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100-Foot Replica Mine Helps Make U.P. Jewelry Store One of The ‘Coolest’ in the U.S.

Tourists visiting Marquette make time to visit Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers, even if they aren’t planning to buy handcrafted rings, to walk through a full-scale replica mine.

By: Shandra Martinez

When Ron Wattsson bought a historic building in downtown Marquette for his jewelry store in 1987,

U.S. 2, Route to (Retail) Heaven on Earth

Three family businesses share stories of retailing in the Upper Peninsula

By Shandra Martinez

Sandra Jacobs remembers driving down U.S. 2 in the Upper Peninsula, often described as the “Route to Heaven on Earth,” when something caught her eye – a for sale sign in front of the Hog Island Country Store and its adjacent six cottages just steps away from Lake Michigan.