ANOTHER YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR is stepping up his game.
Jeremy Symons, the owner of Yooper Shirts, has just bought the building formerly occupied by Casualties on Third Street in Marquette.
He’s currently remodeling the store and hopes to be open for business by May 1st. Yooper Shirts will remain in its Gossard Building location in Ishpeming where it operates its production facility. It’ll operate a smaller retail outlet there, as well.
Why the move to Marquette?
More car traffic, more foot traffic, much greater visibility for a distinctive apparel shop that’s been growing in popularity for the last seven years.
Symons started with a dozen T-shirts and $100 in his pocket back in 2009. Now he’s made enough money to buy a building on a high profile street in Marquette, he’s built a robust online business, and he’s hired four employees (soon to expand to six).
He’s got 68,000 followers on Facebook.
A business dream has become reality.
TRIMEDIA IS FOLLOWING through on its intention to erect a substantial piece of public art in front of its building on West Washington Street.
How substantial? Fourteen feet tall, four feet square, weighing five tons.
It’ll be a “contemporary” structure made out of reinforced concrete, designed by UP artist Ryan Brayak. He has art on display in Gladstone and Escanaba.
No renderings for the project available for public view. In fact, it’s supposed to remain something of a mystery up until the time it officially goes on display June 15th.
TrimMedia owner Tom Anthos is the man and the private money behind the project. He believes in public art.
So does the city apparently. It’s now trying to figure out how to come up with money that would be regularly allocated toward public art. That’s the sign of a city that knows that it takes more than business development to create a great community.