Attend the DDA Expansion Plans Meeting to Learn About Changes Coming to the Township

The current and proposed boundaries for the DDA plans.

Marquette Township, MI – February 12, 2018 – The Marquette Downtown Development Authority hosted a Business After Hours to bring local businesses together to discuss future expansion in the Marquette area.

Marquette Township Business Association President, Frank Stabile, joined the meeting this afternoon and is in support of DDA’s expansion and growth plan.

The meeting offered attendees the chance to raise concerns and have questions answered about the upcoming construction plans for 2019 and 2021.

Thursday, February 15th will serve as a second chance to hear about the plans. Lunch will be served Thursday at noon and dinner at 6:30pm for any township residents and business professionals.  The meeting will cover ideas for better street lighting, new roundabouts, an under pass, and a bike and pedestrian safety lane. Changes will connect bikes and pedestrians from Pizza Hut in Marquette to the Marquette Township Business community by the Westwood Mall.

The funding for the expansion plans is coming along nicely. The DDA will cover the $250,000 of lighting at the roundabouts and has already raised all but $25,000 of the projects funding.

A special thanks to Jet’s Pizza for all the fresh served meals including healthy salads and tasty treats!

Township Community Catches the Christmas Spirit at Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Marquette

See more photos from the 2017 Tree Lighting on Sunny.FM

See more photos from the 2017 Tree Lighting on Sunny.FM

Marquette, MI  –  November 28, 2017  –  The Christmas Spirit was in the air tonight as we joined Marquette Township for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Gathering at the Westwood Mall Parking lot, community members chimed in to sing some Christmas carol favorites. The St. Christopher Carolers started off the night.  Thank you for singing carols to the township’s local singer/composer Dan Adamini from St. Christopher’s Church.

After hearing reports of the Grinch snooping around at BIGGBY Coffee, that sneaky green Christmas thief made his way down the hill and tried to stop us from lighting the tree. He snuck through the crowd and got pretty close to the tree before the Sheriff’s Department grabbed the Grinch and arrested him to save Christmas – just in time too, Santa was arriving!

Santa rode in on a township fire truck to make a grand entrance. Wandering through the parking lot, Mr. Claus said “Hello” to some little boys and girls before making his way to the Great Lakes Radio Stage. With the evil Grinch behind bars, Santa started the count down to flip the switch and light the tree. When the count down reached zero, the switch powered on and we lit the Marquette Charter Township’s biggest tree yet! The crowd watched the lights sparkle in the darkness on the 35 foot tree before turning to head inside the Westwood Mall, where the holiday cheer continued!

New Attitudes Dance Studio was already in the mall ready to perform their dance routines with cookies and juice laid out from Super One Foods and coffee from BIGGBY. The mall was also filled on a number of other attractions like the UPAWS Apparel Store, a display from the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, and face painting.

What a beautiful family taking their photo with Santa.

What a beautiful family taking their photo with Santa.

We give thanks to Great Lakes Radio, Honor Credit Union, BIGGBY COFFEE, Westwood Mall, Super One Foods, New Attitudes, UPAWS, Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, the Marquette Township Business Association and of course, everyone from Marquette Charter Township for another great Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony.  We also need to credit Dave & Barbara Wiegand for donating the beautiful the township tree.

The Township events committee members Pete LaRue, Randy Girard, Barb Wiegand, Kate Houtz and Todd Noordyk wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Listen to audio from morning, afternoon, and evening just before the Christmas Tree Lighting:

See 50+ photos from the 2017 Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunny.FM!

Free Energy Savings Seminar

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The Guy’s Place Received a First Dollar Donation from the Marquette Township Business Association

Jess and Kurt Peterson with Frank Stabile

Marquette, MI  –  July 11, 2017  –   The Guys’ Place – A Hair Salon For Men in Marquette is a new locally owned franchise that caters to the hair and beards of all males regardless of age or lifestyle. Kurt and Jess Peterson of Negaunee recognized a huge gap in the UP in terms of providing a high quality, low cost, male-centric place to get a haircut. Nationwide barbershops are closing, almost to the point of extinction, and have only been replaced with a growing number of beauty salons for women. What’s left for the other half of the population?

The Guys’ Place closes this gap, catering to all boys and men – and even women. At The Guys’ Place, all customers are treated to a comfortable and relaxing waiting area complete with large leather club chairs, a big-screen TV, free coffee, tea, water and shelled peanuts, and over 20 different “guy” magazines ranging from hunting to fishing to sports to cars/trucks/ATV’s, and more! They even have coloring books and magazines just for kids!

The Guys’ Place is more than just a place to get a quality haircut, it’s an entire experience. Gone are the offensive beauty salon smells. No more people watching you get your hair cut, beard trimmed, grey hair blended out, or brows, ears, or nose waxed. No more listening to beauticians talking to each other about their personal lives instead of focusing on you! Instead, each customer will be greeted by an experienced and enthusiastic stylist and walked to his private station where he can watch anything he wants on his own flat screen HD TV and charge his phone with the built-in USB outlets and provided chargers.

