ESCANABA — A business in downtown Escanaba received a visit from Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist on Friday morning. It’s part of an effort to visit various small businesses across the state and highlight their importance to the state’s economy.
Gilchrist visited Beaver’s Lure, 914 Ludington Street. The company, owned and operated by Katelyn Beaver, specializes in custom fishing lures, as well as other fishing gear and apparel. This was Gilchrist’s first stop on a visit to the Upper Peninsula. Stops were also planned in the department of Algiers and the city of Marquette on Friday.
Beaver showed Gilchrist her line of products and told her how and why she decided to open the fishing lure business, as well as her plans for the future. She also told him about two impressive walleyes she recently caught through the ice.
Gilchrist has purchased several of the lures he plans to give his children to use on their first fishing trip.
Gilchrist called Beaver’s success “inspiring”.
Gilchrist said Beaver’s Lures is one of many small businesses he visits across the state. He said Beaver’s Lures adds to the vitality of Escanaba and downtown and demonstrates the importance of small businesses.
Gilchrist also stopped by OSF St. Francis Hospital and thanked workers for their efforts during the pandemic.