Quincy Mine is a great place for holiday shopping
HANCOCK — It is hard to think of the Copper Country without thinking about the Quincy Mine. It’s a sign of the area’s rich cultural legacy visible from most of Houghton County. However, not enough people think of it as a destination for holiday shopping.
It’s true, the Quincy Mine stops offering tours for the year in October, but the gift shop has an extended holiday season.
“We have so many unique gifts … We get many compliments throughout the year on our gift shop,” said manager Glenda Beirman. “We just like to join in the holidays too. We’ve been doing it for the last twenty years.”
The gift shop is not just open for the holidays, it is decorated for the holidays, complete with lights, a tree, and a special “Santa bag” stocking hung from the front counter. The Santa bag is decorative but it also played a role in the gift shop’s Saturday open house last weekend.
“Every customer that comes in gets to draw from Santa’s bag,” which was full of special discounts and giveaways, Beirman said.
The staff handed out candy, a Quincy Mining Company holiday tradition. During the open house, visitors had the chance to enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, and other treats. Throughout the whole of the holiday season, there will also be sales on books and select jewelry.
The Quincy Mine gift shop is a holiday destination for the local history buff in your life but they also have work by local artists, wall decorations made by students in the Hancock shop classes, and winter wear.
“Being in the Copper Country, anything that keeps you warm is always a wonderful gift,” joked Beirman. Though a real draw is the local artists table located near the front of the gift shop. “The center table is all local artists. If people would like to actually get something from the Keweenaw, they can shop at our local artists table.”
The Quincy Mine gift shop, located on U.S. 41 just North of Hancock, is open from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday from Nov. 29 to Dec. 21.
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