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TC DINING GUIDE SOLD

Visitors Media has announced the recent acquisition of Traverse City Dining Guide, formerly owned by Daily Medias. The Traverse City-based magazine features local menus and advertising targeted toward area travelers. Dining Guide will enable Visitors Media to offer a marketing solution focused entirely on promoting dining options.

“Dining Guide is to the point where it has amazing brand recognition and a crucial existence in many hotels around the area; it requires more time and larger staffing needs,” said Daily Medias’ Troy Daily.

Visitors Media plans to grow the publication with new products and offerings coming in the fall. Daily will continue on as account manager for Dining Guide, and play a key role in the new offerings.

Visitors Media provides marketers business-to-consumer reach across television, web and print. Platforms include the locally produced network television channel ExploreTC, which airs in over 2,500 rooms in the Grand Traverse region, and digital signage solutions for businesses throughout northern Michigan.

NEW COMPANY: GT CULINARY FLOURS

Bill Koucky, founder and owner of Grand Traverse Culinary Oils, has announced the launch of a new company – Grand Traverse Culinary Flours. It is producing high quality, nutritious stone ground whole grain flour made from Leelanau County- grown, non-GMO Hard Red Spring Wheat at its Traverse City facility.

“The Hard Red Spring Wheat we’re using has an incredibly high protein content of 14.7 percent,” said Koucky. “And its stone ground at low temperatures to preserve the natural goodness of the grain.”

Grand Traverse Culinary Flours will start with the whole grain flour and will soon add a lighter, sifted flour to its product line. Koucky anticipates milling other specialty grains in the future.

REALTOR AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS

Kelly Sergent of Century 21 Northland Elk Rapids is the 2015 recipient of the Judith Lindenau Leadership Grand Traverse and the Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce Richard “Dick” Smith Leadership Grand Traverse scholarships.

Sergent has been an active member of The Traverse Area Association of Realtors since January 2013.

MCLAIN ONE OF “AMERICA’S BEST”

For the second year in a row, McLain Cycle & Fitness – with three locations in Traverse City and Cadillac – has been named one of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2014 by the National Bicycle Dealers Association. There are approximately 4,000 bike shops in the United States, and less than 300 were chosen to be named “America’s Best.”

BENZIE BUS DEBUTS NEW LOGO, OTHER CHANGES

Benzie Bus is entering its 8th year with a new look – a motion “B” logo. Survey results of Benzie County residents suggested that the original sunset logo wasn’t a clear image of community transportation. Residents in Benzonia, Beulah, Frankfort, Honor, Lake Ann and Thompsonville will begin seeing new bus stop signs bearing the new logo. Other improvements include a new website incorporating QR codes and texting to book rides.

TC AGENCY IN INT’L PUBLICATION

PB&J, a new creative agency recently formed by longtime Traverse City marketing professional Karl Bastian, was recently featured in both the online and printed versions of Communication Arts’ August issue, and will appear again in November. The international publication recognizes creative excellence in advertising worldwide.

The featured work is a poster series that was developed for Maxbauers Market. The poster series was created in celebration of the market’s 100th anniversary.

ALPENGLOW CELEBRATES 1ST YEAR

Alpenglow celebrated its 1-year anniversary at the end of July. Alpenglow provides affordable outdoor gear from its location at 114 E. Front St. (above The Camera Shop) in downtown Traverse City. Alpenglow specializes in buying, selling and consigning new and gently used high quality outdoor gear.

DR. WILSON RELOCATES

Abbigale Wilson, M.D., family medicine, has relocated to Bay Area Family Care. Bay Area Family Care is located at 906 Business Park Dr. in Traverse City. Dr. Wilson is accepting new patients and may be reached at (231) 935-8750.

NEW HOME FOR TART

Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails has relocated to 148 E. Front Street, Suite 201 (2nd Floor above Talbot’s). Previously located in Old Town, the new office is on Front Street between Cass and Union streets.

“We are delighted to be back on Front Street and enjoy the energy, and hustle and bustle of the location. Our new space has more room for our volunteers and is conveniently located near the TART Trail for folks to stop by and say hello,” said Pam Darling, TART development director.

SIP AND DAB NOW OPEN

Sip and Dab (sipanddab.com), a mobile business that combines acrylic painting, drinks, food and fun, is now holding events in the Traverse City area,

It hosts public events in local restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries. Sip and Dab provide the painting supplies – including the easel, canvas, paint, brushes and apron – along with a professional artist to give step-by-step instructions.

“Absolutely no experience is needed, and after three fun-filled hours, you will have a completed, a high-quality piece of art that is your very own,” said Shelly Morey, Sip and Dab manager.

