Our Other Businesses

Clean & Green Sweeping, LLC

Contact Tim Bies, owner and operator, for a quote on your project:

(906) 231-7138
300 Sixth Street
Calumet, Michigan 49913

The Equipment

The street sweeper is a Johnston V3000 model with a 4 cylinder turbo charged diesel John Deere motor that runs on bio-diesel. It has a 3 yard capacity high-dump hopper with hydrostatic drive. The cleaned path is approximately 10 feet wide.

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The Business Model

The Johnston Sweeper will pick up street and parking lot debris and remove it from your area. The “waste” can be used for fill at your request or removed entirely. We are able to travel from Copper Harbor to Houghton for jobs. There is a one hour minimum charge. To do a self-estimate; Pat’s IGA in Calumet takes approximately 2 hours and Walmart in Houghton takes approximately 4 hours.

Please contact Tim for a quote on your sweeping needs.

Powered by bio-diesel from the Michigan House Cafe and Brewpub’s
fryers. Cleaning our streets and supporting our environment – both goals of Clean and Green Sweeping.


Bumbletown Bath Works – Handmade soap & other bath products

Bumbletown Bath Works is a tiny business in the Keweenaw dedicated to preserving history by using age-old methods and natural ingredients to create a variety of bath products.

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Chemical suspension agents are not used – so some ingredients may sink or float in your soap bar – depending on their character. We’ve tried to limit aromatic ingredients to those available a century ago. Most of our soap additives, such as lavender buds or grains, tend to turn the finished product a soft hue of tan as a result of the chemical processes in the initial caustic phase prior to curing and complete saponification. The six week long curing process also leaves a thin chalky film on the exposed surface of the soap. This is a harmless soda ash that historically was sliced off for finer soaps. We leave it there as a testament to the age-old process. The sizes noted on soap labels are initial liquid ounces by volume; soaps cure to a lesser weight, but do so individually, so we have chosen to note size by their uniform beginning cure volume.

All of our soaps are environmentally friendly as they are true soaps and not petroleum based detergents. While great grandma didn’t prize animal-free products as some do today, she really didn’t enjoy rendering fat into lard either – but she did it anyway. We have found – as she did – that food grade lard produces a most wonderful bar of soap with creamy consistancy, small firm lather and no “soap scum” – overall, a better bar of true soap than an all vegetable recipe. We hope you enjoy a bit of history in your bath.