Exciting things here

Spring is (supposedly) here and with it the summer events of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce. Are you excited for the Northern Lights Rave Run that is coming this August? We are and we have had great feedback on it so far. While many people are contacting us to let us know that they will miss the mud, they are excited to see what new things we have in store.

Since we spent the last few articles talking about our events for the summer, I wanted to take this time to highlight our Chamber members and some of the things they have accomplished over the last month. The U.P. Olive Oils & Vinegars Open House at Smokehouse Glenn’s allowed people to step outside their comfort zone as they tried vinegar on ice cream AND LIKED IT. Prepare yourself for summer by stopping into try it for yourself and make your new summer treat.

Art & Antiques, spearheaded by Renee Michaud at Nook & Cranny Art Studio, married two beautiful aspects into one amazing show. The display, and the wine & cheese reception, at the Gossard Building featured amazing art, while complementing the beauty of antiques. If you missed it, I highly encourage you to check it out next time it rolls around.

Speaking of the Gossard Building, welcome to the newest business and newest Chamber member, Lil’ Miss Sew & Sew. They hosted an Open House and Ribbon Cutting to feature the store on the third floor- find themon Facebook or the GINCC Directory to see the work that she can do for you.

A new pub opened in the Country Village, as well. The Bears Den (formerly the Country Pub located in the Country Grill) held a Grand Opening featuring their new beer flavors (specific to that location). They also let the community know that Wednesday includes Bean Bag Toss Tournaments and Camouflage Night and the in house Dart Tournaments are on Thursday.

It is impossible to ‘think spring’ without mentioning the annual Builder’s Shows. The Marquette Builders Exchange and Upper Peninsula Builders Association teamed up to bring many of our Chamber businesses in to kick off ‘construction season.’ It is a great economic benefit for construction and home businesses and makes it easier on community members to see all the businesses under one roof.

As a side note, did you know that the Marquette Builder’s Exchange also provides scholarships for high school seniors seeking careers in construction fields? If you didn’t, you can find that information at the local high schools. As you think spring, think about joining the Marquette Builders Exchange. Check out their website at for more information or to find the Builder’s Show Exhibitors listing.

Lastly, I want to acknowledge two of our members that were recently chosen to receiveDistinguished Service Awards. Congratulations to Upper Peninsula Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty, and Dave Aro (Superior Rehabilitation and Professional Services and Active Physical Therapy-Ishpeming) for the well-deserved honor and for everything you do for the community.

As the weather warms up and we delve into event season, keep an eye on the activities on the West End. You can stay up to date by liking the Chamber on facebook or visiting our website

You can also email if you want to be added to our email list and search your mobile app store for GINCC Directory and download the free app featuring all of our great businesses.

Editor’s note: Kori Tossava is director of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce