Not so sweet: Laurium business’ opening delayed by act of vandalism

Laurium business’ opening delayed by act of vandalism

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette The scheduled opening of a newly organized Laurium small business, located on Hecla Street, has been postponed indefinitely after being vandalized earlier this week.

LAURIUM — Fitzgerald’s Restaurant in Eagle River announced on its Facebook page that it has begun a campaign to going to collect donations in support of a business owner whose business was vandalized on April 29 or 30, when a brick was thrown through a front window.

Erin Turner, who has been working to establish a small bakery, Copper Country Sweets, on Laurium’s main street, created a post on the business’ Facebook page, on April 30, that says in part:

“We regret to inform you that our much-anticipated grand opening has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately, our new location experienced an act of vandalism, with a brick thrown at our front window, leaving it shattered.”

On its own Facebook page, the Fitz, owned by Mike LaMotte, responded to the vandalism by announcing a fundraising campaign to assist Turner and her business, stating:

“– we’re going to collect donations via an event on Tock to help show her that there are vastly more people out there who are standing with her than she realizes. We’ll cover the taxes and credit card processing fees, so all of the money will get to her, and we’ll also kick in $500.”

The Tock page says purchasing these tickets will allow the Fitz to collect donations for Turner and help show that there are exponentially more good than bad out there.

The Laurium Police Department could not be reached for comment.

Anyone interested in making a donation can visit www.exploretock.com and enter Fitzgerald’s Restaurant in the search bar.


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