant.

According to the Recovery Room Facebook page, some of their in-house made items include spinach artichoke dip, beer cheese dip and the corned beef for their delicious reuben sandwich.

If you don't have time to stop in to grab a bite, the Recovery Room also offers their full menu for take-out every day until the kitchen is closed.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Zephyr offers up wine, beer, and tasty eats in Marquette

Marquette has bars. Marquette even has a cigar bar opening (to a very select few who wish to buy in). But what Marquette didn't have until recently was a wine bar. That's changed thanks to the opening of Zephyr, located on Front Street across from Getz's in the downtown district.

Zephyr has a huge selection of wine thanks to the business relationship with Everyday Wines, located on Baraga Avenue. But it's not just wines they are offering. There's beer and, eventually, there will be a coffee bar as well.

Don't think that's enough to satisfy? Well, feel free to try their traditionally cured meats and cheeses, which are selected by the owners through the same taste-testing process that they use to choose their wines. Additionally, Zephyr also offers up small plates, soups and desserts, all of which are homemade and ready for the discerning palate.  

Zephyr Wine Bar and Tap Room is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. They also have an area known as The Cellar available for private events and meetings.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Lift Nutrition opens in Escanaba

A new nutrition and fitness business just opened its doors in downtown Escanaba.

Also a new Delta County Chamber of Commerce member, Lift Nutrition is welcoming customers interested in improving their health and wellness at 1109 Ludington Street in Escanaba.

They recently held an open house, and owners Kevin and Brittany Angsten are constantly tweaking the products and services they have available to best suit local customers' needs.

Their main products are sports nutrition, bodybuilding, health and wellness supplements, including CrossFit products, to address needs including muscle building, weight loss, weight gain, recovery, joint help, and cognitive help.

The Angstens are certified sports nutritionists and assure their clients they keep the focus on pure, bioavailable and effective nutritional supplements, with the end goal of helping others get and stay healthy. They also offer expert knowledge on how to attain sports nutrition, bodybuilding and CrossFit goals.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Lift Nutrition

UPHP opens new office in Marquette

The Upper Peninsula Health Plan announced its grand opening in Marquette with a ribbon cutting this week.
The group is a U.P.-based health plan that manages care for members all over the Upper Peninsula through a network of local providers in local communities. According to the Lake Superior Community Partnership, which held the ribbon cutting along with UPHP, the plan's mission is to innovate health care and ensure quality, cost-effective care to improve overall health in the communities it serves.
UPHP is not new to the area; it's been around for several years, and in 2008 won a national award for its regional cooperative prescription and pharmacy plan. It does, however, have a new office now, located in the newly-finished Liberty Way complex at 853 West Washington Street in Marquette.
Some of the participants in the health plan are Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, UP Health System, Dickinson County Healthcare System and several others across the U.P.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

Staybridge Suites opens in downtown Marquette

A new upscale long-stay hotel, the Staybridge Suites, is now open in Marquette.
It's the third and final building of the Liberty Way development on Washington Street (formerly the site of the Bunny Bread commercial bakery), owned by developer Veridea Group.
Staybridge Suites has 102 rooms and is located with quick access to the city's bike path as well as on the main downtown artery. The rooms are a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, and amenities include meeting space, daily hot breakfast buffet, evening guest reception, daily housekeeping, guest laundry, fitness center, 24-hour business center, and an outdoor terrace.
It's the U.P.'s first extended-stay hotel, and Veridea president and CEO Bob Mahaney says as such, it's a milestone.
"The Staybridge Suites offers both business and leisure visitors a new level of lodging in our market that is much needed and that will support the strong growth underway in Marquette," Mahaney says. " It also represents the culmination of 4 years of effort by our partners -- the City of Marquette, its Brownfield Authority, MEDC, and our financial partners -- and our team of associates to transform a vacant manufacturing site into Liberty Way, which now stands completed."
Liberty Way has been a multi-stage, multi-year project totaling $45 million and also including two mixed-use office, retail and residential buildings.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Veridea Group

Star Line to operate former Arnold ferries

As the venerable Arnold Line ferry service to and from Mackinac Island goes out of business, Star Line has announced they'll be acquiring much of Arnold's assets, including the Huron, the only year-round passenger ferry serving island residents.
Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry will purchase five classic ferries, one freight boat, four docks including the main Arnold dock on Mackinac Island, a boatyard, and parking lots and ticket booths in both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.
This is the last season for passenger service from Arnold, but Star Line will uphold the winter passenger service agreement for the Huron, with the first transition coming on the year-round ferry, which will remain at its current docks.
Financial details of the purchase were not announced. Star Line has been operating since 1978 and is known for its high-speed catamaran-style boats.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

OSF St. Francis breaks ground on new Gladstone building

OSF St. Francis Hospital broke ground at the end of October on a new medical office building in Gladstone, to replace its current Gladstone clinic.
The new building is both updated and bigger at 18,000 square feet, to be located at 145 4th Avenue NE. Developer Cullinan Properties and OSF, Inc. are putting $5 million into the project to improve health care in Gladstone.
Officials from the hospital and community held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site just before Halloween, and OSF director of physician practices, Dr. Kim Johnson, said the new facility will make leaps for accessibility for patients, and add services available right in the community.
The added space means more patient exam rooms and two state-of-the-art minor treatment rooms to improve wound care, a new lab and medical imaging equipment including an on-site digital x-ray machine, and an office for occupational medicine and audiology services, to serve rehab patients in Gladstone.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group

