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22 Reasons Your Kids will Love Downtown Hancock

  1. Books, toys, clothing, events and more every day in Downtown Hancock.
  2. Volunteering at Ryan Street Community Garden.
  3. There are never long lines.
  4. Snapping a fresh green bean at Tori Market.
  5. Picking out whimsical outdoor toys at North Wind Books.
  6. Jumping on the Sealy mattresses at Gartners Gallery.
  7. Enjoying PB & J picnic at Montezuma Park.
  8. Girly Girl costume jewels and fancy gloves galore at St. Vinnie’s.
  9. Suckers at the Superior National Bank drive-thru.
  10. Hard helmets, tram rides and candle- light tours at the Quincy Mine Hoist.
  11. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and more at Superior School of Dance.
  12. Tie-dye, sculpt and paint during Summer Arts Camp at Community Arts Center.
  13. Fitness training with Hancock’s fitness guru, Mary at Copper Island Beach Club.
  14. Sewing lessons at Kathy’s Originals.
  15. Which of the 8 parks will they play at today?
  16. Over 120 flavors of ice cream on rotation at Jim’s Pizza.
  17. Playing tag on the old middle school lawn. Catching their first fish at the Porvoo Park pier.
  18. Fairy-princess tea parties at Montezuma Park.
  19. Spirit gloves, in school colors, at Kukkakaupa Flower Shop.
  20. Bulk food bins at Keweenaw Co-op.
  21. The parades! Parade of Nations, Heikinpaiva, St. Patrick’s Day, Parade of Thanks and Bridgefest.
  22. Building sky-high sand castles on 300 feet of sun-soaked Hancock  Beach.

10 Ways to Hear and Play Music in Downtown Hancock

  1. Hear regional bands like The Redettes and Swingcats at the Historic Orpheum Theater.
  2. Stay up for music until midnight at the Copper Island Beach Club and you might even play a ditty on the piano.
  3. Give Valencia Estudio a call and finally pick up that dusty guitar.
  4. Dock your boat at The Waterfront Restaurant and hear live music Monday through Saturday.
  5. Stop by Superior National Bank for a Friday afternoon of music complete with coffee & bakery.
  6. Canal Rock along the Porvoo Park waterfront Friday nights through August 26.
  7. Copper Country Suzuki Academy offers convenient lessons on Finlandia’s campus.
  8. Strut your stuff on Wednesday and Thursday karaoke nights at Uphill 41.
  9. Make Wednesday night karaoke night at Nutini’s.
  10. Stay tuned for the Sibelius Academy Music Festival September 20 & 22.

12 Fun Reasons to Head to Downtown Hancock this Friday Night 

  1. Live music, awesome pizza & waterfront views make Downtown Hancock the perfect place to be on Friday night!
  2. Dancing and new faces at Uphill 41.
  3. Explore the martini menu at Nutini’s.
  4. Ladies Night! Charley at Copper Country Limo & Taxi can arrange for a sweet ride.
  5. Curbside parking.
  6. Lay’s Chips and your favorite drink from Shottle Bop.
  7. Movie rentals from the Movie Machine at Pat’s Foods.
  8. Discover the area’s largest wine selection at Pat’s Foods.
  9. The streets are safe and well-lit.
  10. 20” MEGA pizza from Jim’s that will feed all your friends.
  11. Fall in love with creamy homemade tiramisu at Gemignani’s.
  12. Eat Hot Wings, hang with buds and watch all the games on any of Bleachers’ 14 TVs.

9 Great Meals for $5 and Under in Downtown Hancock 

  1. Dine in and snack on a personal sized pizza with drink at Jim’s for $4.39.
  2. The Maasto Hiihto specialty sandwich at Keweenaw Co-op is piled high with fresh ingredients.
  3. Kaleva Café serves a piping hot pasty with slaw for 5 bucks.
  4. Warm up with a bowl of award-winning homemade chili at The Waterfront.
  5. Dip spiced Romano focaccia bread at Studio Pizza for $4.99.
  6. A bowl of chilled soup or house salad at Kangas Café hits the spot on a summer day.
  7. Monticello’s subs are house made and ready, starting at $3.99.
  8. Treat yourself to strawberry pie à la mode at Gemignani’s.
  9. Drop by Amy J’s Pasty & Bake Shop for a $5 large vegetarian pasty.

