Updated: 07/15/2014 10:41 PM
Created: 07/15/2014 6:03 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
The walls are going up on Ashland's Blue Wave on the Bay, a new $1.5 million development where visitors will be able to rent equipment, eat, and sleep.
"We offer outdoor clothing and gear for the active life from everything from going for a run to going paddling."
For the past four years, Katie Gellatly has ran Solstice Outdoors on Ashland's Main Street.
But Gellatly said they are growing out of their current location, so they're adding another location closer to the lake. They'll be a tenant in Blue Wave on the Bay.
"It's going to be perfect. Right now, our stand-up paddleboards that we rent and sell...we have to haul them to the lake," said Gellatly.
At Blue Wave, Gellatly will have 2,000 square feet, about the same amount of space they have at their other location. But on Highway 2, access to Lake Superior will be just steps away.
Driving past the site now, it is bare bones.
"We've poured the concrete floor, some interior walls are being erected," explained Trevor Provost with C & S Design and Engineering.
Provost said when it's all finished next spring, the development will be a gateway into Ashland.
"This is set up so you could have some light meals here, have some drinks, rent some paddleboards and enjoy the lake," he said.
The building will look pretty unique, said Provost, a bit like a boat.
The first floor will house a restaurant, coffee shop, and Solstice Outdoors. The second floor will be a gathering room, and the third floor will offer hotel rooms.
Provost said the project is funded entirely by private investors. They hope to have most of the construction done by early 2015.
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