To the Journal editor:
To the people of the city of Marquette, we are finishing an unintended stay in your lovely city, and just wanted to take a minute to thank all of the wonderful people who helped us.
Three days ago, we were traveling through Marquette on our way from Minnesota to Massachusetts. After stopping at Sweetwater Cafe for breakfast (our favorite restaurant in all the world and we are from the Boston area), we were heading out of town when our camper broke down on highway 41.
From that moment on, we met so many incredibly helpful, kind people, starting with the gentleman who offered to tow our van off the highway, the young couple who stopped to see if they could help, and the wonderful representatives of the Marquette police and fire departments who helped keep us safe, cleaned the gas off the highway, and offered suggestions on where to take the van (1991 VW) on a Saturday morning.
Then we met the very kind and competent tow truck driver (and his cute beagle) who gave both of us, our dog and our van, a ride to Quality Car Care.
Then we got to Quality Car Care. Jeff and Michelle were wonderful. They accepted the van and agreed to work on it first thing Monday morning, helped us find a place to stay, looked up phone numbers and information, gave us their cell phone number in case we needed anything during the weekend, and drove us and our stuff out to the Holiday Inn.
When we arrived there, the people at Holiday Inn were warm and welcoming and went out of their way to make things work for us (we got the very last room on this busy weekend).
Over the last few days, we also discovered Marquette's bike trails, good restaurants, and excellent Food Co-op, and had conversations with many wonderful people. Everyone we met, starting with the policeman and firemen, told us what a great city this is and we really believe it.
What Michelle said is that she and Jeff try to treat their customers like members of their own family, and if they or their family members were stranded somewhere, she hoped they would be taken care of as well.
So many people were friendly and welcoming and went out of their way to help and take care of us this weekend. Thank you Marquette!
Diane Muffit, Linda Murdock