Sandra Arsenault Preserves Gossard Factory History

In 2020, the year in which women will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, is also the 100th anniversary of the first Ishpeming “Gossard Girls,” when the factory opened in 1920.

In honor of that 100th anniversary, Arsenault and her husband, Paul, are planning to create a much larger tribute, with displays encompassing nearly the entire building.

Jackie Bessner & Stacey Willey: Laser Focused

Two women, a business, and a plan: that’s inspiration right there. So, it shouldn’t be a big surprise that their business is called Be Inspired UP.

The women are Jackie Bessner and Stacey Willey, their shop is a small storefront in downtown Ishpeming, Michigan, but their business is much bigger than that.

Marybeth Kurtz: Baking Up a Storm at Midtown Bakery

The bright blue building houses Midtown Bakery & Café in downtown Negaunee, Michigan, and over the past two decades it has become well-known for its made-from-scratch baked goods, and its soul- pleasing homemade soups and sandwiches. Operated by owner Marybeth Kurtz, and staffed by a loyal group of longtime employees, Midtown has become a destination for the discerning epicurean in Michigan’s central Upper Peninsula.