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      Changes are in store for downtown Marquette

      In the heart of the hustle and bustle in downtown Marquette, you will find a variety of unique stores. Some have been in business for years, others just a few months.

      "We really wanted something that had a lot of foot traffic, a lot of people walking by window shopping and looking in the windows. Marquette has nice varied businesses from restaurants to book stores," said Jessica Shull, owner of Boomerang Retro and Relics.

      Jessica Shull opened up Boomerang Retro and Relics just two months ago. She's not the only new business to recently open.

      During late December, Sol Azteca, a Mexican restaurant, opened their doors. In April, a self-service yogurt shop is opening at the corner of Third and Washington. There is also redevelopment plans for the empty Delft Theater.

      "I think we will continue to see redevelopment and development expansions of some businesses. So, I think it's a bright future," said Mona Lang, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority.

      Lang says no other stores are expected to close besides Farmer Q's. While there may seem to be a higher turnover with small businesses, it doesn't mean the district isn't thriving.

      So far, there are 412 businesses in downtown, and that number is expected to grow.

      "The location of Marquette, being put on the map by several national magazines, has made tremendous strides in the amount of traffic we see, especially in the summer time," said Greg Mingay, Second Skin Shop.

      Many say having diverse shops brings more people and adds to the charm of the area.