13 Best Kept Secrets of Downtown Hancock 

  1. Cruise the Portage Canal on a pontoon boat from M&M Powersports.
  2. Book Concern Printers will publish your book!
  3. Monticello’s gourmet cheese pizza – bake at home or have them bake it for you.
  4. Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids connect to create over 25 kilometers of trails perfect for exploring.
  5. Gemignani’s mascarpone-caramel-pistachio gelato is all natural and decadent!
  6. The beautiful Finlandia University Maki Library is available for all Western U.P. residents over age 16.
  7. Evert’s Motorsports will detail and polish everything from your motorcycle to your yacht.
  8. Amy J’s famously huge chocolate chip cookies are available for fundraisers.
  9. Chef Kevin Kangas’ fruit carvings are perfect for a party!
  10. Eight friendly parks are scattered throughout downtown.
  11. 50¢ hot dogs at Bleachers can’t be beat.
  12. The nationally-ranked gymnastics team 10acity trains right in Downtown Hancock.
  13. The Studio Pizza offers gluten-free corn flour crust for all your favorite toppings.

18 Ways to Discover Downtown Hancock on a Saturday Afternoon 

  1. Go crazy at Kukkakaupa Flower Shop, everything is made in the U.P.!
  2. Test drive the new, hot, fuel efficient Jeep Compass at Northern Auto.
  3. Uncover a couture dress at St. Vinnie’s vintage basement!
  4. Stroll East Hancock’s historical home district.
  5. Feel the burn as you hike up Mont Ripley and take in awesome views.
  6. Launch your kayak at Hancock Beach and paddle into the sunset.
  7. Tour Finlandia’s historical campus.
  8. Pick up some Vollwerth’s hotdogs from Monticello’s and grill out at Hancock Beach.
  9. Rent the TGB Outback 4 x 4 from Evert’s Motorsports and experience miles of trails.
  10. Discover amazing fresh basil at Tori Market.
  11. Get a line wet at Porvoo Pier and have fresh walleye for supper.
  12. Play volleyball, ping pong, horse shoes and more at the Copper Island Beach Club.
  13. People-watch from one of 12 park benches.
  14. Grab your camera and head to Quincy Hill Lookout.
  15. Browse Keweenaw’s only lighting gallery at Gartners Gallery.
  16. Relax on the deck at Dejavu Daily Brew with an iced coffee and your laptop –  enjoy free WIFI.
  17. Pamper yourself with a massaging pedicure at Xpressions Salon.
  18. Take in s’mores, sunset views and hobo pies – oh my – at over 70 sites of Hancock Campground.

13 Ideas to Be and Feel Healthy in Downtown Hancock 

  1. Run and stroll on smooth, wide sidewalks.
  2. Get centered with morning yoga at Porvoo Park or Hancock Beach.
  3. Run the stairs from Old Main up to Paavo Nurmi  – you might hear the Rocky anthem in the background.
  4. Sweat buckets and have fun in the sun playing volleyball at Hancock Beach.
  5. Take a shower and grab a towel after your workout at  Copper Island Beach Club.
  6. See Dr. Peterson for a customized nutritional make-over with physician-grade supplements.
  7. Explore 25K of trails between Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids.
  8. Train for the Yooper Spirit Triathlon!
  9. Visit Northern Lights Garden Supply and grow veggies all year long!
  10. Head to Hancock Bike Shop for top quality bike trailers and get fit with the kids.
  11. Cannonball into the Portage Canal and enjoy a brisk swim.
  12. Shop Keweenaw Co-op for the latest gluten-free and vegan products.
  13. Train for next year’s Run from McLain to Downtown.

14 Ways to Discover Art in Downtown Hancock 

  1. Hit the Artists’ Market at the Community Arts Center with friends – see work by over 170 artists.
  2. Check out the monthly exhibits at the Kerredge Gallery, also at the Community Arts Center.
  3. Don’t miss the Textile Arts Exhibit at the Finnish American Heritage Center now through September 8th.
  4. Browse Finnish functional design at North Wind Shops of Finlandia University.
  5. See hip, handcrafted art at the revamped Kathy’s Country Flowers.
  6. Look through scenic photographs by MJShupe at Studio Pizza and Gallery.
  7. Design a custom tunic with antique beading at Distant Drum Art Studio.
  8. Stop by Tori Market for locally crafted baskets, blankets, jewelry and more!
  9. Shop Gartners’ huge selection of artwork and accessories for your home.
  10. Adorn your wall with breathtaking images of the Keweenaw and Lake Superior from Brockit Photography.
  11. Discover Finlandia University‘s student-run Reflection Gallery featuring local and regional art.
  12. Find Marimekko Finnish art scattered throughout Finlandia’s campus.
  13. Start drawing your dreams with art & writing supplies from Keweenaw Archive.
  14. Head downstairs to the San Francisco Room at St. Vinnie’s.

