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Parking in downtown Sault Ste. Marie? There’s an app for that

Downtown Sault Ste. Marie

Downtown Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie will soon be rolling out a new mobile app that allows downtown patrons to pay for parking meters with their smartphone.

Users just download the app (the name will soon be released) and type in a code listed on the decal of the meter. A credit card or bank account can be linked with the app. The rate will be the same as using coins, but for those using credit cards, a fee of $00.35 will be added. Change can still be used on the meters.

Justin Knepper is the Downtown Manager of the Sault Downtown Development Authority. He said the upgrade will help tourists who visit and the employees who work downtown.

“We have over 470 meters in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, close to over 5,000 employees, half a million tourists that come into Sault Ste. Marie each year, and so the meters really help us make sure that our shoppers and our tourists have a place to park.”

Knepper explained how he is hoping this app will make things more convenient for downtown shoppers.

“You park at a meter and not have to worry about rushing back immediately or forgetting about it and getting a ticket, it gives you that option to be right on top of things and make sure you’re taking care of your business in the most efficient way possible. We hope that it will provide a really great convenience factor.”

The app and meters are expected to be upgraded by August.

Downtown Alpena to receive newest Holiday Inn prototype

holidayinnspotVisitors to Alpena will have a new lodging option beginning this summer, and it promises to be one of the first of it’s kind in the United States.

Downtown Alpena has been chosen as a launch site for the newest generation of Holiday Inn Express hotels. Continue reading

A smaller community’s ‘Black Friday’


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Black Friday can create a craze among mall shoppers across the nation, but it’s not as often that you hear about smaller communities, with fewer malls and more local retailers, linked to the day after Thanksgiving.
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Midland among top areas in the country where middle class thrives

Midland's "tridge," a three-way bridge that connects over the meeting of the Chippewa and Titabawassee Rivers. Photo courtesy by Downtown Midland.

Midland’s “tridge,” a three-way bridge that connects over the meeting of the Chippewa and Titabawassee Rivers. Photo courtesy by Downtown Midland.


Downtown areas are known to be the “cherry on top” of its respective city – a place to visit, shop and explore.
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