2017-11-02 / Life in Leelanau

Business Briefs: New dentist in Suttons Bay

More: Shop to open on M-204 in Lake Leelanau

The name on the sign is changing, but the iconic yellow toothbrushes and commitment to high-quality dentistry aren’t going anywhere.

Michael Rummel DDS became “Castine Family Dentistry” on Monday as Dr. Arielle Castine began her practice in the Suttons Bay office. Dr. Rummel retires with his wife and office manager, Sue Rummel, after 45 years in the industry — including 28 in Leelanau County.

“We’ve met some absolutely tremendous people and have enjoyed every minute of it,” he said.

Their son, Dr. Andrew Rummel, will continue to provide orthodontic care in the office on West Bay Shore Drive.

Castine, a northern Michigan girl who previously practiced in Cadillac, attended Michigan State University and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She said she’ll treat patients of all ages.

“We’re a family-focused environment,” she said. “That’s what’s most important. We’re here to serve families and do what’s best for each patient.”

Husband Andrew Castine, formerly of Plante Moran in Traverse City, will take over as office manager.

The Castines, who met at Michigan State and have a 5-month-old son, live in Kingsley but plan to find a home in Suttons Bay in the near future.

Deli coming to M-204 this spring

Joel Beckham and Jonathan Majszak of Qualified Roofing want to see a little more variety in the Lake Leelanau restaurant scene.

So they’re doing something about it.

Beckham and Majszak were working on the former M-204 Country Store when the owner asked if they had interest in buying the building. They did.

“We’ve been in the area for years,” Majszak said. “When we need something to eat, there’s not too many options in that area. We’re just looking to fill that need. ... Our goal, our vision is to have a full-service deli, a place you can come in and grab a hot meal. Sandwiches, soups, daily specials — while still keeping the convenience store atmosphere in the main room.”

He said the “far-left room” will offer items convenient for each season (i.e. flowers, hanging baskets, soil, mulch and gardening tools in the springtime).

The duo also plans to team up with local artists and artisans, promoting their products inside the store.

“We really want to cater more towards the locals,” Majszak said.

Beckham and Majszak still have some zoning limitations to work through in terms of food prep, but plan to make significant progress in the next six weeks and open next spring.

‘Meet the Buyer’ slated today

Consumers Energy is teaming up with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (TCACC) and others for an event that will offer northern Michigan businesses an opportunity to procure product and service contracts with Consumers, DTE Energy and Michigan State University.

“Meet the Buyer” is set for today, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at Northwestern Michigan College’s University Center at 2200 Dendrinos Dr. in Traverse City. The event will feature purchasing agents from Consumers, DTE and Michigan State.

“We’re excited to work with Consumers Energy on this initiative to generate business opportunities for companies in northern Michigan,” said TCACC Executive Director and Suttons Bay native Max Anderson. “Consumers Energy has been a statewide leader in building relationships among Michigan-based businesses, and we’re appreciative of its efforts to bring this initiative to our region.”

A wide range of materials, services and supplies are needed including building maintenance and repairs, snow removal, grounds maintenance, laundry services, safety equipment, steel and plastic pipes, cable, circuit breakers, fleet parts and service, gas couplings and regulators, mechanical and design services, real estate appraisals, large motor repairs, and dozens of other items and services.

The event is an extension of the Pure Michigan Business Connect program of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., which has helped generate more than $5 billion in new contracts between Michigan-based businesses. The list of sponsors includes the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce, the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce and NMC.

There is no charge to attend. Interested parties can visit tcchamber.org to register and view a specific list of procurement needs. Registration will be capped at 75 attendees.

Donate food items in Empire

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, State Savings Bank is once again calling upon community members to help feed the hungry.

The bank recently kicked off a food drive, Basket of Thanks, and plans to collect canned and non-perishable food items at its Empire and Frankfort offices through Nov. 18. The bank will top off each food basket with a turkey and distribute to area families.

“State Savings Bank is so grateful for the support we have received from our community throughout the years,” said Blake Brooks, president.

Bank hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

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