10 Historical Goodies Waiting to be Discovered in Downtown Hancock

  1. Discover North America’s largest collection of Finnish-American artwork at Finlandia’s Finnish American Heritage Center.
  2. See what was once the largest department store north of Milwaukee– Historic Gartner’s Building. Space for rent available now!
  3. Drive past historic mining ruins on US-41.
  4. TourFinlandiaUniversity’s Nikander Hall designed by world famous Finnish architects Eliel Saarinen and J.R.F. Swanson.
  5. Be awed by the stained glass of Temple Jacob.
  6. Admire Richardson Romanesque style of Finlandia’s Old Main.
  7. Stop by Hancock City Hall; it was built for $15,000 in 1898.
  8. Visit the Orpheum and step back into an historic vaudeville theater.
  9. Walk around East Hancock’s residential district and view turn-of-the-century architecture at its finest.
  10. Tour Quincy Mine Hoist, of course.

15 Reasons Downtown Hancock is a Fun Place to Shop

  1. Unique flowers, second hand treasures and friendly stores – something for everyone in Downtown Hancock.
  2. Shop Kukkakaupa for trendy headbands for you and your girls.
  3. Get perfect-fitting New Balance running shoes at Quincy Footwear.
  4. Browse the new lighting gallery at Gartners.
  5. Pick up your favorite paint color and so much more at Risto’s Hardware.
  6. Dream about your special day and browse wedding gowns by top designers at Celebrations.
  7. Be inspired by handmade art at Kathy’s Country Flowers.
  8. Spice things up and find a little black something from Jeannie’s.
  9. Find treasures at five thrift and resale shops.
  10. Discover bestsellers at North Wind Books for your next read.
  11. Update your wardrobe with wearable art from Distant Drum.
  12. Treat yourself to a special journal from Keweenaw Archives and capture your memories on paper.
  13. Check out the latest styles of healthcare uniforms at Sunshine Uniforms.
  14. Shop the Artists’ Market with over 170 Upper Michigan artists at Community Arts Center.
  15. Outfit yourself and your hunting camp with all new gear from Northwoods Sporting Goods.

18 Ways to Knock Down Your To-Do List in Downtown Hancock 

  1. Shine your wheels at Pat’s Car Wash – an errand kids love too!
  2. Fill up your tank or Dave’s Super Service Stars will fill it up for you!
  3. Make a deposit into your Superior National Bank Christmas Club account.
  4. Visit the happy staff at City of Hancock offices and pay your water bill.
  5. Get stamps at the Hancock Post Office and write your Christmas cards – it’s never too early!
  6. See your therapist.
  7. Head to Xpressions Salon for the latest cut and color.
  8. Discover that Dr. Davin keeps Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel on hand.
  9. Buy Positively Green greeting cards at Keweenaw Co-op.
  10. Ask the plumbing experts at Risto’s Hardware how to finally fix that drip, drip, drip!
  11. Impress your mom with the perfect birthday gift from North Wind Books.
  12. Company’s coming! Fresh flowers from Kukkakaupa will pull it all together.
  13. Swing by Monticello’s and pick up their sauce that’s simmered slow for 8 hours.
  14. Mitch or Mary Ann might give you air time when you pick up your WMPL Super Saver coupon.
  15. That big, stinky rug? Wash it at the Wash Tub while you run errands.
  16. Sandyat Sew Sisters can loosen that seam.
  17. Hancock Bike Shop will give your bike a tune-up so you can get out on the trails!
  18. Find a better deal on your auto insurance – get quotes from any of Hancock’s 8 insurance agencies.

… like your errands list, this one goes on!

9 Ways to Accessorize Your Home in Downtown Hancock 

  1. Browse the brand new lighting gallery at Gartners Gallery for everything from sconces to chandeliers.
  2. Design a custom kitchen table for the entire family to gather around at World of Wood.
  3. Pull the family room together with a 100% cotton functional Finnish area rug from North Wind Books.
  4. Create an outdoor space with rustic birdhouses from Kukkakaupa Flower Shop.
  5. Zen out with a bonsai tree at Kathy’s Country Flowers.
  6. Hang local and regional art on your walls from the Artists’ Market at Community Arts Center.
  7. Find vintage linens for your tables at Dejavu Antiques to soften the whole look.
  8. Bargain hunt thrift shops for coffee table books and magazines sure to entertain friends.
  9. Be a weekend warrior and find all you need to paint the house from start to finish at Risto’s Hardware.