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Customers in the News

These small businesses, helped by Northern Initiatives, bring you everything from freshly brewed coffee to tarot cards, bubble tea to sweet deals. And they’re in the news.


Public ThreadPublic Thread, small bags and accessories shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is trying to be everything the modern textile industry is not.


In place of endless waste, they repurpose recycled materials. They eschew overseas factories and hire local employees who they aim to pay a living, growing wage.


Read More at Next City


Velodrome vending“The next time you need a pick-me-up before an early morning flight, a Marquette coffee shop has you covered.


Sawyer International Airport has partnered with Velodrome Coffee to install a self-serve coffee brewer inside the terminal. The touch screen device offers light roast, dark roast, and decaf coffee, all roasted in Marquette.”


Read More at Upper Michigan Source


Stormy KromerGina Thorsen of Jacquard Fabric Products and Stormy Kromer talks about the history of the company and their leadership in manufacturing.


The conversation was part of a regular feature on The Ron Jolly Show on WTCM-AM in Traverse City, where representatives from the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTCC) talk about manufacturing in Michigan.


Listen to the show


Blossom Bubble Tea“MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – A new tea shop is popping up in downtown Marquette, offering a unique type of cold drink.


Blossom Bird Bubble Tea plans to open its doors this Friday. Bubble tea is a mix of milk-tea or iced tea with Boba – which are tiny, chewy pearls made from tapioca.”


Read More at Upper Michigan Source




Madam Michelle'sMadam Michelle’s Metaphysical Emporium bringing magick to the Sault


“Sibbald expressed gratitude to some employees at Old Mission Bank and Northern Initiatives after working with her to get all the details finished up.”


Read More in the Soo Evening News






P&K Dealz“With the help of Northern Initiatives, we came up with the new name: Bins Ahoy Overstock.”


Read More in the Soo Evening News










P&K DealzKeep Savings Local: New Discount Retail Store Opens in Battle Creek.


Read more about P&K Dealz in the Battle Creek Enquirer








Beechwood CafeThe Beechwood Cafe in Roscommon has amazingly fresh food – and it’s not going unnoticed.


Read More in UpNorth Voice







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