2012-12-15 / News

Retail Spaces Filled, Crews Working on Floors at Bicycle Street Inn

An open view of the first floor retail court, with natural light shining down from third-floor skylights, will be the most striking feature that people will see when they enter the Bicycle Street Inn, a hotel now under construction at 7416 Main Street. The retail shops making up the first floor will not be enclosed and will have an “open marketplace feel, different than anything else on the Island,” says general manager Melanie Libby, and the 15-foot ceilings and soaring views to the skylights above will lend the entrance a dramatic impact.

Five of the six retail spaces making up the 12,700-squarefoot first floor have been spoken for, and the remaining spot should be filled in the next two weeks, Ms. Libby said Wednesday, December 12.

An eatery called 21 Speed Grill and Greens will occupy one of the retail spaces.

Other tenants will include “Sun Optics,” a sunglasses shop owned by Bill and Jan Copple, who have another store location in Mackinaw City.

Bill and Michelle Haun will own a Native American art and jewelry store called “Crazy Horse.” Ms. Libby pointed out the Hauns have other locations for similar stores and are experienced retailers of these products, which may or may not include locally made Native American pieces, she said.

Another store will feature girls and ladies accessories. The store name is not yet determined.

Chris and Amy Modd, owners of two Sanders candy locations on the Island, will move their smaller existing Sanders store to the hotel lobby, still giving them two locations, but they have yet to decide, Mrs. Libby said, whether the Bicycle Street Inn store will carry the Sanders name.

Designed without walls, the individual shops will be delineated with rails, and will have retractable security curtains at night.

While the retail space is being parceled out, construction crews elsewhere in the hotel are now pouring the floors and working on finishes. Drywall work is complete.

“It’s coming together beautifully and right on schedule for a May 1 opening,” Ms. Libby said. “The rooms are really taking shape now.”

The hotel will have 36 guest rooms, and 30 of them will be suites, which can accommodate up to six people. Twenty-two suites will have walk-out balconies, some facing the lake and some facing Market Street. Suites range in size from 400 to 700 square feet.

“When we looked at the rooms, we tried to say what are the important parts, as a guest, that you remember? And we spent tremendous time thinking about the guest experience and designing the suites around that,” she explained.

Suites will feature amenities including refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, and two large televisions.

The hotel is expected to employ 15 to 20 people, in addition to those employed in the retail shops.

The structure was designed by Marquette architectural firm Barry J. Polzin Architects, and O’Boyle and Company of Marquette is the builder. The building is inspired by neo-classic architecture, the owners report, and will feature full height glass pan- els and 16-foot columns on street level.

The balcony views and the open marketplace downstairs are design features that will distinguish the hotel from others, Ms. Libby said, while the design of the structure itself “really strives to be part of Mackinac.” Now, with all of the space designated, there are no decisions left to be made while work crews finish the project, developed by Ira Green of Petoskey.

“We are excited to offer a new experience on the Island,” Ms. Libby said. “All of the pieces are in place, we’re moving right along, and now we’re just waiting for summer weather.”

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