The future of the Valle’s property uncertain
IT’S BEEN A year now since Valle’s supermarket on Third Street closed down and the For Sale sign went up.
Still no takers for this building on a prime piece of property on Third Street.
“We’ve had a lot showings,” says realtor Steve Pelto, “some of them with multiple visits, but so far, nobody has made an offer.”
There’s definitely interest, he says. It’s just a matter of time.
The property has plenty going for it–an ideal, trendy business location with heavy car, bike and pedestrian traffic, surrounded by residential neigborhoods, ample parking, and 11,000 square feet of space indoors.
What most residents would like, of course, is another grocery store, but it’s not hard to imagine other productive and welcome uses for the location.
And we’re not talking about another coffee shop or more condos.
The Crib has become the classic coffee house
ABOUT THE SAME time that Valle’s was closing down last year, The Crib was opening its doors for the first time, just down the street from Valle’s.
The coffee shop, from all appearances, has been a raging success.
It started with a classy restoration of an old building–formerly a title company–while transforming it into a comfortable, two story coffee house. And of course, it’s more than just a coffee shop; The Crib offers up beer and wine, as well.
And in collaboration with Irontown Pasties, the NY Deli, and the Ramada, it also serves fresh food.
But perhaps most important, it’s become a spot for art shows, poetry readings, fundraisers, and live music. A connection with the community has been paramount.
“We’re excited about doing what we do well,” says manager Emily Wegemer, “and being here as a cozy, community- focused place where anyone in Marquette (Yooper and visitor) feels welcome.”
Button up, Bohnak says
THE SNOW BANKS here in early December resemble what we frequently don’t see until mid-January, so what does that mean for the rest of the winter?
“It’s very unusual to have had two storms back-to-back like we had this early in the season, ” WLUC meteorologist Karl Bohnak tells us, “and it still looks like we’re going to have a colder than usual winter.” That’s exactly what he forecasted a couple of months ago.
With colder temperatures and lake effect snow in Marquette, Bohnak adds, that likely means we’ll also have a snowier than average winter. Again.
(Cue the applause from the skiers and snowboarders on Marquette Mountain.)
Now, if the winds and the waves off the Lake would just let up and leave our shoreline intact, everybody would be happy.
Adventurous skiers know where to go in the U.P.
THE THIRD BEST ski resort in North America.
That’s Mount Bohemia, according to the latest poll conducted by USA Today.
“The Bohemia lifestyle is all about fun, adventure, and wilderness,” says Mount Bohemia president Lonie Glieberman. “We strive to bring this to our customers every day with ungroomed runs, fresh lake effect powder, and an apres ski scene with a Nordic spa pool party twist.”
585 acres, 103 runs, and a 900 foot vertical drop. A haven for highly skilled skiers in the upper Midwest.
In fact, Bohemia is the only resort from the Midwest listed in the Top Ten.
Numbers 1 and 2 nationwide? Winter Park in Colorado and Alpine Meadows in California.