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Michael Hainstock of the Lakeshore Depot stands next to a variety of goods sold at the specialty food store. A crowdfunding campaign is underway to help achieve the store’s goal of being a local hub for the community and agriculture. (Newspaper archive photo)

MARQUETTE – Marquette’s Lakeshore Depot, the Upper Peninsula’s only year-round indoor daily farmer’s market, is asking for support from the Giving Tuesday community for its crowdfunding campaign with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

An event will be held at the Lakeshore Depot from 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday to raise $ 10,000 that day towards the overall crowdfunding campaign goal of $ 50,000 for a new community gathering space.

Depot owner Mike Hainstock will be on hand with other staff to meet with donors, answer questions and discuss the vision for the space.

“We will serve free soup and good vibes” the organizers said in a statement. “We will have music from local musicians, meaningful conversations and be ready to hear our community. “

The Lakeshore Depot has set itself the goal of realizing its vision of becoming a local hub where community and agriculture meet through a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Lakeshore recently announced. Depot, a low profit limited liability company.

The campaign is delivered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign meets its crowdfunding goal of $ 50,000 by December 21, the project will earn a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces program.

Located along Lake Superior across from McCarty’s Cove on Lakeshore Boulevard, the depot offers a wide variety of regional and local produce, meat, eggs, dairy, craft drinks, dry goods and staples. . Although it opened in July 2020, this campaign will allow it to complete its space and expand for greater community use.

“We are very happy to enter this new phase of Lakeshore Depot’s mission. Thanks to this partnership with MEDC, we will be able to better support our community and strengthen the local food system in Marquette. Hainstock said.

Funds raised in this campaign will allow the depot to expand into a new space and create a deli and coffee area, indoor seating area, bathrooms, Wi-Fi and a community garden. This new community gathering space will support its mission to lead local sustainability efforts, improve food security, invest in local farmers and provide a platform to educate the community on sustainable food systems.

“Food centers like Lakeshore Depot bring new vitality and provide spaces for the community to come together, support local producers and food entrepreneurs and buy locally made products,” MEDC’s senior vice president of community development, Michele Wildman, said in a press release. “We are delighted to support and provide resources for this project through our Public Spaces Community Places program. “

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of MEDC, Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to participate in the development of strategic projects in their communities and be supported by a matching grant from the MEDC. Communities, nonprofits, and other business entities can apply at https://patronicity.com/puremichigan.

“The Michigan Municipal League strongly believes in building community wealth in a way that builds on existing assets to enhance the human experience for everyone,” Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the league, said in a press release. “The addition of space, amenities and food offerings to the existing Lakeshore depot in Marquette does both. With the support of the community of the Marquette region, this effort will improve the human experience for everyone for years to come. This is what building community wealth is.

The Public Spaces Community Places initiative began in 2014 with MEDC providing matching funds of up to $ 50,000 for community improvement projects throughout Michigan. As of November 5, MEDC has provided over $ 9.5 million in matching grants.

Since the start of the program, 295 projects have met their targets, with $ 10.9 million raised from 51,096 individual donors, officials said. Communities have a 97% success rate in achieving their goals and obtaining matching funds, according to MEDC.

For project details and to donate, visit patronicity.com/lakeshore.

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