Update From Lansing: Recent Changes in Food and Alcohol Regulation

By Kate Redman “BACKYARD” LIVESTOCK FARMS Recently, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture made controversial changes to the protections afforded to livestock facilities in residential areas under the Right-to-Farm Act (RTFA). Opponents call fowl and claim the changes will have severe consequences for urban agriculture; proponents argue the...

TCBN: 40 Under 40

Tonia BaileyPrincipal, 7th Legacy Consulting, LLC"Elitnaurrsteq (A Sharer of Culture)"Good deeds: Invested countless hours of volunteer work for the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center and through her board leadership has helped the TBCAC develop professionalism and policies around cultural competency. "Tonia inspires others to...

Old Mission Wineries Get Seriously Green

Old Mission Wineries Get Seriously GreenWineries of Old Mission implement complex pollution prevention practices.The seven wineries on Old Mission peninsula have plenty of gold adorning their walls, but now have bragging rights about their green, too.Governor Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural...

TC’s Budding Donald Trumps

Two enterprising youths launch businesses aimed to help - and help feed - animals.Declan Hilt's wish for a dog led not only to his family getting Bauer, a Jack Russell and Beagle mix, but also the start of a successful business."I haven't met a dog...

Against All Odds, Mom and Pop Hardware Stores

Maxbauer Ace HardwareOpened 1954Three locations: Front Street, Chum's Corners, AcmeCo-owned by:Joan Boyd and Don Maxbauer'If you're smart, you adjust.'In the months before Lowe's and Menards opened their doors in 2005, the co-owners of Maxbauer Ace Hardware buckled down and strategized."We'd been through it before," said...

Painting the Town

Ask any business owner to name the worst job they've ever held, and they'll often point to work they did in high school: flipping burgers, washing dishes, or cleaning cars. But for Traverse City entrepreneur Dan Brady, a $7-an-hour high school job painting houses led to...

Traverse City Real Estate is Red Hot

TRAVERSE CITY - Numbers don't lie, and the statistics and stories alike point to a new real estate boom in Traverse City.The residential real estate rebound is a classic case of supply and demand, with supply of homes in Traverse City down 41 percent in...

Mark, Set, Go! Running Studio Opens This Month

REGION - If it appears there's a rise in the number of runners and cyclists on the roads and trails, and it seems more and more of your friends are talking about the next new race they're tackling, you're not imagining things-endurance sports are indeed...

E-Books Boost Revenue

A recent Pew Research Center survey said fully one-third of American adults now own an e-reader, a trend that concerned many in the publishing world at first.Fresh sales opportunities have morphed this initial wariness into excitement, local bibliophiles say."It is true, many of us in...