Marquette Township Business Association’s 8th Annual “Catch the Vision” Car Show and Cruise

Spectators enjoyed the display of over 100 cars!

Spectators enjoyed the display of over 100 cars!

Marquette, MI  –  June 17, 2017  –  With all new events at this years “Catch the Vision” Car Show and Cruise, this year’s annual event was better than ever! We saw countless smiling faces and some pretty impressive burn outs.

Exhibitors joined us around 10am to line up their cars in the Westwood Mall parking lot while spectators filed in promptly around 11am. We had cars from every classic era as well as a modern flashy sports car or two. Despite all of the spectacular automobiles on site, my favorite vehicles were a little more boxy… The food trucks including Midnight Blues BBQ and Superior Mobile Koney, were set up around the edge of the exhibition to make sure the only thing growling today was those shiny engines!

The growling really got going at 11:30am with the start of “Rev It Up”. All of the exhibitors climbed into their vehicles to show of those engines and put the pedal to the metal! It was quite the display as hundreds of engines revved in the lot.

Following “Rev It Up” we immediately set up for the next big event of the day – The “Burn Out” sponsored by Pomp’s Tire. After taking all of the necessary safety precautions, we hooked up vehicle after vehicle to Crossroads Truck Repair’s wrecker starting with the Great Lakes Radio WRUP Van! GLR Staff Member Jerry, got to climb into the drives seat and show everyone in the audience it was done in the WRUP Van. Exactly as promised there was a lot of noise and a lot of smoke!

Congrats to the Lions Club 50/50 winner. He took home $184!

Congrats to the Lions Club 50/50 winner. He took home $184!

Todd and Jerry took over the event once the smoke cleared to start giving away all of our raffle prizes. With over 90 prizes to give away people throughout the crowd went home a happy winner! Ball caps from Fox Negaunee and Black Rocks Brewery where among the prizes Todd gave out. Pomp’s Tire also donated free oil changes as a gift and really neat screw driver flash light kits. The $184 50/50 raffle from the Lions Club went to an exhibitor and local resident in Skandia with our “Best in Show” prize going to Jason McCarthy and Marquette Detailing.

As the raffle wrapped up, car show vehicle owners started to pack up for the annual Classic Car Cruise! The cars filed out of the Westwood Mall parking lot to start their tour around Marquette Township to end a great day of fun.

Special thanks to Marquette Township Business Association, Pomp’s Tire, Crossroads Truck Repair, BiggyBy Coffee, and all of our amazing raffle prize sponsors.

Listen to the live audio from the event below!
Major Discount and Randy Girard invite you to “Catch the Vision”
Crossroads Truck Repair showed-up to help with the burnout
Major Discount checking-out all the awesome cars
So many cool cars to see at the Catch the Vision Car Show

Catch the Vision with Major Discount and Jerry
Meg from Bigby’s Coffee was there too
Bill tires to pick out his favorite car at the show
Bruce talking about the cars that he’s ready to check out
There was even a steam-powered thresher on display
Pete LaRoux having a blast
Live from the Westwood Mall parking lot with Joe
Ryan Ranguette joins Major Discount

Enjoy our highlight reel!

My Place Extended Stay Hotel Opens in Marquette, MI

Join My Place, UPAWS, Hudson’s Classic Grill and the MTBA for the My Place Grand Open House.

Marquette, MI  –  April 27, 2017  –  Marquette’s newest extended stay hotel My Place has having their Grand Opening next week. From 4:30p – 6:30p on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, you can join the My Place staff for the ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, and prize drawings!

Starting at 4:30 PM, the hotel will be having their ribbon cutting ceremony in the parking lot. Following the ceremony, witness the first dollar presentation from Marquette Chapter Township and enjoy customized tours of the hotel. See all of the hotel’s amenities including guest laundry and storage facilities and the My Store complete with a variety of foods, beverages, cookware, and utensils.

At 6:00p, reconvene in the lobby to take a spin on the prize well for a chance to win a free night’s stay! Enjoy free hot dogs and brats from Hudson’s Classic Grill & Bar.