YANA DEE OPENS DOWNTOWN LOCAITON

Local clothing designer and creator Yana Dee has opened her first retail location at 157 E. Front Street in downtown Traverse City. Yana Dee creates clothing and accessories for women and girls of all ages. Her eco apparel is made of organic, natural, or salvaged fabrics. Yana Dee has sold her clothing and accessories at Michigan arts and crafts fairs and festivals for over 10 years.

TECH SOLUTIONS CO. HONORED

NeXt I.T., an I.T. solutions company with an office in Traverse City, has been named to the 2014 CRN Next-Gen 250 list. The annual list honors up-and-coming technology solution providers who have adapted their businesses to meet market demands for emerging technologies such as unified communications, managed services, virtualization and cloud computing.

FLIGHT PATH OPENS GR OFFICE

Flight Path Creative, a full-service marketing communications agency in Traverse City, has opened a second office in Grand Rapids’ downtown Heartside District to better serve new and existing clients in West Michigan.

“We’re truly excited to expand into Grand Rapids and look forward to helping more businesses and organizations forge lasting connections with their target audiences,” said Aaron Swanker, co-founder and creative director of the 10-year-old company.

$200K FOR BONOBO WINERY

Bonobo Winery, opening soon on the Old Mission Peninsula, was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The money will be used for market expansion for the newest winery on Old Mission. Heather Fortin, marketing director and tasting room manager for Bonobo, wrote the grant application.

GOLBA FINANCIAL RECOGNIZED

Matt Golba of Golba Financial Group in Traverse City has announced his broker-dealer, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. was named by “Investment Advisor” magazine as ‘2014 Broker-Dealer of the Year in Division IV’ – the division representing independent broker-dealers with more than 1,000 producing advisors. The honor is based on the results of the annual poll conducted by the magazine in June of this year. Cambridge has earned this honor six of the last eight years.

DESIGN FIRM RELOCATES

Proof Positive Design has relocated to the Tru Fit Trouser building on Woodmere Avenue in Traverse City. The firm’s new address is 1137 Woodmere, Suite 2B. It is owned by Eric Campbell.

SMITH HAUGHEY RICE & ROEGGE ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED

Four attorneys from the Traverse City office of Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge have been selected for inclusion in this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Lawyers in America”: George F. Bearup, trusts and estates; Peter J. Boyles, insurance law; Charles B. Judson, government relations practice; Ronald A. Schuknecht, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation – bankruptcy.

The firm also announces the following Traverse City attorneys have been included in the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers and 2014 Michigan Rising Stars listings: George F. Bearup — Super Lawyers category: Estate Planning & Probate; Kate E. Flewelling — Rising Stars category: Business/Corporate; Scott D. Harvey — Rising Stars category: Business/Corporate; Gregory R. Kish — Rising Stars category: Elder Law.

NEW TASTING ROOM FOR LOCAL WINERIES

The founders of Michigan By The Bottle, a website/online community promoting the Michigan wine industry, are teaming up with eight wineries from throughout the state to establish a second collaborative wine tasting room in Royal Oak, slated for a November opening.

It will offer tasting flights paired with small bites for a nominal fee, plus take-home wine sales by the bottle and case. The facility also will carry various Michigan-made snacks and products, and will host events such as winemaker meet-and-greets, art exhibits, food and wine pairing sessions, wine education classes and more.

The wineries include: 2 Lads Winery (Traverse City), Chateau Aeronautique (Jackson), Chateau de Leelanau (Suttons Bay), Domaine Berrien Cellars (Berrien Springs), Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery (Northport), Peninsula Cellars (Traverse City), Sandhill Crane Vineyards (Jackson), Verterra Winery (Leland).

The founders, Cortney and Shannon Casey, opened the first Michigan By The Bottle tasting room in Shelby Township last December.

WINERIES TAKE STATE AWARDS

Several area wineries earned Best of Class awards at the 37th annual Michigan Wine Competition held recently in East Lansing. The top award-winners were:

Sparkling – Aurora Cellars 2011 Brut

Dry White – Blustone Vineyards 2013 Riesling

Dry Red – Peninsula Cellars 2012 Cabernet Franc

Semi-dry White – Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling

Semi-dry Red – Lawton Ridge Winery 2012 AZO Red

Dessert – Black Star Farms 2012 Arcturos Winter Harvest Riesling

Fruit – 45 North Vineyard & Winery Peach Cremant

Rosé – Chateau de Leelanau 2013 Cabernet Franc Rosé

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