The experience continues with personal and friendly attention to you the customer and a custom cut by a professional stylist specializing in men’s cuts, styles and fashions. Included with every haircut is an in-station hair wash, conditioning and scalp massage, a hot towel face wrap, hair product and styling, and a neck and shoulder massage. After your service is completed to your satisfaction, the stylists can recommend just the right product to take home, all of which are geared towards men’s hair care and styling needs. And between haircut visits, you can come in anytime without the need for an appointment for a free neck trim! You get all of these great experiences and services, for just $14 cash.

Relax in their comfortable waiting area complete with big screen TVs.

The Guys’ Place franchise started just 11 years ago in DePere, Wisconsin, and has grown to more than 40 stores in 9 states, mostly in the Midwest. The Marquette store is the first franchise in the state of Michigan, with more stores planning on opening this year. In just the first 4 months of being open, The Guys’ Place has donated thousands of dollars to organizations and charities in the area and are active members of multiple organizations and philanthropies.

They are open 7 days a week; Monday through Thursday from 9am to 8pm, Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm.

They are located at 3117 US Highway 41 West in Marquette, between the Papa Murphy’s and Starbucks, just East of Walmart.

Walk-ins are always welcome or you can call for an appointment at 906-226-6367!

Visit them on their website or on Facebook as we are always updating our friends and customers.

Visit Tammy and Neil at Jandron’s Fine Jewelry in Marquette Township

Photo from Left to right:
Tammy Jandron-Kulbieda, Neil Jandron, Frank Stabile, Tia Arntsen, Jon Arntsen

Marquette, MI  –  July 11, 2017  –  Make sure to visit Jandron’s Fine Jewelry in their brand new location across from Target – between the America Mall & Peak Fitness in Marquette Township.

Family owned and operated for 28 years, Jandron’s has consistently been voted Marquette’s Best Jewelry Store!  Jandron’s has built their reputation on trust, fair pricing & customer service.  Go in to talk to Tammy and Neil and you’ll see they do not believe in high pressure selling!  Instead you will find a warm welcome, along with a beautiful selection of jewelry and gifts.

Jandron’s Fine Jewelry offers free jewelry inspections and cleanings.  With an in-store repair department, Jandron’s can handle all of your jewelry and watch repair needs right here in Marquette County.  The store is open 10 am – 7 pm weekdays and Saturdays 10 am – 6 pm.

Learn more about Jandron’s on their website or by calling (906) 226-8900. Stay connected with Neil and Tammy on Facebook.

The store front is located at 605 County Road HQ, Marquette, MI 49855.

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!

Marquette’s Newest Extended Stay Hotel, My Place Holds Grand Opening

Marquette, MI  –  May 3, 2017  –  My Place Economy Extended Stay Hotel kicked off their Grand Opening tonight and it was a great turn out! Marquette’s newest hotel hosted their event from 4:30p – 6:30p this evening, inviting the public to join.

Starting at 4:30 PM, the hotel Frank Stabile hotel owner and Marquette Township Business Association President took the front of the room for the their ribbon cutting ceremony. Joined by the Lake Superior Community Partnership, Frank snipped the ribbon, signifying the hotel’s “official” opening.

Following the ceremony, we witness the first dollar presentation from MTBA before customized tours of the hotel started. Visitors were given slips to get signed at each tour stop. Once each location was hit, guests returned their slips for a chance to win five great prizes! Visitors enjoyed a chance to 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. My Place is very proud of their My Store being that it is the largest convenience store found in any hotel. The hotel also just acquired it’s liquor license and will soon start carrying beer and wine in the store.

The My Place My Store!

Another great amenity at My Place is the hotel’s Breakfast in Bed special. With this deal, hotel guests can order their breakfast from a set menu the night before. Staff bring the breakfasts to each rooms so guests have their breakfasts in their rooms, ready to eat any time!

Since there is no fitness center on site, My Place also partnered with Anytime Fitness Marquette for a special hotel work out deal. Hotel residents just need to bring their card to Anytime Fitness Marquette and they will be given free access to the entire facility for exercise and tanning!

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter was also on site for the Grand Opening collecting donations from their UPAWS Wishlist. People donated money as well for a chance to take a spin the prize wheel. Gifts included free night stays, t-shirts, travel mugs, coozies, sunglasses, key chains, and wine bottle openers.

Catching up with owner, Frank Stabile, he stated that the hotel was doing very well. “Everything had gone according to plan” and they were very pleased with today’s turn out as well. Around 6:15 the final prize drawings stated including 2 overnight stays at My Place Marquette, a $100 gift card to Midway Rentals and Sales, a gift basket from Guy’s Place, and a 18×24 framed print of Marquette’s Black Rocks.

