There is a Free Lunch!
Thanksgiving came early yesterday at UP Health System, as Team Fox Marquette paid for two local food trucks to feed all of the UPHS Marquette healthcare workers.
Luke Hubbard, Fox Marquette General Manager, thought it was an appropriate way to thank those on the front lines.
“These people have been working so hard for so long that we thought this would be a great way to recognize their efforts. And we hope this inspires other area businesses to do something similar.”
Temperatures in the 40’s made standing in line tolerable–and the free lunch was certainly appreciated.
Robin Waters, Director of Nursing, acknowledged the work that hospital employees have been doing since the pandemic broke.
“Our people have been working so hard taking care of our patients, all the while dealing with personal protection issues that make their jobs that much more difficult.”
And of course, everybody likes a free lunch.
Hundreds of meals were served… with the tab being picked up by a local business… which has also had to deal with the pandemic.
Hubbard summed up the effort: “With Thanksgiving being next week, we thought this was a nice way to say ‘Thank You’ to the people here at the hospital who are doing the hard work that’s important to all of us.”
And thank you Fox Marquette, for putting their money where their mouth is.
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
If you’re at all inspired by that first story, here’s your chance to do something good for somebody.
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is orchestrating the delivery of 170 – 200 meals in Marquette County for lonely and isolated elders on Thanksgiving and Christmas… and they’re looking for people to volunteer to deliver the meals.
All kinds of folks are reached by this program… veterans, former teachers, artists, truck drivers, cancer survivors, and so many others.
If you want to pitch in, call Erin at 906 273-2575.
Giving back… paying it forward… call it what you want. It may be a small gesture on your part, but it might make a big difference in the life of someone else.
Bucking the Pandemic on Third Street
If you thought an apothecary was a pharmacist, you’re right. But these days, as any Schitt’s Creek fan can tell you, an apothecary can be a lot more.
Enter Epps Apothecary, now open at 413 North Third St. in Marquette.
Co-owner Spencer Epps, a physician by training with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance, thinks that opening during the pandemic is the right thing to do.
“We will survive this and thrive again by uniting together and rebuilding together, as one Queen City family.”
Epps Apothecary offers an eclectic array of things they hope will make your life better.
There’s fine and abstract art, reclamation furniture, artisanal home craft, custom textiles and apparel, and organic sweets, and many things that can’t be categorized.
Epps, along with co-owner, mother Marjorie, are both artists and have much of their work displayed for sale, just in time for Christmas.
Currently in soft-opening mode, Epps Apothecary is well-stocked inside, but with work yet to do on the exterior, like permanent signage. The Grand Opening is scheduled for December 1st.
Epps says they’ll be open until midnight on Christmas Eve, for those last-minute shoppers.
So it’s not a pharmacy, but you just might find something to make you feel better… no prescription required.
BeWell and Elixirs by BeWell
You’ve probably watched the remodeling progress at the former McDonald’s Music store on North Third Street. The building has been transformed… outside and particularly inside.
BeWell opened in July at 601 N. Third and the deli next door, Elixirs by BeWell, opened just last month.
According to co-owner Kate Lewandowski, BeWell offers services designed to validate the name of the business.
“We want to inspire and empower all people to realize that they have options for feeling well and healthy and that they are worthy to be free of suffering.”
And during a pandemic? “Specifically with regards to the pandemic and current events, we offer tools for relieving anxiety and fear.”
The tools Lewandowski is referring to include breathing, moving, resting, mindfulness, halotherapy, and health and herbal coaching.
“Different things work for different people, so we suggest calling and talking with us to help discern what might work best for each individual. The salt room in particular can be a powerful winter ally for respiratory and immune health.”
“Covid-friendly” activities include the salt room and virtual one-on-one sessions. Private group activities are available with only your ‘quarantine-bubble’ and one, masked instructor.
A number of trained practitioners rent space from BeWell to offer their services. The goal is to have a diverse mix of practitioners so people can find a service that appeals to them.
At Elixirs by BeWell you’ll find cold-pressed juices, smoothies, tonics, hot drinks, soups, and snacks… all organic.
So if the pandemic is starting to get the better of you, BeWell might be the place to bring out the best of you.