Bring something from the UPAWS wish list!

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter will also be attending giving guests a chance to donate items from the shelter’s wish list while on site! See the UPAWS wishlist below:


Business Spotlight: Jill Leonard State Farm, Our First New Member of 2017


MTBA Chairman Frank Stabile presents Jill Leonard with the MTBA First Dollar.

Marquette Township, MI  –  December 6, 2016  –  The MTBA is happy to welcome our first new member for the new year, Jill Leonard and her team at Jill Leonard State Farm. We stopped by Jill’s office to present her with a First Dollar from the MTBA.

A Lake Superior State University graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Jill retired from General Motors after 15 years. She was inducted into the Greater Flint Hall of Fame in 2014.

Jill and her family have been residents of Marquette County since 2011. After serving as a Marquette County Hospice Fundraiser, Jill opened her State Farm office in July of 2016.

As she explains in the video below, the decor in Jill’s office comes from her family and represents the different aspects of insurance coverage her team offers. Jill said their mission “is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams.”

See if Jill Leonard State Farm can save you on your insurance needs. They offer auto, boat, home, property, business and life insurance, as well as offer banking products, annuities, and mutual funds. You’ll find Jill Leonard State Farm in the Wells Fargo Shopping Center, right off US 41 – next to Jimmy John’s.

Welcome to Marquette Township, Jill, and welcome to the MTBA.


Business Spotlight: Super One Foods of Marquette

Marquette, MI – May 4, 2016 – Located near Westwood Mall, Marquette Township’s Super One Foods is the perfect spot to stop and shop. Having been part of our business community for years, Super One Foods of Marquette brings low prices right to our neighborhood.

Walking into the story you will immediately find some of the freshest produce in the county. With a large assortment of fruits and vegetables, Super One Foods makes it easy to find just what you are looking for. Super One gets seven-day delivery on all of their produce to make sure everything you see is fresh and ready to eat!

The supermarket’s meat department stocks meat products in both their pre-cut refrigerated section and the full service case. In the pre-cut section you can find packaged chicken, pork, beef and more! Super One Foods tries to maintain a specific price point for their clients and stocks mostly Angus beef, but also select beef. At the full service case, there is always at least one person behind the counter grinding or cutting just for you. In this area, you can purchase just one steak rather than three, or half a pound of hamburger instead of a full pound! The full service case ensures you can get what you want, how you want it.

Super One Foods Marquette also has a fresh bakery department. Every morning, the department workers bake to create everything you see set out for the day. You can order a custom cake or pick one up from the freezer section. With fresh baked goods every morning, you can pick up donuts on the way to the office or hamburger buns and a custom cake for that birthday party you’ve got coming up!

Super One Foods of Marquette offers low prices and better choices right in your neighborhood. The store also has other specialty departments including a floral section, a deli department, and a fresh fish case. Even after the first Super One Foods sign was hung in 1977, our Super One Foods, right here in Marquette, is still focused on saving you money every time you stop to shop. Experience customer service second to none at Super One Foods of Marquette.


Business Spotlight: Cedar Motor Inn

Visit the Cedar Motor Inn and enjoy their gorgeous pull deck with lounge chairs and a hot tub

Visit the Cedar Motor Inn and enjoy their gorgeous pull deck with lounge chairs and a hot tub

Marquette Township, MIApril 14, 2016 – When you stay in the Marquette area, book your room at the Cedar Motor Inn and enjoy a Superior Vacation. Family-owned and operated for over 45 years, you and your family will enjoy coming back year after year.

The enclosed cedar hallways will keep you warm and cozy as you walk from your room to the lobby for a continental breakfast. Come on down in your slippers! You’ll love the rustic charm of this small-scale AAA diamond approved hotel.

