HOUGHTON - Michigan Tech University students got an introduction to Houghton businesses and services during Tech's "An Afternoon on the Town."
The event ran from the west end of campus to Shelden Avenue. It combined two previous events: the Community Expo, which included local groups and services, and A Taste of Houghton, which introduced students to downtown businesses.
"I like this a lot better," said Kara Bakowski of Houghton, a second-year materials science and engineering major who was getting food at The Library Restaurant and Brew Pub. "It's a lot more exciting, and the lines aren't quite as long, because they have more things to do."
Julie Cortright of the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub serves up food to Michigan Tech University students during “An Afternoon on the Town” recently in Houghton. The event stretched from the Tech campus to near the end of Shelden Avenue. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Garrett Neese)
Freshman audio production and technology majors Daniel Grayvold of Ewen and Jonah Mueller of Rochester, Minn., made one of their stops at Good Times Music. Grayvold was testing out a Korg digital piano.
"I was glad to see this music store," Mueller said.
"I'll probably be hanging out here a little bit," Grayvold added.
Local businesses and services said the influx of students was helping them get the word out. At Joey's Seafood and Grill, people were lured by free fish tacos and shrimp. Employee Rick Stufflebean said this year's event had the best turnout he's seen.
"We've had a lot of people saying they're glad we participated," he said. "We had a line past (5th & Elm) for our fish tacos."
Stufflebean also praised the people directing traffic on College and Shelden avenues, calling them "a huge addition."