New gift store opens in Ishpeming

A new business is welcoming West End shoppers to the Gossard Building in downtown Ishpeming-- and just in time for Christmas shopping.
UPtown Gifts is located in Suite 111, on the first floor of the venerable Ishpeming landmark building, on Cleveland Avenue.
It celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce recently, and welcomed new visitors with an open house showcasing UPtown Gifts' wares, which include original, creative, handmade and vintage items for all gift occasions.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Tech submits plan for new health technology complex

Plans are underway at Michigan Technological University to build three capital projects over the next five years.
The university's board approved the five-year plan at their October meeting, and now it'll go to the state for approval and funding. What Tech wants to do is build a new engineering and health technologies complex in two phases, and also has requested capital for integrating student maker spaces on campus.
First up would, of course, be the first phase of the H-STEM complex, as they're calling it, costing $39.6 million, of which the university would pay about a quarter. If the state gives the go-ahead and agrees to provide the rest of the money, that phase would start in 2018, with blueprints and additional private fundraising.
The idea behind the complex is human-centered education and research, bringing teams of researchers and students from fields like biomedical, chemical, mechanical, electrical, computer, and materials engineering, biology, chemistry, cognitive and learning sciences, computer sciences, kinesiology and integrative physiology, all working together with shared equipment in flexible lab spaces.
The goal is to position MTU and its graduates to work in health and related technologies as those fields grow and demand further research. Work at the center would include development of therapeutic devices, sensors and instruments, and devising health strategies.
"Current economic projections indicate that demand for technological innovations related to the way that humans interact with technology, as well as human health, is going to grow substantially,” says President Glenn Mroz of the planned complex.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Technological University

UP Home Health and Hospice relocates

U.P. Home Health and Hospice, one of the main U.P. providers of home health, hospice and private nursing services, recently relocated.
The agency held a re-opening celebration of its Marquette office, which now is located at 1125 West Ridge Street in Marquette. Officials from the Lake Superior Community Partnership and the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce got together for the occasion, along with staff from UP HH&H. The home health care provider is headquartered in Ishpeming.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: U.P. Home Health and Hospice


Windsong Studios welcomes artists in Marquette.

A new local art studio has opened in downtown Marquette. Windsong Studios is located at 130 West Washington Street in the Masonic Center.
Windsong celebrated a grand opening with the help of the Lake Superior Community Partnership and held an open house to welcome guests to their newly expanded store.
The studio makes and sells stained glass, fused glass, jewelry and fabric arts, and also features the work of other local artists. Windsong also offers stained glass and other art supplies, and classes for artists. It's owned by Cindy Engle and Brian and Kena McEachern.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership


New Free Store to open in Marquette

A new community store is open in Marquette, to help support financially-strained families.
The New Free Store is located at 1420 East M-28 in Marquette, and is working with the Lake Superior Community Partnership to host a grand opening this week.
The store provides free, quality necessities like clothes, linens, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items to families in the area who are feeling a financial burden.
The grand opening is on Oct. 20, when donations will also be accepted. Tours are planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., shoppers are welcome from 3 to 6 p.m., and children's activities also are planned from 4 to 6 p.m. The store is run by a community-led board and can be found online here and on Facebook here.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

Taco stand finds new winter location

Munising summer staple Loco Poco Tacos might have disappeared for a few weeks, but they've re-opened, in a location better for the winter, at the East Channel Brewing Company.
Owner Autumn Ballas says the taco stand closed down after the summer tourist season was over in Munising, but the demand from local customers was high enough that they arranged for an indoor winter location with the brewery, with a grand re-opening party over the weekend to celebrate.
Loco Poco Tacos will be serving up their fresh Mexican dishes and even some new menu items all winter, Thursday through Sunday each week, allowing patrons to pair local beer with local tacos, a model that's been successful in other cities too.
"For those of you who have visited the venue already, it is a beautiful location and one we are proud to call our new home. We will be located upstairs offering both set menu items as well as most of our traditional options," says the announcement from Ballas.
East Channel Brewing Company is at 209 Maple Street in Munising.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Loco Poco Tacos


Jill Leonard opens insurance agency

A new insurance agency recently opened its doors to new clients in Marquette. Jill Leonard State Farm Insurance held its grand opening along with the Lake Superior Community Partnership.
Jill Leonard State Farm is owned by Jill Leonard and also employs Anna Solinski as account executive and HR director, account representatives Nicole Jones and Rick Greer, Kelly Hillman as customer relations representative, and office manager Candice Blackstone-Larson. The agency is located at 3226 U.S. 41, Unit B in Marquette, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

Superior Mobile Koney takes Michigan classic on the road

You may have noticed a distinctive orange food truck jetting around the area recently if you're in Marquette County or the central U.P.
Superior Mobile Koney is the latest addition to a thriving food truck scene in and around Marquette, and recently celebrated its grand opening with the Lake Superior Community Partnership. Locally owned by Michael Grant, it offers up a variety of coney dogs, breakfast burritos, kabobs, sandwiches and fried fare. The truck has been open since April and is drawing a steady stream of customers wherever it goes.
Hours and locations vary, as food trucks do, but you can find out where they are up to the minute on Facebook, here.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

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