The Cedar Motor Inn features a heated indoor pool, spa and steam sauna and a beautiful sun patio so you can catch some summer rays. The kids will love a poolside room, and all of the rooms have cable TV and HBO, hair dryers, air conditioning, coffee and wireless internet. Travelers with dogs are welcome, but dog-friendly rooms are limited, so please call ahead to confirm availability.

Family-Owned Makes a Difference
The staff at the Cedar Motor Inn believes there are seven reasons why staying at a family-owned hotel makes a big difference to their guests:

The king size bed with end tables and a gorgeous photo from Lake Superior above the bed

The king size bed with end tables and a gorgeous photo from Lake Superior above the bed

1. You won’t find any two day minimums here;
2. Lower rates for quiet, comfortable rooms;
3. You’ll find a variety of rooms to choose from with different types of beds and sizes, and a variety of prices starting from just $49 a night;
4. Consistent rates year-round and weekends;
5. You’ll receive a personal email reservation confirmation;
6. Revenues stay local, strengthening the economy and community of Marquette Township;
7. Continuously owned by five generations of the same family, with both NMU and MTU graduates.

No matter the reason for your visit, Hosts Lyn and Reg Durant invite you to stay at the Cedar Motor Inn for your next getaway. Enjoy your stay in beautiful Marquette on the shores of Lake Superior. The friendly staff at the Cedar Motor Inn can even help you find activities in the area to keep you entertained during your stay.

Reserve your room now at 906-228-2280 or visit the Cedar Motor Inn online at Come see the difference that Family-Owned makes. Book today!

Check out the Marquette Township Spotlight Video for the Cedar Motor Inn created by Great Lakes Radio and a ton of photos from the Inn!

Business Spotlight: Hudson’s of Marquette

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Bring your family to Hudson’s for great specials like the Friday Night Famous All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry

Marquette Township –  February 2, 2016  –  If you’re looking for a great place to take the family for dinner, take them to Hudson’s Classic Grill & Bar. You’ll find friendly service, lots of smiles, and the best burgers, shakes and rock & roll!

Stop in on Fridays for the best fish fry in town! Whitefish from Thill’s, lake perch, cod… all you can eat and all for $11.99! The fish is fantastic and you’ll love the price!

With Hudson’s full lunch and dinner menu and even a kids menu, everyone in the family will find their favorites, all in a fun environment and while listening to classic rock and roll or watching the game on TV.

Don’t miss out! Bring your family to Hudson’s in Marquette for their Friday Night Famous All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry. Don’t forget to bring your appetite!

Business Spotlight: Carpet One

Marquette Township, MI  –  January 28, 2016  –  If you’re looking for new flooring for your home, look no further than Carpet One. Scott Patrick invited us into his new Marquette store on US 41, and showed us some of the brand new flooring options he has in stock.

Karastan Carpeting
Scott showed us the Karastan carpeting line. Karastan carpets are known for their exceptional beauty and they have the best warranties. Karastan SmartStrand  Silk Forever Clean is the only carpet with permanent built-in stain and soil protection that won’t wear or wash off. If you’re looking for a super soft carpet, this beautiful Karastan carpeting is for you!



The Beautiful Guarantee
The decision to purchase carpeting is a major investment in your home and that’s why Scott and his team of experts sell more than just flooring… they sell peace of mind with the Beautiful Guarantee® – If you are not satisfied with your product after it’s installed, regardless of the reason, we will replace it at no cost to you. There’s no fine print, that’s the guarantee. If you don’t like it, you get a free replacement. Now, that’s peace of mind.

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Frank Vanek shows off the Somerset Hardwood Flooring

Somerset Hardwood Flooring
Frank Vanek showed us the Somerset Hardwood Flooring collection. What a beautiful option to bring warmth and comfort to your home. Somerset flooring is made in the USA and Carpet One has a large selection of to choose from. Stop by Carpet One in Marquette and talk to Frank about hardwood flooring options for your home.