Overall, the event was a success. During the two hour period, the general manager estimated they’d seen over one hundred new faces!

Check out pictures from today’s event:

The 2016 Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony with the Marquette Township Business Association

These to MTBA members were giving out free cookies and juice

These two Marquette Township Special Events Committee members were giving out free cookies and juice

Marquette, MI  –  December 7, 2016  –  Despite the brutal wind, it was a great evening at Westwood Mall as we enjoyed the Marquette Township Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony of 2016, brought to you in part by the Marquette Township Business Association.

The mall parking lot was packed with families as Todd and Naomi Noordyk welcomed everyone to the event. The duo and their accompanist lead the crowd in classic Christmas hits.

We were happy to see a strong turn out this evening as everyone came out to see the tree and of course, Santa. Before Santa arrived we had a nasty visitor though! The Grinch showed his face in the crowd tonight and even made his way onto the stage to try and steal Christmas! Thankfully the Marquette County Sheriffs Department was around to catch that Grinch before he got on with his awful plan! They tied the Grinch up and took him away, just in time for Santa to arrive.

There was no Rudolph this time, but Marquette Fire Department was kind enough to bring Santa right into the Westwood Mall parking lot for us! Making his way through the crowd, Santa wished everyone a “Merry Christmas” and asked kids what they hoped to get for Christmas this year. Santa then made his way to the Great Lakes Radio stage to give us the big tree lighting count down. With 20 seconds on the clock, everyone in the crowd joined in for the count down… “20, 19, 18 …”

Without a moment’s hesitation the lights flickered on and the colors looked amazing! They sure picked a nice tree for this year’s Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony.

After the tree was lit, Santa invited everyone into the Westwood Mall for refreshments from Honor Credit Union, BIGGBY COFFEE, and the MTBA. Everyone rushed in for popcorn, cookies and something warm to drink before lining up to their a picture with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick.

All and all, it was another successful Catch the Vision Township Event brought to you by the MTBA and many other sponsors! Thanks to all of the parties that made this evening possible, Great Lakes Radio, Honor Credit Union, BIGGBY COFFEE, Westwood Mall, Super One Foods, and of course, everyone from the Marquette Township Business Association.

See more photos at Sunny.FM

Marquette Township Enjoys Perfect Weather for 5th Annual Community Day

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The weather was perfect for a community gathering with live music, great food from the Lions, and sporting events!

Marquette, MI  –  We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather for Marquette Township’s 5th Annual Community Day on Saturday, August 1st.

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The street hockey tournament on the new rink was a lot of fun. We event had NHL left wing for the Boston Bruins, Justin Florek playing!

The day kicked off with two sports tournaments: street hockey on the new ice rink and softball in the diamond. Sports enthusiasts enjoyed playing and watching the tournaments throughout the day. Baseball fans were thrilled when the Old Timers took the field in the afternoon for an exhibition game between Marquette and Negaunee.

Live music started at noon with the Country Showdown on Great Lakes Radio’s big stage. The Country Showdown is in its 34th year and is the largest country music talent search in the U.S. For more information about the Country Showdown and to see more pictures of the contestants, click here.

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Country Showdown contestants ready to perform!

Congratulations and good luck to the winner of the showdown: Joey Enright! He now joins the Beats Workin’ Band (winners of 103 FXD’s July 3rd competition) at the State Finals.

The Flat Broke Blues Band entertained everyone with their mix of blues and R&B classics and their own original songs as well. Always a local favorite, Flat Broke was well received by the crowd at Lions Field Recreation Area. Live music continued with the Dead River Band until evening.

The MTBA supports Marquette Township’s Catch the Vision events, a series of community-focused events that showcase Marquette Township as a great place to live, work, and play. The next Catch the Vision event will be the township tree lighting in December.


Catch the Vision Community Day at Lions Field on August 1st!

2015 Catch The Vision Community Day

Bring your Family to the Catch the Vision Community Day on August 1st

Marquette Township, MI  –  The Marquette Township Catch the Vision series of events are all community-focused events that showcase Marquette Township as a great place to live, work, and play. One more event is scheduled for this summer: the Catch the Vision Community Day at Lions Field is set for Saturday, August 1st.

With the skating rink finished this year, in addition to the annual softball tournament and Old Timers exhibition game between Marquette and Negaunee, another street hockey tournament is scheduled! You’ll find something to entertain everyone in your family.

The little ones will enjoy the kiddie park, bounce houses, and games. Softball and hockey tournaments start at 9 am, fire trucks and rescue vehicle will be on display, enjoy concessions by the Lions, a Country Showdown competition, and even LIVE music from the Flat Broke Blues Band and the Dead River Band.

Bring your entire family to the Lions Field Recreational Area in Marquette Township on Saturday, August 1st and enjoy a day of fun for the whole community!