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Business News

Column: Shop safe and local

ESCANABA — The Christmas shopping season is in full force as our waterfront community just experienced the excitement of Black Friday on Tuesday in downtown Escanaba, Black Friday sales yesterday throughout Delta County, and today’s Small Business Saturday promotion. This holiday season ...

LaChance joins Premier Real Estate

ESCANABA — Lifelong Delta County resident, Jennifer LaChance, has joined the team at Premier Real Estate as a licensed real estate agent. She brings decades of successful sales and marketing experience to her new role, along with photography and home staging expertise to get your home listed ...

Column: Sweden by the bite

ESCANABA — Local businesses are such an integral part of the tourism industry and provides visitors with one-of-a-kind experiences. Each business has a story to tell and an exciting history that highlights an area’s uniqueness; just like the small business written in my blog below. Without ...

Escanaba Family Video store closing

ESCANABA — Family Video is closing its 536 N. Lincoln Road location in Escanaba. The store has begun their liquidation. The store will be officially closed before the end of the year. The last standing brick and mortar movie rental store will continue to operate 250 stores across the ...

Seavoy named in 2021 Best Lawyers

MARQUETTE — The law firm of Kendricks, Bordeau, Keefe, Seavoy & Larsen, P.C. announce that Kenneth J. Seavoy, a shareholder in the firm, has been selected by his peers to be included in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in Americain the specialty of trusts and estates. Selection in ...

Column: Chamber announces new members

ESCANABA — The Delta County Area Chamber of Commerce provides an avenue for our business people to play a leadership role in building a healthy, vibrant community. We are a partner to every community, every business, and every citizen. When a business joins the Delta County Area Chamber ...

Swift to retire as Pathways organization CEO

ESCANABA — Pathways CEO Mary Swift has announced that she will be retiring April 30, 2021 following 28 years of services with Pathways, a public mental health system that directly provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities, children with severe emotional disturbances, ...

St. Francis Hospital welcomes new surgeons

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group welcomes two general surgeons, Drs. Amy Nielsen and Casey Yang to its medical staff. Drs. Nielsen and Yang join Dr. Abraham Campbell at OSF Medical Group - General Surgery. Dr. Nielsen earned a bachelor of science from ...

Column: Harley Owners Group Rally returns

ESCANABA — A Great Lakes Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally is expected to bring thousands of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts to Delta County next summer. The process of planning the event, which is scheduled to take place July 22-24, 2021, started with a meeting on Monday. The planning meeting ...

Van Damme joins State Wide Real Estate

ESCANABA — Art Van Damme of Gladstone has joined the realtors at State Wide Real Estate of Escanaba. He was a teacher and coach in the Upper Peninsula for nearly 30 years. He was born and raised in Perkins and taught in Ishpeming for 20 years. His priority is doing the very best for his ...

Column: Make your voice heard

ESCANABA — 2020 has been an unbelievably challenging year for all of us individually and for our business community. Who could have ever predicted the many obstacles for our schools, students and teachers. Our municipalities, county and state will be financially hurt like never before. ...

UP Paper LLC receives Snyder award

LANSING, — The Small Business Association of Michigan recently honored Michael Biehl, representing the ownership group of UP Paper LLC, as the recipient of the 2nd annual Rick Snyder Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award. The Rick Snyder Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award is named in honor of ...

Anderson joins State Wide Real Estate

ESCANABA — Sara Anderson of Rapid River has joined the realtors at State Wide Real Estate of Escanaba. Anderson is a former real estate agent and a former retail store owner. Her experience in sales is focused on commitment to her clients. “She lives in the Rapid River area and knows the ...

North Bluff Grocery has new owners

GLADSTONE — The current and former owners of North Bluff Grocery in Gladstone, along with members of Ambassadors of Delta County and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, came together to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the business on Friday, Oct. 16. Brothers Chris and Craig Carter, who ...

Mich. retailers optimistic for holiday season

LANSING — Michigan retailers reported a large upswing in September sales over August. The September Retail Index survey came in at 63.7, an increase from August’s 48.1. The seasonally adjusted performance index is conducted by Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) in cooperation with the ...

Column: Tourism update, Delta County

ESCANABA — It is cliché at this point to say 2020 has been an unusual year. However, as in almost every industry the year was surprising when it comes to tourism in the Upper Peninsula as well. Visit Escanaba is the Destination Marketing Organization for Delta County. As such we promote the ...

Pandemic hammers small businesses vital to economic recovery

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — In a normal year, hundreds of book lovers would have descended on Winchester this summer for Shenandoah University’s annual children’s literature conference. Some would have made their way to Christine Patrick’s bookshop downtown. Winchester Brew Works would ...

Haas Hearing opens in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Haas Hearing has recently opened its doors in Escanaba Haas Hearing Audiology and Hearing Aid Services is located at 423 Ludington St. and can be reached at (906) 553-4090. Owner/Manager Dr. Megan Haas opened Haas Hearing on Sept. 8. “We offer pediatric through geriatric ...

Delta County Credit Union members vote to merge with Embers Credit Union

ESCANABA — Last month, members of Delta County Credit Union overwhelmingly voted to merge with Embers Credit Union, creating one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in the Upper Peninsula. The new Embers Credit Union will have eight branches with locations in Marquette, ...

Walleye celebration helps stock local fishery

ESCANABA — Thousands of large walleye fingerlings were planted in Little Bay de Noc recently thanks to the efforts of local volunteers. The Walleye Celebration, an event organized by Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sports Fishermen, Inc., took place on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Kipling Pond in ...