Friendly Staff to Help You Every Step of the Way
Connie McCormack helped a customer pick out grout to go with the tile she had selected while we were visiting. You’ll always find friendly, knowledgeable staff at Carpet One ready to help you make the right flooring choice for your home. Once you’ve chosen your flooring, the installation team will come to your home to perform a free estimate and accurate measurement. Rest easy knowing that your floor will be professionally installed and 100% guaranteed.

Stop by the Marquette store right on U.S. 41 or the Ishpeming Store at 400 Lakeshore Drive and check out the huge selection of flooring options at Carpet One.

U.S. 41 Corridor Improvements

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Members of the five groups that met to discuss US 41 corridor improvements in Marquette Township.

Marquette, MIJanuary 29, 2016 –  The Charter Township of Marquette held a joint meeting with the township’s Recreation Committee, the township’s Road Committee, and the township’s DDA, along with M-DOT and Marquette Board of Light and Power (BLP).

The focus was to discuss potential considerations related to the 2.7 miles of U.S. 41/M-28 improvements slated for 2019. In a nutshell, 2.7 miles of township highway from border to border (from Pizza Hut to the old Powersports), will have improvements.

This stretch of highway is the number one traffic corridor in the entire U.P., and improvements will benefit the community. The idea of involving these five groups is to help coordinate efforts in the same direction so we see improvements on a common timeline until construction in 2019 and 2021.

This effort should help local township businesses as well with improved lighting and access as part of the DDA expansion providing better side lighting, moving utilities underground, and beautifying the 2.7 miles.

The BLP said they have capacity for additional lighting and will work with Township Planner Jason McCarthy and a consultant on some design options.

A local M-DOT representative was present and voiced support and excitement for the 2019 project. Lighting will need to be on the side at least 30 feet from the white line. Those 30-foot setbacks are outside the BLP’s normal setbacks so proper design would be looked for before opening trenches and burying utilities.

The group passed a motion to start with an initial concept drawings from Brinker-Hoff including poles, standoffs, fixtures, how far the lighting would go, all scaled accordingly with a roughed out price per mile, so these five groups and the township board could enter the 2019 project prepared.

This corridor is the township’s front porch and this group is wrestling with how to make it look better since it isn’t easy to back-plan. Jason McCarthy is familiar with LED modern lighting and reviewing hte photometrics of the fixtures and putting together zero maintenance medians with salt resilient plants and shrubs, and other options such as gravel or ripwrap.

Also, the Recreation Committee has been working on a safe crossing since 2009, wrote a trust fund grant in 2010 to acquire property to connect trails, has written four grants with Jason since, and has helped Marquette Township with a complete streets ordinance. This work would culminate in a true underpass near Menards for snowmobiles in the winter and bikes in the summer.

Two members from each of the groups will sit on a subcommittee to keep the ball rolling, developing concept drawings, creating estimates per mile, and facilitating a coordinated plan so that township residents and businesses are best served. Business owners can stay up to date on these details by joining the Marquette Township Business Association during their noon luncheon meetings at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery on the third Tuesday of each month.

Business Spotlight: First National Bank Trust & Wealth Management

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Michael L. Morgan is ready to help you plan your financial future.

Marquette Township, MI –  January 19, 2016  – You work hard to provide a good life for your family. Protect your wealth and your family with financial services from First National Bank Trust & Wealth Management in Marquette Township.

Michael L. Morgan, AFIM®, Vice President & Fiduciary Manager at First National Bank Trust & Wealth Management invited us into his office to learn a little bit about the services they offer.

First National Bank Trust & Wealth Management helps individuals, families, and businesses throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin with their unique financial needs. Michael and his Trust & Wealth Management team offers a wide range of services to not only provide for your needs, but exceed your expectations as well.

Sit back and watch as Michael explains Trust & Wealth Management and how they can provide solutions for your long-term and short-term financial needs.

The First National Bank Trust & Wealth Management team offers a wide range of services including Trust Services, Investment Management Services, Retirement/Employee Benefit Plan Services, Rollover IRA Services, Estate Settlement Services, and more.

Call Michael today at 906-629-6433 to set up an appointment to discuss your family’s financial future.

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